|Figuring out the notes...|
|writing them down...|
|& putting it all together.|
Then, instead of hitting the books right away this morning, we went for a little adventure...
We found a heart shaped hollow in a tree...
... and a heart shaped rock.
We walked by a little stream, smelled pine needles, listened to the sound of the water...
... and built a fairy house.
When we got home, it was time for some math. We've been working on what we're calling "doubles." (2+2, 3+3, 4+4, etc.) A. has them committed to memory through eleven now -- so I thought I'd try something new. I gave her some division and multiplication problems based in the knowledge she's already acquired. I thought maybe since she knows four plus four, she can figure out eight divided by two and four times two. It worked like a charm all the way through twenty.
We've also been working on word families and spelling. Instead of just writing her words again and again (that would be boring!), we have make-believe spelling bees. I gave her thirty-two words today (some from the Second Grade No Excuse List, others from the Fry's 300 Instant Sight Words, others just easy word family words like rain, train, and plain.) She only missed two. I think that really says something about the importance of keeping it fun.
|Where's Mama Wind?|
|There She is!|
With that knowledge intact, we started a cartography project today inspired by our Oak Meadow first grade curriculum. A. created a map of her bedroom using the four directions to accurately depict the placement of her furniture and other big objects in her room. Next week we'll expand her map to include the whole house. Once she's successfully mapped our home, we'll expand to include the neighborhood, the whole town, the state, the country, and then the world!
I think this geography lesson also has a deeper meaning. Home is where all adventures, great and small, begin. And when our foundation there is solid, there's no limit to where we might go.