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Saturday, January 22, 2011

Homeschool Recap, Week 18

We are 18 weeks into Kindergarten?  Already!  Eek!  I've tried to post fun things we've been doing on this blog since we started, but I want to start posting more highlights from school each week. Every day we start with the Jesus Calling Devotional (the one I reviewed) and Scripture, then do 4 or 5 more 'subjects' or activities.  Here are a few of the things we did this week...

Monday:
 - Preston has been struggling with his letters lately, so I had him write his capital and lower case alphabet in his BEST WRITING on his "Biggest Picture Ever!*" and when he really tried, his letters came out perfect!  I knew he had it in him, he was just being lazy.
- It was Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, so I read part of his "I Have a Dream" speech to Preston as he colored a picture. And see how nice his letters are here?!?!  SEEEEE!
- We discussed how there are "cool" colors and "warm" colors.  We looked at some painting as examples and I had him paint me something in "cool" colors.  He said he wanted it to be abstract.

Tuesday:
- We worked on syllables and recapped the 7 continents, poles, and directions (N,E,S,W) on the globe.
- Discussed place value, how to read long numbers and where the commas go.  I was VERY impressed with how quickly Preston picked this up!  And, he was able to read a long number (it was a million something!) for Daddy at dinner.  This is BIG because usually at dinner, he says he's forgotten everything and can't recall anything that we did that morning.  Ha!
- Went over different kinds of lines you see in art (straight, curved, zigzag, etc).
Drawing lines in his "Line Book"
Callen gets a little bored during school.
Wednesday & Thursday:
- Worked on place value with a couple of base ten worksheets.
- Looked at a few paintings, discussed lines, colors and mood.

Friday:
We tend to take it easy on Fridays and not do much - if anything. 
- Preston's only real assignment that day was to draw a picture in his Bible notebook about something we learned or talked about regarding God this week.  He drew a picture of him being led by the Holy Spirit.  Super cute!  There are these little fires on the ground with arrows pointing, like follow this way!  He came up with that on his own!  Love that!

All in all, it was a better week than most.  Only a few instances of defiance or "I don't wanna reaaaadddd."  So, I can't complain too much.  He got to spend the nite with his Grandma Darlene and Grandpa David on Friday nite...I think that's a pretty good reward for having a good week in school.  =)



* Preston's "Biggest Picture Ever!" idea was stolen from Ramona & Beezus (I think that's the only part of the movie he remembers), then implemented when the UPS man delivered a giant box of diapers (woo, deal on Amazon) and inside was a long sheet of brown paper (packing material) - perfect for Preston to draw on!  The first day he drew just a little bit on the paper and declared he was done, and we should hang it up!  I have convinced him that it's something we can add on to as we go - and so far, when I want him to work on something specific (like writing his alphabet, for example), doing it on the "Biggest Picture Ever!" makes it way more exciting.  Also, Daddy promised to hang it up on the wall in the garage when we're done.

1 comment:

Candi said...

Girl, you crack me up. We do school all year long but I have no idea how many "weeks in" we are! :)
Also, WOW, you're doing a great job and Preston is much more educated on a wide and wonderful variety of things than most kids his age. Way to go, you have another brilliant Clark in the making.