It was a lovely day today so we spent some time outside playing with worms!
Today we also made rainbow rice! It was lovely and dead simple! Just add a splurge of ready-mixed paint, some peppermint essence and leave to dry!
We also did some maths with the new curriculum I’ve ordered called: Maths! No Problem. Lady P is enjoying it as it’s based on Singapore Maths. I really like it and find it straight forward and easy to use.
I just discovered Singapore maths and so far, I love the concept and it’s transformed Lady P! She is making great connections! I just bought the first textbook and workbook from Maths! No Problem! so I will let you know how they are and review them here!
Lady P used the tens frame in helping her understand addition facts. She made the connection between 8+6 and 10+4 by moving two different coloured counters around. I watched various YouTube videos by Maths! No Problem and found them interesting!
In the afternoon, we went on a homeschool trip to the farm! Over 130 home ed people showed up so it was great support!
The kids had a great time and enjoyed being outside all afternoon! They got a chance to brush ponies, feed goats, pet snakes and rats, feed lambs and play with new friends! It was a wonderful day!
I have decided to resume our study of artists. We started a project on Ted Harrison mostly because he’s originally from England but his art is all about the Yukon in Canada; a nice joining of cultures, like our family.
Lady P loves art so she always enjoys learning about artists and mimicking their work. We watched a YouTube video that took her through the process. I paused it so she could catch up and then resumed.
We have also started a new routine of writing a daily scripture every morning with the date. I copy the scripture in yellow for cheeky girl to copy and Lady P writes it herself. We help her find the scripture in the Bible then she copies it out. She feels grown up because she’s finding it in the Bible. Also, we help her to read it and discuss it. She draws a picture to help her understanding of the text. This incorporates a lot of different skills and topics. Art, bible study, reading, writing and maths (finding scriptures requires her to understand number order).
Unfortunately, both girls have a severe case of chicken pox so our homeschooling may include many films this week depending on how they feel! We’ve just acquired a massive supply of Barbie films which I find tedious but they love!
Today Lady P did some addition questions and then coloured Elmer the elephant with colours that corresponded to the answers. Lady P has to do her work out loud. She gets distracted otherwise. She also sings in between each question. Needless to say, this sheet took a very long time. And she only managed a few questions due to her being highly distractible.
Cheeky girl enjoyed doing puzzles and was very focussed! I loved watching her do them. She’s only just turned 4 but she was managing to complete them on her own! And Little Man was able to do a two piece puzzle on his own. He found the two pieces that were yellow and put them together! He surprises me everyday! He’s so independent! I thought boys let you do everything for them (or so I was told repeatedly) but not him! He lets me do nothing for him!
Just goes to show, you get what you get with these babies! They have their own unique personalities and if you work with them instead of against them, there’s no telling how amazing they’ll become!!!
Had a really good morning schooling today! Lady P got down to business in anticipation of her friend coming round for a play date.
She completed her reading lesson; practiced her counting by 5s and 10s; counted backwards from 10 confidently and started to count backwards from 20; sorted coins with their number amounts; wrote some more of her story; compared coniferous leaves to deciduous leaves and made notes. Cheeky girl practiced counting objects and writing the number down and she practiced the letter c and d and made pictures of things starting with those letters.
Afterwards, friends came to play all afternoon! It was a good day!
Yesterday we got back to business (after getting our hair done) after having this nasty vomiting bug going around!
Lady P was ready to work! She did some Maths at the board so she could stand instead of sit. I began to notice her struggle with counting backwards while doing subtraction. So I decided to get her to jump backwards as many jumps as she needed to subtract. So 12-4 meant she jumped back 4 while counting from 12. I realised this took quite a bit of coordination; however, she enjoyed this activity and kept asking for more subtraction problems. Her brain moves at a mile-a-minute so this helped her to focus! All the movement really aided her understanding!
I also have come to realise that when I teach her something new, it seems to take a few days to sink in and suddenly, she can do it! Patience and perseverance are the basis of teaching! I find that difficult when it’s your own child!
We also started our work on Little Red Riding Hood. We read one version then started writing a brief storyboard. I have researched ADHD a lot and one thing that stands out is that they have wonderful ideas but their hands can’t write as fast as their minds move so they forget what they want to write. So I get Lady P to tell me what she wants to write, then I remember it for her so she can focus on writing instead of remembering. This has taken the stress out of writing for now. I am researching programmes for the iPad which will type what she dictates as she loves telling stories!
Yesterday was our first day of school (or no school). We had a good day and Lady P was exhausted by the end (I suspect I got over-zealous).
I’m still incredibly happy she is home with us. I suspect she may struggle with attention and although I don’t want to say she has ADHD (because I’m not a doctor), I do feel she is leaning to that side. I’m teaching her and helping her as if she has ADHD and it seems to work. It’s hard to say it out loud because everyone says it’s just her age, but I think as a parent, you know when things are not quite right. We have started cutting out E numbers and sugar from her diet and it’s made a world of difference. But she still struggles!
Anyway, the first day was busy as I was working as well. We did calendar work, reading, art, writing, spelling and maths. We went outside and rode bikes, played at the park and had swimming lessons.
The last few days have been extremely busy! On Sunday nights, I create a plan for the week. I have found that this has worked the best for our routine. Then, I try to cover most of it throughout the week. Some things happen on different days than the plan but it doesn’t matter.
On Monday we went to the park again and Lady P went on the BMX track with her bike. Nobody was there so it was great. I ended up running around with her so I guess it was a work out for me! Bonus!
As usual, she did her maths and English work, we read, did crafts and played in the garden. She also goes to swimming lessons.
On Tuesday, we had a ridiculously long and busy day! The kids went to the beach with daddy while I was at work. They created beach art and attempted to write ‘at words in the sand. Lady P couldn’t understand that she had to hold the stick different from a pencil so she kept getting frustrated.
Later she had gymnastics and did work in between all our comings and goings.
Today we were looking after our little friend again. Lady P did an amazing water colour of a Georgia O’Keeffe close-up of a flower.
She is loving all things art related! She also did her reading lesson and maths lesson and we continued reading the BFG. Phew! I’m exhausted!
This week has been a blur! I’ve been visiting my mum and dad in Canada with Little Man and the girls have been home with daddy!
The home education officer came for the first time and it went really well! So we are pleased about that!
Lady P and Cheeky Girl have been busy doing all sorts of exciting things. They’ve been flying kites! The weather has been wonderfully warm so they’ve been outside a lot!
Lady P has started reading the BFG and is enjoying doing crafts and activities around it.
She has also been doing an underwater theme because we have inherited a fish tank. She has completed some colour-by-number maths sheets and fish crafts.
It’s been a busy week but lots of fun!