Invent Your Own Computer Games with Python, Mini Weapons of Mass Destruction, STOW3, Kingfisher History (red), HP (CC, the last one finally), Happily Ever After Stories, Romeo and Juliet, The Very Hungry Caterpillar, Roxaboxen, Stories from India, Harold and the Purple Crayon, History: The Definitive Visual Guide, a Bob book a day (LB), Our Island Story, The Pokey Little Puppy, LoF Fractions, Rattletrap Car, Fairytale Favorites.
This week in pictures:
|School - what more can I say?|
|ETC is still awesome|
|The zoo is more fun when we're the only ones there|
|Together is better|
|Math in my office|
This week in words:
I had a lot of fun playing hangman with LB this week over breakfast. We started with BB when he first learned to read and found that its a great way to pass time when you're waiting for something. I've now been playing hangman with my own kids for more than 16 years.
BB is taking a trip this weekend with his school to Kanazawa.
CC made a "Guess My Number" computer game this week and learned about random number generators and got more practice using functions.
CC and I took a good, hard look at history (again). She's dissatisfied with the Kingfisher history encyclopedia because it doesn't give enough detail for her. The History Odyssey assignment this week was supposed to be to research and write about the idea of the divine right of kings. She didn't find enough information to satisfy her own questions about it in Kingfisher. After she did additional research, we had a great discussion of it including how it contrasts with the Mandate of Heaven and how it related to Agamemnon from the Iliad. We decided to not do the history assignments from HO (glad I used the sample), but to go back to reading our other history encyclopedia, discussing as we go, and writing about a topic of choice from the assigned reading (2 pages, 3 times per week). She elected to continue from her spot in the beginning of the history book. I decided that she'll also finish reading STOW3 and Our Island Story. We're going to finish a round of history this year.
I had a hard time focusing on work Tuesday because the sun was shining. The kids did over an hour on fun math after they did their regular math (Rocket Math counts as practice, right?). After math, reading, phonics, and other things we went for a long walk at lunch. I think we'll all come down with spring fever early this year if this weather holds.
Extracurricular: The girls tried out a Judo class this week which they loved. I think it will be a terrific addition to our week. CC is competing in her first fencing tournament this weekend. Her pottery is great - she's a bit bigger and stronger than last session, and she can see her own improvement. LB loves tap even though she complains every week before she gets to class that it's too hard.
I'm really satisfied with what we accomplished this week. I skipped PR phonics this week in favor of ETC and Bob, but I want to get back to it next week. We are comfortably doing all 3 of the 3R's plus LB is getting lots of stories and CC is being challenged by her history. We're in a much better place academically than we were even a few weeks ago. As they make these conceptual leaps in understanding, it is hard to get things back to being at the right level of challenge then get into a routine with the new material.