Week Twenty-Nine

Language Arts

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Enjoying the library near Dad’s work

We enjoyed recalling the order of items after reading There Was an Old Pirate Who Swallowed a Fish by Jennifer Ward.  The Gruff Brothers by William H. Hooks and our own living room dramatic production.  The boys created the set and scenery (the curtain was our fabric shower curtain).  Writing riddles and reading Really Funny Riddles by Judy A. Winter.

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The starter rhyme on clipboard. The boys wrote in ‘shoe’ and found the next clue in a shoe on our shoe tray.

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Treasure hunt: A fill-in-the-blank rhyme waiting to be discovered and read

Review of many nursery rhymes and treasure hunt inspired by a beloved Rosemary Wells book Max and Ruby’s Treasure Hunt.

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Ruby’s know-by-heart box.

Ruby wanted a box (cleaned up cocoa container) like her brother, so her books have basic shapes, numbers one to four, and a few letters.  She asks to have ‘reading log’ time too.

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Checking out the teen section (after getting a Calvin and Hobbes book for the boys) of our favorite library.

Health and Wellness

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The indoor scooter fleet

The hardwood and home’s floor plan makes it easy to bring in scooters during the winter.  We continue to enjoy pre-dinner hours at the play park, playing and visiting with fun pals.

Parker’s newest swimming skill (under water with goggles) has him counting the days until the next session.

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Recalling food groups and tracking daily intake

Miles wanted to see if he eats foods from all the groups in a day.

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‘Blueberry Blackout’ smoothies back again. Puree fresh orange juice and berries.

Breakfast ice cream a new favorite and easy to make:  Puree frozen strawberries with french vanilla yogurt (and a little water if needed).

Math and Logic

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Pi day (on 3-14, as in 3.1415…) activities from Education World, tracing circles and talking about perimeter, radius, and diameter.  Reading instructions and making boston cream pie (All Recipes link).

Play Smart First Grader’s game ‘Race Ya There‘, a place value review game involving dice, base ten block set, and regrouping ones to a unit of ten until a player reaches 50.

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Reading fractions and measuring ingredients for bread (simple recipe in book) and reading Bread Comes to Life by George Levenson.

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Fruit fractions

Practicing writing fractions in different ways, for example four of eight (or 4/8) are brown.

Art

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Circles in the fashion of Wassily Kandinsky

Making art with circles (as part of our Pi celebration) and learning about Wassily Kandinsky.  More Kandinsky circles here (Google search).

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Using a straw to blow the paint around the paper. When it dries, we will add a white circle for an eye.

Creating an ink (ours was watered down tempera paint) monster, similar to The Chocolate Muffin Tree’s.

Music

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Wrapping up a quick game of tag on the way into group class

Parker played Lightly Row (German folk song) with both hands in Group Class.  Miles:  Bartok’s Hungarian Folk Song from For Children.

Parker enjoys Chant Arabe (Anon.) with both hand, which is a cool, tricky piece.  He also continues to put both hands together on many Suzuki Book 1 songs.  Miles also visits the piano frequently during the day (in addition to his set practice time) and is working on Hanon exercise number seven, Minuet 3, and pedaling.

Science

Hibernation by Tori Kosara and drawing and labeling mammals, reptiles, amphibians, and fish in their various states of winter lethargy.

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Planting wheat seeds

Reviewing how seeds grow and plant parts (hopefully these will sprout), idea from Bread Comes to Life by George Levenson.

Social Studies

Police Officers at Work by Karen Latchana Kenney and processing sheet from Education.  This Land is Your Land by Woody Guthrie and singing the song.  Reviewing basic features of the US (name bordering countries and oceans, where are deserts/mountains, Great Lakes, etc.).   The Bravest Woman in America by Marissa Moss, based on famous lighthouse keeper Ida Lewis.  Learning about Lake Superior in Beginning Geography workbook.

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