2. Our morning circle time is going really well. It is doing what I want it to do. Bringing a coherent beginning to the morning, setting the right tone, giving us some prayer and story time together and all that sort of thing. I'm very pleased and plan to keep it up. Specifically this week during circle time, our hymn has been Jesus, my Lord, my God, my all and our poem was The White Clover Fairy by Cicely Barker. We read Pelle's New Suit, Tom Thumb, The Story of the Grand Canyon and Jenny Wren Gives Peter Rabbit an Idea.
3. My second grader is having lots of math troubles. She just doesn't seem to catch on. Even +1 facts seem too hard some days. Flash cards only seem to work in the moment, but are forgotten immediately later on. Any suggestions to help her out?
4. My oldest reads way too fast for me to keep up. I gave up a long time ago on reading everything he reads. I've assigned him one novel to read per week and do actual schoolwork on. He actually grabbed the one for the first week of school (Journey to the Center of the Earth) off the shelf last week and devoured it in about an hour. And he's been perfectly able to handle the work I throw at him. Maybe I should give him two assigned books per week.
5. My pre-K/Kindergartner is doing great. So far it is mostly reading lessons and math around here. She loves Math-U-See primer and would do a lot more lessons in a row, if I'd let her. We're supplementing with counting everything in the house, finding shapes inside and outside, and making big numbers, little numbers and all sorts of numbers on all sorts of surfaces. She doesn't love reading quite as much, but I think that's mostly because she hasn't realized she can read actual books yet. I've been showing her all the words in books that she can sound out by herself.
6. Probably the kid's two favorite things we've done this week?
Art: studying Carl Linnaeus and pulling up our own plants from the yard to sketch and paint.
History: acting out the history lesson about Sir Walter Raleigh with Legos.
7. It is a family tradition, of German origin (as is all of my family), that the child starting Kindergarten gets a big cone filled with school goodies, toys and perhaps even a little candy to make the first day a bit less intimidating and even more exciting. Being homeschooled may not be as intimidating, but my aunt has been making school cones for every niece and nephew since we started going off to school (I still have mine) and she is still making them now for her great-nieces and nephews. So here's the latest little one to get a cone:
Many thanks, as always, to Jen for hosting.