We’ve just finished our first week back in school after the holidays. It was good to get back into it and we have had a lot of pretty perfect moments in the process.
Literacy and Language Arts:
Boo and I have really started working on reading, I’ve been thinking about this and researching it for ages. I don’t know why I find this so intimidating but I finally got up the confidence to jump into it with Boo and it is going really well – much better than I anticipated. Once we are a little further along I’ll write a post about how we are going about it but this week Boo was pointing at some letters in one of her books and saying their letter sounds so I found the word cat and pointed under each letter and without missing a beat she said the sounds for c-a-t and then looked at me and said cat – it says cat! She immediately realized what she had done and leapt into my arms with excitement. I almost cried. It was one of those moments that you want to hold on to and remember forever. I’ve been so worried about doing this the ‘right’ way and we certainly still have a very long way to go but it seems we are on the path to reading and that is so exciting. All three of us are continuing with Webbing Into Literacy and this week was “The Queen of Hearts.” The girls had lots of fun acting this one out.
Cognitive Skills and Math:
One of the girls’ aunts sent them a Melissa & Doug Felt Pizza Set for Christmas. It has been a huge hit and we have been making lots of pizzas but what I really love about this gift is that the box has a list of suggested extension activities printed on it. This week we introduced the idea of fractions by dividing our pizza in half and then in quarters. We also practiced following directions by taking turns ordering a slice and then making it accordingly. Once the girls had their pizza I had them close their eyes while I ‘ate’ something off their slices. When they opened their eyes they had to tell me what was missing. It was a really fun way to play with math.
Science and Nature Studies:
The rain is here and that means the chongololos (millipedes) are out. After a rain we are almost guaranteed to find a number of giant African millipedes around the house and they are a lot of fun to watch. If you pick them up they tickle your skin while they roll themselves into a tight ball. After watching the millipedes for a while we pulled out our animal encyclopedia and looked them up. Did you know that millipedes can have up to 700 legs!
Boo’s long dangly paper bracelet was my favorite creation of the week. She found some scrap paper and asked for some tape and worked quietly and intently for a while before proudly showing me what she had created. She was so excited that I wanted to photograph it.
It has been a pretty thrilling week of preschool homeschool for us. The highs of this job can be pretty darn high.
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