December was working with pastels...
while January involved GLITTER!
Vicki and I did some crafty painting fixing up my old dollhouse. This dollhouse was made for me by my grandfather over 40 years ago. It's been sitting in various attics and garages for the past 20 or so years.
And the Final.
TheY resumed or continued with their various PE activities including Zumba, swimming lessons, ice skating (including a Valentine's party at the rink this week).....
and Vicki is giving archery a try.
The kids learned about Explorers, Simple Machines, and Electricity in the past few months.
Now for what they've been doing in their core school work. Both have been doing very well and progressing steadily.
HANDWRITING/LITERATURE: Vicki is also getting handwriting practice through copywork using The Wand. She has finished up Level 2, which included passages from Harry and the Lady Next Door, Owl Moon, Chicken Soup with Rice, Big Max: The World's Greatest Detective, Harold and the Purple Crayon and Olivia Goes to Venice. She'll be starting on Level 3 shortly and in the coming months may start alternating with Writing with Ease 1.
LITERATURE: In addition to The Wand selections for Vicki (and WWE for George), the kids have also been doing the Aesop's Fables Literature Pockets from Evan-Moor. They read The Tortoise and the Hare, The Lion and the Mouse, The Boy Who Cried Wolf, The Miller His Son and Their Donkey, The Fox and the Goat, The Fox and the Stork, and The Cat The Rooster and the Mouse. Each story had a cut, paste and color activity and questions about the characters and/or moral of the story.
VOCABULARY: Vicki is continuing to work through Word-A-Day from Evan-Moor. Word-A-Day is 36 weekly lessons and she is up to Week 16 in the 2nd grade book. Her recent words include: obnoxious, scholar, vigorous, disturb, miniature, bizarre, companion, trio, retrieve, alert, hodgepodge, affection, scarce, inhabit, identical, participate, decay, modern, grip, abbreviated, bargain, emotion, hardy, gleam, harmony, ideal, jovial, loaf, nominate, occupy, queasy, tedious, advertise, convince, interview.
I like these because in addition to providing a definition and multiple choice options to check understanding, they also ask at least one open-ended question. Some of Vicki's recent, more interesting answers include:
Have you ever seen someone being obnoxious? What was the person doing? How did you feel about it? Singing then screaming. I felt annoyed.
What's the most bizarre thing you've ever seen or heard about? My bros hair.
What emotions do you prefer? I prefer Joy.
Write about your ideal bedroom If my room was a palace, it would be ideal.
Choose an animal and write about the kind of home it occupies. My snake occupies his cage.
(speaking of Galactic, he's getting pretty big. He's about 2 feet long now).
READING COMPREHENSION: Vicki is doing Daily Reading Comprehension from Evan Moor. She has six more weeks left to finish the second grade book. Each day she reads a passage and then answers multiple choice and one open ended question about the passage. Passages include fiction, non-fiction, signs, charts, and graphs.
GRAMMAR: Vicki just finished up the 2nd grade Grammar and Punctuation book from Evan Moor. These books are arranged by rules and the most recent ones were on they versus them, adding -s or -es for plurals, special plural nouns, is versus are, commas in a list, commas in dates and addresses, apostrophes, -ed, changing y to I to add -es, dropping the e to add -ing or -ed, doubling consonants to add -ed or -ing, special words for past tense (had, sang, ate), using -er or -est. Now that she's finished the 2nd grade book, she'll work on grammar through The Wand and her spelling, and start the 3rd grade book in September if it seems needed.
SPELLING/WRITING/GRAMMAR: Vicki finished the 2nd grade Skill Sharpeners Spell and Write from Evan Moor and moved on to the 3rd grade book. She's been doing very well with the words and only misses an occasional word. In addition to traditional spelling activities like writing each word two times, and using them in a sentence, it explains the phonics rules that may apply to the list, and includes grammar and creative writing activities. She is up to Unit 5 in the 3rd grade book and has only missed three words - they're (the're), different (diffrent), and Mississippi (Mississipi). Each unit has 10 spelling words.
SPELLING/WRITING/GRAMMAR: George alternates More Proofreading Practice Please from Scholastic with Skill Sharpeners Spell and Write from Evan Moor. It shows that he is not just memorizing things long enough to pass the test but able to apply it in a different format.
He is working in the 5th grade book for Spelling and has only missed a few words: environment (enviroment), pleasant (pleasent) out of 50 words. He seems to enjoy the creative writing assignments that are part of each lesson. These lessons included passages about ants, Tall Tales, fingerprints, Elizabeth Blackwell (first woman doctor in the US), and the duckbilled platypus.
George wrote a report on his unusual animal:
The Frilliami is an unusual creature. For one, it's frills can literally zap you! They like to eat fruit that's oily. It has a very flexible tail. It's Natural Environment is swamps or abandoned campsites. Because of their gluttonous omnivore diet, bears and most birds aren't fond of it. But it's sharp teeth are no pleasure. Like most animals, it's attacks are physical. It's main enemy is the black bear.
Gluttonous and omnivore weren't even among his spelling words. :-)