Monday June 8
Sophie got up and got started on her work. She did math, with a note about the problems she didn’t understand. And copywork. And work in her new cursive book.
Ben filled in his calendar and he and I played a store game with him buying objects for pennies. He did a couple of number handwriting sheets: 1, 4, and 5. Anthony practiced tracing some numbers too.
Bella and I did a page of math together, factors of 20, 30 and 32. I wrote the answers so all she had to do was think about the problems. She did some copywork and spent some time reading Minimus, as I suspected the story keeps pulling her in. She’s not so thrilled about the grammar, but I think she’ll get it inductively. She did some cursive work too. And read to me from Mr Revere and I, which she was reading to herself throughout the day.
Bella and Sophie both made themselves little books out of construction paper. Bella used hers to make a diary entry and to copy something from her dictionary. Sophie wrote a story about a knight, which she spelled kite and then knite when she remembered it had an N.
Lots of bike riding, fairy house building, making things out of jump ropes, constructing things with paper and glue. Ben made a bunch of trucks for Anthony. They are starting to look recognizably truck like.
Afternoon reading: Swallowdale; Captain Cook, 2 chapters which finished the book; Why Not Lafayette? also two chapters. We are trying to finish the Lafayette and Cook books quickly, needing to get them back to the library soon. Sophie became impatient and didn’t want to read anymore, so I gave up after three books. It is a lot of reading and she has trouble following the history stuff. I need to work on narration with her to help her focus her attention better.
Bedtime stories: Sophie wanted Town Mouse Country Mouse by Jan Brett. Lucy wanted Curious George at the Firestation, which I refuse to read so I just gave her a quick summary. Bella wanted A Secret Place, a lovely picture book about a boy who discovers a river hidden in an urben landscape, probably in Southern California, but unspecified in the book.
Tuesday June 9
Sophie got up and sat down to her work right away. Her copywork was especially neat today. I was impressed at how carefully she’s writing. She also did some work in the new cursive book. She’s loving the cursive practice and figuring out how this whole new system works. She didn’t need any help with math.
Bella had a slow start. She was lost in Mr Revere and I and didn’t want to put it down. Eventually she did a little cursive and some math. She’s also been doing a lot of digging on the bookshelves. Pulling books off, reading bits, then moving on to something else. Sophie’s been reading some books Bella has pulled down. Today they both started Little Plum.
Ben and Anthony both did a little writing practice. I also drilled them on letters with flashcards. Anthony knows all the letters, with a few places he gets confused. Ben knows maybe a quarter of them. He’s totally at sea when it comes to letters, though he’s quite comfortable with numbers. I guess we need to work on sensory letter activities.
Afternoon stories. The second half of Jacob and Esau, where Jacob goes to work for Laban and then marries Leah and Rachel, then when he returns home. Then Swallowdale. Then Across the Rolling River. Finally, Why Not Lafayette.
Wednesday June 10
Sophie began the day on the right foot: sitting at the table with her books. She did her copywork and math and oh boy is she devouring the cursive. She’s taking to it like a fish to water.
Bella got a slower start, finished the math page she’s been working on. Did some cursive. Did she do other copywork? I don’t know, but I don’t think so.
I printed off some alphabet pages for Ben and Anthony and they practiced writing some big and little As. Also I drew some pictures and wrote out some words that begin with A. Tomorrow: As out of modeling clay.
We went to the library and got a bunch of books so that’s what we did during story time. Though I did read a chapter of Swallowdale too. Some books about China and Chinese fairytales and folk tales. Also a few picture books about Benjamin Franklin.
Thursday June 11
Sophie sat down and did her school work right away. Math, copywork, cursive workbook.
Bella did math with help and copywrok. She opted not to do cursive today.
Stories: Swallowdale, Across the Rolling River, assorted picture books from the library.
Friday June 12
Sophie sat down and did her school work first thing. Math, copywork and cursive. She’s so disciplined and predictable.
Bella spotted a dragonfly and wanted to draw it. She later drew a moth and a ladybug. I did get her to do math and copywork and even a bit of cursive.
Dom took the day off and we took a picnic lunch to World’s End. It was lovely, an absolutely perfect day. We spotted redwing blackbirds, swallows and butterflies. Wild roses and various wildflowers and grasses. Collected chestnuts and acorns and pinecones. Twisted grasses into various shapes, smelled the smell of tidal marshes, noted low tide. Felt the cool wind on our faces, the grass under our feet.
No story time this afternoon. Bedtime stories: Snow White and Rose Red, Grandpa Green and Mother Goose.