Monday, August 22
I thought I'd do A Day in the Life based on this photo.
This is what my coffee table looked like today after our morning of school at home. I swear that sucker was clean when we started. However, it tells a pretty good story of what we did today.
When I came downstairs to begin with the kids I brought with me my tea (Green Tea Pomegranat), the book I'm reading, and the container of blueberries. After I read Blueberries for Sal to S, he had to estimate how many berries would fit inside the tablespoon you see there mixed in with the markers. Then we estimated how many blueberries long a marker was, and counted how many would go around the perimeter of Sal. Then we tested out how many we could balance on that wine cork -- he could do three. After that, he munched on the berries while he ripped and cut out his own construction paper rendition of Blueberry Hill complete with a Momma bear. I also gave him four pictures from the story and had him sequence them and color them in for fun. These last two ideas just came out of my head as we were going along.
Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle's Magic showed up next. We're doing this fun read aloud to start the year and B is making the cardstock gameboard to go with the book (sneaking in some writing there). The idea comes from Games With Books which you can see underneath the game board. We've used Peggy Kaye's books over and over and over again. I love her ideas. (That's where some activities for Blueberries for Sal came from too.)
There's a Math Mosaics book there that got forgotten today because the game board took longer than we expected, but that's okay. While B was working on the game, S and I were on the floor with the Clifford math magnets . He had fun with those.
On my clipboard are the pages of the Math placement test that B completed today. Because I'm switching curriculum, I'm not sure if I should get him 3rd grade math or 4th grade. He's good at math, but after this placement test I think he may need a pretty good 3rd grade refresher before we move on. I knew I should have been doing math with him all summer. Underneath those papers is the Kindergarten readiness test I downloaded and completed with S today. It just told me what skills to focus on and what he already knows. I can't remember where I found it, or I'd link to it.
Let's see, what else is there? Oh, the stack of alphabet cards (the S is there on top of Mrs. Piggle Wiggle) were used when I found out that my Kindergartener really isn't sure what his last name is. He does know it, he just doesn't know the first/last designation. So we worked on spelling it out today and getting used to what it looks like. We spelled it in capital letters but on the flip side are those very confusing lower case letters, so we spent some time on those.
On the floor up in the corner of the photo is the file folder game I had prepped for S last year. But I pulled it out today just for fun. I think he's beyond it now so it's time to make some more. (Love that website!). While he did that, B and I worked through You're Smarter Than You Think: A Kid's Guide to Multiple Intelligences He took the quizzes for the first three intelligences and we settled on Picture Smart for him and found out what that looks like. Tomorrow we'll read through some of the others and see if he discovers a couple more that fit him. We're spending our first days on learning styles/ modalities/intelligences, et al. because I want my dyslexic son to know how he's smart and that "smart" looks different for everyone.
Here's how funny God is:
My child is an auditory/kinesthetic learner; I'm a visual learner.
My child is a concrete random processor; I'm an abstract sequential processor.
My child is picture smart; I am word smart.
We are complete opposites.
Finally, there on the table intertwined among the colored pencils and markers is a homemade Indiana Jones whip. Random. But that's so commonplace. At the end of every day there's several odd artifacts that have made their way into our learning space. It's humorous. And I love it.
The rest of our day consisted of lunch, grocery shopping, cleaning the fridge, LEGO building, and picking up J from school. I dropped J at Taekwon Do, went to the gym, came home to the dinner dh had prepared and then had coffee tonight with a super fun new friend that I think I'll get the honor of spending more time with in the coming months.
Today was a really good day.
And, yes. The table is still a mess.