Thursday, January 31, 2013

Daily Report: I Wish We Could Go Outside

It is so cold ! I can tell my kids need to get outside!! Tomorrow more snow, but we refuse to catch the winter blues.

 DJ worked with the Checkerboard today and was pleased that he was able to accurately remember how to use it.
        Ken staying focused on completing her long division project.                  

 Language works consisted of copywork, and Latin roots.
      DJ decided to write the words in his language journal.
Ken begin making a definition booklet of internal organs by copying the Internal Organs booklets from Montessori Print Shop
 DJ was going to do some figure drawing, but instead ended up being intrigued by the book.

         More work with the stomach model..                            
They pulled some work out of the Egypt Game box.
                                                    DJ's sketching of King Tut
                                                               Ken did a coloring page.

                                                     Dolls from Around the World cards.                            
   And DJ ended the day researching more about Ball Pythons.

Looking forward to tomorrow with higher temps and some snow fun.                                                                            

Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Daily Report: Janessa's Back!!

Our days this week seem to be flying by!

Today the kids showed me that they have a good understanding of the days of Creation. They can tell you the day what was created on no matter how you word it. Our Bible Study curriculum has been going strong and it is still excitedly accepted by all.    

                                                   Creation Cards are from Godly Play Resources.

   This week's memory verse is Genesis 1:27

The kids take learning the verses very seriously and expect a quiz on them as well throughout the day.
        Understanding God created man in his own image.

There was some really great work in the Geography department.

 Both Ken and DJ completed a worksheet about the relative location of Africa. It was a great assignment learning about longitude and latitude.
 All of their worksheet assignments while learning about Africa come from this workbook.

                                             DJ is helping Janessa review N,E,S,W.
 Janessa really liked learning about a Map Key.
 She decided to copy the Map Key and did a great job. What also was learnt during her copy work was reading different fonts. The "a" threw her off a bit.
 DJ made command cards in hopes that him and Janessa will play a game with the map tomorrow.

Also all three of them had fun making an African Habitat for the animals. The preschoolers enjoyed this work when it was finished too.

  The supplies and one of our popular books that we read today.                                                                              

         Math was the usual, but I am so happy that they get it done everyday!  
   Ken worked more with binomial equals and multiplying decimals.
Doing Magic square came DJ busy for awhile, I think he is hooked!

  Janessa worked on writing the equal sign , this was at her request.

We were really happy to have Janessa back after being gone over a week.

And Janessa was happy to be back too, especially when she saw some Valentine related work on the shelf.                                                                      


Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Daily Report: The Magic Square

Ah, let's see what they did today.

They started out their work period flashing each other Latin Root Cards. This is a review item, more information to come. What the kids love about them so far is the wonderful pictures that gives you a good clue about what the root meaning is of the word.  They have many different ways to use these cards today they did them flashcard style.
Ken and DJ were immediately attracted to them when they saw them on the shelf, and I was too when I opened the package. This review also includes a set of Greek root cards, so Yes more language fun.  

One of today's focused subjects was science. They measured their Digestive System.
Using the Trusty Handy Dandy Evan Moor resource book they followed the directions by using string to measure different body parts that were comparative to the length of the digestive system.
  It was impossible for me to take a picture of the whole string model, I hope you get the point of this lesson. They had fun with this assignment and learned tons about the digestive system.

They ended their work period with the three of us coming together to learn about the Magic Squares. In my school days I had never heard of such a thing, but I know from some of the schoolager's homework that it is a part of a study in the public schools here. I was intrigued by this when I saw it, and was happy, happy,happy when I saw this work in our Math By Hand kit.       

Included in the kit is a story about how the Magic Square was discovered on a turtle in Ancient China, after reading the story they were excited to discover the Magic Square.

All of the supplies came with the kit to make the Magic Squares work. First they wrote the numbers 1-50 on pieces of paper
Then I used the foamed squares to set up the pattern in a checkerboard style.
Then they manipulated the numbers so they could have a square when all the rows horizontally, vertically, and diagonally equals the same number.
 This magic square shows the Magic number of 15 which was found on the turtle in Ancient China. The work is all set up for further exploration on the math shelf.

 The Magic Square exercise inspired DJ to do a Form Drawing of a square.

    They rest of their day was spent making presents for their Papa's birthday.