We had a pretty short week this week. I knew this week was going to be a little crazy with Steph here and the running around that goes along with that, and the little guys had their annual physicals on Thursday, but it ended up being worse than I anticipated. I made their appointments for first thing in the morning (10:00 am) so that we would be in and out early and could get home to do some work. The day started out according to plan - we were done at the doctor by 11:00 (both kids are very healthy, BTW). That's where things went downhill starting with a flat tire and ending with me finally returning home with a repaired and remounted tire at 4:30pm. Yes, that is 6 1/2 hours spent in the car because of a flat tire, NOT counting the 2 1/2 hours spent driving Steph back and forth to dance that night. BLEAH!!!
Anyway, on to what we did actually manage to accomplish.
For Reading/Phonics: We are continuing with Explode the Code and it's going well. Georgie seems to find it pretty easy right now but I don't give him too many pages at a time because of the amount of writing. He doesn't seem to mind it being easy and we only have a few more pages before we leave short A words for short I words. I pulled out a couple of games I had made a while ago from Kelly's Kindergarten. I had UNO using Nickelodeon characters and short A words. As I was discovering with the ETC, this was too easy for Georgie although good for his confidence. We also played Space Mission which had simple CVC words and some sight words. This was a little more challenging for Georgie but he still enjoyed it. What I like about Kelly's games is that they are in Word files so the words can be changed as he progresses (as long as I want to spend the time printing, cutting and laminating). I also made a dice game that I first saw the idea for on Confessions of a Homeschooler. I didn't make mine as pretty since I didn't want to fuss with painting. Georgie really enjoyed playing this game and was pretty good at determining if something was a word or not.
For Math: We did MEP Lesson 16 which introduces the number 0 and it's placement on a number line. This was very easy for George since we've had number lines up for about a year. We also played a few math games using our large foam dice.
For Reading/Phonics: In order to keep her from helping George with his AAS letter tiles, I let Vicki play on Starfall while Georgie did his spelling. She just recently has been able to work the mouse with any degree of control. She's been watching Georgie while he played on the computer for a while now and she can now turn on the computer, launch the internet and find Starfall, PBSKids and NickJr. on the favorites list. This worked one day but the next day I ended up giving her the extra set of letter tiles (and keeping my fingers crossed that she wouldn't lose any) on our wall mounted dry erase board.
Making Learning Fun. I don't ever give her small magnets so she usually does these using dabber paints. This time she used circles punched from various scrapbooking papers and glued them in place. Since she LOVES glue, this kept her busy for a little while.
Both of the kids spent some time playing with our various lacing activities. I had large colored pasta noodles, cut pieces of straw and foam shapes with holes punched in them to lace onto pipe cleaners or shoe laces. I no longer give them beads unless I can watch them VERY closely since I had to fish one out of Georgie's nose.
We finished up our Day/Night study by learning about the phases of the moon. Vicki has always loved the moon and looks at it often through our living room skylight. When we did our demonstration with the globe and lantern (here) we also discussed/showed how the earth blocks part of the sun light so the moon only partially "shines". We painted different shapes for the phases of the moon using sponges to add texture.
Thursday was the first day of Autumn so we took a walk and looked for signs of the coming season. We actually had temperatures in the 80's again this week so it certainly didn't feel like Fall (except first thing in the morning or after dark - lows in the 50's). We found that many of the trees in our area were starting to change colors.
Well, considering we didn't do much, this ended up being a really long post.
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