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Say you have a child like mine, who picked up the knitting needles as if she were born with them in her hand. A level 1 or 2 case would neither hold her interest, nor challenge her in any way. This project will. I got the pattern from the Handwork Teacher at the Sacramento Waldorf School. All students make this case. It's gorgeous. It's a challenge. Have fun!!

Yarn used is Lamb's Pride by Brown Sheep in Worsted Weight. Names (if known) are given in () the idea is that you start with the purple on the bottom section and end up with red at the top.
Pattern
CO 24 stitches. Each Section is 10 rows each

Section 1 (purple) garter stitch
Section 2 (periwinkle) reverse garter stitch
Section 3 (skyway) stockinette
Section 4 (2 greens) color work. 2 Rows color A, 2 Rows color B
Section 5 (lime, goldenrod) Checkerboard (stockinette/colorwork) 3 stitches yellow, 3 stitches green for 5 rows, then 3 stitches green 3 stitches yellow for final 5 rows
Section 6 (Goldenrod) 4 X 4 rib
Section 7 (Orange) Checkerboard stitch
Section 8 (red/pink) Fair Isle (create a SIMPLE Fair Isle pattern. Like a Cross or and X over 5 rows)
Section 9 (Red) eyelet stitch

Put right sides together and sew seam across bottom and side. Finger knit a cord, weave it through the eyelet stitch on top, tie off. You now have a completed patchwork Flute/Recorder Case

(Place holder post so I don't lose the pattern for Gwen. I'll post pictures when she's done. She's in the middle of Section 5 right now.)
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I had Foundation Studies this weekend. The Art for this session was drawing.  *Groan* 

I will not say I suck at drawing. I will not say I don't get it. But I will say...I'm learning. I'm just slow.

First we tried pastels on paper. After about 2 hours of work I ended up with this.

2012-11-10 17.34.03


Then we moved onto crayon. This is about 30 minutes of work.

2012-11-10 17.33.53

Then back to pastels...about an hour.

2012-11-10 17.34.12

And lastly pencils. This is after about an hour...and it's so not finished. And I'm not sure where to go next with it to continue it...I need to finish coloring in the boat, and the sails...and I've got to fix the cliff but I don't know how...


Bonus points to people who can correctly ID the myths or stories I drew for the last three drawings.


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This time around is so much different. Ike I dragged through kicking and screaming (sometimes literally). The girls? They are HUNGRY. They want to learn, they ask me for more lessons. "What else can we do for school today?" They've been told over and over again in the last few years, "oh, you'll learn that when you start school" or "Oh....First Graders do that" that now they are in First Grade....they want to learn. They absorb it. And they run with it. It's pretty awesome to watch.

They are loving the learning their letters so much, I almost can't wait for Math! Now that's fun stuff!
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About a week ago, I thought I was being a Bad Homeschooling Mama.

I had no plan.

The last time I planned to teach First Grade I took an entire summer to figure out what in the heck I was going to do, and how I was going to do it. This time it's different. Elli and Gwen are not Ike. I also know a whole lot more than I did 3 years ago. Last month I ran back to homeschooling after pondering it for a week. The girls went to school on a Friday, the following Monday...they did not. I had a crutch so I could stall. I was given the first 10 days of Form Drawing and the first Math block. But after that...nothing planned. And even then, I did not want to start the first math block after that form drawing block. And Oh, I'm going to be gone for a week in the middle of October for my observation at Santa Cruz Waldorf. So what to do? Well, I fell back on advice from my Mentor Melisa. "Don't teach anything unless you are prepared to do so." Always good advice.

So this last Monday, I told the girls I wasn't ready to teach them the next block of studies. We played. I pondered. I read. We cuddled and read lots of fairy tales. We knit. I cleaned. We went to the park. I spent most of the week sick (physically, spiritually, and emotionally) and spent most of Thursday sleeping (I have such an amazing husband...let me tell you!). And on Friday afternoon I did actually do some planning. And then, AFTER all that...I got inspired. I found it. The container story and the approach I wanted to use to teach the alphabet, phonics, spelling, and the math. How I wanted to present the Fairy Tales. How to turn First Grade this time around from "Following Melisa's Plans"....to creating my own. Admittedly by stealing the best ideas from ALL of my teachers and fusing them together in a way to work for my Elli and Gwen. But, I finally found the Art. I've made it MINE.

Now, in this place, I finally feel...I'm a Waldorf Teacher.

