Ahhhh December already??? How does this month always seem to sneak up on us? We marked December 1st by picking out a Christmas tree and yes, in this mild coastal area we do go to the tree farm with an umbrella!
This week in Co-op we went to France and learned the names of the colours, and parts of the body in French. We also learned about shapes and structures based on our study of the famous Eiffel tower. We discovered that arches and triangles are commonly used shapes in buildings and bridges then E was able to explore these concepts first in building a co-operative cardboard tower with her group then later as she sculpted an individual Eiffel tower out of pipe cleaners.
Sadly the rest of our week was obliterated by a vicious bout of the flu. E did spend quite a bit of time reading independently and consequently we made the discovery that she is now able to manage simple chapter books on her own!
As she began to feel better E became our family super-star and fully embraced the role of care-giver. She made home-made lemonade following her own recipe to keep us all hydrated and served everyone in bed all the while heating hot packs in the microwave and running to bring anyone a blanket that might be chilled. We are so proud of how compassionate she is and how she is unhesitating in her practical hands-on love!
Starting our week off with co-op again it was crazy hair day and the kids had a new bible verse: Proverbs 22:9 followed by a short lesson on generosity. They were also able to watch a video of their love boxes being delivered to children in Africa and were very excited to see the Zambian children opening their boxes.
Finishing our section on Egypt the kids had a brief history lesson on the country and a wonderful game discovering many of their amazing inventions. Next they built sugar cube pyramids and practised their multiplication as they went up each layer. E really enjoyed seeing the math come alive as her pyramid grew.
At recess we took our pyramids one step further and made a human pyramid! 🙂
We followed the math lesson with a 3D map showing the children where the different pyramid sites are and the general geographic features of the country. The children used playdough, paper, pipe cleaners and a variety of other materials to show the Nile river, the Mediterranean Sea and pyramids and palm trees etc.
We worked on skip counting this week and E continues to make great progress with her math facts. She is gaining confidence daily and is increasing speed.
In Language E is busily writing cards for her co-op friends to hand out at our Christmas celebration in a few weeks. She has decided to draw and write each person in the group and individual card with an encouraging note about their character. I was so proud of her thoughtfulness in the act itself but also in really reflecting on each person and what she appreciates most about each of them!
This week was also a field trip to a local cranberry bog. We had a wonderful tour of the bog and learned about the growing conditions of this native plant and it’s many uses.
E really enjoyed learning about the water harvesting method and then seeing the huge 9000 litre vats that they process the cranberry juice in.
Here on the wet coast 🙂 we are having our typical cold and rainy autumn. This sometimes makes it hard to motivate ourselves to get up and get on with the day. Nonetheless there was learning to be done so off we went!
Monday we started off the week with our fantastic co-op time. In devotion circle E’s bible verse for the week is Exodus 20:12 “Honour your father and your mother, that your days may be prolonged in the land which the Lord your God gives you.” We are learning about Egypt and E had to find Egypt on a world map. Then the group learned a few facts about Egypt and saw some artefacts that came from Egypt. E got to investigate 2 different sand and rainforest soil and made a compare and contrast chart. Last month in co-op the children learned about Brazil and the rainforest so it was a great lesson to show the differences in climate from one part of the world to another.
We also shared an Egyptian snack of hummus, flat bread, dates and dried apricots. Lastly we had our art lesson where E learned about Egyptian portrait style and created her own self-portrait complete with a Royal Vulture style crown.
Tuesday was an at-home day with some good writing time. E is really starting to enjoy writing and is creating notes and letters everyday. She is also working on
Wednesday we spent the morning doing math skills and reading then went to swimming lessons and a long free swim afterward.
Thursday we spent some time with friends
Friday we went on a field trip with some co-op friends to our local Science Centre. E had a fantastic time exploring a variety of science concepts. We spent quite a bit of time learning about how to make a structure and strengthen it’s weak points in building a foam block house.
We also explored how seeds travel and had a great time making wings for the seeds and watching them fly up the air tubes.