Bible notebook illustration:
Bible verse for the week: "Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding; Proberbs 3:5"
Reading rules: /n/ spelled gn & kn, and /ough/.
I really didn't take a lot of pictures this week. I was more focused on getting through the tough week. Most of the workbook pages are similar to those I've shown already, except for the one he had for the ten plagues. He had ten pictures and he had to write the number of the plague under each one of them as I read a description of each from my teachers manual.
This was a tough week for Caleb. At the time, as we were going through it, I wasn't sure I understood why he was having such a hard time. But, now, as I'm going back over it to write this post, I can see why. Tough words to read and try to understand the reading rules, which ALWAYS have an exception. Very involved bible stories. A lot more reading that in weeks past. He hates to write things out, but I haven't really noticed that he has more of that to do right now....but he still balks at having to write.
After a few awesome weeks in the beginning of 2012, I guess it stands to reason that we'll have a rough week now and again. I am pleased that today was Friday, the end of week #18, and I was so grateful I'd saved up some of our science stuff to do all at once. Caleb LOVES science and it was a very fun, hands on way to end our school week and make was a rough week, maybe not such a bad week after all.
LIBRARY BOOKS: I haven't been very good about listing our library books, but then we weren't good about reading any of them for about a month either. With the extra reading Caleb has to do now, I let our library book basket sorta take a break. But, our little guy and his LOVE for being read to must have missed it because he asked time and time again to be read to. Other than the Dolphin theme pack he asked me to check out for him on our last visit to the Northwest Branch Library, most of the books are specifically selected to go along with our different topics for the week, or at a minimum contain learning concepts for math in a really fun way. And as I'll explain in the math section, we're half way through our curriculum, so I just love to find math books that help him to understand all the concepts we've covered so far this year.
*Room for Ripley by Stuart J. Murphy - this book is all about Carlos who is getting a fish, but he needs to make sure he has enough water in the new bowl. It talked about cups, pints, quarts, gallons, etc.
*Super Sand Castle Saturday by Stuart J. Murphy - a fun tale about 3 kids at the beach participating in some contests to see who can make the tallest tower, the longest wall, and the deepest moat. With this book they learn that it's important to use the same measuring tool or you won't get accurate results.
*Measuring Penny by Loreen Leedy - was a really fun book for us to read. It was about a little girl with a dog named Penny. We have a dog names Penny so even though Lisa's Penny didn't look like our Penny, it was still fun. This book was all about measuring - the length of dog tails, noses, paws, and so much more.
*Dolphin books: Dolphins, Animals of the Oceans-Dolphins, Friendly Dolphins, and yes, another book called, Dolphins. ha ha.... Even though so many of them said the same things, he loved reading each and every one.
MATH: We are officially 1/2 way through our curriculum. We can count the days to determine that. We can figure it off of our 100 day chart, or from out place value chart. But, we can also tell we are half way because our math principles start over again. We've cycled through all the concepts they want the first grader to learn and become familiar with. Once we've cycled through, we then start over and go at them a little deeper and more intense.
So, this week we were back to classifying and repeating patterns. VERY easy stuff considering this is what we did week #1 of MFW 1st grade.... ;o) I was caught a little off guard also as we used EVERY math worksheet at the beginning of the year. So, I pulled math sheets from the backup math workbook I have (a Horizon's math book) and used some worksheets from there. As I'm typing this, it reminds me to look ahead at next week and see what our topic will be so that I can be sure to have some challenging work for him!!
SCIENCE: We continued to study more on water. This week the focus was on what things float and what things sink in water. Caleb gathered some things from around the house to test in the bathroom sink. I asked him to tell me ahead of time which items he thought would sink and which one's would float. Out of the eight items he put in the water, he was only wrong about 2 of them; the hacky sack and the 4-wheeler. Not bad guessing Caleb!!
Then we tried to work on another concept of using clay balls and tooth picks. It is really hard to see in this picture because my sink will not hold water so I had to put a piece of rubber over the drain, which has green writing on it. It's for that reason you really can't see the clay ball with tooth pick on top of it, setting on the rubber piece.
No matter what we did, they sank. Our book indicated that if they were small enough they would float, but I guess we started off with ours too big to begin with because they all sank to the bottom. Honestly, we got tired of trying, and the clay was dissolving as we worked.
This was sorta neat. Caleb made a big ball of clay and we put it in a glass of water to see what it would do. He noticed two things: 1) the clay began to dissolve and make his water 'foggy' and 2) the ball made the water level rise.
Our book showed that if we then changed the shape of the clay ball into a small boat that it would then float. Well, the clay we had started dissolving the minute it hit the water and the more I tried to make a boat out of it the more it disintegrated in my hands. I almost had a boat shape once and it started to float but the clay just gave way. :( We might try this again with a better clay and see what happens.
It's a relief to say that our Silver Creek Academy blog is finally caught up. Yes!....Sigh....whew....
Onto another week. I would appreciate your prayers as we start the 2nd half of our school year. We can never have enough prayers...
Walking with the King,