Summer Stay-cation Week Ten

We wrapped up our Summer Break last week, and we’ve begun our 2012-2013 school year.  Our second grader, kindergartener, and preschooler are well-supplied and very excited!

Our new workboxes helped with organization.  Ruby and Parker’s workboxes have three drawers for now.

Miles’ workbox has seven drawers.  Everyone keeps their school supplies box in their workbox and brings it to our table for lessons.

This week we’re focusing on letter ‘C’, and activities will vary depending on the grade level.  For example we read If I Built A Car by Chris Van Dusen (a fun, creative read-aloud) and Miles’ spelling list had words from the story.  Parker’s letter and sentence practice is ‘C’.  This year Miles has requested spelling tests and homework, so we are adding those to the mix for both boys.

We made a huge ‘C’ shaped cookie.

Working on a fun first day activity from Mrs. Vandyke, which involved answering the questions on the t-shirt and drawing the face using the glyph.

Language Arts

Checking out a St. Paul Library that we haven’t been to in a while.  We like how there are many easy readers organized by level and favorite character books in (Sponge Bob, Berenstain Bears, Arthur) stacks by themselves.

A favorite from our stack was Little Hoot by Amy Krouse Rosenthal, a story about a little owl who wants to go to bed early like his friends, but whose parents keep him awake late like a proper owl.  We also liked a Math Matters book Henry Keeps Score by Daphne Skinner.

Science

After a few more days of eating a milkweed leaves-only diet, our monarch caterpillars will turn themselves into chrysalises.

Watching the caterpillar transform into a chrysalis.  The was the first time we were in the kitchen to see it!

The caterpillar was hanging in the ‘J’ position for about a day.  Then it wiggled out of its skin.

The chrysalis was transparent for the rest of the day, and the next day it turned a solid green color with the gold colored band.

Music

Continue listening to Suzuki discs one and two in addition to Annie Lennox, The Lorax sound track, and Aun J-Classic Orchestra (music from My Neighbor Totoro, Howl’s Moving Castle) to name a few.

We also continue our Suzuki lessons at MacPhailMusic Makes Your Child Smarter by Philip Sheppard has many songs and rhymes that we are incorporating into our weekly lessons at home.

Health and Wellness

Cooler weather (and even during rain sprinkles) has us on our bikes more often

At bat during the last baseball game for the summer session.  We also wrapped up soccer for the summer.

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