I'm not a Mama playing at being a Teacher. I'm not a Student-Teacher in over her head, I am a Teacher.

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I wanted to post a picture of the proud knitting boy.

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Month of February: Language Arts Block
Spanish for month:
 (Cante 42)

Homeschooling plans for the week of February 1-5
Music for the week: Hickory Dickory

Monday:
Ike: The Letter D and Hansel and Gretel  (First Grade 114) Draw a G Goose in MLB
Elli and Gwen: Gnomes and Root Babies  (they get this story all week) (BTJ 42)
Baking: Braided Bread (BTJ 42)
Afternoon: Birthday Card for Aunt Susan
Activites:

    * TKD for Elli and Gwen (I've got to figure out when Ike can go.)

Tuesday:
Ike: Narrate and Summarize. Copy summary into MLB
Form Draw; First Grade page 114
Painting: Blue Hides her Face (WHE color story) Didn't get to this last week.
Activities

    * Ike: Eurythmy at MGWS at 8:40AM
    * Ike: Vision Therapy @ 2PM
    * Girls: Off to M's at 1:30

Wednesday:
Ike: The Letter R and Ruplestiltskin  R's into MLB
Modeling:
Afternoon: Milk Carton Bird Feeders
Activities:
  • All: Co-op at Lincoln Glen Park @10AM
  • Sand Candles for Candlemas
Thursday:
Ike: Narrate and Summarize, Copy summary into MLB
Form Drawing: First Grade 114
Copywork: this week's Music
Afternoon:  Something we didn't get to earlier
No ACTIVITIES!!! WooT!

Friday:
Ike: Forest Friday
Elli and Gwen: KidsPark
Library Day


Last week's Goals
Practice Recorder Twice
Finish First Lord's Fury
Finish Temperaments in Education
Request St. Francis Book from library
Work on
[info]mollygm  daughter M's hat (Third try is the charm).
Paint with the kids this week

This Week's Goals
Practice Recorder twice
Work on m's hat (after I rip out 4 rows, I just caught a mistake. Argh!)
Finish Lifeways.
aelfie: (MnM Librarian)
Month of January: Language Arts Block
Spanish for month:
Wheels on the bus (Cante 46)

Homeschooling plans for the week of January 25-29
Music for the week: Baa Baa Black Sheep

Monday:
Ike: The Letter G and The Golden Goose (First Grade 109) Draw a G Goose in MLB
Elli and Gwen: Jack Frost (they get this story all week)
Baking: Icicle Bread Sticks
Afternoon: origami cranes
Activites:

    * All TKD (assuming I get to talk to Mr. Moore about it)

Tuesday:
Ike: Narrate and Summarize. Copy summary into MLB
Form Draw; First Grade page 110
Painting: Blue Hides her Face (WHE color story) Didn't get to this last week.
Activities

    * Ike: Eurythmy at MGWS at 8:40AM
    * Ike: Vision Therapy @ 2PM
    * Girls: Off to M's at 1:30

Wednesday:
Ike: The Letter K and King Thrush's Beard (First Grade 112)
Modeling: Thrushes
Afternoon: Milk Carton Bird Feeders
Activities:
  • All: Co-op at Lincoln Glen Park @10AM
Thursday:
Ike: Narrate and Summarize, Copy summary into MLB
Form Drawing: review waves
Copywork: this week's Music
Afternoon: Ice Candles
No ACTIVITIES!!! WooT!

Friday:
Ike: Forest Friday
Elli and Gwen: KidsPark
Library Day


Last week's Goals
work on mollygm's hat (Finished on the Mom's Retreat. CUTE!!!)
finish "Ask and it is Given" (Even returned to the Library)
Start one of the sleeping books  ( Finished Both. Started some with Gray, but then he came down with a cold)
Practice Recorder twice (I cleaned house instead)
Prep for Mom's Retreat this weekend. (Awesome! See post here about it)

This Week's Goals
Practice Recorder Twice
Finish First Lord's Fury
Finish Temperaments in Education
Request St. Francis Book from library
Work on [livejournal.com profile] mollygm  daughter M's hat (Third try is the charm).
Paint with the kids this week

Musings Adding Co-op and Vision Therapy has eaten more out of my schedule than I realized it would Oy! I'm going to try and do school with Ike before co-op instead of walking the dog. That way we can just be done. Last couple of times we did it after we got back while the girls were in quiet time, but then I didn't get quiet time and I got cranky. We'll see what happens.
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Month of January: Math Block
Spanish for month:
Wheels on the bus (Cante 46)

