Prince of Egypt: Dreamworks Classics Collection – This was a little long for Cricket, and not a Magic Treehouse book. So I summarized once she started losing interest.
The Mystery of King Karfu – This was a perfect book for Cricket. It had enough about Egypt to be meaningful, but was also a storybook. She loved all the clues and the way it allowed her to also be an investigator.
Ancient Egypt – This was an educational and factual library find, which Cricket had no interest in at all.
Countdown to Thanksgiving – This book was a great math and seasonal add on. It reinforced the backwards counting we have been working on and Cricket enjoyed it.
Dolphins at Daybreak (Magic Tree House, No. 9) – If you have been following our blog you probably already know that I have a huge Jack and Annie fan on my hands, but this was her favorite story yet. I think the kids riding on the dolphins pushed it over the edge! We have been talking about submarines and pretending to go undersea ever since we read this one.
I think last week might have been our best school week so far this year. Cricket did really well with everything we worked on AND we actually made it to all of our classes: ballet, gymnastics, advanced gymnastics, and choir/bible study. Cricket even threw in a couple of impromptu puppet shows for me.
Cricket is still enjoying our Horizon Math program, we normally do four lessons a week. This week I also shared this add on worksheet about fractions and Cricket loved it. She insisted on coloring the pies orange though to make “Punkin” pies.
Cricket really responded to our work on Egypt. I think introducing it along with the story of Moses really helped. We read and watched The Prince of Egypt together and she loved it. We also did an overall review of Africa, and incorporated our Tag Reader into this as well.
The Village of Round and Square Houses – This was an interesting story about a villages beliefs and how and why their people are housed the way that they are. It also led to a discussion about our beliefs, since they were not worshiping as Christians.
Ashanti to Zulu: African Traditions (Picture Puffin Books) – Cricket did not want to READ this entire book, but I read the headline for each letter. We discussed the pictures and I read more of the ones that she was interested in.
A Plump and Perky Turkey – This was a rhyming style Thanksgiving book and both Cricket and my husband thought it was silly (I’m not sure if they meant that as a positive or a negative though).
Missing Mittens (MathStart 1) and Bug Dance (MathStart 1) – We won both of these books in the Curriculum Clean Out hosted by Homeschool Creations from the blogger troutwife. My daughter has really enjoyed these books and a highly recommend them for some basic math concepts and just a good book. Cricket really enjoyed the dance in Bug Dance!
I am SUPER behind on well everything school related. Cricket and I took turns being sick for about three weeks total, and this threw a big ‘ole wrench in my school plans. We are literally about a month behind on actual work, and I’m about three weeks behind now on posting work that we have done. Since I’m playing catch up anyway I’m going to do two weeks in this post. These weeks were actually done around the end of October, hence the Halloween goodness you will see. Now, on with the show!
Cricket has been going through a little bit of an “I can’t do that” phase that includes reading. If we are playing a game or having reading fun she will read fine, but if I ask her to read something I get “I can’t read” without even a try. I am trying to regroup and explore reading in fun ways, and to deflate that defeatist attitude. She does still enjoy doing her words each day, maybe because she gets to walk around on the table to do it.
Cricket is progressing with her addition and doing a better job of performing simple calculations in her head.
We continued our study of Africa with Nigeria and Morocco. Cricket really enjoys coloring the flag each week, and discussing the language card.