Crazy 2nd Week of School

My poor sick baby
After successfully making it through a week and three days of school, and actually working ahead of schedule Cricket was too sick for school on Thursday or Friday. Since we were ahead on somethings, it was fairly easy to catch up today on what was left. She was a little on the whiny side today, but considering she is still sick she did very well. 
Daily Routine:

Cricket is doing more and more of the daily work independently. Here, she is picking the number word for how many days of school we have done so far.

Reading and Writing:
Cricket began a new Word Wall system this week, with the understanding that she would have her first ever test at the end of the week. Through out the week we cheered the 5 words, watched a power point for the words, did a Read Trace Sticker and Write activity, made the words out of playdoh, and reviewed the each day. 

 I also introduced the _an word family and we made playdoh words for them too.

We continued reading The Trumpet of the Swans. Cricket took a great deal of time this week reenacting scenes from the book, and adventuring like Sam. I love how it has sparked her imagination. 
We did one notebook page on the Olympics this week, and Cricket choose to write about her favorite athlete Gabby Douglas!


We continued our dinosaur theme this week. Cricket made more new words this week from Stegosaurus and Diplodocus. These words were a little trickier to pull from and I tried to let Cricket be in charge of the word finding. This resulted in a much smaller list, but it was still a great learning opportunity.

We built another Triceratops model. This was was much less frustrating than our tiny model last week, and Cricket enjoyed being able to help more.


Cricket really enjoyed these sequencing worksheets from 3 Dinosaurs.

To reinforce our words for the week, I mixed the words into the dinosaur sensory bin. As Cricket found the words she read them to me, and then checked it off on the sheet. When she finished we discussed what there was the most of and the least of.

We started working on Raising Rock Stars this week beginning with the letter A. I decided to do a mix of the preschool and Kindergarten sets, and pull from what best suited Cricket. We did most of the preschool set year before last, and it has by far been our favorite curriculum. The memory verse this week was:
A soft answer turns away wrath. Proverbs 15:1
In our work this week Cricket colored our verse display, reviewed it daily, traced the verse, arranged the words from the verse, and discussed what it meant. 

In our first ever homeschool test Cricket did amazingly well. First, we did the written part of the test, and I asked Cricket to write out our five word wall words for the week. She wrote all of them correctly; great start.
Then for the “oral exam” I asked her a few questions and wrote her responses. I was so proud when she was able to recite the verse from memory including Chapter, book, and verse. 
She went a little crazy decorating the paper with some leftover A stickers from our letter A week.

Cricket continued working through her Horizons math book, but all of a sudden she isn’t wanting to do it. She will do any other math work, and if I give her the work from the book to do she does it fine. We are even doing Algebra style or “letter a” problems as Cricket refers to them. She is solving them in her head or by talking them out just like she does addition or subtraction.
We were going to do a science experiment on melting crayons with the heat of the sun. 

This was as far as we got. The weather didn’t cooperate with my plans so we will try again next week.

As we prepare to start back to Expedition Earth next week, we did a review this week on Earth and the seven continents. One thing that we weren’t able to finish due to Cricket being sick was our paper mache Earth. I managed to get one layer done, with minor assistance from Cricket who wasn’t at all about the messiness. I think she will enjoy the painting part, but that will have to wait until next week. 

This week I think we did Cricket’s favorite art project ever. It was a lesson from Pineapple Paintbrush regarding color mixing. She loves painting, but her eyes truly lit up when I handed her that spray bottle.
Here is a closer look at how the colors mixed once they were sprayed and how the project turned out.

Cricket managed to make it to one of her swim lessons before she got sick. She swam! Only for a minute, and then she panicked but at least now I know she has all the skills. 
She has been begging Daddy for more drum lessons, but she hasn’t been wanting to put in the practice time between lessons. She did a little better with that this week though, and I think she would have done more if she hadn’t gotten sick. 

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