23 October 2010
Weekly Wrap-up: Back in Our Groove
Well, it took a few days, after last week's (happy) chaos, but we're hitting our groove again. Everybody's had a cold, so we skipped the Nature Study outside in the cold this week, but otherwise things went really well!
In Phonics this week, we kept working on drilling cvc words. He's getting there. He can do it, it's just soooo S-L-O-W when you have to read every little letter! But, today he surprised me twice by knowing what stuff said, outside our lesson. I'm sure it's just a matter of practice & gaining confidence and experience.
Two weeks ago, Math Expressions called for hexagons and trapezoids. I wasn't paying much attention, and I made octagons for the flannel board, rather than hexagons... and then couldn't keep them straight when I was talking to him. This week when I asked during Math if he wanted to do a Math Monster or a shapes picture, he asked for hexagons. OK! So I made some hexagons and we did flannel board math that day. (We did the monster another day.)
We're well into our Mr. Popper's Penguins Read Aloud now, and Monkey likes it well enough to protest when our chapter is finished, and to ask for seconds at bedtime when we read it at naptime. I'm enjoying it too: this one is pretty funny!
Raven tried something new this week too: we got out the high chair and let him try sitting in there, well padded by blankets, since he's not at all stable yet. It seems to agree with him, and Monkey lost no time at all in showing him the fine art of cooking. Cooking cars into stew. Yum.
I learned some new tricks too. I took all those wedding pictures last week, and this week I discovered batch processing - that is, I set it up, and Photoshop does a whole batch of pictures the same way, without my needing to do more than wind it up and set it loose. Considering that on the day of the wedding I took around 400 pictures, I'm very happy about this discovery! It means that I spend my time doing the fun, artistic stuff, and not the whole rotate the picture so they're not sideways thing. Here's my favorite from this week: