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Its that time of year again!

We start school on Monday and I thought I'd post our schedules for the month (rather than weekly. Updates should be a lot easier this year...everything is on my computer so I don't have to transcribe from a written record) Ike will be our big Second Grader and Elli & Gwen will be my Kindergarteners. Gray will just float through our days. I plan to do school once he's down for his nap and since Gray is so nice as to go down for a nap between 10 and 11, we should have our day done by lunch

First two weeks is an ease into school. We will be doing a bunch of form drawing, an intro to the penny whistle, and working on a math carpet. I'm swiping an idea from a teacher at Njeri's school. The teacher took a sheet of 11x14 paper, colored in the background and drew a very nice number starting from 1 to 36. And put them on the floor with clear contact paper. He used this for the kids to work math problems. I thought this was a cool idea. But I'm not doing that to my floor, so I got a 6'x9' piece of canvas. Ike and I will draw 12 inch squares on it, and fill each box with a number. I figure this project will take us a couple of days minimum.

Here's the plan for the rest of September )I've got more details in my daily printouts...but this gives everyone an idea of what we are working on!

Books

Aug. 17th, 2010 05:13 pm
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151. Start Now!: A book of soul and spiritual exercises by Rudolf Steiner, edited by Christopher Bamford
I started this book a year ago and put it down after about 100 pages, 'cause I wasn't absorbing anything. It was just too thick. Melisa said that I needed to continue as I quit just before it got really good. She was right. The title is "Start Now!" okay, fine. What its lacking is a "Start Here!" Its so thick with resources that I don't know where to begin! Thank goodness I have some people to ask, but seriously! A big red arrow showing where to start is something to think about!

152. Journeys with Elijah: Eight Tales of the Prophet by Barbara Diamond Goldin
When doing research about American Folklore this book came up. So I requested it. Good stories about the Prophet Elijah showing up in different places and times. It will be good reading for Ike next year when we cover the Old Testament.

153. Cut from the Same Cloth: American Women of Myth, legend, and Tall Tale by Robert D. San Souci and Brian Pinkney
Again, found while researching American Folklore. Most of these are characters I've never heard of. Some from Native American Sources, some Hawaiian, and some Southern sources. Good stories about the women of Tall Tales. This will come in handy when I teach Second Grade to the girls.

Books

Aug. 6th, 2010 09:51 am
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129. John Henry by Julius Lester
I was so not surprised to find that Julius had written a John Henry book. As usual the words are wonderful and the illustrations are beautiful too.

130.Molly Pitcher: Heroine by Eileen Bertanzetti
Basic juvenile non-fiction book on the life of Molly Pitcher. Dry, boring, and stale. But good information, including an awesome poem.

131. They called her Molly Pitcher by Anne Rockwell
Much better! Picture book with nice illustrations and more interesting text. Not as much information, but much more engaging.

132. Mike Fink by Steven Kellogg
133. Pecos Bill by Steven Kellogg
134. Johnny Appleseed by Steven Kellogg
135. Paul Bunyon by Steven Kellogg
136. Sally Ann Thunder Ann Whirlwind Crockett by Steven Kellogg
Okay, take it as read that these are very good picture books. A bit formulaic, but good nonetheless.

137. Pecos Bill by Ariane Dewey
Chapter book intended to be read independently by a newish reader. This one suffers from its age. The pictures are homely and boring. The text is stilted. Awful.
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I took July off from school stuff. Okay, mostly. I read a few picture books for next year, looked at a few poetry books...but mostly I didn't read anything "heavy" for the month. I started that up again on Sunday. I've gotten 2 books on my "read before starting school" stack done. I've started a third and have a few Steiner lectures to read in the next couple of days. (The first two books were for Ike, the next few are for the girls.) Whew! Lots of reading...but duh, its what I do.

Simultaneously, I've been, for lack of a better word...nesting.

Ike, Elli and Gwen have been at camp this week. I've had a solid 1.5-2 hours during the day when my energy is greatest to "do stuff". I have scrubbed my house. My bathroom is spotless, the kids bathroom was spotless until this evening when someone left the bathroom open and let Gray in. I have thrown out, swept, vacuumed, mopped. I've even painted.

On Monday I scrubbed down the dining room wall with a car sponge and water and vinegar.  That wall takes a beating. The scrubbing took off about 90% of the crap, stains, marks, hand prints, and food dribbles all over it. Getting up all the built up chalk on the chalkboard took about 4 scrubbings with fresh water. Then I pulled out the paint for the main wall color on our blackboard wall and touched up some black scuff marks, pencil marks, dings, etc. Today while Gray was sleeping I pulled out the painters tape and taped off the chalkboard. This evening once all the kids were asleep I put another later of chalkboard paint on the chalkboard. Since its a smoother than normal wall surface, its still really irregular...so the tops of the bumps had lost the paint and my board was covered with little cream colored spreckles. It shouldn't happen this year as I learned a trick from a Waldorf Teacher that those micro-fiber cleaning cloths remove about 99% of the colored chalk without having to wash the board. This makes me happy!

