In place of phonics, Benny has been reading aloud to me for a few minutes each day. This week he read from Days with Frog and Toad by Lobel. He's had a tremendous increase in fluency over the summer, so we're going to try increasing the difficulty level slightly next week. Together we're reading aloud The Wheel on the School by DeJong, which loosely connects to our history since it is set in Holland. For copywork, we reviewed the alphabet, so I could note any letters that were not being formed correctly. He also copied the definition of a noun and his name and initials for his grammar lessons. Using FLL, we talked about what a noun is and the different between common and proper nouns for grammar. He also completed lesson 1 of SWO B and began lesson 2 this week.
We discussed aquatic animals and lined Benny's ocean box with leftover bulletin board paper that I saved from VBS decorations early in the summer.
ART & MUSIC
We discussed the 5 elements of shape using Drawing With Children by Brookes and practiced using the different shapes in a maple leaf outline based on these directions although I let him use whatever colors of markers he desired.
We'll add in music, picture study, and begin piano next week.
Yes, it's official. This year Henry gets his own block of Mommy time, which he is very excited about. He's been pulling books out of the library crate every morning this week after Curious George ends, asking "Mommy, are you going to come read to me now?" , and waiting very patiently for me to finish Violet and Benny's math lessons before it's his time. I'm basing part of our lessons on this online curriculum, but changing book of the week to theme of the week.
Our Bible lesson for the week was the first 5 days of creation. We read the first 2 pages of A Child's First Bible by Taylor. We also did the creation fingerplay, learned Genesis 1:1, and sang "This is the Day" and "Do You Know Who Made the World?" from the curriculum page. I added two books What God Made by Zobel-Nolan which has puzzle pieces to move during the story and a small flap book called All Things Bright and Beautiful with the lyrics of the first verse. Henry had fun adding stars stickers for his craft on Thursday.Five Little Ducks by Raffi, Angus and the Ducks by Flack, I am a Little Duck by Crozat, Have You Seen My Duckling by Tafuri, Do Like a Duck Does by Hindley, and Little Quack by Thompson. We also made the cute paper plate duck with the handprint tale feathers.
Our colors for the week were white, black, and blue. We started our colorful catepillar, ate Oreos for black and white colors, and ran around the house with a flashlight looking for blue items to shine the light on.
He soaked his sponge in water, ran done to the fire, and squeezed the water out. This game was repeated multiple times with various siblings at Henry's request. By the end, I had a very clean sidewalk.