After having 3 weeks off from school I wasn’t sure what to expect, it went better than I could have hoped!!
MATH: NUMBERS 1-20
We did the first 5 exercises of our new unit in one day because it was all review for Treyton, and he was really motivated to get to page 100 in his workbook. On exercise 6 we started working on adding numbers together that equal great than 10.
While figuring out what 9+5= he said “14” really quickly and I said “Yes, but how did you figure that out?” and he said “5, 10, 15 – but it’s not 10 plus 5 because it’s 9 so I took away 1”. For the record, my mind does NOT work that way naturally but it is the logical math approach that Singapore is known for. I am even more confident than I was before with our curriculum choice for Treyton as I see it strengthening his natural skills.
We used legos and our chalkboard top desk to learn how to add numbers that equals a number greater than 10. (This was a Singapore idea)
READING & FINE ARTS
I wasn’t sure what to expect getting back into reading after not stretching his reading muscle for so long, but he did great. He has a little improvement to do but I was happy with how well he started out.
The first day back reading 3 pages in his Bible reader proved to be a little frustrating, so I allowed him to break the story down for two days. I would rather slow down and prevent frustration than to mark something off our list that discourages him.
The second day went even better.
He continues to work on his sight words and I think it goes without saying that the better he seems to do with his sight words the more confident he is in his reading.
The two new sounds we worked on this week were /oo/ spelled ew, and /ow/ spelled ow & ou.
Treyton has 5 of the 7 continents down – Asia, Africa, North America, South America and Antartica. This week we focused on Europe.
Some other books we read this week were:
- Oliver & The Spaceship
- Me & My Place in Space
- The Giving Tree
We started our artist study this week. I picked Frans Lanting (a photographer) as our first artist to study. I got this Jungles book from the library and picked one photo for us to look at together this week. Treyton was really in to it.
We talked about how there are different types of art and artist. A photographer is an artist, just like a painter or sculpture.
We also did our See the Light series this week and finished the last of the 4 sessions we were given to review, along with our normal Mark Kistler drawing sessions.
Treyton’s handwriting has improved TREMENDOUSLY since I’ve allowed him to got back to the Kindergarten spacing rather than having him squeeze in to the First Grade lines. He did three different copywork exercises this week without even complaining. It felt (and looked) great!
We talked about 9-1-1 this week and I posted a list of Emergency Numbers for Treyton next to our daily board. Treyton, after I explained to him what they were for asked me “Can we not talk about this, it really makes me sad.”
I told him “Of course, but I want you to know, I’m not giving you these numbers because I think something is going to happen, I’m giving you these numbers so that IF something happens you know what to do. You don’t need to be scared, we know that God is always in control right? So no matter what happens, He will get you through it. You don’t need to be afraid.”
We cuddled for a while after that until he was ready to keep going. He’s such a sweet boy, I hope he is able to keep that without allowing it to control him.
We had a really fun week this week with our MFW studies and regular subjects, and we were still able to keep relatively short days. Treyton didn’t get frustrated or over worked, which he was before we took our break. A successful first week back to school!!