Homeschooling plans for the week of January 18-22
Music for the week: One Misty, Moisty Morning (WSMG 31)

Monday:
Ike Seven, 7, VII and heptagons, Seven Ravens (first grade 174), Draw week calendar in MLB
Elli and Gwen: Star Money (they get this story all week)
Baking: Star Cookies
Afternoon: origami cranes
Activites:

    * All TKD (EDIT Canceled due to holiday)

Tuesday:
Ike: eight, 8, VIII, and Octogons, Octopus untangled, (Tales of Tiptoes Lightly 28), Draw octopus in MLB
Form Draw Review
Painting: Blue Hides her Face (WHE color story) Didn't get to this last week.
Activities

    * Ike: Eurythmy at MGWS at 8:40AM
    * Ike: Vision Therapy @ 2PM
    * Girls: Off to M's at 1:30

Wednesday:
Ike: Nine, 9, IX and nonogons
Modeling: Star money
Afternoon: Milk Carton Bird Feeders
Activities:
All: Co-op at Lincoln Glen Park @10AM

Thursday:
Ike: Ten, 10, X and Decagons, Two ways to count to ten, (Six sense math)
Form Drawing: review
Copywork: this week's Music
Afternoon: Ice Candles
No ACTIVITIES!!! WooT!

Friday:
Ike: Forest Friday
Elli and Gwen:MOPS with me
Library Day


Last week's Goals
finish mollygm 's daughter's Christmas Hat (Done! But its big on Ike's head, I'll start a size lower and try again. Third times the charm.)
Start  mollygm s christmas hat
Practice recorder twice
finish "Simplicity Parenting"
finsh "Ask and it is given"

This Week's Goals
work on mollygm's hat
finish "Ask and it is Given"
Start one of the sleeping books
Practice Recorder twice
Prep for Mom's Retreat this weekend.
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Month of January: Math Block
Spanish for month:
Wheels on the bus (Cante 46)

Week of Jan 11-15
Music for week: Three Blind Mice (WSSA 41)

Monday:
Ike Three, 3, III, triangles Three little Piggies (change from original plans) (Jacobs 39), examples in MLB
Elli and Gwen: The Candles, (winter Joy  26) (they get this story all week)
Baking: Apple Pie and GF bread for Mom
Afternoon: Ice Candles
Activites:
  • All TKD

Tuesday:
Ike: Four, 4 IIII, IV, and squares Four shiftful brothers (first grade book, 169)
Form Draw Review
Painting: Blue Hides her face (WHE color story)
Activities
  • Ike: Eurythmy at MGWS at 9AM
  • Ike: Vision Therapy @ 2PM
  • Girls: Off to M's at 1:30
Wednesday:
Ike: Five, 5, V, and pentagrams Star Brothers, (Math 29)
Modeling: Stars
Afternoon: Milk Carton Bird Feeders
Activities:
All: Co-op at Lincoln Glen Park @10AM

Thursday:
Ike: Six, 6, VI, and Hexagons. How Six Men got in the World (First Grade, 171)
Form Drawing: First Grade page 83
Copywork: this week's Music
Afternoon: Cut paper snowflakes
No ACTIVITIES!!! WooT!

Friday:
Ike: Forest Friday
Elli and Gwen: Kidspark in the morning
Library Day
Me: Dr. Kelli at 10AM, then to Green Planet Yarn to pick up order. Also get dry cleaning

Goals for myself this week
finish [livejournal.com profile] mollygm 's daughter's Christmas Hat (5 rows to go. Its so cute!!!)
Start [livejournal.com profile] mollygm s christmas hat
Practice recorder twice
finish "Simplicity Parenting"
finsh "Ask and it is given"

aelfie: (MnM Librarian)
Month of January: Math Block
Spanish for month:
Wheels on the bus (Cante 46)

Week of Jan 4-8
Music for week: Are you sleeping (WSSA 40)

Mon
Ike: One,1, I the Grain of Corn (6th sense math) draw one in MLB (EDIT: I retold Old Turtle by Wood from Memory. It just seemed to fit better
E&G The mitten (Joy 27 and Picture book by Jan Brett)
Afternoon: sewing cards shaped like mittens
Baking 3 kings cake

Tue
Ike Two, 2 , II The two brothers (Math 19) (EDIT: I told Two Frogs instead. I was even able to make a "puppet" show out of it using two frog bath toys. He loved it)
Afternoon: Make Crowns (BTJ 78)
Painting: sun, grass, tulip (WHE color stories)
Form Drawing Review (80)

Wed:
EDIT Day was written off due to first day of Co-op. We had a great time. Free play &  TKD took up rest of afternoon)
Ike Three, 3, III, triangles Three sons of fortune (Math 27), examples in MLB
Afternoon: Paper snowflakes
Modeling: pyramids

Thurs
EDIT: Day written off due to LONG ass eye appointment. Spent rest of afternoon playing with friends and making playdough)
Ike Four, 4 IIII, IV, and squares Four shiftful brothers (first grade book, 169)
Afternoon Milk carton bird feeders
Form drawing: review
Copywork: This week's song.

Fri
Ike: Forest Friday (EDIT: Canceled due to lack of sufficient adults. Ike spent the day at school. Didn't go over very well, he's not used to the routine of the room and he's wiggly!)
E&G MOPS
Afternoon: Library, then kidspark, datenight for Mom and Dad
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This week's plans are a bit up in the air as Ike and I are still sick and we may just be recovering for a few days. But my basic plans

Keep up with the extended copy work project
Practice last weeks form drawing
Read/tell a Saint Martin Story, but a drawing into the MLB, narrate and summarize the next day.
Make Lanterns for Martinmas Lantern Walk on Thursday*
Make a trip to Goodwill to donate our extra clothes that we don't need anymore.
And if we don't get to any of it due to illness...that's okay.

*I had planned on doing a cool tissue paper and glue and balloon lanterns, but based on the way we are feeling, we may have to do something else. I've got a couple of ideas.
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Weekly
Verse Autumn Leaves ACT 48
Spanish Bi 420
Yoga AB 57
Music Twinkle Little Star
Handwork: Knitting

Monday:
Ike: Letter F, Next Part of Wise Sophia and The Little Fish (99), Draw F Fishes in MLB
E&G: Crumbs on the Table Earth, 382
Baking Day: GF Bread and something for dessert
Handwork Day (during Quiet time) Starting Ike on knitting

Tuesday:
Ike: Eurythmy class @ Morning Glory. Narrate and Summarize The Little Fish, put summary in MLB
E&G:  See Monday
Form Drawing: Castle form
Painting Day: Fish!

Wednesday
Ike: Letter H, Next Part of Wise Sophia and The Hut in the Forest (101), Draw H Huts in MLB
E&G: See Monday
Modeling Day: Huts
TKD: Ike @ 3:00 and Girls @ 3:30

Thursday
Ike:  Narrate and Summarize the Hut in the Forest, put summary in MLB
E&G: See Above
Form Drawing: Castles
Copywork Day: Autumn Leaves ACT 48

Friday
Ike: Forest Friday at Sanborn Park
E&G: MOPS with Me
Library Day
Kidspark for everyone after Library. Its Date Night.

So what did I accomplish on last weeks goals for me?
Knit some on Gwen's Hat
Read another chapter of "Power of Stories"
Cleaned Ike's room and made it easier for him to keep up.

Not on the list but accomplished
Practiced my Recorder twice.
Vacuumed and cleaned both bathrooms
Kept the girls room picked up
Didn't kill anybody.

I guess something is better than nothing.

This Week's Goals!
Knit some on Gwen's Hat (I'm on a time crunch. I need it finished by the Martinmas lantern walk (Nov 12)
Stitch some on Gray's Stocking
Read another chapter of "Power of Stories"
Finish current lecture in "Rhythms of Learning"
Practice Recorder at least twice this week.
Draw! I haven't worked on my drawing skills in awhile.
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Weekly
Verse "Three Witches" ACT 49
Spanish Bi 113
Yoga AB 109
Music Jack o Lantern SAS 36
Handwork: Spool Knitting

Monday
Ike: The Witches Night before Halloween. Draw Witches and Cauldrons and Pumpkins in MLB.
E&G: See Above
Baking Day: GF Bread, Pumpkin Bread
Handwork Day (afternoon)
Playdate at our house with a total of something like 15 kids. Oy!


