Friday, December 16, 2011

Semester Wrap Up

The fall semester has come to an end here at Random Uttering. Honestly, winter break could not come at a better time, because I am tired, very tired.  There will be no traveling over this break and I have a lot of work to do around the house but I will not be teaching everyday and that is a break.  Trust me.  So here is just a little glimpse of what we have been up to the past few weeks.

Science- We did a project mixing primary colors.  We made all the colors of the rainbow. Plus we found out what happens once we mix all the colors primary and secondary together.

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We took a brief detour down the dinosaur lane.  Christopher is really into dinosaurs right now.  He took a class during co-op this semester that really piqued his interest. So I checked out a stack of books about dinosaurs from the library and we read through several a day.

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Today was our final day of class for the fall semester.  What better way to bring our semester to an end than with a field trip. We checked out a Dinosaurs Live exhibit hosted by a local museum. The eerie thing was the dinosaurs made noise and moved.  I was freaked out at first,  but tried to keep my cool.  The older boys loved it but Joshua was trying his best to get out of the stroller and run away.

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We read lots of great books.

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Emmanuel continues to work on his motor skills, tracing letters.

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Reading- We have finally incorporated Hooked On Phonics into our schedule.  I don’t know why it took me so long to begin this program.  Emmanuel looks forward to his daily phonics practice.  The program has several components. The first is the workbook, we go through the workbook and learn about the upper and lowercase letter then we match the pictures that begin with the sound.

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Next there are computer games that reinforce what we have learned in a fun way.  Of course this is Emmanuel’s favorite part. 

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Once you complete a unit then you review by playing a matching game with provided cards.  There is also a reader that I read to him after he completes each unit that uses the phonics rules discussed in the unit. 

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History- This semester history was really a challenge for me.  I will post more about what I have learned about myself regarding curriculum at the end of the year.  Thankfully I came up with a way to make our history program work for us.  We have added several events to our timeline. 

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Reading/Language Arts-  We are covering so many things consonant blends, bl, br, sn, tw consonant digraphs sh, ch, vowel sets ee, ea, ai , ay, ie, oe, ou, and we are just learning how to alphabetize words. 

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So I thought this would be the right time to give Christopher his first dictionary.  I spent a little time discussing how to use his dictionary and he was off.  His excitement over his dictionary really surprised me, though I’m not sure why.

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Math- Nothing really new in math we are approaching the finish line slowly but surely. He has studied tally marks, counting by 2’s and 5’s.  He can count by one’s beyond 150, identify even and odd numbers, sorting items, math facts, telling time to the hour and half hour and much much more.  During the spring we will continue our lessons as planned but I will work with him with him more in depth telling time.  I feel we can work beyond what our curriculum calls for in this area. 

Christopher continues with his Lego challenges even though most are not posted on the blog.  Recently, his challenge was to  create a self portrait from Lego.  He completed the task, but I forgot to submit it.  Shame, shame, shame on me.  I told you I need a break.

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Joshua is growing, growing growing.  He is learning lots of new words but not formulating sentences yet.  He will be two soon so I will address this issue with his primary care physician when we go for his two year visit.  I think we will need the services of a speech therapist. 

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Well there you have it.  The past few weeks have been a blur.  I am so grateful for this time to rest.  Though there is much to do and my Christmas break will be very busy, I will have some rest from teaching.  My days will be spent finalizing my chore chart for the new year, bulk cooking, cleaning and lesson planning. Not to mention attending Christmas gatherings with friends and family. In addition, I will be posting the final posts on my Decluttering My Life and Home series. 

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