2nd Grade Week in Review June 25, 2011
Here is what Jedi worked on this past week.
Life Science: This week in life science, Jedi learned about cells. We talked about the difference between animal and plant cells, as well as learned the various parts of a cell. He looked at various animal and plant cells under a microscope. He also made models of animal cells and plant cells out of jello…the animal cell was jello in a round pan with a strawberry nucleus. The plant cell was jello in a square dish with a strawberry nucleus and green grape chloroplasts.
Earth Science: In earth science, he learned about weather changes. Some of the weather changes Jedi learned about were humidity, storms, and temperature changes. It seems really fitting that this week, we saw temperatures near 90, into the low 60’s, with plenty of storms and humidity!
Math: In math, Jedi did a lot of work with math equations that equal 10. He learned to create these equations three ways: using an abacus, playing cards, and a math balance. We also used a deck of cards from 1-9, 4 of each card, to play an adaptation of “Go Fish” where a match was considered to be two cards that add up 10.
Geography: We finished our unit on China this week. Jedi learned about the various animals in China. We also played with tangrams, made a Chinese fan, and made a meal of Chinese food (& ate with chopsticks!)
World History: In World History, we discussed the first modern man, and the development of villages of people. We talked about early houses and caves. Jedi made a “cave painting” out of brown paper and paint. He also learned about the fertile crescent and mapped out the fertile crescent, the surrounding seas, and the city of Jericho.
Ohio History: In Ohio History, Jedi learned about the ice age when Ohio was covered by ice. He learned about the mastodons that used to live in Ohio, as well as the difference between a mastodon and a mammoth. This coming week, we are going to take a field trip to see the mastodon skeleton that is on display in Columbus.
Writing: For his journaling this week, Jedi had to write a persuasive paper arguing why he should get a cell phone (he really wants one, but we won’t allow him to have one yet). Then we worked together to edit it for spelling and punctuation.
Art: In art, he used a pencil to draw a real life scene, including details. He chose to draw his fire bellied toads. He also used watercolor crayons to draw an experience he had, and in particular, he needed to focus on the feelings and emotions during the experience. He chose to draw a scene in the library where a young child saw a spider and was scared.
Music: We continued our work with Bach this week. I went on YouTube and found a bunch of adaptations of Bach’s music. All three kids had ribbons and playsilks and moved to the music according to how the music made them feel.
PE: Jedi did 3 hours of Tang Soo Do this week
Health: In health, we read social stories about taking showers and washing hair. We also worked on acting out various emotions.
English: In English, we discussed how to make contractions, as well as how to add the suffix ‘ing’.
Spelling: We decided to add a new spelling curriculum in order to help Jedi overcome his difficulties in this area. We began All About Spelling. This week, we went through all of the letter sounds in the alphabet to see which one he was able to make the pure sound for. Jedi had already mastered most of them, which I expected, but we did find 10 or so that he had difficulty with. This week, we will begin reviewing the ones he needs more help with.
29 hours complete out of 900 required hours
So, now we officially have 2 empty nests at our house. Yep…the little baby killdeer clan and the little baby robin clan have both left the nest and are playing in the neighborhood. And both bird families were kind enough to allow us to see their babies grow up. Now we get to watch them run all over the yard.
Here are some pictures of the last week with the 8 babies…
Toddler Tuesday June 21, 2011
Lately, it’s become very clear that Bug has her own very distinct personality. She’s not one to follow the crowd, that’s for sure! And she’s perfectly comfortable voicing her opinions, likes, dislikes, and desires. The first one that’s pretty obvious from the pictures is clothing. Bug will now only wear 2 things…what she calls “princess dresses” (long flowy dresses that twirl) or nothing. And she doesn’t want to get the princess dresses dirty, so if she thinks something will be messy, she decides she’d rather wear nothing at all. And this princess dress thing has become an obsession…she will not put anything else on. It *must* be a dress, and that dress must be able to twirl. Complete with silver sparkly shoes. And at night, it *must* be a “bedtime princess dress” (nightgown).
Now, contrast that with what you see below…she might be obsessed with looking like a princess (and her favorite line is “But mama…I a princess! I the BOSS!” said in a very matter of fact 2 year old way), but she is also one to get down in the dirt (sans the dress of course) and play with bugs. Or paint. Or food.
I love 2 year olds…they are full of personality, and full of contradictions!
Montessori Monday June 20, 2011
Monkey is 4 years 4 months old
Monkey was really excited to get back into the school room this week. She also seemed to gravitate towards the craft works (which, I suppose most kids would! 😉 ). It does seem more difficult to get her to try any of the sensorial…she loves practical life, art, and writing, but really seems to avoid sensorial. I wonder if her history of sensory processing disorder plays a roll in that?
Our killdeer babies that have taken up residence in the veggie garden have finally hatched! These little guys have been incubating for just about a month. The differences between the killdeer babies and the robin babies are amazing. The robin babies are still fairly helpless, even at a week old. They’re also still pretty naked. The killdeer babies came out fully feathered, and at a couple hours old, they were moving around the garden. Today, they are running from garden bed to garden bed! The kids got to learn the difference between precocial birds (birds that hatch fully feathered and able to hunt for food) and altricial birds (birds that hatch naked and are fairly helpless). The longer incubation period of the killdeer happens so that these little ones are born ready to go (which is probably a good thing since killdeer tend to lay their eggs in the worst places…gravel beds, gardens, lawns, even dirt roads!)
And in the robin’s nest…