Friday, January 7, 2011

Weekly Wrap-Up: January 3 to January 7, 2011

2011!! I can't believe it's a new year already. 

After our long Holiday break, I decided to ease back in to our school routine.  The kids were enjoying playing with their new toys and, until some of the novelty wears off, it's not going to be easy pulling them away.

So, we did a few worksheets but mostly used manipulatives and games to review.   I quizzed Georgie using our play clock and he had a good grasp of time to the hour and time to the half hour.

We played our Money Bags game to review coin values.  We haven't really done quarters or dollars yet but he's still able to enjoy the game with a little bit of help.  We play using real coins and bills since it can be hard enough telling the real thing apart - the little bits of plastic can be very difficult.

We played his new Silly Sentences game.  He's having a lot of fun with this, it's helping him practice reading and teaching him parts of speech.
Very Silly Sentences Game
We did start our PE program using the exercise dice I made.   One dice has 6 stretching/warm-up exercises and the other has 6 active exercises (jumping jacks, running in place, walking on tip-toes).  The kids roll one of those dice along with two of our large foam dice.  They add together the numbers on the foam dice and then do the activity on the exercise die the correct number of times.

After that, Georgie thought it was time for him to teach Vicki and I some dance moves.   This involved lots of spinning, jumping and throwing themselves onto the chair.

Both kids also enjoyed playing with Georgie's new Tag system.  Vicki loved the US map which has all kinds of games and songs to play.

Georgie's favorites are the Super Speller and the Funny Phrases.

We also made up lots of stories and I've come to the conclusion both my children have much better imaginations than I do.  Vicki's usually involve unicorns and rainbows and princesses and friends living happily ever after.  Georgie's have a little more plot and usually involve a variety of animals (both real and imaginary - sometimes unicorns and dragons feature) having races, getting injured and their friends coming to the rescue.  I definitely have to start writing more of these down but their favorite time to tell them is in bed while doing anything to postpone  getting ready to go to sleep.

Next week we plan to jump back in to our normal work routine.


  1. You had such a fun week! Lots of fun games!

  2. Thanks for this post...I am going to check out the silly sentences game.