|The posts are in!|
|cutting down saplings|
|The walls are started|
|Using a wheelbarrow while running|
We transferred our caterpillars from the cup they came in into the butterfly garden. They are all in their chrysalises and should hatch into butterflies by next week. The boys also played with their squirt guns they got for Easter as well as their B'Loonies. They were trying really hard to blow the biggest bubbles they could and pinch off the bubble just right so that it didn't deflate. They tried attaching the to the tables, their arms, and even other bubbles. They tried to squirt their water guns the farthest, experimented what happened if they shot them over each other's heads, at the sand, water, and rocks, etc. They watched an episode of Wild Kratts and told us all about birds at the dinner table. What budding little scientists!
|Our chrysalises make a smiley face!|
|Blowing a B'loonie|
|He got it to stick to his arm|
For math the boys spent a good portion of their morning playing with our new 100's chart that I got in this weekend. It's a big plastic board with all the numbers on it & it came with matching number tiles as well as red and blue tiles that the boys can use to find and make patterns. We counted by three's and covered them all with red, they counted by 10's (on their own while they were playing) and covered those with red tiles as well. They were talking about the amount of poachers in various countries (facts they totally made up by the way) and covered up those numbers with blue tiles. They talked/ negotiated prices for various toys and covered up those numbers with the colored tiles. They needed money to set up animal preserves to save the animals from poachers. I'm thinking this was mostly prompted by our trip to the movies to see Rio2 over the weekend, but I can't be sure. The older boys also took their math minute tests and Ian worked on a page in his workbook working with multiples of 6,7, & 8.
|counting by three's|
Evan worked on a sight word Easter egg coloring page. He read all the color words to me and a few of the sight words too. We worked together to do the actual coloring since he doesn't really enjoy coloring. I had him tell me what color to color each word and then I'd go ahead and fill in a small section for him. We then sat down together and read a book. He's in the level c books in his reader pack and since he still doesn't seem to retain a ton of the sight words I warned him these might be a bit tougher to read and we might have to come up with a different solution for reading for a while. He read through the story The Pizza That Pete Made pretty well with very few mistakes. His fluency was very halting but I liked that he was actually looking at the words and trying to make the best guess for the sounds they make (when we got to the page where they were cooking the pizza he didn't say stove right away since he noticed it started with "o" when I made the "o" sound he said "oven!"). We'll re-read it again tomorrow and maybe we'll just spend a few days on each book instead of a new book each day. We'll see how it goes. I know he's making progress but it is slow going and I don't want to push him to do more. He loves reading and listening to stories and I know one day the whole reading thing will just click for him and he'll take off with it. In the meantime we'll work slow and steady at his own pace.
I didn't make the older boys read as part of our schoolwork today because they have been reading a lot lately on their own. I had pulled out a book I ordered for Ian called The Body Book for Boys. It's all about puberty and the changes his body will be going through. I told him I had bought it in case he wanted to read anything or had any questions he was too embarrassed to ask us about. We talked a bit about some of the changes he'll be going through in the next few years and that puberty lasts until age 17/18 so the changes are pretty gradual. I could tell he was already getting embarrassed so I stopped the discussion there. Later, I found Alec reading through the book and he set it aside rather guiltily when I walked into the room. I know he has a few years yet before he has to worry about it but I assured him that if he wanted to read the book that was OK too. They've all started asking all sorts of uncomfortable questions about where babies come from, how they get into and out of their moms bellies, what tampons and maxi pads are and what they're used for; all those sorts of wonderful questions that I just don't feel ready to answer. But ready or not I guess I need to just dive in. Anyone know of any great books/ stories for kids that explain about sex and babies? All the books I've read about talking to your kids about sex recommend starting with story books that illustrate (in a PG kind of way) the body parts, how they are used, how the sperm gets to the egg, etc., but I can't seem to find any! I remember my dad gave a pretty good book to my sister & I (not that I really appreciated that since I thought it was pretty icky and embarrassing at the time) but it illustrated and explained the point quite nicely without leaving a whole ton of questions and yet I can't seem to find any books that are straight and to the point. I want something fairly scientific and yet brief enough that we can read it in a sitting. Anyone know of any?