Friday, October 23, 2009

Week 8, day 5

Bible (Catechism, Bible story, memory verse): P is starting to become quite familiar with the memory verse, but she doesn't really know it well yet, so we'll continue working on it next week. We read the first part of the story of Ruth, how she told Naomi that she would go where Naomi went and that Naomi's God would be her God.

Calendar (Update day of week and date of month, record weather and temperature): It was really cool today, in the upper 60s, and for lunch we ended up having a picnic at a nearby playground. P is really capable when it comes to reading the temperature (she'll say, "sixty-eight point five degrees Fahrenheit" with confidence), which makes me wonder why she struggles with reading numbers like 21. It'll come, I'm sure.

Handwriting: P did 3 pages of the phonics workbook. This time it involved a fair bit of handwriting practice, as the exercise was naming and writing the letters that came before or after a given letter.

Language Arts: We played a matching game with the letter cards, matching capital and lowercase. The backs of the cards aren't completely opaque, and P, by looking carefully, can figure out which cards match. E can't, and he's a sore loser. He was sent to play with his Duplos after knocking the cards off the table in a fit of rage. I'm trying to think of an easy way to make it impossible to guess what the front says from what the back says. Contact paper, perhaps?

Math (5-a-day, other activities): After the letter matching game, P asked to play the coin matching game, which we did with the dime cards (pictures of dimes from 10 cents to 1 dollar). E was happy to play this time, but when we counted up the cards at the end and E had taken 8 cards while P took 12, he knocked the cards off the table again. I sent him back to play with Duplos. Meanwhile, P did her 5-a-day, which went well. I asked her to make 3 cents, and then add one coin to turn it into 13 cents. She first tried adding a nickel, found that it wasn't enough, and immediately replaced it with a dime. I enjoy seeing her get so confident with this.

E's "school": This didn't happen (though I planned for it to), because we started getting ready for our picnic immediately after P was done with her 5-a-day, and after we got back there were other activities.

Geography and/or science: Again, didn't happen. There's a stack of books I keep meaning to look at with the kids, and we never seem to get to them. Perhaps next week.

Other: My mother-in-law bought both kids roller skates! We tried them out this afternoon, with relatively few bumps and no blood - my kids have good balance. (Hey, Paul, you'd be particularly proud of your nephew). This accounts for nothing else of interest happening in the afternoon.


  1. I am proud of my nephew. I would love to go skating with him. I'll teach him all sorts of tricks to show his mother. Do you remember the ramp/slope at Waterkloof...?

  2. YES. I remember (with shudders) the ramp/slope at Waterkloof. I bet half the girls who were in the youth group have recurring nightmares about you racing at them on your rollerblades and swerving at the last half second. :-) But I know E would be thrilled to have his uncle show him a few things...

  3. Skating requires good balance and the ability to control body movements, since roller skaters must lean slightly forward when moving.

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