In October when we did this is was still part of what we liked to call at Worley Academy the “working out the kinks stage” of homeschool. I planned super fun, easy and engaging activities that boys were familiar with, while I figured out how they each learn best. It really was a fun time around here. One thing I learned right away…A 6 foot table was not going to work for the three of us and the computer! But we stuck it out for six months before we made a much-needed and now loved change. Here’s a few pictures of our new improved IKEA schoolroom:
The other thing I learned is while Samuel can sit for long periods of time if he likes what he’s doing, Isaiah is not able to. So have a lot of “breaks” during the day where I have them practice doing other things for 10 minutes. They may be learning how to jump rope, dribble a ball, bounce and catch a tennis ball, skip, hop on one foot, do sit-ups. I was actually very surprised how many of things challenged them at first! They don’t know while they’re doing these activities they are actually making themselves better at Tae Kwon Do, basketball and tennis. I’m so sneaky like that. Today they had a pool noodle battle while I sorted laundry.
Our fifth fairy tale was Goldilocks and The Three Bears. This one was a lot of fun! Here are some of the books I picked:
It seems like we read more, but I can’t remember!
The boys really love role-playing and then making up their own stories with the magnet and flannel board pieces. I love having something to give them to do that is more constructive than fighting when I’m cooking. Many a recipe have been ruined by breaking up a fight.
Funny sidenote is baby bear’s chair actually did break that week when he used it as a stool to reach something he wasn’t supposed to have off the counter!
In class we talked a lot about:
* Big, Bigger, Biggest
* Small, Smaller, Smallest
* Large, medium, small
* Hot, warm, cold
* Manners: please & thank you
We did a fun PE activity to a the “Teddy Bear, Teddy Bear Turn Around” tune:
Little Bear, Little Bear, turn around
Little Bear, Little Bear, touch the ground
(knock on the door, eat some porridge, have a seat, run run run, go to sleep etc.)
To end it all they built a fort and both got all their “guys” and played in the fort.
And this is where the lapbook became a pile of papers on top of a half completed lapbook. So now I must got and try to remedy that….