I have been toying with the idea of doing a weekly recap for some time, but I’m afraid I won’t stick with it. There is no way to know until I try, so here goes!
Skeeterbug is in the middle of a whole series of drawing lessons in RightStart C. This week he worked on equilateral triangles and did a review. This is Monday’s lesson:
For our human body unit this week we learned about the heart. (Detailed post coming!)
Ladybug worked on her cutting skills. These are from the Kumon workbook Let’s Cut Paper! I think she does so well at cutting. She turns 3.5 next month. She does these all herself, although sometimes she’ll ask me to hold the paper for her. These are easy for me to hand to her when she needs something to do at the school table with us. She actually finished a book and started a new one this week.
We started a trial subscription to Dreambox for Skeeterbug and Jitterbug. Dreambox is a math supplement, it adapts to your children’s level. So far we like it and will probably convert to a paid subscription. There is a deal at HSBC that ends the 1st of April.
Skeeterbug’s writing this week used selections from the Hobbit. I’ll be honest and say I’ve never read this. I started it once, took it on an airplane with me and accidentally left it in the seat back in front of me. Oops. I suppose I’ll put this on our reading list. This week he had what seemed like the longest dictated sentence ever. Well, so far. I didn’t tell him there’s a longer one coming up! He complained like crazy and we broke it down some, but he did it. He is almost done with Level 2.
Ladybug finished all the colouring pages at the beginning of her Get Set for School handwriting book. I’ve ordered the music cd to go with this because she loves, loves, loves to sing and dance. I’ve been stalling her a bit on this until it arrives.
Skeeterbug has finished Step 22 in All About Spelling Level 3. He’s just over 3/4 of the way through this level. We usually do spelling twice a week. This week was words with er/ur/ir. He enjoys writing the wrong words in his dictated sentences on purpose. Like this one, he was giggling the whole time: The river is frozen in the summer. (Instead of winter. Ha.) Ladybug looked on.
We did our lunchtime devotional (detailed post coming) a few times this week, our favourite was the platypus.
If you learn about the platypus you simply must watch this video. It will stick in your head but it’s totally worth it to see how your kids will laugh.
Okay, here’s a better video to make up for that last one. :)
We spent Thursday doing Easter activities and that was the end of our week! No school for Good Friday (which is a proper holiday here, all the stores are shut and Dad even had the day off work).
And now for things I don’t have pictures of…Jitterbug is more than halfway through his Get Set for the Code book. He’s been spending a lot of time on Reading Eggs, we signed up for a three week trial and I want to see if it will make a difference for him. So far I’m on the fence. He’s having trouble blending and I think he is managing to pass the levels without really improving in his blending skills.
We finally started reading Life of Fred: Apples this week. A fun math supplement.
Our current read-aloud is The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe. We are completing the literature study from Confessions of a Homeschooler along with it. We read several chapters this week, and the kids are all completing the lapbook components to go with it. We don’t try to do extra activities for every book we read, but it is fun to do them every once in awhile and the kids enjoy the lapbooks. I’ve been surprised at how much Jitterbug is eager to do the lapbook pieces too. We are more than halfway through the book, so we may finish next week.
For history we learned about Alexander the Great (detailed post coming).
We’ve been doing the Home Art Studio Kindergarten DVD this year with friends. One afternoon a week we have them all over, watch the DVD and complete the lesson together. This week we made Van Gogh Sunflowers.
Unfortunately we didn’t get much else done that day, just a bit of reading. Our morning was taken up by the installation of a new air conditioner (yay!), so the kids spent much of the morning watching them. That was the last hot day we had, so the kids also spent time outside with water balloons. Of course the heat wave is now over so we probably won’t need the a/c for the rest of the year. We went through a very hot couple of weeks without it, all in all it took a month from the time ours broke to the new one. That’s life when you are renting!