He repeated one of the verses but other than that I thought he did well.
He is still working his way through the alphabet in Language. This week we covered the letters O- S. He has four worksheets to do each day with each letter. They review letter sound, letter recognition, and letter writing. He began working on some new sight words and we played a few phonics games each day. He reads a short story at the end of each daily lesson.
Ben is still working on shapes. This week we focused on squares. We begin our daily lessons by singing a few songs. We sing the ABC song, a song about colors, and a song about the shapes. I used tape to outline the shapes on our floor and we march around the shape we are learning while singing the song. It is silly but fun.
Ben using his Jolly Trolley mat to sing the alphabet song.
using flashcards to line up the alphabet
Cruz's Math lessons were on Addition +1 and Commutative Property.
It was Pocahontas week in History. We finished up reading Pocahontas and the Strangers in our read aloud time. We really enjoyed that book. Our lessons for the week were also about her.
the back of Cruz's vest
me and my boys having a fun school day
We learned about the State of Massachusetts.
Science is their favorite subject of all. I am certain it is because of the fun activities we do each week. They get really excited to learn what their new topic is. This week was one of their favorites. We learned about freezing (hence the title of this post).
playing with ice cubes while I introduced the new topic of the week
squeezing items into the muffin tin
ready to freeze
Cruz wanted to know what would happen if you froze a rock. It led to a good discussion which eventually led to us doing an experiment to find out. This was not a part of my intended lesson but it was a good opportunity to explore an idea. I sent them out on a nature hunt to find a few things they would like to test freeze. They brought back some rocks, a piece of tile, grass pieces, leaves, and a flower. I let them add a plastic scuba diver toy and a Hot Wheel truck also.
my and the boys with our science experiment
Here they are the next day when we got our tub out of the freezer. Cruz was curious about why part of the ice was white and not clear so we googled it to find out why it was like that. I love Google!
our ice block
they were fascinated
They rubbed all over it with their hands and feet and just giggled the whole time.
here they are looking at all the things they had put inside
they thought it was cool to see the air bubbles trapped inside
making ice crayons
the next day we popped them out and used them to draw on paper as they melted
painting with colored ice
Our art lesson for the week was drawing a baby penguin.
Lastly, we have also been studying about Guatemala in preparation for the upcoming Independence Day celebration on Sept. 15. We have made a few crafts and decorations for our school room door and watched some videos. So far we have studied the flag, Tecun Uman (Guatemala's National Hero), the Quetzal bird (national bird), the Monja Blanca (national flower), and the marimba.
we made this Quetzal bird craft
painting the flag
decorating a monja blanca