Friday, September 30, 2011

Week One in Review

This year I am going to try to document what we're doing week by week, because I thought it would be fun for the kids to look back and see the progress of their learning throughout the year. Chloe and I's week was spent reviewing some of the basic parts of speech, reading two new Veritas readers, and practicing single digit addition (she's learned all her addition 0-9 facts, so we're working on her "rocket" speed of each fact before moving on to subtraction). 

I was nursing Charlie early one morning and Chloe came in with her slate and chalk, announcing that she wanted to teach him how to skip count by five. I love it when we get our work done before the "school" day has even begun... and they don't even realize they're working!

 During snack time, Chloe decided that she was going to read a story to her brothers.

They were quite entertained.
(*Side note... I've had one door on this bank of cabinets in my kitchen for what seems like forever (and realistically has been about four months) because I've been trying to decide if I want glass doors on them or not. I've finally decided: beadboard and no doors. In case ya wondered...)

 Max frequently enjoys sneaking up to his room, changing out of the comfortable shorts and tees that I have dressed him in, and instead donning his "clothes like Daddy." He is a man of style, that's for sure. Right now he is favoring quite a dressy look, with button-down collared shirts tucked in to belted shorts, spiderman light-up sneakers, and a hat. Greg and I's favorite part of this little phase (I should say we are hoping it's a phase) is that he tucks his shirt into his underwear to make sure everyone can see his belt. In doing so, everyone can also see quite a bit of his underwear. If we try to de-nerd him and pull the shirt out, he has a fit and tucks it back in nice and tight.

The boys practiced the letter L and we learned the Bible verse "Let your light shine before men that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven." (Matt. 5:16)

One of the books Chloe read was a fairy tale called My Clara, and we decided to act it out one night just for fun. I narrated, while she and her brothers acted out the story.

Here's Chloe in her role as the lovely Clara, skipping into the snapdragon patch.

The bird in the story is actually a thrush, but this eagle worked in a pinch :-).

Sam in his role as best supporting actress, the nymph. Greg was super pleased to see his son flitting about in a purple fairy dress, but hey, someone's gotta be the nymph.

It was actually a really fun way of determining reading comprehension in addition to skill. I must say, she has quite a bent for the dramatic arts!

The audience loved it.

"Let the Word of Christ—the Message—have the run of the house. Give it plenty of room in your lives. Instruct and direct one another using good common sense. And sing, sing your hearts out to God! Let every detail in your lives—words, actions, whatever—be done in the name of the Master, Jesus, thanking God the Father every step of the way."
Colossians 3:16-17 (The Message)

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