Our first week of school went really really well. I scrutinized our "curriculum" choices this year and really evaluated what we wanted to do based on the boys' current interests and learning styles. I did my best to cut out busy work and incorporated things like handwriting into our other subjects.
I am focusing on using living books and we are all really enjoying the increase in read aloud time. It also helped that the weather had a turn for the worst so cuddling up inside with a good book seemed like a good idea.
I'll be blogging about our studies in different subjects throughout the week, for right now though I'm just sharing all of the extra stuff that our week contained.
They also did puzzles, played with legos, and used coloring pages and mazes to keep their hands busy during read aloud.
J and I went to a garage sale and scored fifty of the Magic Tree House books (including a number of research guides) for $10! He's reading them on his own time and he's about half way done with book three. In this picture he's reading Day Of The Dragon King aloud to A and I. He has really taken to reading lately and often asks if he can read a chapter during read aloud time. I also have him read a chapter during our drive to and from work so we can sneak in a little extra time.
Since we're using LOTS of living books this year, I wanted to introduce him to the basic idea of fiction and nonfiction. He picked up on the idea quickly and had a great time with this sorting activity. He asked me for more of them so I may have to create my own scenarios for him.
I found the printables for this activity here. She also has a PowerPoint, unfortunately I don't have the program needed to view it so we had to skip that part.
We're also almost done reading the Mrs. Piggle Wiggle Treasury which both the boys have loved.
A used his Quiet Time Box several of the days, and J and I took a trip to the library to stock up on good books.
Overall I'm really happy with the way our week went. I have a couple of hours tomorrow to get reorganized and set up for next week. I'll also be putting together a new quiet time box for A and will share that.