Owlet was sick this week. Even though I’m having to face the fact that even she is growing up, she’s my baby and it pains me when the “baby” is sick. Also, as so often happens, her illness has started to spread. (Yay for us!) Still, she’s stayed pretty happy in spite of all the sickness. I think lots of time on my Kindle might have helped.
We didn’t do any organized “preschool activities” this week, so I’m just showing a few gratuitous pictures of Owlet and Monkey before I start telling about our school week. :-) Monkey doesn’t need any organized activities. He is a boy who loves toys. I caught him here, seriously playing with some of Firecracker’s Mario figurines. He’s thinking so hard that his tongue is even sticking out.
Rose has been writing more stories this week. She dictates all the actual writing down to me. I was excited about two things in her most recent stories. Her drawings are starting to become more detailed, and she’s starting to use dialog in her stories. She is developing in her thoughts as a writer, and I am excited for her.
Writing always begins with reading, so I thought I would share a couple of books that we recently loved and finished. We read The Birchbark House, and I even fell in love with this one. It’s high quality literature about Ojibwa Indians living in the mid-1800s. Since most of my readers are Christian homeschoolers, I will admit that there are some potential issues with the Native American spirituality in the book. If you want to share this wonderful book with your children, there are some great book notes that can help you deal with any potential issues at Guesthollow. I had planned to use these, and then decided that I didn’t deem them necessary.
We also finished reading a book for our bookclub this week called Little Pear. The kids loved hearing the gentle little stories and the exploits that Little Pear always seems to find himself in.
We went to co-op this week. The preschoolers did lots of fun stuff with the letter D. Firecracker and Rose learned about snails in science, and just loved it. Rose made a macaroni bunny as seen in the collage because “Cherokee Indians ate bunny rabbits.” She was totally grossed out.
In Firecracker’s Civil War class, he began working on his Slavery and Underground Railroad project. He’s making Freedom Train Monopoly. I’ll have to take some pictures when he’s finished
We continued learning about Northeastern Indians this week. Even Monkey got in a little bit by doing Indian dot marker pages This week we talked about pictographs and looked at dreamcatchers. We even got some twigs from my parents’ house to make into dreamcatchers. We’re planning on getting back to them and learning a little bit about crows and ravens this week. As always, those plans are subject to change
I also suggested some tree art this week. We made these cute chalk pastel trees from a video tutorial at Hodgepodge. We admit it. We love when they do a video tutorial.
We also make Fall fingerprint tree art. I printed off the tree template from Learn Create Love. I love all the printable crafts that Kimberly makes. You guys should visit her site. It’s a treasure!
I guess that about does it for this week. Hope everyone has a good weekend.