Friday, March 7, 2014

Week in Review: Oak Meadow Kindergarten ~ Week 8

After shaking things up a bit last week, this week felt like a time of settling.  

I tried to add in a bit more structure, as I did see a change in sister when we weren't consistent with at least the circle part of our routine.  This meant we had school time every day minus the one that was chocked full of a doctor's appointment, library story time, and play rehearsal.  

Where I did try to continue letting go was in directing any project work.  In fact, one day the kids initiated this themselves with brother starting off with dot painting

before lining up the paints and lids while saying "chop choo"

and lastly, discovering that the lids could be stacked on top of each other in a colorful tower.  

Sister did some cutting work with cards from her old National Geographic Kids magazines so she could fit them into her wallet.

Later, after we'd discussed the number 4 at circle, I asked if she wanted to use the scraps from her cutting to form squares in a collage as the syllabus suggested.  She put a spin on that idea

then initiated another representation using wooden sticks (4 of them!) which she colored with (4 different colors!) after gluing them on paper.  

She also did a fabulous drawing of Aiken Drum who we sang about wearing clothes made of many different foods- I believe there is chocolate, pancakes and salad involved in his outfit here.  

The 4 is for March 4th- reversed here but later formed correctly when drawing in her lesson book.  Maybe we are getting the hang of it.  She also included the letters we have learned so far and were assigned with reviewing this week, along with G which Mommy mistakenly introduced (obviously, I wasn't overly organized at the beginning of the week).

Sister made beeswax versions of D-F to join the others:

The syllabus provided an idea for a "go fish" game where one letter would be drawn at a time then labeled which didn't seemed like it would hold sisters attention for long.  So we figured out how many cards we'd need to have 2 of each letter then she had the idea of writing out an upper and lower case to match up.  

We used them to play go fish and memory, playing a few rounds of each while brother was otherwise occupied.  Made for a great mid-day mother daughter date. 

As always, the kids were eager to learn and explore and I enjoyed watching their growing minds and skills in action.  

"Have regular hours for work and play; make each day both useful and pleasant, and prove that you understand the worth of time by employing it well.  Then youth will bring few regrets, and life will become a beautiful success." - Louisa May Alcott

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  1. Looks like a great week to me! I love the hands on approach to learning numbers. This is a great way to learn at this age!

  2. I think so too, Heather! I love seeing the connection that happens after a concept is taught then expressed in a tangible way. Hope you have a good week ahead, homeschooling and otherwise! :)