Tuesday
Ike: Eurythmy class @ Morning Glory. Field Trip to Beach with Out of Town Homeschooling Friends (oceanography. Yea.)
E&G:  See above about beach trip
Form Drawing: Waves (we went left to right last week, right to left this week)
Painting Day: Not this week

Wednesday:
Ike: Field Trip to Pumpkin Patch. Spend rest of day carving pumpkins and roasting seeds.
E&G: See above
Modeling Day: Pumpkins
TKD: Ike @ 3:00 and Girls @ 3:30


Thursday:
Ike: Baking. Lots and Lots of Baking! (Cupcakes, cookies, and maybe some candy)
E&G: See Above
Form Drawing: Not today
Copywork Day: Three Witches ACT 49
Star Trek Experience @ Tech with Joe and [livejournal.com profile] allanh Randy, [livejournal.com profile] urbear and others at 3PM

Friday
Ike: Forest Friday at Sanborn Park
E&G: Kidspark for morning
Library Day

Busy Week! Last week during Quiet Time Ike came into my room and worked on his spool knitting. Worked out pretty well. In a couple of weeks I may use this time to teach him to two needle knit. Its quiet, just the two of us, and relaxing.

I also think I'm going to start including Weekly Goals for myself on this slot. So at least I get them written down.
Knit some on Gwen's Hat
Finish Knitting Gray's Dinosaur
Start another dinosaur or a baby gnome hat for Church Fundraiser
Read another chapter of "Power of Stories"
Finish current lecture in "Rhythms of Learning"
Draw! I haven't worked on my drawing skills in awhile.

Big accomplishment for the weekend? Shoveling out Ike's Room. I can see the floor again! Woot!
Big Woot? All four kids asleep tonight at 7:15

aelfie: (MnM Librarian)
Weekly
Verse "Scary" ACT 46
Spanish Bi 400
Yoga AB 119
Music Itsy Bitsy Spider
Handwork: Spool Knitting

Monday
Ike: Letter W, Wise Sophia and The Fisherman's Wife AJTW Pg. 90. Come up with a list of W Words. Draw a picture of a W Water in MLB.
E&G: Goldilocks and the Three Bears
Baking Day: GF Bread, Something for Desert Night
Handwork Day (afternoon)
Outrageous Outgrowns Pickup

Tuesday
Ike: Eurythmy class @ Morning Glory . Narrate and Summarize story from day before. Put summary in MLB.
E&G: Goldilocks and the Three Bears
Form Drawing: Waves
Painting Day: Boat on Wavy Water

Wednesday:
Ike: Letter C, Wise Sophia and Poor Miller's Boy AJTW Pg. 97. Come up with a list of C Words. Draw a picture of a C Cat in MLB.
E&G: Goldilocks and the Three Bears
Modeling Day: More basic play. Try and make a cat.
TKD: Ike @ 3:00 and Girls @ 3:30


Thursday:
Ike: Narrate and Summarize story from day before. Put summary in MLB.
E&G: Goldilocks and the Three Bears
Form Drawing: Review of previous forms
Copywork Day: Scary ACT Pg 46

Friday
Ike: Forest Friday at Sanborn Park
E&G: Kidspark for morning
Library Day
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Weekly
Verse "Seasons" JTT 167
Spanish
Yoga AB 111
Music I'm a nut, Wee Sing Silly Songs 61
Handwork: Spool Knitting

Monday
Ike: Letter S, Wise Sophia and Six Swan AJTW Pg. 83, Draw a picture of a S Swan in MLB.
E&G: Sweet Porridge (Grimm 103)
Baking Day: GF Bread, Something for Desert Night
Park Day (Playdate with other homeschooling family)
Handwork Day (afternoon)

Tuesday
Ike: No Eurythmy class (school is on a field trip). Narrate and Summarize story from day before. Put summary in MLB.
E&G: Sweet Porridge (Grimm 103)
Form Drawing: Zig Zag!
Painting Day: Ponds

Wednesday:
Ike: Letter t, Wise Sophia and Six Swan AJTW Pg. 86, Draw a picture of a T Tree in MLB.
E&G: Sweet Porridge (Grimm 103)
Modeling Day: More basic play.
TKD: Ike @ 3:00 and Girls @ 3:30
Playset delivered and installed today

Thursday:
Ike: Narrate and Summarize story from day before. Put summary in MLB.
E&G: Sweet Porridge (Grimm 103)
Form Drawing: 9's and 0's
Copywork Day: "Seasons" October Verse, JTT 167

Friday
Ike: Forest Friday at Sanborn Park
E&G: MOPS with me
Library Day
Kids to KidsPark so we can have date night!

