Monday, August 26, 2013

K-4 - Week 6

Welcome back to another account of what we do in school :-)  Lets keep it real.  We started out a little rough.  We did not have school Monday or Tuesday.  Monday I wasn't feeling it and on Tuesday, the boys really wanted to play outside so I let them.  We got back on track on Wednesday though.  I'm really not worried about it - we will get through everything we need to get through without a doubt.  Here are some photos from our week - both school and fun related.

 On Monday, Nate pulled out Lincoln Logs mid-morning and proudly stated that they were out to be played with by Daddy later.  After dinner, this cabin is what Darryl, Josh and Nate built and yes, all three worked on it.  I think it was a great lesson in teamwork. 
 Last week I mentioned that we have snack time now.  The boys jump for joy when I say, "It's snack time!"  I have a couple fun, plastic dishes that I like to use.  The one above came from Wal-mart for $1.00 and I have a round one that I also got for $1.00.  This was snack on Tuesday - Grapes, Strawberries, Trail Mix and Goldfish.  With three boys eating it - it goes fast.  On Wednesday, one of the items we had was Peanut Butter Sushi.  It's simple - just take one slice of bread, cut off the crust and use a rolling pin to roll it as thin as a pancake (removing the crust is a must to do this).  Spread a thin layer of Peanut Butter on the bread and roll it up tightly.  Cut it into small rolls.  My kids LOVED it and asked for more but we were out of bread!

 Love these boys!  For the record, it was pushing 90 degrees today and yes, Nate was wearing a sweat jacket WITH the hood on a.l.l. d.a.y.  It made me sweat!!!

We did actually do some work this week :-)
 Have I mentioned that I love these $1.00 sheet trays?  Well, I do :-)  They are perfect magnet, play dough, glue, cupcake decorating boards.  Josh is working on putting together a Number Puzzle from our curriculum.  When I printed the game, I laminated it and added small pieces of magnet to each piece so he could line them up on the board. 
 While we were doing school, Nate worked on putting some stickers in his dinosaur book.  He is counting the sleeps until he starts school too.

 A very proud student of his work.  He loves school.  Loves it.  Even on days I would drag me feet to do class, he bothers me reminds me that we need to do it.

 On Thursday, we worked with a geoboard for the first time.  The goal was to make the #1, and upper and lower case A's.  Josh mastered the number 1.  Then he and Nate worked on putting all of the rubber bands on the board which is great for fine motor skills.  I will be ordering two more boards so that each of the boys has one to use for class.

Week 6 ended for us on Friday. My plan is to take this coming week off from structured class and use the time to prep for the next 6 weeks for all three boys.  The problem is that, as I mentioned, Josh loves class.  I think what is going to happen is that we will still do our daily notebook and I'll have some review stuff to do as well as any worksheets we did not finish in the first 6 weeks.  In the future, if the boys keep this interest, I may do a unit study during our "off" week where all three boys can work together.  Maybe some lap books or something more self directed.  

This week we did not do any "extra" activities in the afternoon.  The temps/heat index climbed high enough to be uncomfortable so we tend to not do much.  At least one afternoon we ended up in the boys room while the Munchkin and Princess took naps where it was cool thanks to the A/C unit.  It is hard for me to want to do anything at 3:00 in the afternoon when it is hot and humid.  As the temps start to drop in September, we'll pick back up with the activities.  The boys really enjoyed them the previous week.