January 23-27

3 weeks into a 7 week term and we are starting to hit our stride. We’re finding our weekdays busy but with dad working on the weekends we’re making up some time on Saturdays.

This week was filled with some fun learning opportunities as we  work through the modules for term 2. We worked on the Special People and Places (module 3) in Social Studies this week and reflected on some of our favourite memories and places. One of E’s favourite memories is the week we spent at Disneyworld last year and the lazy river swimming pool at our hotel. We also moved twice so talked a lot about moving and what’s good and bad about it. Socially E learned a lot about making new friends and in regards to community discovering a new neighbourhood and the services available.

We had a great time at the Math Extravaganza on Friday and enjoyed playing them at home too. Physical Activity is always a big part of our week with our repeating dance, swim, PE, and gymnastics schedule. We also added some playground and trampoline time on Friday.

In Science E is working on a biology project about birds and will be doing a 5 min. presentation to her class at WGCC next week.

Now onto a new week!

January 16-20 2012

Another great week down and here we are tallying up the work. Well not so much actually as we had 2 more events added to our weekly routine and a visiting Auntie from Australia.

On Monday, E had creative dance and started Science for home-schoolers at our local community centre. She loves her teacher there and enjoys the interesting experiments. This session is biology and she will be doing a project with a 5 minute presentation when the class wraps up in March. Reading today Tintin and the Secret of the Unicorn.

Tuesday E started PE at the CC will be learning sports skills this session. In our daily reading time we had some Dr. Seuss’ Fox in Socks and Berenstain Bears and finished Tintin.

Wednesday was Swimming lessons, a lunch play-date and Gymnastics. Reading today:  Tintin in the Land of the Soviets.

She enjoyed her day at school on Thursday and is regularly bringing notes home to family members that she has written at the writing centre in class. We read a new book from Australia called Amazing Facts about Australian Birds by Steve Parrish and one old story that we love called: Edward the Emu.

She had a great time snowshoeing on Friday and made a friend from the Wednesday class. Reading: Winnie the Pooh’s Friendship Garden, Tintin in America

Our academics this week were more science oriented with lots of bird pictures, books and discussions/ observations with our expert Ornithologist Auntie. In writing, we managed a couple of journal entries and a birthday card to a Great-Auntie. Hoping for more sit-down work next week.

January 9-13 2012

This has been an amazing and exhausting week. Last week we started up again with Gymnastics and face-2-face time at school. This week we added Creative Dance, swimming lessons and Girls Club. Lots of great activities and socializing but where to find time for our sit down learning?

E spent an hour on iXL Math and proudly completed 100 problems. She worked on addition with groups of 10s and 1s. It was exciting to watch her internalize the concept that a 2 digit number is representing groups of 10 and 1s. She seems to have made a real leap forward. We also spent a couple of hours on ABC Reading Eggs and E completed a map section. She is consistently recognizing and decoding combined consonants such as sh, ch, th, and ng. E is strong in phonics so we are focussing on logical strategies such as reading ahead in a sentence to figure out meaning then filling in any blanks after. In Science we went for a hike into the mountains and discussed what is alive and what is not alive. We examined ice crystals, and looked at tree rings while we talked about how trees grow.ImageImageIn Health we are constantly learning about human development as Baby S is now eating solids. We have been talking about healthy eating and sleeping habits and how important it is to have a healthy lifestyle. I am very concerned about body image and have noticed E is beginning to talk about what makes you “fat”. In response, I am very intentional in emphasizing what a healthy body can do rather than how it should look. In Social Studies we have started a pocket book on Canada Geese from Module 3. That’s us for this week now we’re off to enjoy the snow!

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