Saturday, August 31, 2013

The Kindergarten Experience, Week 4

This week was probably the most fun we have had in Kindergarten.  We learned about Dinosaurs, and we had so much fun!!  Pinterest is so helpful in planning these activities...and I even remembered a few things to do from my lessons at UTC (thank you, Professor Roy).

Reading:  Sight Words, Recipe for Reading (Letter D), lots of reading about dinosaurs and maps, and reading Level A books

Writing:  Handwriting without Tears, Morning Messages, Daily Journal Writing, Dinosaur Nonfiction Writing, Writing first and last name correctly, writing address correctly

Math:  Singapore Math Lessons thru 2.10, number of the day, daily calendar routines

Science:  Fossil Dig Simulation, Dinosaur Study, Volcano Experiment (discussed chemical changes)

Social Studies:  Map Study (Completed Map Project)

Bible:  Grapevine Studies- We are now talking about Noah.

Memory Verse:  Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.

Field Trips:  Library, Back to School Play Date

Friday, August 30, 2013

Week 34 of 2013: In Pics

I know I missed a few weeks of our weekly pics, but we have been busy!!  Instead of backtracking....we will just start where we are!  This time of year is always busy for us.  Blake works many days from 6:30 in the morning until after 9:00 each night, and we do our best go see him at the football and softball games in the evenings. Of course, Jackson and Claire don't mind because of the concession stands!

Jackson laid these pajama pants out for Blake the other night.  I hope that Jackson and his daddy are always best friends.  Jackson adores Blake.  The relationship is obviously mutual. 

This freaking spider had built a web on the deck the other day.  I walked through the web and this thing feel on my head!!!  I was dancing around a like a lunatic making sure it was off of me!!  I seriously ended up taking a shower while the kids were napping because I swear I could still feel it crawling on my head (although it clearly wasn't).  Our new to us house backs up to the woods and we have many interesting creatures around! 

A day or two after the tarantula imposter visited, our sweet Lady had the worst anxiety attack ever!  We put her in a crate in our garage when we leave our home, and she got out while I was out with Jackson and Claire.  It began storming and she got sooo upset.  We had to pay a contractor to come fix the damage.  Thankfully, it was a friend from church and I don't thing he charged us full price!  Blake and I now have to watch the forecast daily and make sure she has her Benadryl if there is any chance of a thunderstorm!  Lady is the sweetest dog ever, so seeing her like this is very hard! 

Sunday, August 25, 2013

The Great Kindergarten Experience of 2013, Week 3

We had another great week of learning and fun!!  We are really getting into a pretty good routine, and although we are all learning as we go, we are kind of loving this!

Reading:  Letter of the Week:  A; Recipe for Reading (pages 11-15); Sight Words:  here, to, and, am; Guided Reading Book:  "Feet are Neat (Level A) 

Math: Singapore Math Lessons 2.1-2.5; Daily Calendar Routines; Number of the Day

Writing: Morning Messages, Journaling, Writing notes to people of his choice

Handwriting:  Handwriting Without Tears, pages 18-22

Read Alouds:  Sharks, Skippyjon Jones, Firehouse, A Mudpie for Mother, A Map in my Lap

Unit Study:  We continued our study of maps.  We checked out a DVD at the library, drew maps of Jackson's choice (focusing on drawing a map key and compass rose).  We went to the Creative Discovery Museum and Jackson used my phone to take pictures of the various maps in the museum and we discussed the information on the map.  We also colored several maps, focusing on land and water differences.  My favorite impromptu map lesson was at the fire hall.  Opem Brad showed him the book of maps he has on his fire truck and where all the fire hydrants in the city of Chattanooga are located.  SUPER COOL!!!  We are going back this week to see the maps inside the station. 

Bible:  Grapevine Studies:  Adam Names the Animals, God Creates Eve, The Serpent, and Section One Review

Science:  Cooking in the Kitchen (Play Dough)

Field Trips:  Library, Fire Hall, Creative Discovery Museum

 Memory Verse:  "As for me and my house, we will serve the Lord."  Joshua 24:15

My goal for next week:  Do more hands on activities for our Letter of the Week study. 
Jackson's goal for the week:  Complete chore checklist.

Monday, August 19, 2013

Week 2: The Great Kindergarten Experience of 2013

Daily Calendar Routines
Number of the Day (Numbers 6-10)
Singapore Math (Lessons 1.6-1.9):  Similarities and Differences< Unit 1 Review and Assessment

Recipe for Reading (Letter O; practice pages 6-10)

Guided Reading: 
Sight Words: can, and, in

Jackson read several books on his own (Level A)

Read Aloud:  We read and explored 8 books last week.  

Handwriting Without Tears:  Practice Pages 8-13 

Writing:  Daily Journaling.  Right now Jackson is working on drawing a picture and telling me a story to go along with it.  We are working on beginning sounds for each word.  He is also learning to use sight words in his writing. 

Science:  Science in the Kitchen, Activity 1:  We read Blueberries for Sal, and Jack made blueberry muffins.

Social Studies:  Maps, Communities, and Globe Unit.  We continued drawing maps, looked for maps at the zoo, explored the atlas, and discussed the Compass Rose.
Bible/Scripture Memory:
Grapevine Studies:  We completed our creation study, and discussed the Sabbath.

Memory Verse:  O God, you are my God, earnestly I seek you.  Psalm 63:1

Field Trip:  Zoo

Sunday Snapshots

Here is a whole compilation of Sunday Snapshots!  Our camera has been acting sassy and difficult.  We will probably have to buy a new one soon.  It still takes great pics, but the camera lens is acting crazy and the camera is having a hard time connecting to our computer.  Merry Christmas early, right?