Morning Basket Content This Week:
- Bible: “The Case for Christ for Kids“ by Lee Strobel
- Memory Verses (we alternated using songs from the Rizers and our handwritten cards. You can see more about how I rotate our memory verse cards here.)
- Poetry: “Zoo Doings” by Jack Prelutsky
Subjects Covered This Week
- Bible: Matthew 3 & 4, choice verses on anger and loving each other,
- Copy Work:Silas did a poem from our Zoo Doings book.
- Science: They watched a couple of nature shows on the centipede.
- Math: Zalie helped me measure for some shelves to put in. I showed her how to write inches (“) and how to take proper measurement notes onto paper. I also briefly covered how we can see fractions (as talked about last week) going all the way down the measuring tape.
- Fact Fluency: Multiplication X2 song on You Tube
- Reading: Silas read from Revelations and from “Hunger Games” by Suzanne Collins. Zalie read from John and from “If Wishes Were Horses” by Sibley Miller
- Writing: They picked the centipede page in our new writing prompts book. I didn’t want to make these be one-time use pages. After looking the book over, I decided they can use the prompts in their individual notebooks. It came with TONS of fun writing ideas and you just can’t beat the price at under $7! I’ll let them pick for the most part, and as they cycle through and learn more and more, the older ones can become new again.
- Geography: Zalie and Silas both did ABCYa U.S. Geography. Silas did one page on continents from his workbook.
- Typing: Typing Jungle
- Handwriting/ Copy Work: Zalie did some lessons from her new handwriting notebook (we got it free at our local book donation spot) and Silas did copy work out of “My Very First Learn and Know Animal Book” from Preschool Press.
- Exercise: Park play, Silas went on a walk with Dad, we clean-danced. Yeah. I’m counting it. It was over a half hour of fun!
- Music: We practiced some of the breathing techniques we’ve learned so far while singing some favorites off YouTube. Zalie picked at the Uke for a bit.
- Knot tying: They practiced a bowline knot. Zalie got it a couple of times, but they overall kept getting confused. We will keep practicing this one until we have it down.
- Art: They decided to use Zalie’s tracing table for drawing their centipedes on the writing assignments. It turned out GREAT! I love how creative they get now that I have an art assignment with nearly every writing assignment. It goes so much smoother with less hassle because they get excited to make it their own.
Fun Activities This Week:
- We spent over two hours at the park this week while daddy got some work done. We did do some “school” time, but it ended up being difficult while Asher wanted to just wander.
- They played with bubbles
- They played in the sand. We found some skinny sticks that were great for writing and drawing in the sand. This was great for Asher especially. He got to practice holding a very skinny “pencil” and focused on it for quite a while.
Toddler “School” This Week
- He learned how to say “on” and “off”. I showed him using these little lights.
- He got to blow some bubbles. It was a challenge for him to do without touching his mouth to the wand, but he’s getting it.
- He was really interested in a new easy seek and find book. I only read it to him one time (while showing him how to find each item with his finger) before he was finding them on his own.
- I made a small activity by tracing some poker chips on a piece of paper. He wasn’t 100%, but I think he was actually trying on this one. He loves it when I give him an activity while the kids do their table work. Sometimes it seems he’s happy longer just for the fact that he’s “doing school” with them.
- He tried to catch up with the birds at the park. I think that’s his favorite animal! He says, “AW! Birdie. Hi!” over and over. The sea gulls let us get very close as everyone loves to feed them.
Life Skills This Week
- We spent a LOT of time this week reviewing how we should treat others. Between our Bible time and random conversations that came up due to bad attitudes. The results are slow, but steady.
- I’ve been encouraging Zalie to clean more independently. It’s going to be a constant with her for a while as her mind tends to wander, but I honed in on it this week and on Thursday she tidied the living space almost completely on her own!
Three Goals to Improve Next Week’s Lessons:
- Character development: arguing and complaining
- They thrive on morning basket time. I NEED to be more intentional with this. I was pretty relaxed with it this week, and it showed in their attentiveness.