We had an almost normal week!! Friday ran over into saturday do to some impromtu park time and over sleeping. Also we saved our science lab to share the fun with Daddy. AKA I am horrible at getting pulses, especially on a 7 yr old chatter box.
Friday was the monthly Nature class with our meetup group. I totaly forgot my camera, and the lack of reception killed my phone, so, hopefully, next month I'll grab a few pics. It was so fun! I totally recommend it to everone. The kids learned all about seeds and pods. They saw how different seeds spread in different ways and even helped spread some milkweed for the butterflies. I think if DD had her way we would have a milkweed garden just like "Lanie" does in her American Girl book. The kids also had plenty of free time to play, and the parents to trade ideas and have some adult time, which is always appreciated.
You will notice we stepped away from our curriculum this week as we focused on strengthening our skills and vocabulary.
Practicing math facts. For some reason this seems to be a complicated idea for my DD. The addition and multiplication facts come easy, but relating them does not. This "mini white board" is actually just a piece of printer paper slipped into a sheet protector.
Grammar was held outside due to the terrific weather and to keep daddy company while he transplanted some peonies. Step 1) create 3 sentences: Declaritive, Exclamatory, and Interrogatory. Step 2) change 2 words in each scentence. On paper this exercise was a total failure, but using a white board helped the creativity process a lot. I am not sure if it is the size or the lack of permanency, but I took to letting her copy them onto paper after we were done. You can also see we were labeling part of the sentence so we knew what type of word we needed to replace them with.
Multiplication practice. Can you tell I fell in love with the white board? Makes it so easy to show the groups with counters. Making mistakes seems a lot less traumatic when you can rub them out with a finger. There is also a ton of space to help the grouping process.
We combined a couple of subjects on this one. Health, science and PE. DD did some push ups, walked and ran in place as well as sat still (that had to be the hardest part) before measuring her pulse.
Then Buddy joined in to help fill in pulse rates and find what activity caused her heart to work the hardest.
Friday night started Yom Kippur. This is the most important Jewish holiday. We talked about fasting and repentence. Some big topics for a 7 year old, and the dictionary was put to good use. She's finally getting the idea that not everyone has the same idea of "god" and not all celebrate the same holidays.
Vocabulary was such a focus this week it deserved its own post.