I promise, I'll post some pictures soon. They are in my camera and I just need some time to upload them. =)
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Weekly
Verse "Five Little Leaves" ACT 48
Spanish Bi 352
Yoga AB 101
Music Mary had a little lamb
Handwork: Finger Knitting

We'll be doing Language Arts for the rest of the year, intersperced with Holidays and Festivals

Monday:
  • Ike: Letter M, Wise Sophia and Mt. Simeli AJTW Pg.79, Draw a picture of a M Mountain in MLB.
  • E&G: Sweet Porridge (Grimm 103)
  • Baking Day: GF Bread, Something for Desert Night
  • Gym Day
  • Handwork Day (afternoon)
Tuesday
  • Ike:Eurythmy class at Morning Glory. Once Home. Narrate and summarize story from day before. Put summary in MLB. Make Applesauce as apples are in season!
  • E&G: Sweet Porridge (Grimm 103)
  • Form Drawing: Mountain Form
  • Painting Day (afternoon): Mountains with Yellow and Blue
Wednesday
  • Ike: Letter V, Wise Sophia and The Vagabonds AJTW Pg 81, Draw a picture of valley with a sunrise in MLB
  • E&G Sweet Porridge (Grimm 103)
  • Modeling Day: More basic play.
  • Gym Day
  • TKD Ike at 3:00 and Girls @ 3:30
Thursday
  • Ike: Narrate and summarize story from day before. Put summary in MLB.
  • E&G: Sweet Porridge (Grimm 103)
  • Form Drawing: 9's and 0's
  • Copywork Day: Five Little Leaves ACT 48
  • Music Day (afternoon)

Friday
  • Ike: Forest Friday at Sanborn Park
  • E&G Preschool at KidsPark
  • Trip to library and park after getting Ike.
Busy week. We decided to go ahead and enroll Ike in the Eurythmy class as originally planned. I'll see how it goes and see how well he can refocus after class for our schooling.

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I never got around to posting my plans for this last week. I'm going to do so now so I can look it up later.

Monday:
Ike: IX, (AJTWM, Pg 17), Draw a meadow with 9 flowers, write "With number IX you can do just fine, but number VI has many tricks"
E&G: Play
No baking done this week , no handwork either.

Tuesday
Ike: St. George and the Dragon story with finger puppets, draw dragon from board into MLB, write Autumn Verse in MLB. Revisit Curves form Drawing on blackboard.
E&G Play.
No painting

Wednesday:
Ike: narrate and summarize story from day before. Write 2-3 sentence summary in MLB
E&G Play.
No modeling

Thursday:
Ike: X, (AJTWM, Pg 17), Draw a basket with 10 apples in it, write "X shall stand for playmates 10", Roman Numeral Review, form drawing 9's on blackboard
E&G Play.
No copywork, no music

Friday:
Ike: Forest Friday!
E&G MOPS
Library in the afternoon, followed by Ike, Elli, and Gwen off to Kidspark. Date night for Mom and Dad (we spent Gray's nap cuddling and talking, then went to the mall and spent money on various things)

This was a REALLY rough week for me. We went and visited my Grandmother over the weekend and Sunday night was the 5th bad night of sleep in a row. At one point on monday Ike was refusing to do what I was asking (first time he's done it) and I caught myself before totally losing it. Wasn't his fault that I was completely burned out. I stopped what we were doing, put everything away and we finished up on tuesday.

Other rough thing. Ike is seriously getting frustrated with drawing. Give him a pencil and he's quite good, but these block style crayons are driving him crazy. Due to the fact that he's having such a hard time getting them to do what he wants them to do (both in technique and color blending), he's half convinced himself that he can't draw.

On Tuesday he hid under the table and refused to come out because the dragon he was drawing didn't look like either the one I drew on the board, nor like the one I was drawing in my MLB. I think 2 things are causing the problem. 1. The lighting. The lamp in our dining room has 4 separate lights, thus throwing all sorts of shadows. Its difficult for me to see where I'm going. 2. His deficient fine motor skills. I think he just needs to keep at it. I'm trying to pull him into drawing after school (by sitting down and drawing myself), but he doesn't want to. But I can, however, alleviate one layer of stress about the crayons. After much meditation and talking to Joe, I'm going to give Ike the box of 8 crayons. He doesn't like the fact that he has a really hard time creating the secondary colors. I can give those to him and let him focus on the technique side of it. I can still bring in the color blending aspect by making tertiary colors and encouraging him to do so...and I think that's the best thing I can do for him right now
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Verse Verse from "Autumn Story" Autumn, Pg 66
Spanish
Yoga Abundance, AB 45
Music Mary had a little lamb
Handwork: Finger Knitting

Monday and Tuesday are an Autumn/Fall Mini-block as the first day of autumn is Tuesday.

