This week, we’ve been studying the seasons – why do we have seasons and what happens in each season? Talk about a good week to study the seasons, I think we experienced them all this week! It was sunny and warm on Monday, rainy through the week, and SNOW by Friday.
We went for a walk out behind our subdivision to explore some of the blessings of summer. We found a few grasshoppers and watched them jump, listened to crickets, found dandelions, worms, and even a snake! Yikes!
We also found some moss growing under some trees in a shaded area. J got to touch it and saw how soft the moss was compared to the grass. Some of it was uprooted, so we got to see how it grew too.
J found a cool branched stick so we brought it inside and made a “summer tree” out of it. I grabbed some leaves off of our Aspen in front and we taped them on. It’s a little sparse, but the kids loved it.
Where else do you go to learn about the seasons? The library! It’s a good thing J loves to read. I had to get a second library card because we exceeded our limit on one card for the week. Winter, summer, fall, spring, bugs, rain and snow (both of which we’ve had plenty of this week), anything could fit into this category.
This is a KONOS activity, but I’m sure it’s fairly common as it was in a lot of our library books too. We used the lamp as the sun and we walked our globe around it noting how close or how far our state was at any particular time due to the Earth’s tilt.
I caught J later using the time dial on the top to note what time of day it was in different areas of the world.
We did a bit of math this week too. Using the abacus, we counted by evens and odds. He knew the evens already, but struggled a bit through the odds, so we also used a hundreds board so he could see it easier.
The hundreds board made it a bit easier to see how evens and odds worked. We went through the top row together, then I gave him random numbers and he was able to identify which were even and which were odd.
Geoboard pictures are always fun. We did this one together so he could see how it worked.
J worked on his own design and low and behold, made it (nearly) symmetrical. Hey, teaching moment!
While I was inside getting ready to go somewhere, J runs out with E and grabs the tape measure and asks her to help him measure things. He told her where to hold and he went to town measuring all sorts of things in the garage.
We tried the first chapter of the Life of Fred. I’ve read through a few chapters and didn’t think much of it, but when I tried it with J, that was a whole different story. He loved it and it showed him how to think a little less rigidly with concrete objects.
The new scale arrived this week and the kids were excited to try it out. They were measuring everything in their room that would fit on the platform. Just so you know, Elmer weighs about 10 oz.
J practiced his writing this week with some Thank You cards for his birthday presents. He wrote an exaggerated “Thank Yoooooou,” which was great because then we worked on how to properly write the “O”!
The All About Reading workbook had a fun couple of activities this week. One was this N,S,E,W game. You have to move the fox through the spaces using North, South, East, and West directions, then flip them over and read the words.
We managed to get in a bit of Spanish too. I don’t know how to pronounce some of the words and really don’t want to mess up learning a new language, so I used Google Translate on my phone to pronounce them properly. We read off some words then went to go find them in the house.
We were supposed to take a field trip with the co-op on Friday, but since it was SNOWING… in SEPTEMBER!!… we went to paint some pottery instead. 🙂 And it was a great way to finish off the week!