Monday August 20, 2007
This morning was my niece's last day visiting. In the early morning they made 1-20 flash cards. My niece wrote the numbers and Citcat traced some of them. Citcat also circled each of the numbers which made me realize that she could do a worksheet or two that requires the skill of circling. I didn't know she could do this. They also made art paper with numbers glued to the sheet. Citcat scribbled on the the orange paper. Citcat also did one side of this block puzzle shown above. This puzzle isn't easy and she is finally getting the hang of turning the blocks to find the appropriate side and then arranging the image. We read The Wet Dry Book which is such a clever and fun book to read. The wet pages are smooth and laminated and the dry pages are plain paper. It is also a fantastic "first reader" because there are lots of simple words such as this line "I like books./ I like tea./ I like the purr, purr/ of Kitten and me," Citcat can read about 20 words from sight and many of them are in this book. We used the blocks again to spell "mug." My niece also created a pattern exercise where Citcat placed beads on the circles drawn in the shape of a "C." My niece also came up with the idea of writing the "ug" words in chalk on the driveway. Citcat hopped on the letters and then onto the word. My 9 year old niece certainly has a knack for early childhood activities. :)
Thursday August 23, 2007
We had a book filled homeschooling period. We read Dooby Dooby Moo for the (I'm sure) 10th time. I like it so much better than Click Clack Moo. It has a county fair theme if anyone is interested. We read Mr. Putter and Tabby See the Stars which is brand new (published in August 2007.) To follow the theme of stars, we read Our Stars by Anne Rockwell. This is a perfect first introduction to stars, the universe, and constellations. We took some extra time looking at the Big Dipper because we've been listening to a CD with a song entitled "Follow the Drinking Gourd." For now she understands that the "Drinking Gourd" is another name for the Big Dipper and that it helps point travelers toward the north. We also started using our new clock. This is the third clock I've purchased and I think I finally have the right one. We looked at Bateman's Backyard Birds. I realized that we've already had this book from the library. Citcat can recognize many birds in drawings and photos but not always in nature. I wonder why that is? We read Elmer and I decided it wouldn't be unreasonable to introduce color word cards as sight words. She already knows pink, red, and blue.
Friday August 24, 2007
Today we had a follow up ophthalmologists appointment to check Citcat's glasses and see if they are working. The doctor was quite pleased with the ease and speed of the correction. He predicted that she may not have to wear them through her entire childhood. I think she looks so cute in her glasses. The doctor also checked Si's eyes. Si isn't photogenic in the least. Poor little guy, his mouth hangs open and he appears cross eyed. The doctor said there was no need for concern and that the crossing was due to his large nasal bridge. It's a relief to know that his eyes aren't really crossed. The appointment was over an hour from our house so we did "carschooling" by listening to this new Little Bear Collection on CD. Check this from the library if you can. We have really enjoyed listening to these familiar stories. We read only one book on Friday, our beloved favorite Raising Dragons. Lastly, I'm certain that I inadvertently taught Citcat that you can't go into Barnes & Nobles without buying things. I'll reveal what's in the bag in a later post. If you've read this far, thanks for reading about our home preschool days.