Tuesday September 4th, 2007
Today we read the poem "People" from the book Climb Into My Lap. We looked at bugs in the book Buzz recommended by Cher. I continued to be quite confused about the topic of insects and bugs. Citcat asked me if a centipede was an insect because it has more than six legs. Ah, I don't know "let's ask Daddy." I preface the question with "please don't take my homeschooling license but...." To be sure my dh and I ended up looking it up on Wikipedia. A centipede is an arthropod but not in the class of insect. Way more than a three year old needs to know. I've gotten by 40 years not knowing the information. Dh (I like to call him Ranger Rick) has all the answers when it comes to the natural and scientific world. I am just here to facilitate. Citcat can name all her plastic bugs, fly, grasshopper, praying mantis, ladybug, dragonfly etc. For now, I think she knows enough. We also listened to a delightful reading of the Princess and the Pea. I'm going to blog about the book and CD some day soon.
Thursday September 6th, 2007
Today, Citcat did the two bug puzzles shown. She is quite accomplished in the area of puzzles. 10-25 piece jigsaw puzzles are becoming easy for her. I need to find more difficult puzzles. I pull the easy ones out for quick entertainment. We read The Complete Hickory Dickory Dock and I discovered that she can tell time by the hour. Jenny recommended the book and I am recommending it for teaching time on the hour. Each page is full of silly nonsense that kids enjoy (although for some reason Citcat didn't enjoy it as much as I would have expected) and an image of the clock for each hour. We read Global Babies and briefly mentioned different countries of the world. I just reference the countries by saying something like "Bhutan is a country like Egypt or China or the United States." We listened to The Story of My Feelings and read Strega Nona for the first time. We've read it many more times since then. A true classic.
Friday September 7th, 2007
We continued the bug theme. We did a coloring sheet about how some bugs are good for farmers. We read Jen the Hen which is in a series of wonderful phonics readers. We looked at A Sunday on La Grande Jatte by Seurat from a postcard and remembered seeing it at the Art Institute in Chicago. There is a little monkey playing with a dog in the bottom right corner of the painting so Citcat loves it. We flew through our number recognition with flashcards and mastered the words fun, run and sun. We read the Magic Porridge Pot as a contrast to Strega Nona, The Diary of a Fly which is funny and has useful information about flies, I Like Bugs in which Citcat was proud to show me that she could read the sentence "I like bugs", a book about our state symbols and On Meadowview Street for the (at least) tenth time.