Days Completed: 4 (We covered everything I’d planned by day four and we were happy to call Friday a lazy day.)
Morning Basket Content This Week:
- “Tell Me Your Story:The Parables of Jesus”by Arther E. Zannoni
- Family Faith Treasury: A year of Inspirational Stories
- Bible Memory Verses
- Chronicles of Narnia by C.S. Lewis
- The Treasure Tree by John Trent
- Calendar: Starfall
Subjects Covered This Week
- Bible: We studied Palm Sunday using our Family Faith Treasury and correlating Bible story, we studied Psalm 23 and related it to Jesus being the Good Shepherd in the Gospel of John, we read the parable of the ten virgins and honed in on the “context” (which flowed nicely into our study in “The Parables of Jesus”)
- Science: We watched an introductory video on ecology from Khan Academy and they wrote down the definition of the word.
- Math: They practiced counting money on ABC Ya, Blue practiced measurements and estimation on worksheets, he did the first two lessons in fractions on Khan Academy.
- Fact Fluency: Timed tests, Red did practice subtraction worksheets.
- Reading: Red alternated between “If Wishes Were Horses” and “Runt“. Blue completed his “Magic Tree House” book.
- Writing: Note taking (see history), they wrote a few short sentences each on what kind of animal they would be if they could choose.
- Art: They watched how to draw videos for each of their animal choices. Red used Art for Kids Hub and Blue used How 2 Draw Animals. We also played Pictionary together.
- Vocabulary: Blue took a new placement test on Moby Max and completed the first lesson. He said he enjoyed it and learned new words. Yay!
- Geography: They drew South America (where Alexander Van Humboldt explored) and filled in the states and capitols. Red needed extra help with the precision and it took them both some time, but they had fun.
- Programming: They both started at square one on Khan Academy. They love it so far. It’s something I need to make an effort to keep in our loop. So valuable and fun! They’ve even been helping each other learn it.
- Cursive: I’ve started them both at the beginning. It’s been over a year since Blue has practiced (he learned cursive in Kindergarten, and Raspberry Bug is still learning the basics anyway). I gave them two letters to practice and build upon in words.
- Exercise: I took Red for a walk (more on our adventures below). It will be Blue’s turn for special time with mom next week. They both had some time at the park.
- History: We finished reading about Alexander Van Humboldt (in Brave Companions) last week so this week we watched a biography video on him while they practiced taking notes for the first time.
- Music: Voice lessons from You Tube
Fun Activities This Week:
- I took their Pokemon card tins and made stencils to fit the size. This way, they can make their own Pokemon cards to match or they can create some using their imaginations. This activity was made to fit into their art supplies so they can enjoy them whenever they like (I don’t have to tell them their practicing copy work, handwriting, art, math, etc. etc.’ that will be my little secret.).
- We played Pictionary. Even mom got to enjoy that.
- I went on a walk with Red. We picked wild flowers, found some crystallized rocks, and even saw some deer. So fun!
Toddler “School” This Week
- Books with mom:
- linky toys helped him to improve his fine motor skills. He hasn’t figured out how to put them back together yet, but can certainly take them apart.
- We went over some animal sounds while he worked on his animal peg puzzle. It’s so cute. He knows what a cow, horse, sheep, dog, cat, and monkey all say. He’s actually turning the pieces of his puzzle now to try to fit them in. His patience is still low with it, but he’s using hand-eye coordination much better.
- He used clothes pins on his surf boards. the boards are pretty thick so he found a hack of just turning them backward to use the wide side. HAHA. No fine motor skills needed here. I think I’ll use a lid next time.
Life Skills This Week
- We did more work on vacuuming. Blueberry Ball does very well on his own now and Raspberry Bug only needs a couple of pointers here and there. They’ve gone from not wanting to touch the thing to that being their first choice (above the broom).
- They helped fold the towels and rags. Red still needs a lot of work in this area. But she practices with a cheerful heart.
- With Baby we worked more on how to hold his utensils properly and eat over his bowl. He also practiced brushing his own teeth (with me right there of course)
Three Goals to Improve Next Week’s Lessons:
- I want to focus on our writing skills a little heavier. We took notes on Humboldt this week. We may take a few more, but I want them to start a research paper before we move on to our next historical figure. If we do some writing after each chapter, their skills should definitely improve by the end of the year.
- Add some fun math games. Since they will be a bit heavier on the writing side this coming week, I’m going to trade off and do some of our more exciting selections for math. Maybe I’ll look up some ways to utilize their playing cards or board games.
- I think we will have some new books in by the next log! I want to introduce just a couple new ones at a time for each of them. My goal this year is to avoid the overwhelm for everyone. The books we have coming will supplement (not replace or add to) the existing loose structure we have going. We not trying to rock the boat. Just learn on it.
We will probably be taking the very next week off for some family time, but follow along. We will be right back on track very soon.
You can check out last week’s lesson here.