Thursday, October 15, 2009

Week 7, day 3

Bible (Catechism, Bible story, memory verse): We read the story of the bronze snake which the people were to look at for healing from snakebite. We discussed how the snake on a pole is a symbol used by doctors and hospitals, and how it foreshadowed Christ on the cross.

Calendar (Update day of week and date of month, record weather and temperature): Hot and muggy again today. P is getting good at telling time, which I have her do when we record the temperature.

Handwriting: P finished the next-to-last page of her workbook, and did better with spacing out the words than she did yesterday or the day before. I'm still mulling over what to do when the workbook is done.

Language Arts: This was quick and simple - 2 worksheets, one of which involved writing the starting letter (a in 5 cases, t in 1) of a word, and one of which involved cutting out several letters and pasting them in front of the letters "at" to make words. She did this easily.

Math (5-a-day, other activities): Her 5-a-day went well, and she was quite able (when I redirected her attention) to make 12 cents 2 different ways. I had her start creating a "hundreds chart" - a 10 x 10 chart on which she will write all the numbers from 1 to 100. Apart from some difficulties with reversals, which she corrected, she has written perfectly all the numbers from 1 to 50 so far. We're doing a little each day. She's starting to notice patterns (11, 22, 33, 44 line up diagonally). We'll use it for skip-counting, games, etc. I strongly feel that no child should have to memorize any chart (including a multiplication table) that she is not able to produce by herself. If I'm going to ask her to use the numbers from 1 to 100 in written form, she needs to be able to write them in order first.

E's "school": E was not interested in playing with the triangle pieces. I didn't make him, but didn't come up with an alternative for him either.

Geography and/or science: We didn't do any of this today, at least not formally. P and E's uncle and aunt, who sailed to the middle of the Atlantic, lost their mast, and hobbled back to Bermuda for repairs, are visiting us now so that he can take the GRE. They're planning to sail back to the Caribbean once their ship is shipshape, and have been able to tell us and the kids great stories about actually seeing some of the places we've learned about. We spent much of the afternoon and all evening with them.

Other: P had ballet, while E caught 10 fish with Ari and his uncle.

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