Continuing along with our theme of the senses, these past few weeks we took an in depth look at the eyes (sorry, I seem to be absorbing my husband’s punny sense of humor). J learned a little about braille, “seeing” with your ears, human anatomy, art with proper facial proportions, and visual perception.
We also took a few field trips, played games, and started learning some Spanish.
He saw just how important eyes are by not using them. We played a number of identification games using only the sense of hearing
and the sense of touch.
I punched out some words on a 3×5 card using a braille alphabet and had J read it.
He got to feel what it was like for someone who was blind to get to read.
We took some time looking at how our faces are proportioned in a mirror and using an art book, tried drawing our own (in proportion). Usually people draw the eyes near the top of the head (it’s actually a common misconception due to several affects), but in reality they’re actually in about the middle of the face. I actually didn’t know that before.
After a downpour of snow (and some time for sledding in there :), we took a walk paying much more attention to things around us. The kids gathered leaves, rocks, sticks, etc. that linked the season to winter.
The youngest decided it would be fun to add an extra game of perception on her own. She doled out a quart sized bucket of perler beads across the floor of the homeschool room (nearly 10,000 of them). I believe it was her job to “not miss a spot” and she did a great job of it too. I then followed up with a game of my own. Picking up every bead that had been distributed across the floor and replace it in the bucket. Great for the visual senses and the physical exercise.
In other news these weeks, reading is going great. J’ll occasionally read stories to his sister. Melts my mom heart. 🙂
We found a really fun series of books written by Tedd Arnold, called Fly Guy. They’re right at his level and he loves following Fly Guy on his gross journeys.
We’re also doing a little graph art
and addition workbooks. He completed some of the workbook pages, but writing is still not his most fun thing to do so as long as he understands the concept, I have no problem waiting on adding more workbooks. He enjoys doing math in his head anyway.
Since writing is more of a challenge at this age, I am introducing something of my own invention to make it more fun. It’s called writing with raisins. For every letter formed correctly and on the right place on the line, he gets one raisin. It’s amazing how fast writing quality can improve!
Finger stamping is a lot of fun, especially when you have a lot of colors to choose from.
We’re adding some Spanish classes into our days. I tried a couple classes with Homeschool Spanish Academy. They’re an online service out of Guatamala that offer cheap lessons in Spanish. It’s a little confusing for him right now as it’s using a phonetic approach and he’s mixing up the Spanish and English, but I love the service so we may pick it up again next year. We’re going to just try a conversational Spanish class if we can find one.
He did some building with tools at Children’s Museum which he was very proud of.
They also got to play with bubble making at the Children’s Museum.
The Longmont Museum hosted a tour for us called Life as a Cheyenne Child. I was very impressed by how well it went! Highly recommended if you’ve never been.
Even my 3 year old loved it and was thoroughly engrossed in the subject.
We got out and enjoyed the snow with a trail walk at Rabbit Mountain. We didn’t do the full trail, but went off course making snow angels, throwing snowballs and climbing on rocks. It was a much needed reprieve and helpful to cure some cabin fever.
The local high school held a Russian folktale play called The Fool of the World and the Flying Ship. It was very interesting and the kids loved it.
We also played a few games: Rivers, Roads and Rails which is a lot harder than it sounds.
and a Community game where you get to layout your own community and build paths connecting each of the facilities.
A great several weeks and Christmas break!