Friday, January 6, 2012

A is For America - Week In Review

The first week of the school year started out a little bumpy. Both girls had bad colds that led to more down time and less homework time. With extra naps, and smaller attention spawns then normal we founds ourselves watching Pocoyo and Word World more than working on the importance of the American Flag. However, as the week went on Wednesday started to pick up a little and Thursday we got almost everything done!

Evie is still struggling with the flash cards (due to little to no practice Monday and Tuesday) which tells me we really need to review them more often next week. There is also a lot more flash cards this year than we did at a time last year (she's also older) so we'll have to adjust as the year goes on, as to how many times a day we do her stack of flash cards. Right now we're shooting for 3-5 times a day (which isn't bad since I usually use them as a "if you want a fruit packet you have to read your flash cards first" or "if you want to watch TV you have to do your flashcards first".

Both girls enjoyed the art projects, and the coloring this week. And both broke into laughter at learning the "where is thumpkin" song! It's a new favorite around the reading rug!

I enjoyed the scrambled states game and book we got for this week, and plan to use it many more times in the future. Our Flag week we will defiantly be doing a review of the scrambled states and we're going to be holding on to this book and game for an entire states section later on! This game and book are great for both my young children (with help) all the way up to Jr. High or so (some adults could use the review themselves I'm sure) for now my husband and I are each taking one child and we're playing in teams!

Thursday the girls found the bucket of letter beads that I had purchased for the B week (next week), and they begged to pull them out early! What a great exercise! We'll be using our beads many many many  more times!

Playing with the stringing beads she wanted to make one for "daddy".

Talking about the flag was on the brink of completely over their heads until we pulled out a flag! Having some little flags they can play with really helped. I wouldn't' try to do this unit with out an american flag and state flag for any states you're talking about this week. It's just too distant of a concept to talk about countries to young kids who barely understand "our house" vs. "grandma's house" which is actually the way our conversation went. I said "other people live in different homes far away, in places like Brazil, Mexico, and China" Evie understood the idea that Ki Lan lives in china and Dora lives in Mexico. It was a great introduction!

Evie making her 'A' Collage 

Our Friday Quiz was fairly unsuccessful this week but again we're all getting use to a new routine and you can't have 100% on the first week I suppose, we're pushing forward to B is for Beads Next week and looking ahead to better weeks.

Overall considering the sickness, and it's the first week of a new year with the past 3 weeks off of homework I'm giving this week a C-. We've got a lot of room for improvement! How did everyone else's week go?

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