We started working on the "Clock of Eras" and D is very interested and intrigued by the origins of life. As I was looking through various albums, books and websites I found great explanations and lesson plans for the clock of eras at http://www.fossils-facts-and-finds.com/. The lessons here provide just enough information, some activities and leaves D with curiosity to learn more.
|Here D is creating the "Thinkers"|
|Thinkers are multiplying inside the bubbles|
I am encouraging D to write down in her science journal. This activity is perfect for my writing loving girl!
|As you can see we've been working a lot with Magnets!|
In case you are interested we own the following two kits. The Lauri one came highly recommended by MyBoysTeacher and we love the other one too!
As I have mentioned before D is not interested a least bit in using the Subtraction Strip Board. She works on her Subtraction equations, by figuring out the missing part in the equation. For example, if the equation is 17-9, she calculates that 9+8 is 17 and figures out that 8 is the difference. For differences that she is not sure, she uses all kinds of strategies! For example, if she does not know what 13-4 is she breaks the 13 into 10 and 3, subtracts the 4 from the 10 and adds the 3! It is so interesting to see how her mind works!
|She is writing down her subtraction problems in her math journal.|
She also pulled out the North America puzzle map this week after a long time and enjoyed putting the puzzle together and labeling the countries.
In Language, we've covered all the parts of speech. I need to work on putting out writing mechanics and words study presentations, but I have been lagging behind. I should also get started on the grammar boxes as D is so ready for it. I've been taking it easy and we have just been doing First Language Lessons level 2 and Writing with Ease Level 2. The lessons are short and easy and perfect to just pull out and go for us. D completed First Language Lessons Level 1 a couple of months ago. There is a lot of repetition, so we do 4-5 lessons in one sitting, given that we have covered all the grammar already in the Montessori Sequence. D enjoys the poetry, stories and summarizing activities that we do as part of the lessons though!
Now that I am looking back, this was a lot of work accomplished for the week, given that we were out on a field trip to a farm on Tuesday and had our weekly Co-op day today!