I've been ordering supplies, printing off calendars, searching for books, and basically lining up all my ducks.

I think we are going to have a great year.
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September (Language Arts)

1 week ease into school (Form Drawing, Painting, etc)

2 weeks Trickster Tales

1 week St Michael & St George (Includes Prep for Michaelmas)

We will start basic grammar structure and word families this month and carry them on through all the Language Art Blocks. We will also do nearly daily short math drills both oral and written (but not necessarily both on the same day).

October (Nature Stories/LA)

1 week Plants

1 week Insects

1.5  week Animals

1/2 week Halloween prep

 

November (LA/Jataka Tales and Saint Stories)

2 weeks  Jataka tales

2 weeks Saints (Martin, Jerome, Isaac, Elizabeth of Hungary) (includes prep for Martinmas)

1 week Thanksgiving

 

December (LA/Saints and Advent)

1 week St Nicholas

1 week St Lucia

2 Weeks Break!

 

January (Math)

4 Weeks Math
 

February (LA/Saints & Heroes)

1 week Jewish Heroes

1 week American Indian and Islamic heroes

1/2 week St. Valentine

1 1/2 weeks St. Francis

 

March (Math)

4  weeks math

April (Math)

3 weeks  Natural Phenomena (1 week each Moon, Sun, and cloud & rain)

1 week Easter Break

 

May (LA/Catch up)

3 weeks Aesop

1 week open for catch up/other things I think of.

1 week St. Joan.

 
If I counted correctly this not only gives me 185 school days (I'm mandated to teach 180) it also gives us the ENTIRE summer of June, July and August off. Yea right. There will be some slippage I'm sure.

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I lost my piece of paper with my outline of my lesson plans for second grade.

Good thing for me that I wrote them down somewhere else. I was about to panic, but then I remember that I blogged about it.

Man I'm smart.
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Yes, I'm already working on my lesson plans for second grade. Sad, I know. But  so far this is just a basic outline of the year.

Revised Feb 17 2010 (changes in red)

September (Language Arts)
1 week ease into school (Form Drawing, Painting, etc)
2 weeks Trickster Tales
1 week St Michael & St George (Includes Prep for Michaelmas)
We will start basic grammar structure and word families this month and carry them on through all the Language Art Blocks. We will also do nearly daily short math drills both oral and written (but not necessarily both on the same day).

October (Nature Stories/LA)
1 week Plants
1 week Insects
1.5  week Animals
1/2 week Halloween prep

November (LA/Saints/Nature Stories)
1 week Jataka tales
2 weeks Saints (Martin, Jerome, Isaac, Elizabeth of Hungary) (includes prep for Martinmas)
1 week Thanksgiving
1 week Moon Stories

December (LA/Saints)
1 week St Nicholas
1 week St Lucia
2 Weeks Break!

January (Math)
4 Weeks Math

February (LA/Saints & Heroes)
1 week Jewish Heroes
1 week American Indian and Islamic heroes
1/2 week St. Valentine
1 1/2 weeks St. Francis

March (Math)
3 weeks math
1 week open for catchup/off (including Ike's birthday, need 2 days for that)

April (Math)
2 weeks Math
Easter Break
1 week St. Mary and Easter Prep

May (LA/Catch up)
1 week Natural Phenomena
2 weeks Aesop
1 week
open for catch up/other things I think of.
1 week St. Joan.

And of course we will be doing various drawing (pencils!), painting,modeling and handwork projects. Ike will continue with his Forest Fridays and Eurythmy Class at Morning Glory Waldorf School

Plans for Elli and Gwen will be forth coming. Mostly lots of stories, playing, drawing, painting, modeling, and handwork projects. They may start attending Forest Fridays and the Eurythmy class (with the Kindergarden) at MGWS as well.

You know? In some ways this doesn't look like a lot. But I know it is!
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I've gotten involved in yet another research project.

Lesson Plans for Grade 2!

Using Melisa's plan I need 18 fables and folk tales. I also need a total of 12 saints/Heroes.  With them I need to cover Grammar, Social Studies, Language Arts, and Science. Woo Hoo!

I checked out 9 books from the library today with subjects ranging from: Celtic Fairy Tales, Jataka tales, Hindu Saint Stories, Nature Fables, American Indian tales, African Tales, and a couple of catholic saints. At home in my own collection I have Aesops Fables, American Tall Tales,  and Just So Stories.

I've got a lot of reading to do over the next few months.

Wheee!

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