On Monday we reviewed what we’d talked about so far and the kids each did their own artwork and writing. As we were going along I realized that we needed to get back to some basics, working together, and experimenting for fun. So I planned out the rest of the week to explore, focus on basic skills, and really enjoy our week!
On Tuesday we did some more of the 4-H worksheets, with my 4 year old reading along and solving clues for the crossword puzzle about egg layers while the 7 year old filled in the puzzle, working on antonyms and synonyms with the 4 yo while the 7 yo put egg related items in alphabetical order, and doing a science experiment with a raw and a boiled egg to see if we could figure out which was which. Then we had a taste test. The kids went to the library for an event, and listened to some stories, did some basic crafts and enjoyed Earth Day snacks!
On Wednesday we grabbed workbooks! The 4 yo worked on the letters D and E, recognizing what is the largest/longest in a set of objects, what doesn’t belong in a group or what is different in a group, writing her first and last name, and reading sight words. The 7 yo worked on the CURSIVE letter K!, homophones and plurals, ‘what’s cooking’ reading/reaction writing, double digit subtraction, triple digit addition, review of coins, and months of the year spelling review.
On Thursday we focused on workbook basics again, with the 4 yo focusing on F and G, short/small in a set of objects, and reading sight words. The 7 yo did a 3 digit math page again, this one had ‘carry overs’ and she struggled with them the first go round, but when asked to correct them, got them right in the end, plus a +/- review page. She also did the cursive letter L page and spelling words with the ‘er/ar’ sounds in them this week.
Friday we normally don’t do any hard core work but the kids read a lot, play educational tablet games (or zombie fighting, whatever), and in general relax and are kids. THIS week, I had an appointment in the city so we went to the zoo! There were several fake (and maybe some real!) eggs hidden around the zoo, and we were sure to point them out, kind of to focus on the last couple of weeks of talking about egg layers. Yes! We all had a good time, and we managed just fine even with all 4 kids. We got there at just about lunch time and had cards for free lunches for the kids from our membership, so we did that while the field trips cleared out (we figured there wouldn’t be any since it was Friday and spring break was over, blergh!) but it all cleared out soon enough and we really enjoyed it. When we were leaving, we saw a big group of kids with ‘unsocialized homeschooler– WARNING!’ t-shirts on and I pointed them out to my 7 yo who kind of gets ticked now and again that she’s not in ‘school’– I think she believes she is the only one. That’s disheartening. Here’s a ‘pics or it didn’t happen’ kind of thing on the carousel. You can just barely see all of them. My husband is carrying the baby, the 7 yo is in blue stripes, the 4 yo in yellow, toddler in gray!
It ends up that they seem to like working in their workbooks more than printed pages– go figure. It’s the exact same stuff, just bound in a book. Kids. Anyway, they worked independently most of the week and seemed to enjoy it when they had just a bit of help, so we may try back to basics again in the coming week.
Reading Together 4yo
This Is the Earth by Shore (Perfect for Earth Day)
Frozen A Tale of Two Sisters (she read it!)
7 yo reading
Humpty Dumpty Jr: Hardboiled Detective The Case of the Fiendish Flapjack Flop by Evans
The Penderwicks in Spring by Birdsall
A Series of Unfortunate Events The Slippery Slope by Snicket
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