Week 2 was a fun week. We were in full swing and enjoying the warm weather. Here are a few highlights from week 2.
Classical Conversations Grammar Review
Each morning we do about 30 minutes of grammar review. We do fun games but first we do 10 – 15 minutes of chores listing to our weekly memory work. Here we are cleaning the kitchen cabinets!
Kodi’s Challenge Work
For one of his challenge works this week, Kodi used his Logic of English spelling words from the previous week to write the words. This wasn’t part of LOE lesson. He seemed to need the extra practice to get back into the swing of spelling.
Daisy worked on the number rods 1-5 adding the sandpaper numbers. We have large numbers so she had to use those to label the rods.
We are using The Good and the Beautiful Math K combined with Montessori lessons. Above is the calendar daily lesson from The Good and the Beautiful Math K. Below is a shape shuffle lesson that she loves to do. I combine it with the Montessori Geometric Cabinet. Use the Geometric Cabinet gives a tactical experience to the shapes. She traces with her hand around the sides and vertices of the space counting the sides as she slides he fingers.
Because the The Good and the Beautiful Math K is really for a child older than Daisy we do one, maybe two, lessons a week breaking each lessons apart into small chunks. Daisy is showing a strong interest in numbers and however when her engagement with the lesson drops we stop the lesson. I have an expectation that she can be engaged in a short lesson for 10-15 minutes and that she can at least one independent work. It is a balancing act between know what she is capable of doing and knowing the difference between not being engaged or if she just is not wanting to do work.
Seriously these kids have it rough. I mean hot chocolate with marshmallows for snack while we read our book for the day. We are traveling through China (Around the World with Picture Books Pack Part I – Beautiful Feet Books) and this week we read the book Ping. After reading the book we used our art journals to draw a picture inspired by Ping. We discussed how to draw wiggle lines to make the water look like it is rippling, and how to create space by making things smaller in the distance and adding a horizon line.
Kodi added many details from the book such as the cormorant birds on the boats.
A very sweet movement when they were playing together. Kodi was drawing a stage for Daisy’s Barbie to dance.
Kodi made a scrapbook page from when he participated in the Virginia War Memorial Commonwealth’s Memorial Day Celebration and had the privilege to met Lieutenant Governor Justin Fairfax.
Doing a game from the Logic of English. We did All About Spelling last year, and while it is a good program I felt for the amount of hands on time for me teaching it was dry. There are many reasons that I am so far very fond of Logic of English but having a game or fun activity has been something that Kodi is enjoying. He usually asks to do the games again.
On his desk he still has his challenge work from the morning. He is doing multiplication facts and timing how long it takes.
Daisy has been begging to take ballet and next week she starts! We headed to get her ballet clothes. Kodi also will take ballet.