Week 13 – Bumps

Some of you may know that I used to teach kindergarten.  I think back to planning in those days and I remember filling in those little boxes in my plan book.  At the end of most days, we had worked through all of those boxes.  Occasionally we even had a few extra minutes to spend on the playground or playing.  I was pretty good at estimating how much I could get into one day.

I don’t know if it’s the unique challenge of being at home with distractions, or if I’ve lost it, or what, but days never seem to go as smoothly as I plan.

This was particularly true this week.  I’m trying to fit in the new history curriculum and the literature unit I got to go with it.  We also really want L to learn to type.  I tried to cut back in other areas, but clearly failed as we only got through about a fraction of what I’d optimistically hoped.

I’m not sure what to let go.  I really like the MCT language arts lessons we do, and I skipped the grammar part of the MBTP to try to make extra room.  But we may need to drop the Practice Town book for a bit.  Similarly, the reading comprehension workbook we’ve been working through is important, but it’s more time consuming than it should be.  Perhaps I can weave some of the comprehension strategies into our other activities.  I can’t leave out spelling, but it usually doesn’t take too long.

Anyway.  I’m enjoying the Civil War history and Bull Run literature units.  L has read quite a few primary sources, and I was impressed that he was disappointed when he didn’t see Confederate sources [there were some the next day]–I think it’s great he recognizes the need to look at both sides.  There was another map activity that generated a lot of discussion about which states were “border” states and what that meant.

We did enjoy finishing our science study of hurricanes.  We tried an experiment to simulate storm surge.  It didn’t work that great though.  :/  L thought of other experiments he thought he’d like to do.  I need to encourage him to follow up on those.  Next up is tornadoes!  Then we move on to space.

C’s Spanish class had a little end-of-session celebration.  They sang 2 of their Spanish songs, and then the teachers handed out certificates of completion and little medals.  And there were snacks.

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Did I mention that the other week he read some simple CVC words that I made with the refrigerator magnets?  He’s getting really good at that.  I don’t want to push him too much.  It’s more important to me that he enjoys reading than that he learns to do so quickly.

Co-op continues to be a bright spot in our week.  It’s a full day, but I enjoy the interaction.

L loves his PE class, but sadly the teacher was called away this week, so we missed it.  We ran errands instead, joy!

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Poor little Archimedes isn’t feeling good; his big brother Faustus comforts him.

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Advent in our home this year is a pile of books and a Lego activity divided into 24 little boxes each.


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