Daily Board Elements:
Color of the Week: Green
Shape of the Week: Square
Number of the Week: 9
Memory Verse: “Do to others what you would have them do to you.” Matthew 7:12
B4FIAR & Science:
We decided to focus on Bears for our science this week instead of Dinosaurs or The Five Senses (which was what MFW recommended) because we’ve covered both of those topics in the last year.
We made a lapbook for some hands-on work. Our studies focused primarily on Black Bears, Polar Bears and Brown Bears.
Our first activity was possibly Treyton’s favorite, which was comparing the sizes of each bear and putting them in order of size.
We also talked about where the bears lived: 4 out of the 7 continents. (Excluding Antartica, Africa and South America). Treyton put an x on the continents that don’t have bears a circle around the continents that do.
We talked about the bears diet. Treyton liked that Polar Bears only ate meat :). I found it interesting that Black Bears while they can and do eat meat, usually eat more fruits and veggies.
We watched the Nanuq DVD (a cute polar bear cub we read about in our go-along book) we received with our book, and played the online games.
We printed off story pages from Homeschool Share and the kids on day three put them in order from memory.
For a fun craft, I found this cute bear face made from circles on DLTK. I cut Lexie’s out for her and glued the backs but she assembled it on her own after I showed her a copy. She did an excellent job. Treyton did his craft completely on his own: cut, assembled and glued.
Narration & Imagination
Treyton drew his own picture of a bear and narrated a story to me that I typed up for him to add to his picture.
“The Bear & His Friends All Together”
Before, there was a bear. He had a house, his house is a cave. He is a nice bear. He found some people and he played friends with them. They played “I Spy.”
The bear surprised them for snack time, with berries.
The people and bear ate berries.
It was a nice day out, and they had a lot of fun.
They played games, they ate lunch in the afternoon.
Bear set up a bed for his friends so they could spend the night. They are supper and talked for a little bit. They watched TV, they played two games, and then they went to bed.
We completed lesson 10 this week in Explode the Code which was the short sound /o/. We were able to complete the entire lesson in 1 week, which is the quickest we’ve gotten through a lesson so far.
Treyton is very motivated to read right now. Tim told him that as soon as he finished an assigned reading book (from me) he would take him out bowling. I told Treyton he needed to read 3 stories in his Sonlight Reader and the entire /o/ book from progressive phonics. He nearly finished this week. I expect one more day and he will finish it up.
I have been looking for some other way to teach Treyton drawing because I’m not so good at teaching him on my own. I’ve used some drawing books, which have helped a litte, but I still struggled coming up with how to teach things like dimension, shading and adding detail. After asking several of the online groups that I am in someone recommended Mark Kistler’s Art Lessons called Mini-Marshmallows. Which I liked the look of right away – they are online videos where Mark teaches the student how to draw different pictures. So far we’ve only done three of the free lessons but we’re really liking it.
For an additional craft this week we decided to do some color mixing. Treyton read about color mixing in one of his magazines with Mommer a few weeks ago and even though I had talked to Treyton in the past about primary and secondary colors we had never actually mixed the paints to make the colors. We decided it was time. I had Treyton paint a big cardboard T that he bought (with his own money) from JoAnn’s, while Lexie painted some dinosaur pieces.
We finished underlining Treyton’s memory verses in his Bible this week. He’s so proud of all of his little markers so that he can find the specific verses. I love how much he loves the Word!! He often brings his Bible to me to read some of his verses and a fun section (as part of his particular Bible) out of it. He also enjoys showing other people his Bible and the verses he knows. Math:
We were a little behind in our math lessons. We try to complete 3 lessons in a week, this week we did 6. Luckily, they were easier lessons, we didn’t cover anything new that was beyond what he was able to move through quickly.
We did work on measuring this week. It worked out great because he also worked on measuring in his WINGS co-op. He also had his first experience with writing a fraction when he needed to write 6 1/2 inches in his co-op.
Handwriting & Copywork:
We did lots of Handwriting practice this week. Not just doing the Handwriting Without Tears pages but I also did a letter quiz on all the letters we’ve done so far we did this year.
Lexie worked on coloring her green book from ABC Teach which she did a great job on. We also worked on shapes this week, which she is doing well at. Surprisingly, she knew more than I thought. The one she gets right the most (all the time I should say) is the oval, then the triangle. We’re still working on Squares, Rectangles and Circles.
Tot School @ 1+1+1=1
Preschool & 5K Weekly Wrap Up @ Homeschool Creations
Homeschool Share – We’re Going on a Bear Hunt story pages
DLTK: Bear Circle Craft