Our first day of school: You wouldn’t believe how hard it is to get a decent picture of these goofy rascals (or maybe you would)!
After what feels like forever, we’re back to our school routine. The boys were so excited to wake up Monday and find the house set for our first day of school. Thing One does so much better behaviorally when we’re working inside our school day. I don’t know why, but he just seems to be more calm and ready to accept rules (and follow rules) when they are given within our school setting.
Printing Review for the letters we began in the spring.
The return of Mr. Demme! Even Thing Two likes to watch the MUS video at the beginning of our week. This week we picked up were we left off, with Primer Lesson 17 (Skip Counting by 2’s).
The anticipated beginning of PAL Reading! This is certainly a very different approach to reading. It seemed really odd at first when I read through all the materials, but the more I think about it, the more it really makes very logical sense. He is learning sight words and the phonetic “helpers” within the sight words. The eventual purpose and goal is to use the knowledge of phonetic helpers to decode ANY word – so, not just beginning with CVC, but with all sorts of words. This decoding is 80 lessons and 100-some sight words away. We’ll see. Like I said, VERY different approach…but Thing One is VERY different (haha) so this might be the perfect fit for him. Logically, it really seems like the best way to learn to read, but I can also see how it could become a bit overwhelming.
This week we talked about animal homes (habitats) and had fun matching animals to the different places they live.
Everything they complete is put into a special folder they picked out just for school! At the end of our school day, Thing One shows his work to Daddy and gets in a great review of everything we learned as he shows off his work. Sneaky! Thing Two also picked a folder, but he doesn’t have many papers to put in it yet.
Speaking of Thing Two…here’s what he was up to this week…
LOTW seems to be a little boring to him. It might just me that he’s not that into kites. It was a struggle to get him to do the activities I planned. He was more interested in playing with puzzles. This surprised me because last year he wanted to do EVERYTHING Big Brother was doing…as a result, me mastered much of the LOTW concepts. But certainly not all. I am not pushing him, if he wants to play, I am fine with that – he’s only 34 months.
Thing Two is just a LITTLE jealous of Big Brother’s PAL activities. Some of the games he is ready to play, like letter sounds. This particular game involves “feeding” a dog bones while saying the letter sound on the bone.
A little 1:1 math with some adorable animal counting posters. I found these on clearance at Michaels last fall (a 0-31 mini bulletin board set, for like 5 or 6 bucks!). Sometime Michaels has teacher stuff – but it comes and goes so fast, it is really hit-and-miss.
Well, that was our week ~ we have lots of little new things added in this year, hopefully I’ll get some shots of those next week.