Back to routines for everyone!!!! Wow this felt good! Great day of school and catching up around the house and in the office. Lucie worked on my favorite cylinder/stick exercise...the horizontal one with the built in control of error that falls off every time they try to put it back on the shelf. Keeps them busy FOREVER!! Logan started the sandpaper letters, discovered the red letter alphabet book, and did a color scavenger hunt. Kylee stole my phone and took a picture of me giving a lesson, worked on more sound sorts, and gave herself a "challenge" with high frequency words. Aidan worked on basic facts with the cut tables and I finally took pity on him and reminded him how to record multi-digit multiplication abstractly. Once I showed him once he says, "I knew that before didn't I?" with a really sheepish grin. Yeah, kid, you did. I mean if you really think it's faster with the checkerboard, knock yourself out.... Just in case he decides to go with pencil/paper he has now reviewed the abstract recording.
I worked on my super duper language organization project until I ran out of laminating sleeves and had to order more.
Another *normal* day around these parts. Two in a row, is that really possible?
Short stuff stole my breakfast when I wasn't looking. Kylee helped rescue some bread dough that over rose thanks to a serious lack of flour. Maybe I should have let her count the cups for me since she was feeling in the mood for some 1000 chain counting. She told me when she was finished that she "does not think she will do that work ever again." Once was enough for the big boys, I'm sure it will serve her fine as well.
Logan kept working on letters and learned to play the knock-knock game... an activity he has been pretending to do with books, pictures, or anything else he could turn over for years. Aidan started formal work with powers, although the first lesson is just new terminology and notation for what he already knows about squares and cubes from work with the chains. This will build to eventually filling out Table C for the final time using exponential notation for the prime factors. (2^3 instead of 2x2x2, for example)
Scheduled early release day for Mr. C today. There went *normal*. I apparently only took two pictures all day of some weaving that Kylee and Logan worked on and Kylee reading one of our new continent books.
Waseca Biomes has the blackline masters for each of their continent biome reader sets free on their website. With the help of Mr. Google I illustrated them with real photographs and instead of putting them with the color coded covers for their reading system am putting continent covers on them. I'm working on North America right now as Kylee is exploring North America, but I'm hoping to do all of the sets eventually.
I realized I left somethings out of my Montessori Language Map post on Monday. If you already read it you might want to check it out a second time. I wonder if anyone noticed I missed this? I decided to tackle my infant/toddler philosophy and curriculum map next.
Late start for Caleb today. In case anyone else is counting he has been in school for four weeks tomorrow and has had 2 snow days, 2 late starts, 1 planned early release, 1 planned day off, and 1 day off for being sick himself. Kylee kept him busy with some glitter glue art.
Lucie made a fashion statement about the *new* way to wear boots...
Kylee worked with the geometric solids/bases, asking some questions that lead me to believe I may need to pull out my much avoided geometry albums. Then she worked with some maps and our children's atlas. I formally presented the first North America reader and she made her own copy of the book using the black line masters the way they were originally intended.
Aidan finished out his reading log for February and apparently what I needed to do to encourage more reading was have him keep page counts. Competitive little monkey.
Is this week really over? Phew!! We made it to gym class this morning, but barely. Logan participated with the PreK group for the first time and seemed to have a really good time. Just a little bit of other schoolwork, mostly math, this morning.
Bead bar addition for Kylee and Table C in Exponential Notation for Aidan.