Back to the daily grind! This was our first week back after a two week break, proceeded by a few weeks of Christmasy fun. It went a lot better than I thought! I think the kids (and I) thrive on routine.
Here's what we did in preschool this week:
work sheet, and worked in Elise's new Preschool workbook. I ordered the workbook to see if she could complete the tasks (sometimes I don't think I give her enough credit, and this was my way of finding out). She loved working on it so much, that she ended up going through page 20 before I cut her off! One thing she did that was kind of goofy, was on the page where she was given three objects, and was told to circle the two that are the same, she opted to draw on the 3rd "different" one and make it the same as the others. So, not exactly following the directions (in true Elise fashion), but showing me that she could tell which one was different. Silly kid. We ended the day with a fun art project. She drew a page of a cave where a bear might be hibernating, and we glued a picture of a bear on it. It's pretty cute, and she had a lot of fun trying to think of different things a person might find in the woods.
On Wednesday, Millie had Norse story hour at Ingebretsons as part of her book club. While we were there, Elise got to spend some one on one time with Grandma Susie. She loved it! The had a tea party, built a castle kit, and made furniture out of Legos (what else?!) to go inside.
Friday Millie had another book club event. This one was 2 hours long, and Elise had to tag along. I brought along some fun activities (Legos, a cutting and pasting project, a book, and a doll). Between those things, a snack, and meeting a new friend, Elise had a great time!
Saturday, January 5, 2013
Well, this last quarter wasn't really a quarter, was it? It went by so fast! We're half way done with the school year! It feels like we're just getting started.
Here's what we've been working on:
Language Arts: We're still working on and loving Queens Language Lessons. The lessons are gentle, and Millie seems to be absorbing everything. No tears!
|Samantha likes math, too!|
Read Alouds: This quarter we read Owls in the Family and The Lion the Witch and the Wardrobe.
Math: Still plugging away at Saxon 3. We just started doing square roots.
History: Of course, history has been fabulous! We are studying the European's arrival to "the new world". We're using Story of the USA as our spine. Along with the readings in those books, we read Pedro's Journal, We Asked For Nothing (this was an amazing book. I highly recommend it. This book led us to watch several documentaries on Netflix. It was a great topic that the whole family got into), The Double Life of Pocahontas, Sarah Morton's Day, and Three Young Pilgrims. We're also reading and doing projects from Easy Make & Learn Projects: Colonial America.
Spelling: Plugging away with All About Spelling. This is such a fantastic spelling program! We're both learning so much!
Art: She's still taking piano lessons. It's fun to see her progress! We did some handy crafts (although not as many as planned!) at home (doll puppets and card making), saw the Nutcracker ballet, and hit up the Children's Museum once per week to make art in the art room.
Christmas: We spend a lot of time talking about Christmas, and doing service projects, Christmas projects, baking, etc. It was a wonderful, simple, slow paced Christmas this year. I loved it!
That about sums it up! Is there anything I'd change? Yes! I need to up the phy ed a bit. Perhaps we'll get into the outdoor hour again. Oh, nature study has sort of gone by the wayside. At least our Jr. Rangers classes are outdoors. They're so fun!!
What's new for next quarter? Cursive!!