Monday, September 19, 2011

Week Two- The Carrot Seed

The second week coincided with the optimal Fall garden planting time. How perfect! We read the Carrot Seed a Before Five in a Row (B4FIAR) book selection. Phyllis asked if these activities were from FIAR (or B4FIAR) or things I just came up with. The short answer is "yes". Many of these activities are from the books suggestions for these literature selections, however, I am enjoying the creative liberty I am able to have while doing unit studies with this curriculum. I just have so many ideas! Most of these units have taken us two weeks because I have found so many activities that can go along with them, or we've found additional books from the Library that also support our units. We're having way too much fun. =)

Day 1- we talked about the Parable of the Sower in Luke 8 and the different kinds of soil.
What does a plant need to grow? (air, water, sun) - made a cute cut out for the lap book.
Rose's Garden- read together.
Chose an activity from our Math bucket. (More on Literacy and Math buckets later!)
Discussed hard and soft "c" sounds and thought of a bunch of words with these sounds in the initial position and had her sort them.

Day 2- Seed day
Matthew 17- the mustard seed- found a mustard seed and played with it for a while.
Ordered seeds from smallest to largest without assistance and glued them in a line for the lap book.
Prayed for my friend Kaylyn's upcoming adoption from Africa and discussed her blog name- A Mustard Seed Journey. They have two girls close to my girl's ages so it was a great connection for them!
Read and looked at pictures from Ken Robbin's book, Seeds.

Day 3 Plant Garden!!
Looked at the pictures from the Carrot Seed- made pictures with three colors in the same style as that book.
Had cooked carrots for lunch.
Worked on calendar words and talked about how long we had to wait for our seeds to germinate and sprout.
Read The Tiny Seed- by Eric Carle
Painted a picture based on Ps. 1.

Day 4 - Started our "Chart the Growth of a Seed" book
Read The Bean by Anne Rockwell- great because we planted beans the day before!
Reading Lesson from Teach Your Child to Read....
Measured different sizes of seeds.- Introduced inch and cm.

Day 5- Worked on the poem for the lap book.
How a Seed Grows- Helene Jordan
Art rubbings from a Carrot
Assembled lap book.

The difference in the first three weeks of school is that I wasn't back to work yet. The fourth week we took off to visit with Aunt Kris and Uncle Aaron down from TN. So we were able to get in five days of instruction from me alone. Now, I teach her 3 days and my Mom and Jeff to Thursday and Friday respectively. We often scrap Wednesday and do school on Saturday instead. That requires a lot of planning and prep- let me tell you! But it's working well, and well worth it! As far as the school day goes, most of the time it goes something like this:

Monday, Tuesday, Friday and Saturday's schedule: (except Jeff follows the plan on Friday while I work and on Saturday after school and snack, we go grocery shopping for the week ahead.)

Jeff and I wake up around 6:30ish and work out together. Usually the girls get up around then, but are not allowed out of their rooms until 7:00am. They play or read quietly until we are finished with our work out.

A little after 7 I get their breakfast started/on and I shower.
When breakfast is over, they put their dishes in the sink. Then they return to their rooms to get dressed (I lay out Addison's clothes, as she's not matching yet, but C has full reign of anything she can reach from her dresser (not her closet). They also pick up their rooms, make beds, turn off night lights, open blinds, etc.

7:30 to 8am is pick up the house and do dishes time. I normally throw in a load or two of laundry at this time.

We start school by 8. We are usually done by 10.

10:00-10:30 outside play- getting hot, we'll come inside around then for snack. As the weather gets cooler, we will stay out longer again.

10:30 is snack time. (Change laundry over)
The girls will play together until lunch time.

11:50 I start preparing lunch.

12:00 lunch time!!
After lunch I will read them a book from the Library. Sometimes I will put Addie down for naps early and do a reading lesson with C in her bedroom.

By 1:00 they are in bed for naps/quiet time. This usually lasts for 2.5 hours. (I fold laundry and stick in another load.)
When they wake up, it's snack time and we read more books, or sometimes they watch a movie. (Signing Time, Little House, Shirley Temple, etc.)

Around 4:30ish we go outside for a while.

If I start dinner at 5, we'll eat close to 6 and 7:00pm is bedtime! On Tuesday we eat at 5:00 and take baths so we can be at Kindermusik class. I've had them go in their p.j's so we just eat a quick snack, brush teeth and jump into bed after class.

And just to clarify, I don't LIVE by my watch. This rhythm is what our family usually does, and I just wrote it down so we don't get too far off track and so that we are wise managers of our time. If we decide to change the schedule, it's no big deal.

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