Books We Read:
- The Statue of Liberty by Lucille Recht Penner
- My New York by Kathy Jakobsen
- The Story of the Statue of Liberty by Betsy & Giulio Maestro
- Ox-Cart Man by Donald Hall
- G is for Granite: A New Hampshire Alphabet by Marie Harris
We went through our state books and atlases with each state, but otherwise we kept it really simple this week as it was the week before Christmas. Which was a nice change of pace.
Statue of Liberty:
Treyton was really interested in the Statue of Liberty this week – we measured different parts of our body and compared it to Liberty. Liberty’s nose is 4 ft. 6 in. long, her mouth is 3 ft wide. When Treyton colored the picture of the Statue of Liberty he had me write the measurements on there so he could remember. Alexa did a statue of liberty dot-to-dot, she just started doing these, and seems to like them.
Treyton continues to do state pages for each of the states, as well as his passport, coloring page and state cards (in order).
I really admire how hard Treyton works to add his own creativity to his state pages. He likes routine and to know the way he’s supposed to do something. Creating pages like this with their own unique style and twist for each state, but having the same basic pieces is exactly the kind of activity Treyton does well with. He knows what is expected and he takes the initiative to do it.
We started reading Farmer’s Boy again this week, I wasn’t sure if we were going to be able to finish it or not because it was a little tough to read with all three kids during story time, the girls really don’t pay attention during it, and cause quite the disturbance. However, Treyton begs to read it so we are. Next week, when we actually are a little more motivated with school, I am going to ask Treyton if he would like to complete the lapbook I found on Homeschool Share.
We finished Level 1 in All About Spelling, and moved on to Level 2. Treyton was SUPER pumped about his accomplishment, he’s been marking off his chart step by step looking forward to the finish.
He insist on continuing to read the Magic Tree House books, though I was willing to back off of them a little bit after he finished the Revolutionary War (#22). I think they are just a little too tough for him yet, but I don’t think he’s really willing to admit it, so I’m going to let him continue to read them and just offer a little more assistance which he doesn’t seem to mind.
He did discover that the series is written with a book order. I tried to explain that you don’t have to read them in the actual numerical order, but pick which topics you liked. He’d have none of that talk. So we went to Barnes and Noble and picked out the first 5 in the series, to add to his Reading Chart reward basket. He will be starting with book 1 next week :) (He is so his mother’s child).
See You Next Year!
I had planned to do school next week (the week between Christmas and New Years) but we got the stomach flu – AGAIN – so it seems best to just wait until next year to start up again.
Hope you all have a Happy New Year, and we’ll see you next year!