Saturday, June 4, 2011

Looking ahead ...

We have finished up our block on St. Francis.  I will put together a post summarizing the entire block soon.  But, for today, I thought I'd share with you what we have planned going forward.  

We are going to focus on math with the Hippie for the month of June and just have some fun.  During this math block, she will not have regular copywork unless it appears in her Queen Language Lessons book.  She will be thrilled about this!  

She will continue to read to me from the Reading Literature Second Reader

She will be writing a friendly letter to someone each week, addressing the envelope and mailing it.  She will continue to work on her Mindbenders.  She will continue to read independently during "quiet time" (she is currently reading Pippie Goes On Board) and continue working on any crafts she feels like doing. 

During this time, the Princess will put the phonics and handwriting pages on hold and will only have her Delightful Reading lessons with me (in addition to family work).  We've decided to move our schedule around a bit so that she has more time to play (she is in kindergarten, after all).  So, we will do our family work (science/nature and art) first, followed by her reading lesson.  Then, she will be free to play while I have concentrated time with her sister.   

As far as family work, we'll be doing the following over the next few weeks:

We will finish making our soap on a rope this Wednesday.  After that, the regular meeting of our Handwork Group will cease for the summer.  From then on, the girls will continue working on things at home.  Both enjoy finger-knitting and creating things and painting and all things artsy.  The Hippie also likes to sew things (cats, dolls, butterflies, etc.) and will continue working on the hat she began loom-knitting a few weeks ago. 

Literature Read-Alouds:

Daytime ~ James Herriott's Treasury for Children
                   Fairy Tales from the Green Fairy Book 

Bedtime ~ Finish Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle
                   Start The Black Stallion


We will do this 3 to 4 times a week.  We will continue reading Outdoor Secrets and doing various activities to go along with the stories.  We will also be reading some related books from the library, drawing the plants we study in our Nature Notebooks, doing some leaf rubbings, pressing some leaves, studying earthworms and reading poetry related to our studies.  

Artist Study:

We will continue our study of Monet over the next 4 to 6 weeks.  During the math block we will study the following:

Week One:  Read The Magical Garden of Claude Monet and study "Cliff Walk at Pourville"
Week Two:  Read Linnea in Monet's Garden and study "Monet's Garden at Vetheuil, 1880"
Week Three:  continue reading Linnea in Monet's Garden and study "The Bark at Giverny"
Week Four:  finish Linnea in Monet's Garden and study "The Garden in Bloom"


For our MATH BLOCK, we'll be working with Arithmetic Village again.  We'll be doing a lot of the stuff together as a family, but I will work more intensely with the Hippie and only have the Princess participate in the games and drawings, etc.  The Hippie and I will concentrate on all four process (addition, subtraction, multiplication and division) over the next four weeks.  We will play games, act out stories with stuffed animals, draw pictures, go on "treasure hunts" and practice, practice, practice.  I've also picked up the following from the library that seem like they'll be fun:

The Hershey's Kisses Addition Book 

Dealing with Addition

Adding with Sebastian Pig and Friends At the Circus

Mall Mania 

Elevator Magic

It should hopefully be a fun few weeks.  I'm currently in the process of deciding how to proceed from there.  I had originally planned to school January to November, with the beginning of our "grade" being in January.  Now, I am contemplating starting 1st and 3rd grades in the fall (with the first 12 week term ending before Thanksgiving and the second term not starting until after New Year's).  If that is the case, I'd want to take some time off in August to plan and get ready for the new year.  Still deciding .... I'll let you know.

Happy homeschooling ....


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