Monday:
  • Ike: Autumn Story, draw picture of a Tree with Hedgy Hedgehog and Squirrel Nutkin
  • E&G: Noisy Gnomes
  • Baking Day: GF Bread, Something for Desert Night
  • Gym Day
  • Handwork Day (afternoon)

Tuesday:
  • Ike: Narrate and summarize story from day before. Put summary in MLB. Make Applesauce as apples are in season!
  • E&G: Picture Book
  • Form Drawing: Curves again. Needs lots of practice. Curves to the Left this week
  • Painting Day: More playing with Blue and Yellow
Wednesday:
  • Ike: VII, Riddle (AJTWM, Pg 16) Draw a Rainbow in MLB, write "There are VII colors in the Rainbow and VII days in the week."
  • E&G Noisy Gnomes
  • Modeling Day: More basic play. That stuff is really hard to work with...I think we just need practice sessions
  • Gym Day
  • TKD for Girls @ 3:30

Thursday:
  • Ike: VIII, Riddle (AJTWM, Pg 16) Draw diamond with a lemniscate in it. Write "I can skate with the number VIII"
  • E&G: Picture Book
  • Form Drawing: More Curves
  • Copywork Day: Verse from Monday's story
  • Music Day (afternoon)

Friday
  • Ike: Forest Friday at Sanborn Park
  • E&G Preschool at KidsPark
  • Trip to library and park after getting Ike.
I totally rewrote what I was planning to do this week. I had planned to spend the week on both Autumn and Michaelmas. And then spend next week wrapping up this math block. Instead we'll split everything up. Autumn this week and Michaelmas next week.
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I've decided NOT to post every single picture I've taken of Ike's work for the last two weeks.

I am however posting some of the highlights and a link to the online photo album for those who are interested and want to see more.



This show Ike's introduction to King Equals and Math. Ike definitely likes King Equals.



This was the riddle for the number 4. I thought the drawing came out quite nicely.



The Riddle for Number 6 and the Verse for Copywork. I think my handwriting's getting better. I need to work more on making everything the same SIZE!!! Its pretty straight though. (No smart-ass comments you.)

Some of Ike's work.






And here's the link to my photobucket album where I'm keeping all the photo's of Ike's work. Its hard to find pictures of "normal" Main Lesson Books. Most people only post "best work". So I'm going to share it all, so that there's at least one comprehensive example of a normal kid.

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Verse Crowning of the Year, A Journey Through Time, 167
Spanish maria tenia una corderita, Bilingual 248
Yoga Respect, Angel Bear Yoga 117
Music Mary had a little lamb
Handwork: Finger knitting

Monday:
  • Ike Number III, Riddle (AJTWM, Pg 14)  Draw Mommy, Daddy, Ike in MLB, Write "Mama, Daddy and me are III"
  • E&G Goldilocks and the Three Bears
  • Baking Day: GF Bread for me, Something for Tuesday Night Dessert Night
  • Handwork Day (afternoon)

Tuesday
  • Ike Number IV (Or IIII), Riddle (AJTWM, Pg 15) Draw picture of Elements, write "Fire, Water, Earth and Air are IIII"
  • E&G Picture book
  • Painting Day Yellow sun on blue sky (last week's, but I didn't get to it 'cause I'm sick)
  • Form Drawing Revist Curves, Curves up and down
  • TKD for Ike (if he wants to go)
Wednesday
  • Ike Number V, Riddle (AJTWM, Pg 15) Draw hand outline picture, write "I have V fingers on each hand"
  • E&G Goldilocks and the Three Bears
  • Modeling Day: Lambs
  • TKD for the Girls

Thursday
  • Ike: Number VI, Riddle (AJTWM, Pg 15-16) Need to think of  a picture, write "I can touch and see and hear and smell and be!"
  • E&G Picture book
  • Form Drawing: Curves Revisited Ascending and Descending Curves
  • Copywork: Verse of the week
  • Music Day (in the afternoon)

Friday:
  • Ike: Forest Friday at Sanborn Park
  • E&G First day of MOPS for this year.
  • Possible trip to library and park after getting Ike.

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