Summer wrap-up

We start our new school year tomorrow and, although we didn’t do as much schoolwork as I had anticipated, we covered quite a few things this Summer and I thought I’d record them (mostly for my own records).

Phonics: The 1st grade HOP was mostly focused on ending sounds and since I last wrote a weekly wrap up we have covered: -sh, -th, -mp, -nd, -ng, -nt, -nk, -st, -sp, -sk, -ft, -lk, -lt, -ing, -er, -ly, -es, and -ed We also read “Chick-chick the Ping-pong Champ,” “Over my Head,” “The Little Ghost,” and “The Case of the Missing Sandwich.” Beyond our Hooked on Phonics lessons Brady read to us every day and even read 31 books for the Summer reading program at our local library and earned a t-shirt.


And he even got his very own library card.


Math: We continued to work on our times tables and covered 12s and then looped back and did 1s, 2s, 3s, and 4s as well.

Canada: We covered Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island, Newfoundland and Labrador.

Science: Our main Science project was the garden

We also did a series of chromatography experiments with markers

and M&Ms

food coloring

and celery

And Brady grew some crystals on this dinosaur with a little kit we picked up at Walmart.

And he’s been learning about rhythm and different types of instruments while playing Wii Music


There’s also been lots of writing practice (he told me this says “I love Gramma,” I can see the first two words for sure, I think he kind of got tired at the end)


and drawing practice

He said the one on the far right is “daddy snuggling Brady”

And, although not an official part of the curriculum, we’ve kind of been majoring in blanket forts lately:

We’re well rested, we’ve got all the materials we need to start, and I have lesson plans written through the beginning of October. Tomorrow morning will start off with a special pancake breakfast, using the last of the blueberries we picked a couple of weeks ago


and then we’ll jump into our 1st/2nd grade year with both feet. I think it’s going to be a good one.









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