Audrey has thoroughly enjoyed The Boxcar Children (ok, mommy has, too), so we jumped a week ahead and finished the whole thing. She made her own diorama of the boxcar. I was very proud of her creativity! We also finished her reading assignments a day early. She has done very well with her reading. We've been talking about similes, commas, short a sounds, and double consonants this week. We finished up with a creative writing assignment about her family. It's always fun to hear what the kiddos think about their family! =)
In our history core, we've looked at ancient civilization and Egypt. We did some virtual tours of the Pyramids, learned how to mummify a person (which she thought was very cool, btw!), and made some Egyptian neck dressings. Fun stuff!
The kid is going through math quite easily right now. She's a little bored. So, we just touched on lessons 2-4 and started 5 today. I have a feeling we'll be moving through to 6-8 next week. I realize that most of this is review for her for what she already knows. But, this will give us more time to get into the new stuff more in depth and not worry about not having enough time this year. I think she's going to be fine.
Handwriting is still a bit of a struggle - an attitude struggle, that is. I've done less "lessons" in writing and just made the corrections as needed through copywork in other subjects. I have noticed an improvement already in these past two weeks. :)
She's still not overly excited about Science, but we did work with the planets a little bit more. We made our own mnemonic for learning and remembering the order of the planets. (My Valentine Eats Mommy's Jellybeans Says Uncle Norton.) We attempted a model clay solar system, but that was a project FAIL. They looked pretty good, but wouldn't stay on their strings to hang. Mommy clearly doesn't do well with some of these projects. We're all suppose to be learning here, right?
We are continuing our reading through Egermeier's Children's Bible Story Book. I really like it! Audrey is retaining the information well. I've found some great supplemental work to go along with it - like coloring sheets, puzzles, quiz sheets, etc.
Derek started teaching Audrey Tai Chi today. (Yes, dear, I know that is not the proper spelling, so feel free to comment with the correction.) ;) In September, D will be with Audrey on Thursday mornings while I sing and participate in our Women of Worship Bible Study at church. D agreed to add this to their time together. I think she enjoys in.
Did I mention we got a dog this week? Yeppers - she still doesn't officially have a name. Her original name is LuLu. Her shelter name is Tootsie. I don't particularly care for either, but we can't seem to agree on anything else. ;) She has enjoyed school with us this week, as well.
That's it for this week's review, though I will leave you with one funny. Since we finished with the Boxcar Children a week early, we started reading The Secret Garden. I had been reading to her for a while when she decided she needed to get up and do something. She says, "Can you pause it? I'll be right back." Love that kid!
|Math is much easier with a doggie on your lap!|
|The Boxcar Children Diorama complete with grass, real pine straw beds, Jessie & Violet, a clothesline, waterfall, swimming pool, and fire pit.|
|Daddy is a great teacher!|