Caleb admitted to me on Sunday that he really hasn't learned anything new or interesting since he started school. Of his own decision, he spent some time with the USA pin map which wasn't out when he was last home with us. He is off school next Monday and I suggested maybe he will want to finish the whole thing that day. He almost sounded convinced....
Also from this weekend, as Tim says, didn't know she could do that.
This week we are talking about energy in our biome study so Logan and Kylee made sun posters that might look suspiciously like the first geography chart. We also read our energy books: The Sun is My Favorite Star by Frank Asch, Living Sunlight by Molly Bang & Penny Chisholm, and Pass the Energy, Please by Barbara Shaw. I also have the Parent Child Press books by Aline Wolf: I Know the Sun Does Not "Set", I Travel on Planet Earth, and I Look "Out" at the Stars. Since these three books all deal with the movement of/relationship between the earth and the sun we will read those later this week when we cover that aspect of the topic.
We also had a special delivery of some ETC materials we ordered earlier this month. Lots of new card work and timelines. Kylee was excited about starting compound words and Logan loved community helpers. The dog appreciated sensorially exploring the vet.....I did not appreciate that so much. I never, ever, ever, would have spent money on "professional" card work when I first started with Montessori. Now that I know what I will use and how much time it takes to make it, however, I'm all for it.
Most of these materials won't be used until next year, but I am preparing our history rotation which will flip back to ancient history next year. My kids had never seen the Timeline of Life and were just in absolute AWE looking at it. I know it will be a big hit next fall. As the box was with Miss Lucie in the here and now....
Biome focus continued on energy and we reviewed rotation and introduced temperature zones. For rotation we passed the earth around the sun (which Lucie thought was hilarious) and then we spun while going in a circle around the sun. I would tell them to freeze and ask if it was night or day on ____ (insert a body part). Then I introduced the early childhood climate maps to Logan and Kylee. Logan liked sorting the pictures and Kylee (not surprisingly in light of her recent fascination with maps) wanted to make her own climate map. Aidan, I introduced to the seasons hand chart and he worked on a poster. For those following the traditional Montessori charts, this all fits in with Chapter 3: The Movement of the Earth and it's Consequences (charts 18-29). I pulled from those charts and album lessons, to present an overview of the seasons in line with where the seasons are introduced with energy in Waseca. I'm still in love with how easily I'm able to give a group lesson to a 3 year old and 10 year old at the same time following the Waseca scope & sequence and then pull out relevant follow up lessons and materials based on the traditional materials.
Happy Feast of St. Joseph! And happy dissertation data collection take two. I think starting today means things will be better this time around, right? No blizzards and cancelled school or late starts, only smooth sailing. We were busy today, but I apparently didn't do much picture taking again. It seems I have a regular mid-week lull. Major highlight for today would be Logan coining a new term for Lucie's diapers "puke poop".... I'll let your imagination have at that one. Kylee worked on golden bead addition and some more reading drawers. She is almost through the first set of drawers which is pretty exciting. Aidan mostly worked on some already in-progress stuff and didn't do anything new.