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Here's my theme/block plan for the girls

September (Michaelmas)

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

2 weeks Apple Orchard

1 week St Michael & St George

 

October (Halloween)

3  weeks Harvest

1 week Halloween

 

November (Thanksgiving, Martinmas)

2 weeks Gnomes

1 week Martinmas

1 week Thanksgiving

1 week Falling Leaves

 

December (St. Nicholas, St. Lucy, Christmas)

2 weeks  Advent

2 Weeks Break!

 

January  (3 kings)

2 weeks  Jack Frost

2 weeks  Winter Woods


February (Candlemas & St. Valentines)

2 weeks  Winter Light

2 weeks  Winter Tea Time

 
March (Ike Birthday, St. Patricks Day, Mom Birthday)

2 weeks  Winter Goodbye

2 weeks  Raindrops

 
April (Easter)

3 weeks  Flowers and Fairies

1 week Easter Break

 

May (Beltaine)

1 week Beltaine/May Day

2 weeks Animals All Around

2 weeks  Dig a little Earth

 

Now just to find stories to fit all those theme. I'll be using one story a week, and building activities around that.
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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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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.
aelfie: (MnM Librarian)
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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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!
aelfie: (MnM Librarian)
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.
aelfie: (MnM Librarian)
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.
aelfie: (MnM Librarian)
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
aelfie: (MnM Librarian)
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. =)
aelfie: (MnM Librarian)
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.
aelfie: (MnM Librarian)
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.
aelfie: (MnM Librarian)
Math Block! We'll be learning the properties of numbers in this block and Roman Numerals

Weekly:
Verse: Rosy Apple, A Child's Seasonal Treasury Pg 36
Spanish: Autumn Leaves are Falling down (week 2) Bilingual, Pg 106
Yoga: Freedom, Angel Bear Yoga, Page 77
Music (Ike's requested a music change) Mary had a little lamb
Handwork: Applebutter (if I can get apples at the Farmers Market),

(NB Music is going slow...I think we will be working on Mary had a little lamb for the foreseeable future. Ike is still trying to figure out that the left hand goes on top and how to blow hard enough, but not too hard to get a good sound. Once he tackles that, we'll move onto fingering. Big frustration here is that Elli and Gwen want to play too, only they just want to blow their flutes, not actually learn how to play their own (which is fine). The problem comes in the fact that they are bothering Ike with their playing. And he keeps getting distracted and frustrated.)

Monday:
  • Holiday! Daddy's Home! Memorial Service in Late Afternoon
  • Baking Day: GF Bread for me, GF Brownies for Dessert on Tuesday

Tuesday: 
  • First Day of School at Morning Glory, we'll attend and participate in the Rose Ceremony (graduation to First Grade)
  • Painting Day: Yellow Sun in Blue Sky
  • Form Drawing: More Curves

Wednesday:
  • Ike: Number I, Riddle (AJTWM Pg 13) Drawing the Sun in Main Lesson Book with Phrase "Our Sun is I"
  • E&G Three Billy Goats Gruff
  • Modeling Day: Suns

Thursday:
  • Ike: Number II Riddle (AJTWM  Pg 14) Draw Sun and Moon in MLB with "Our Sun and Moon are II"
  • E&G Noisy Gnomes
  • Form Drawing: More Curves
  • Copywork: Weekly Verse

Friday:
  • Ike: Forest Friday at Morning Glory
  • E&G: KidsPark
aelfie: (MnM Librarian)
Block for the Week: Form Drawing!

Verse: Winter Spring Summer Autumn, A Child's Seasonal Treasury, Pg 3
Spanish: Las Hojas se caeran (Autumn Leaves are falling down, sung to London Bridges) Bilingual Book , Pg 106
Yoga Position: Adventure, Angel Bear Yoga Pg 49
Music: Summer Goodbye, Sing a Song of Seasons Pg 28
Handwork: Yarn Angel, EarthSchooling September Pg 64
(I've made plans for all of these for every week. I recognize the fact that the Spanish and the Music might take more than one week to be learned and might be repeated.)

Monday:
    Ike: Week 1, Part 1 of Wise Sophia (Journey through Waldorf, Pg 78), curved form (draw on chalkboard, in rice, on our backs, in the air, walk in the driveway, dominant and off hands) (curve left, curve right, curve up, curve down, nesting curves, ascending and descending curves) Talk about the curve of the old woman's back, who lives in the curved house, with the curvy path, and the curvy backed cat.
    E & G: Sheep and Pig, EarthSchooling September Pg 34
Gym Day for everyone
Baking Day! We will bake wheat bread (more forms!) and brownies for dessert night, and possibly some GF bread for me

Tuesday:
    Ike: Week 1, Part 2 of Wise Sophia (Journey through Waldorf, Pg 78), straight form (draw on chalkboard, in rice, on our backs, in the air, walk in the driveway, dominant and off hands) (shorts, longs, ascending, descending, verticals, horizontals, interspersed, diagonals) 
    E & G: I'll pick a picture book
Painting Day: Back to one color painting. Yellow
TKD day for Ike (If he wants to go)

Wednesday:
    Ike: Week 1,Part 3 of Wise Sophia (Journey through Waldorf, Pg 78) wavy running form (draw on chalkboard, in rice, on our backs, in the air, walk in the driveway, dominant and off hands) (horizontals and verticals
   E & G: Sheep and Pig, EarthSchooling September Pg 34
Modeling Day: the forms
Gym Day for everyone
TKD day for E & G

Thursday:
    Ike: Draw a picture of the family in Wise Sophia, narrate and summarize the story so far. Form draw review of curves and straights combined.
    E & G: Same Picture book as on tuesday
Copywork Day: Verse of the Week

Friday:
Mom's day off. KidsPark in the Morning, park for the afternoon with a trip to the library in between. (Eventually Ike will be going to school at Njeri's Morning Glory on Fridays. On Forest Friday's they spend the entire day, rain or shine, at Sanborn park. Needless to say I've spent a chunk of change on rain gear for Ike. This satisfies my desire for him to be in a structured, class-like setting that is still outside and satisifies his counselor to fulfill his need for socialization and practice his social skills. This class starts the friday after Labor Day.)

Whew! Sounds busy!
   



aelfie: (MnM Librarian)
So I'm going to get into the habit of posting the plan for each week, partially for a written record, partially to let people who love my kids know what's going on.

Week of August 17-21:Its painting week. I'll be following EarthSchooling Watercolor camp

Verse: I like Red, Bi 58
Spanish Verse: Me gusta el color Rojo Bi 58
Music (fingerplay this week, I'll start recorder lessons next month) Now that I am four Bi 48

Monday:
All day at Kaiser's Autism Spectrum Clinic
Tuesday:
Intro to painting, story to introduce colors Rainbow Gnomes (Camp, 14), walk through painting set up (clean water in jars, painting rags, smocks, painting boards, soaking paper, sponging paper, keeping "Gnomes Beard" clean. Two colors today, Red with the Apple and Star sotry (Camp) Blue with Turtle and Skybowl
Wednesday:
Review set up, Colors Yellow with Purse of Gold, Intro to Secondaries, painting red and adding yellow.
Thursday:
Review set up, More secondaries creation, Red background and adding blue, blue background and adding yellow.
Friday:
Review set up, Free painting session

depending on how well this goes I may go beyond intro'ing the secondaries and do a full blown lesson with stories. I'm trying to keep this fun and an introduction on how to do the wet on wet watercolor painting. And yes, the girls will be joining us for these session, they are completely appropriate. And like I could really keep them away, lets be real.

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