Yes I switched the basket to a tote bag. I noticed that many home school families use tote bags to store their learning material. It wasn't until I started taking Cate outside the home for our learning time that I realized how effective a learning tote bag can be. Now I am ready to leave the house with my little learner any time we have the chance. We've been spending "quality" learning time at Panera. We call it Panera School. I get unlimited coffee and time to really focus on learning, no switching laundry or taking a peek at my Google Reader. This past Thursday while Si was attending childcare (more on that to come) we spent an hour and a half blissfully working through our learning tote bag.
BTW, most if not all of these books are borrowed from the library. I love creating links. It is something like a video game with purpose. :)
(In case you are wondering if I do anything with Si, the wooden people mover makes an excellent learning toy for colors, matching and counting. )
Picture Book Reading
Madeline in London (newly acquired hardcover from Paperbackswap.com.)
Andrew Henry's Meadow
Make Way for Ducklings (We will listen to this NPR clip about the man who saved the ducklings.)
The Ant and the Grasshopper
Miss Twiggley's Tree (Old book, highly recommended with a great message.)
The Song of the Swallows (a bit off season but I still plan to read it.)
We are happily reading Happy Little Family. (It is absolutely wonderful and we are about to finish it tonight.)
Cate is listening to Little House in the Big Woods CD and The Raggedy Ann Stories (this is a very good recording and is really cementing the stories in Cate's mind. I didn't feel like reading them over and over). She is listening to these as she goes to sleep at night.
I've found to the best way for Cate to practice handwriting by creating a tracing sheet at this awesome website. I ask her what words she wants to write and she is so much more motivated because of it.
More adding and beginning to subtract. We are using these adorable wooden animals that we carry in the tote bag to do word problems.
Biography of the Week (Wednesday)
Dr. Seuss Rookie Reader Biography. We read the similar book about Laura Ingalls Wilder.
Multicultural Book of the Week (Friday)
Continuing to read Chinese Children's Favorite Stories
Finish reading A Book About Your Skeleton
Cate has learned about 15 bones of the body using this worksheet by Crayola and her own body. ;)
Wind Waves experiment in Nature in a Nutshell.
Read Wind by Marion Dane Bauer (This is an easy introduction to the elements of Wind, Snow, Rain & Clouds. There are four books in the series.)
Read Mirandy and Brother Wind
Daddy took Cate to the Pacific Science Center all by herself on Sunday.