In Language Cruz's lessons focused on frequently used words and two vowel words. He has a daily spelling test. He began Storybook Reader #7 The Sailboat Book. His grammar lessons were on compound words and subjects. We begin our lesson by singing a few phonics songs that go with our lesson and end our time with a phonics game. This week we played Word- O Bingo to help him read and recognize some of the most frequently used words.
working a language lesson in his workbook
Word- O Bingo
studying his spelling words before a test
Ben's language lessons were on the letter J.
learning to write letter Jj
playing an alphabet game
Cruz spent the week reviewing in Math. He had his second unit test on Friday that covered lessons 11-17.
Ben's math lessons focused on numbers 1-12 and counting to 40. Most days he doesn't stop and goes all the way to 100. He is also learning to count by 10's, 5's, and 2's.
doing a math worksheet
Our History lessons were called "We the People" and "President George Washington". We learned about the Founding Fathers, the writing of the Constitution, and the first President of the United States.
Our activity was to make a powdered wig using cotton balls. The instructions said to use a white paper bag but we tried that and it didn't work too well. Instead we used a white plastic grocery bag and cut it to form a wig shape. We put a balloon inside to make a temporary head while we decorated it with cotton. It turned into a family effort. One would hold the balloon, one glued, one pulled the cotton balls apart, and the other stuck them on. At one point Cruz said, "be still and let me take your picture". I think he has heard that just a few times in his life, ha.
David and I helping make our powdered wig.
Ben wearing our powdered wig.
Our Science lessons were on water vapor and the water cycle. We had a fun time learning about both of those topics. Our first experiment was called "Let's Dew It". We put ice cubes and water in a dry jar and after a few minutes felt how the jar had become wet.
He was a little surprised when it did.
We also boiled water on the stove to look for the vapors.
Is it boiling yet?
We read these two stories about rain and clouds.
Our last activity/ experiment was to make "clouds" aka meringue cookies. Any time the boys get to help me cook they are happy. Cruz especially enjoyed getting to make this snack.
dropping the meringue to form cookies
ready for the oven
our "clouds" all done and ready to eat
Ben was the first to try one
In Health we began a unit called My Safety. This week we learned about safety in our home. We talked about some good habits to keep our homes safe and accident free (ex. picking up toys, wiping up spills). We also talked about fire safety and they learned to stop, drop, and roll. We watched several YouTube videos on fire safety. It was a good study this week.
Our Art lesson was drawing a baby sea turtle.
I added something new to our second semester and that is doing journal entries. I picked up a notebook while in the States last summer and Cruz will use it a few times a week to record in. I googled 1st Grade Journal Writing Prompts and printed off a few pages of great ideas. He has only done it twice so far but loves it! This should make for a fun keepsake one day.
Lastly we did a few winter crafts and coloring sheets.
Ben making a Penny Penguin from his Abeka Art book.
some of our winter artwork displayed on our schoolroom door