We’re still working with the basic workbooks this week, but first, the weekend! It was mother’s day weekend which meant we ran, ran, ran and I still didn’t feel super celebrated. Friday night was the mother/daughter thing at church, and it was rush rush getting everyone ready. The toddler still peed her pants in the time it took me to give the baby a bath. Sigh. K had softball practice until 5:30 and the event was 6:30. I still feel like it was 2 minutes ago getting her in the bath afterward, the weekend was a blur. Saturday we had lunch out, but I had to (felt obligated) to go to a church meeting right afterward, and we needed groceries for dinner in between, and I still took the baby with me on Saturday so let’s just say it was less relaxing of a ‘day’ then it could have been. The kids made ‘presents’ at the mother/daughter thing and at the library a week or 2 ago, so you know, fun trinket things, times 3. Ha. My husband has promised a do-over. He was grumpy all weekend. Me too. I feel bad that he feels bad. It’s cyclical for me. But it’s kind of the way it is with 4 small kids, and 3 grandparents to visit. We’re blessed that one of his grandmothers is still alive, so we make time for her, too. The kids were AWFUL at her house. Just awful. Bored, I guess. But they want to sit out on their screened porch and there’s so many bad things to get into so it was a constant ‘don’t touch’ going on.
They do have a box of toys that the kids could have played with but it wasn’t offered so we didn’t ask. We didn’t take any tablets, and really I’d rather the kids listened to us chat and learned to be patient, but maybe that’s asking too much. At least my parents and his parents have toys and crayons, and expect the kids to want to play. Every time, not just sometimes. We always clean up, so that’s not the issue, we’ve never left a mess to my knowledge anywhere. So I sound like a banshee screeching at them constantly, but they were putting themselves in danger as well as destroying things. They’re generally only around 1/2 the year so we don’t see them often, and it’s nearly always us going there, but all the grandparents want to see them any time we are making a trip, or they feel left out, so it is ALWAYS a long day. Ugh. The 7 yo lost TV and tablet for the week. She paid dearly. End rant.
We will probably finish out the school year with work books and plan the summer around science and engineering, things like that. I’ve been trying to get my 4 yo to read more on her own, and she often reads the instructions in her workbook on her own and can do some of her work independently now, and I can check it. I love that she’s getting the basic things like colors, reading, numbers, etc. down on her own so we can build more complex skills and ideas into her day. I love that they still get so much free time, though. Nearly every day they’re also doing puzzles, building with legos, and playing pretend.
Tuesday they went to the library evening event and made water bambs (intentionally misspelled) from sponges and rubberbands and a fun spinny disc on a string. They listened to a story and had a snack. The theme was ‘welcome to summer’.
We’re in the middle of ball practices and ALL a washout. My goodness the rain we’ve had this week. The grass is horribly high, the kids feel boxed in and I’m more than ready for a clear, dry day for them to run to their hearts content. Oh and the buffalo gnats are back. They’re insane and even if I put on 2 or 3 coats of bug spray, they STILL bite me. I must be delicious.
4 yo-number 4 in workbook (trace and write number and words, cut and paste, draw), color by word, alphabet review pages (matching cap to lower case), alphabet test (what comes next).
7 yo- Cursive letters S and T, 2 pages of simple geometry (naming shapes, etc), sentence vs. fragment, free reading.
4 yo-numbers 5 and 6 in workbook (trace and write numbers and words, cut and paste, draw), fill in missing numbers, color by # of dots, match number to # of shapes in opposite row.
7 yo- Cursive letters U and V, 4 pages of simple math (naming 3-d shapes, measuring), writing words with letters a-v in cursive.
4 yo- dry erase write name and full alphabet plus a few words, trace and write numbers and words, cut and paste, draw 7 and 8, count and color 7 and 8, count and write number of farm animals.
7 yo- Free reading, cursive letters W and X, practice all letters to X in cursive, read and unscramble a 4th of July words page, page on statement vs. question, tracing and measuring your hand parts with a ruler, page of reading and answering cause and effect.
4yo- trace and write numbers and words, cut and paste, draw 9 and 10, count and color 9 and 10, count and circle number of items.
7yo- Cursive letters Y and Z! Read and answer questions on tall tales, measuring your foot parts with a ruler, page of reading and writing why you are thankful (Thanksgiving) and re-writing all the cursive letters. Free reading.
7 year old books of the week
Minecraft Essential Handbook by Milton (green book)
Minecraft Redstone Handbook by Farwell (maroon book)
The Boxcar Children The Yellow House Mystery by Warner
The Boxcar Children Blue Bay Mystery by Warner
The Boxcar Children Mike’s Mystery by Warner
The Boxcar Children Mystery Ranch by Warner
The Boxcar Children The Woodshed Mystery by Warner
4 year old books of the week
Llama Llama Red Pajama by Dewdney (read it!)
Go Dog Go by Eastman (re-read it)
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