It was a much better week at our preschool homeschool! Kooks has recovered from malaria and is a much happier child which means I am a much more relaxed Mama!
Literacy and Language Arts:
Boo is still enjoying Progressive Phonics and I love seeing how excited she gets when she puts a word together. We are all having fun with Webbing Into Literacy. This week’s rhyme was “Hiccup, Hiccup” and the girls have been chanting it so much that I can’t get it out of my head!
Cognitive Skills and Math:
We started gearing up for Valentine’s Day with an activity from Teach Preschool that includes estimating and graphing hearts on a felt board. Instead of felt we used paper hearts and a chalk graph drawn on our floor (one of the benefits to having cement floors). It was something new for us and the girls got really into it. One added benefit to this activity is all the paper hearts we have to make Valentines out of!
Science and Nature Studies:
We made rock candy following the directions at About.com. Ours didn’t turn out quite as pretty as the one pictured there (maybe because we used brown sugar), but Boo and Kooks thought they tasted delicious and it was fun to watch them grow.
We had to air out the mattress this week and of course that can’t happen without it becoming a bouncy castle, a slide, a gymnastics mat or the roof to a playhouse. The girls disappeared into this wicker chair and mattress house with their tea set and entertained themselves for the better part of a morning.
I am thoroughly enjoying watching the girls’ imaginations grow. They are always quick with a story – lately it has been about the imaginary brothers that they had when they were babies. I don’t know where Boo came up with this but each day she tells us a new story of what she and her brothers got up to way back then and, not to be outdone, Kooks then has another story to tell about her brothers. It’s been going on for some time now and it is such a pleasure to see the girls flesh out these brothers and add new layers to their stories. The brothers have started creeping into real time and they are always up to some sort of mischief so I’m going to have to get creative about how to discipline them. There have been a number of occasions where it’s the brothers who have made a mess or stolen something from one of the girls. How do you correct bad behavior in an imaginary child?
What imaginary play have your children been up to recently?