This is the quick snapshot peek into our recent days with our Second Grader, Kindergartner and seven-week-old:
On Monday, we got up and went for a walk. My almost five year old can now ride a two-wheeled bike all by herself and is excited about trying this out each and every day! We came home to jump rope to jumping rhymes and snack. Then I took out my flute and we did a little circle for Advent tailored to my Kindergartner and I told the story, “The White Bird”. Then we launched into my second grader’s Main Lesson, which really was a combination of Math from November that we are a bit behind on with a new baby in the house and Language Arts for December. The Math Lesson we did was review of some times tables through movement, and then we did the story and freehand drawing for the sixes times table from Dorothy Harrer’s math lessons book. This lesson is about a King and his six sons living in a six-sided kingdom and the drawing progresses from a hexagon to a six-pointed star to finding the triangles within the hexagon-star. Each of the colors used in this drawing relates back to certain soul qualities and was exceptionally lovely (This lesson is copyrighted or I would share more, but it was beautiful!). Then my second grader copied a poem about Winter into her Poetry Main Lesson Book after we stood up and recited it together. After that, we started our Saints block with a story about Saint Nicholas. Then our German tutor arrived for some much-needed help and we made plans for Advent crafts and baking as part of our German lessons. During my oldest child’s Main Lesson, my younger one was eating more snacks, playing with a wooden dollhouse and then I gave her butcher block paper and markers to draw roads for her wooden mini- rollie car. After our German tutor left, we ate lunch, had some quiet time and did some Advent crafting!
On Tuesday, we jumped rope to begin and we have also been drawing with our feet once a week for my oldest (although my Kindergartner likes to watch this!) We did our Kindergarten things and then we pursued more math by reviewing all times tables we have covered so far (with special emphasis of those 6’s from yesterday and the relationship between the products of the 3’s times table and the products of the 6’s times table) with jumping and stomping, snapping and clapping, bean bag tossing. We also went back and reviewed time and copied a poem in our Main Lesson Book for remembering seconds, minutes, hours, days. My oldest then had another poem to copy in her Poetry Main Lesson Book about Winter and we re-visited the story of Saint Nicholas with some vocabulary/spelling words that I wrote on the board. Then we made cookie dough and put it in the refrigerator and played indoors and outdoors the rest of the day! We also made a no-cook salt dough recipe, but it was not nearly as nice as the cooked kind. I had a little story to go with the making of the salt dough.
On Wednesday, we started with Kindergarten things again and making a peace dove for our Christmas tree with a star on the forehead just like White Bird in the story. We went into math, reviewing place value that we already covered with the help of Donna Simmons’ squirrels and moving into adding two and three digit numbers with carrying (my daughter’s request to practice, so we did several blackboards full of problems I made up of the top pf my head) and ended by introducing the 11 times table. Then my oldest copied the 6’s times table into her Main Lesson Book (Not the best three day rhythm for math at this point, but playing catch-up has kind of thrown me off!). We re-visited the story of Saint Nicholas and drew a picture with a summary in the Main Lesson Book and reviewed all the spelling/vocabulary words from the previous day. Then our Spanish tutor arrived for some reading. After lunch I read a chapter from the new Gnome book by Sieglinde de Francesca called “A Donsy of Gnomes”. (http://www.teachwonderment.wahmweb.com/store/ – I promise I will do a review of this book at some point on this blog!) The first story is about Pebble, who gathers bits of fallen stars and grows them into crystals as a crystal gardener. It was pouring down rain, and I happened to have one of those “grow your own crystal” kits in my closet so we pulled that out so we could be crystal gardeners too! After that we cut out cookies from the cookie dough we made yesterday in star shapes and I told the story of “The Smallest Star” from Seasons of Joy’s Advent Ebook. The rest of the day was for playing and building forts and giant train tracks all over!
And somewhere in all this was not only the sweetest little baby but also two needy dogs and the household chores.
Just a quick peek at part of our week,