A Great Week Back!

Everyone was feeling quite refreshed after a little more than a week off from *official* school work. We put out new materials for Asia and also for vertebrates. My dad has spent a significant portion of his career (like all of my middle school and high school years) working in Asia for large chunks of time so our continent box is filled with really neat authentic materials. After the fire, my parents redid our continent boxes and this is the first time we have had any of them out. (We are rotating one at a time this school year.)

Teaching Kylee about nesting dolls or matryoshka dolls from Russia.

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She jumped back to it first thing the next day and every day after that.

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Caleb and I headed back to the Golden Beads after sticking to number review for the first couple months of this year.

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At our second lesson, Caleb decided to take out all of our hundred, tens, & units and *write* that number with the small number cards. It was a great segway into exchanges which we will be working more on next week. As we are putting the units into piles of tens, you can see his fingers working overtime.

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I just love this picture.

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Still working on basic facts, this time with the Shut the Box Game.

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We also made it back to our timeline, which has been neglected for almost a month.

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Finally, I did some furniture rearranging to move our small table closer to the kitchen. Our counters are just too small for kid cooking and the big table isn't that practical. This was much better! It's also helping keep snack eating off of the main table during school time. It's not a perfect fix because now we lost our small work table, but this seems to be the bigger need.

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4 comments :

Lisa said...

Wow - Aidan looks so grown up! Like he grew up over night! Love the concentration. I wish AJ could have that determined look more often. How do you get them excited to do school? I feel that even getting to that point is a battle. Love the pics!

Heidi said...

Aidan got his hair cut like his dad, and he totally aged like 3 years after that!

My honest opinion on why my kids are excited about school (most of the time) is because Tim and I are pretty laid back about it. We've tried not to let it be a big deal. We take their lead in terms of how much and usually when I'm ready to say they need to do less they take off and want to do more. When we (usually I) start pushing they don't show so much enthusiasm!

I also think with Tim being in schools full time in various capacity, learning is very central to our family. The kids hear us talking about learning theories and curriculum and methods at the dinner table the way some people discuss sports, art, drama, and music. The boys and Tim sit around the dinner table trying to *stump* each other with mental math problems. We are really just nerds that way! I didn't have to create a culture of learning in our house, it existed even before the kids were born!

That is probably way more than you needed to know and makes our household seem smoother than it probably is. Maybe I should do a day in the life post including all of the meltdowns, potty accidents, time outs, and sibling injuries!

Lisa said...

Please do! I feel like all our days are full of meltdowns by the kids and m!=e! :) I just don't think it should be this much of a struggle. ?? Maybe I'm wrong but once the focus is there, it goes fast so .......lost for words and what to do....

Ericka said...

Yes Aidan does look way grown up now! Miss you guys tons love ya