We learned about Ohio this week. Treyton has known this state for a while, but he does still get it confused at times with both Indiana and Kentucky. This week we really worked on learning it’s location and I think he got it!!
Treyton loves all things football (and I mean LOVES), so whenever we introduce a new state he asks if they have a football team. Ohio has two, one that Treyton likes and one that he doesn’t, so that was pretty exciting for him.
Tim remembered this cute illustrated story he was taught when he was a kid – something about a rabbit hiding in a log, and trying to find it by chopping the log.
Some other read-alouds we enjoyed were:
- Aurora Means Dawn by Scott Russell Sanders
- The Floating House by Scott Russell Sanders
- B is for Buckeye by Marcia Schonberg
- Farmer Boy by Laura Ingalls Wilder
- We are a little behind in this book according to the teacher’s manual but we’re slowly getting through it and enjoying it, which is our priority.
- Magic Tree House #2 The Knight at Dawn by Mary Pope Osborne
- Treyton is onto the second book in the series… and still loving them.
New England Primer
In Singapore 1B, Treyton is learning how to add coins and dollars. We’ve worked on this before, and he didn’t really pick up on it, but this time he seems to be getting it. He is amazing at adding the coins together in his head – seriously, the kid is really good at mental math!!
Phonics: Compound Words & Syllable Segmenting
The last couple of weeks in his reading, I’ve been noticing him struggle with some simple compound words, and syllable segmenting. So we took some time this week to play a few games and focus on these phonics skills.
Coincidently, in his All About Spelling, we also focused on this, it was really nice that we were coming at it from both directions – both reading and spelling, I think it helped him to see the “whole picture”.
We will be focusing on this over the next several weeks, using some different printables and games I’ve found (check at the bottom of the post)
My friend Jessica recommend an on-line game called Makaziville, that we started playing this week. Treyton loved it, but I think I loved it even more!! In this game your child “travels to Tanzania” as a missionary to build a village and to translate the Bible for the natives. This game includes daily devotions and challenges to earn coins to help build the village. I highly recommend it!!
Treyton was asking again this week about why a Bible is such a big book. Last year in MFW first grade we did this activity, but I decided to do it again. I asked Treyton how many books are in the Bible – he knew “It’s 66!” We took out 66 story books to illustrate just how many that actually is.
The kids continue to work on learning the Books of the Bible for AWANA. I have them watch it on YouTube during our daily board time, and it has really helped them. Treyton is up to Nehemiah of the Old Testament, and knows the entire New Testament.
Farmer Boy: Potato Plant
A few weeks ago, Treyton planted a potato planted, he continues to water it and take great care of it, including rotate it every day for it to get proper sunlight from our little window. It’s doing well. This week we added some dirt around the roots to help make them stronger.
Learning our Zip Code
Treyton has known our address for a while, but he hasn’t known our zip code, this week we started working on memorizing it – he learned it on the first day, I don’t know why I waited so long. :)
I downloaded a new app this week called Jetpack it has games for both reading and math. Treyton worked on addition and subtraction facts this week using this game.
Helpful Links for Compounds and Syllable Segmenting Lessons:
Compound Words: Ice Cream Cones (from First Grade Teachers)
Syllable Split Game at Fun 4 the Brain
Syllable Printables and Games – Curriculum from FCRR
Compound Word Video and Game at Spelling City
Syllable Segmenting at Spelling City