The trouble with homeschooling during the summer is that just about every day has something that makes it atypical. Today we had friends from seminary who are on a call in Iowa come visit. Their daughter has a very rare disorder and has to be very careful about what she eats, so I realized at 7 AM that the summer tuna salad I was planning on making wouldn't cut it.
We got in the car and went to Giant. The kids helped me pick out fruit, veggies, dip, hummus, bread, cheese, and
: ring bologna. On the way home, we did devotions. I have this neat deck of "cards" called Travel Do-votionals (you can see them almost the whole way down on this page
- I have no idea what else is on the page, and make no claim to any of it!) so we talked about the lights in the car/light of the world/ etc. etc.
We got home, had snack, and started school.
Today's word problem: Michael drew a huge fish. Then I asked him to give the fish 7 dark stripes. Then I asked him to count how many light stripes the fish had. Then he added them together.
While he did this, Katie Grace and I put the Peter Rabbit books away and put out some ocean books- away just means on the main bookshelf, not on the "special" bookshelf in the Gnome's Nook. And the Gnome's Nook is our breakfast nook which we turned into homeschooling space.
Nicholas played with some stick puppets I made by color copying the animals from Brown Bear Brown Bear What Do You See.
Katie Grace and Michael and I looked at an old Let's Find Out
about sun safety. It was a read together, and the first three words of every section were "We stay safe" and then it would say "in the pool", "at the beach", "on a boat", at the lake" and I was really surprised and impressed that Michael could read them all.
I took a sentence strip and wrote "We stay safe" and then used a different color and wrote the ending parts of the sentences above. I asked Michael to choose one- he chose "We stay safe at the beach" and I hung it up for him to copy. I thought about having a separate health, safety, and nutrition main lesson book, but decided to just keep it in science. So he copied the words and drew a picture. I've read a lot of places that it's important for hand-eye coordination to have things posted up where they have to look up and then look down to write/copy, so I try to do this a couple times a week. This was one of my bad mommy moments. He was very messy and kept crossing things out, and I scolded him for not being careful with his work.
While Michael was copying, I set Katie Grace up with fingerpainting. Nicholas think fingerpaint is the work of the devil, so I had another set of the animals from Brown Bear that I had glued on index cards, and we turned them over and said the animals' names and what sound they made. The other two kept interupting to tell me it was onamatapia, a word I can't spell :LOL and one we learned a couple weeks ago.
Michael did some worksheets
and Katie Grace and I read a book. Then Daddy came home and we started making lunch.