This week I did a theme for the first time. Last week we talked about nouns, so this week the theme was VERBS. I know that is not a very exciting theme, but it was the only thing I could come up with late on Sunday night.
I decorated (somewhat) the door to our school room/office to highlight the theme. Neither girl had any idea what a verb was, so at least I have introduced them to the concept.
She said to just try to do the addition and subtraction facts every day in different formats: worksheets, games, flash cards, songs, videos, etc. I got two DVD's from the library on the subject. We have been playing cards and counting the totals. We were already using flashcards, but will do these more.
One of the hardest struggles I have is to find things that the girls can do independently that is also educational. Sabrina will do puzzles by herself and really enjoys them. In just one week, I have seen a huge improvement in her ability to solve puzzles. When we first started, she could not do any of them by herself. Now she can do them very quickly. I may need to invest in some more.
This apparently looked like lots of fun, because Catherine insisted (and I mean insisted) that she do one too. So I made Catherine one for skip counting by 2's:
We also started the Science curriculum this week, doing 3 lessons. The first unit is on tools that scientists use to measure things. So we learned how to use a graduated cylinder (with a few drops of food coloring in the water to make it easier to read):
This week so far we have also gone to the library once, had a play date while I went to a court hearing, and had a Girl Scout leader meeting at Chick Fil A (the girls enjoyed the play ground). I make the girls go outside and play for at least an hour a day to get some exercise, although it is not really formal "physical education."
We have also read a Magic Tree House book about a tsunami hitting Hawaii and some books about our body parts and the five senses. I made Catherine some worksheets to practice some of the vocabulary we learned in those books.