Thursday, January 14, 2010

Weekly Report January 14, 2010

Good week. I was very happy with what we got done this week. The way we have scheduled things worked very well and I am happy with Oak Meadow so far. So what did we get done?

Second Grade:

She read: Biscuit Wants to Play and started on the first story in Little Bear. She is getting to know all the word "families." And she composed her first word family sentence: "The fat cat had a paw."

Working in Singapore math again has alleviated some of her math stress. We've been working with subtraction and comparing amounts.

She is working on two lapbooks one on horses and one on ancient Egypt. In the horse lapbook we worked on names for horses. For Egypt, we did mapwork, learned about the Nile and their Gods and Goddesses. The Discovery Kids show "Tutenstein" created this interest and we are following the rabbit trail.

The stories about Jolly Robin are OK. She isn't crazy about them.

I am happy with her progress. She is getting better at reading and knows a lot of words now. She has to sound out words less and less.

Fourth Grade:

She is reading Time Warp Trio: Knights of the Kitchen Table by Jon Scieszka. She likes the TV show and has read many of the graphic novels and is starting to read the chapter books.

For math, she thinks that Life of Fred is silly but enjoys the lessons. She also worked on review work from Rod and Staff 4 on division. She wasn't happy about the division but it was easy work. She thinks that she hates division because of the long division work we did last year.

Her rabbit lapbook is coming along nicely. She made books about jackrabbits and rabbit anatomy.

She finished up List I-3 in spelling and we worked on dependent and independent clauses in grammar.

History was about more explorers, mainly those after Columbus. We also learned that Columbus was not such a nice man.

Science was about how scientist learn and know things. We talked about frogs. Several years ago we tried to raise tadpoles but they all died about half way through the process.

Read Aloud:

We are almost finished with The Ersatz Elevator. Monday or Tuesday will be our last day with this book. There has been much suspense and we have learned to use the word "ersatz" correctly. They hate when I quit reading the book at the end of a chapter and beg for more. With the next book we will be about half way through the series. They really love these books and they are so much fun. Often, I read them using a sarcastic tone of voice and really exaggerate when the author does.

So it was a good week. We spent a lot of time at home and are feeling more relaxed and ready to take on the world or at least playgroup tomorrow afternoon. How was your week?


Our Westmoreland School said...

Oooh, is that a good book? I've been hunting for a good read-aloud. We're tackling the Prince and the Pauper, but it's just not working out. I have to wait for my library to get 'Through the Looking Glass.'

Your week sounds very productive. How do you like lapbooking?

CloseAcademy said...

We love lapbooking. As for good books, Lemony Snickett's series A Series of Unfortunate Events has been a lot of fun. The first book is kind of depressing but each book gets better and better.

I really like the fact that there is so much vocabulary included in such a fun way.

Hope you find a good read aloud.

Kash said...

Sounds like a great week!

Daisy said...

Your week sounds so nice! I love the lapbooking ideas. And the Ersatz Elevator sounds wonderful.

Mandy in TN said...

My oldest loved A Series of Unfortunate Events. My youngest tolerated most of the first one on audio, but thought it was just horrible. Maybe, he is too young or maybe he is more sensitive than the other two were.

Anonymous said...

What a wonderful week!


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