Friday, August 28, 2015

Week 13

Kindergarten Week 13

Day 53 - Monday

M pulled out her basket of geometric solids, so we reviewed the names of each of the solids and used the labels to read and match with each solid. Since it was clear that she knew them all, I sent her on an object hunt around the apartment to see if she could find something to match each solid. She was able to find most of them, but a few were definitely tricky! We couldn't find a square-based pyramid, so she decided to mold one out of play-doh.

Friday, August 21, 2015

Week 12

Kindergarten Week 12

Day 50 - Monday

M is very much still on a reading kick. She says she enjoys math, but doesn't usually choose math work on her own. We have tried a few different things, including introducing this math journal, to make the math work a little more fun for her. Today, I wrote addition problems on cardstock strips and she used her colored bead bars to find the sums. She copied the problems into her math journal.

Friday, August 14, 2015

Week 11

Kindergarten Week 11

Day 46 - Monday

M has been cycling back to some work she already mastered (mainly Practical Life and Sensorial) because her little sister is showing interest. H (15 months) likes to carry the heavy brown stair prisms across the room, so M decided to demonstrate the *proper* use of the brown stair.

Friday, August 7, 2015

Maps, Music and Pollock

Kindergarten Week 10

Day 42 - Monday

Starting with the knobbed cylinders (demonstrating for little sis).

Math - This work took a LONG time to complete. M has been slowly gaining confidence in recognizing larger numbers, and she has wanted to attempt the hundred board again after giving up about half way the last time. My only guidance was getting her started grouping the numbers. I think it would be good to add some labels (0-10, 11-20, etc) to remind her to do that on her own, otherwise she spreads the tiles out randomly and can't find the numbers she's looking for. Even after sorting, it took a lot of concentration to complete the board, and she was extremely proud of herself at the end!

Friday, July 31, 2015

Golden Beads, Japanese Tea Party, and the State Museum

Kindergarten Week 9

Day 37 - Monday

Have you noticed that we've been working with the golden beads a lot lately? I can not stress enough how thankful I am that we backtracked and worked through the golden beads sequence from the beginning. M went from total frustration and wanting nothing to do with math, to choosing math first almost every day!

I reviewed the tens board presentation, and we built the quantities from 10 to 99 to match the numerals on the board. M mostly watched (I offered to let her take over, but she wanted to see me do it).

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Acids and Bases

Acids and Bases

The Magic School Bus Young Scientist's Kit on Acids and Bases couldn't have come at a more perfect time! We just finished exploring the digestive system, which of course included a discussion on stomach acid. So what exactly IS an acid? Are there different kinds of acids? Are acids dangerous? We explored these questions and more as M worked her way through this exciting kit!

Saturday, July 25, 2015

Spelling, Telling Time and Counting Money

Week 8 of Kindergarten

This was another fun week with a few scheduled field trips and lots of progress on our new house. M did her own planning this week. She requested to learn about the digestive system, and told me about an experiment she saw online that she wanted to try. She also chose to do lots of reading and spelling work this week, and she finished several lessons in her reading book, as well as reading some new books. We also worked on telling time and counting money.