This week it really started to feel like Fall around here and our school work has definitely reflected that. Here’s what we’ve been up to.
HOP Spelling: filling in the missing first or last letter in 3 letter words
Spelling words: zoo, frog, fish, ape, bear, lion
Scholastic Readers: “First Food” and “A Voice for Her People”
Handwriting: Yy, Zz, alligator, apple, ant, Alaska, bear, ball, bee, Bobby, cats, cookies, cards, Chuck
HOP Reading Comprehension: writing or circling the correct word to complete a sentence that describes a given picture.
Storytelling: This is a subject we just formally added this week and it is the first one that my husband is teaching. Brady has shown a lot of interest in telling stories lately either on his felt board or the many, many versions of “The Old Philosopher” that he has made up over the past week or so so when Paul saw these Story World cards at the library he picked them up and he and Brady have been creating stories together and having a lot of fun.
Arithmetic: Subtraction with numbers under 10, addition with sums to 18
Time math: drawing clock hands, matching digital and analog clocks
Money math: counting mixed groups of quarters, dimes, nickels, and pennies
Testing the strength of eggshells (idea from our Science experiment book)
and identifying leaves (Brady actually insisted on doing the labeling himself, considering how reluctant he was to write AT ALL a couple of months ago I’d call that a huge win)
and building a solar-powered car
And, just for fun, I made Brady a mad scientist bath (cups full of vinegar, baking soda, and rainbow colored water plus various funnels, droppers, cylinders, etc)
We also did leaf rubbings (which turned out to be a perfect use for our recycled crayons)
and used a big leaf as a paint stamp
and did a leaf-resist painting (I should have probably glued the leaves down, but instead we just held them in place and painted over them one at a time)
and painted mini pumpkins and gourds
We are still talking about dinosaurs, next week we’ll be on to early humans
Nothing this week as we’re still waiting for our materials to arrive, but I’m hoping to be able to start on Mexico next week.
We also took a trip to the pumpkin patch this week as we have every October
And while we were in the valley we went to a farmer’s market where I picked up two big bags of apples and squash and turned this sink-full
into over 3 quarts of cinnamon applesauce (using In Lieu of Preschool’s recipe)
We also had a picnic in a lovely park
Where Brady played on a train
And we took a walk through a beautiful rose garden
(and I picked up a giant bag full of leaves to use in our art and science projects, because where we live it is almost exclusively evergreens)
Brady also made peanut butter cupcakes with peanut butter fudge frosting as a surprise for his daddy
And started learning how to sew
And that was our week. How are things in your homeschool?