Friday, August 3, 2012

Looking Back at Week 9

The kids returned to formal lessons this week after taking a 3 week break  They didn't do too much because I had a couple of night meetings which threw us off a bit.  I do have to say that during the 3 week break, the kids did a lot of unschooling.  I am starting to realize how effective unschooling can be.

Back to formal lessons...

MATH:  Both Nick and Sam worked on two lessons each.  The first lesson took them about 2 hours...a lot of chatter and distractions.  (I am the same way when I really don't want to do something).  The second lesson took them less than an hour. 

SPELLING:  Again, both Nick and Sam worked on two lessons each.  They are doing great and I can see how reading good books help them with spelling. 

ELECTIONS UNIT STUDY:  We got back to this on Tuesday night and learned a bit about President James Madison, the Father of the Constitution.  We reviewed some words that they learned a few weeks ago and I was amazed that they remembered the meanings.  We are all looking forward to learning more about the election process and how our government works...or is supposed to work.

READING:  Nick is working on 'Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde' and Sam is reading picture books.  I am so thankful that my children love to read. 

DELIGHT DIRECTED:  Nick and Sam played/sculpted clay.  They were inspired by the movies 'Flushed Away' and 'Wallace and Grommit'.  I have received a request to purchase more clay.  The kids have also played on the computer, read misc books, watched several educational movies (School House Rock, Eyewitness, Magic School Bus), drew pictures and played.

NATURE STUDY: We live in a place that gives us the opportunity to observe nature and the wild animals that live in our backyard.  This week alone, the kids have witnessed a young black bear eating wild berries, watched a small toad burrow under a rock, spotted a young fox playing on the rocks and under the bushes and enjoyed watching the blue birds fly from tree to tree.  Absolutely the best classroom in the world!

Next week I am hoping for a full week of some formal lessons and can't wait to see what the kids do on their own time.

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