Week of February 20th
This week is unseasonably warm, so while we are doing the Wee Folk Art winter term stuff we are modifying the activities a bit.
This week we continued our bible readings in The New Catholic Children’s Bible. We are reading two stories this week. “David and Saul” and “”. I don’t expect narration at this age.
We dropped the Rosary for now and are choosing to learn “My Guardian Dear”. My daughter has had some nightmares of late and this prayer is helping her cope with that. Her Dad has been teaching it to her spontaneously but this is helping.
Angel of God, my Guardian dear,
to whom His love commits me here,
ever this day (or night) be at my side,
to light and guard, to rule and guide.
This month we continue our practice in the virtue of Honesty. Throughout our children’s education we will do character training. We think it’s important to raise children with a moral compass and develop empathy. We are using the free curriculum at Nashville Dominican but may switch to Program for Achieving Character Education from Sacred Heart Books and Gifts.
This week we read “The Three Little Kittens” by Mother Goose
The three little kittens, they lost their mittens,
And they began to cry,
“Oh, mother dear, we sadly fear,
That we have lost our mittens.”
“What! Lost your mittens, you naughty kittens!
Then you shall have no pie.”
“Meow, meow, meow.”
“Then you shall have no pie.”
The three little kittens, they found their mittens,
And they began to cry,
“Oh, mother dear, see here, see here,
For we have found our mittens.”
“Put on your mittens, you silly kittens,
And you shall have some pie.”
“Purr, purr, purr,
Oh, let us have some pie.”
And “White Fields” by James Stephens
In the winter time we go
Walking in the fields of snow;
Where there is no grass at all;
Where the top of every wall,
Every fence, and every tree,
Is as white as white can be.
Pointing out the way we came,
Every one of them the same-
All across the fields there be
Prints in silver filigree;
And our mothers always know,
By the footprints in the snow,
Where it is the children go
This week we are reading “At Grandpa’s Sugar Bush” and “From Sap to Syrup”. Since it is in the 70’s here this week we decided to make our maple candy using ice cream instead of snow. We will drop maple syrup into a pan of ice cream to harden. It works!
We also read “The Tale of Peter Rabbit” out of “The Complete Tales” by Beatrix Potter. We are just starting to read through the whole book. Our schedule is a bit off of the MA schedule because I let my daughter choose which chapter book we read each term. She also took a bit of time to develop the attention span to sit through entire chapters.
This week we finished up All About Reading Pre-Reading lessons, with /z/. We also started on All About Reading Level 1.
We had to walk backwards with Getty Dubay and will try Book A again for 1st grade. She just wasn’t ready and told me as such by the amount of pain in her hands. We are back to writing in sand, making letters out of clay, and drawing letters big on construction paper. We also enjoy making 3D letters with Wiki Stix.
We are on MEP Level 1 now. This is taking us much longer to get through. We are following the Charlotte Mason style of teaching where we put 15 minutes on the clock and when the timer sounds we are done. We then pick up the lesson the next day when needed. We identified that she needs more practice with the “greater than” “less than” concept. She does have addition and subtraction figured out though and equals. Using cuisinare rods and unifix cubes is helping us grasp this concept. The nice thing about using MEP combined with the Charlotte Mason style of learning is that you can easily see where mastery needs to be attained.
We continued on our trek through Asia.
We read about the country of Jordan and did a couple things relating to that. We read about Jordan in our “Children Just Like Me” book and watched a couple videos about the Dead Sea
and what Petra is all about (listen with sound off. I just had her look at this to get a sense of the SIZE of Petra. We will revisit this region as we study world history. Remember in Kindergarten we are just stoking the learning fires. That hunger for MORE.)
She also noticed that the Jordan River is what we had talked about previously when we talked about Moses leading his people into the Promised Land. Looking at a map she also noticed that Jordan and Israel butt right up against one another. “That’s a Sea in two countries!” Yep!
Next year, as we get into science studies, I plan to revisit this again and get a massive amount of salt from Sam’s club and we will make things float in a bowl that wouldn’t otherwise float. We will also do crystallized salt pipe cleaners to understand how animals and plants get “petrified” if they land there.
We continued our reading in Stories of Great Americans for Little Americans. See my note in this post about how I do edit them heavily for language.
This week we read about Stephen Decatur and the Pirates
and Stories about Thomas Jefferson
This week was a free hike of choice. We decided to go to Pawnee Prairie park and hike around. We noticed a lot of robins at the park getting ready to nest. And lots of dogs out walking with their owners.