Monday, January 20, 2014
Homeschool Kindergarten Lesson Plans - Week 20
We're studying China in preparation for Chinese New Year at the end of the month. L made a Chinese flag by following a picture from the internet and gluing her stars in the correct locations.
L was very interested in calligraphy, while E did her own thing with the watercolors
We read a book called Three Pigs, One Wolf, Seven Magic Shapes. After reading a page, each girl would use our magnetic tangrams to copy the animal or object shown in the story. Even Baby H participated with his Tangoes Jr. I made sure to explain that Tangram puzzles were invented in China, to tie it all together to our China unit.
Benjamin Franklin's Birthday
I asked the twins to draw their own inventions. E drew this robot that knocked things down and was mean to animals (which is why he got crossed off).
Math & Reading
The girls really enjoy "stations" where I place different activities (math, LA, writing, logic) around the house and they get their tickets stamped for each station they complete.
When I get a chance I'll post about what the "stations" in a typical session may include (mostly for my own reference so I remember what to do when H is the right age).
We finished reading A Cricket in Times Square early in the week. This is the second time we've read this book and it's amazing how much more they enjoyed (and understood) it this time around - it was like night and day. I should probably go through all the books we read last year again with the girls (a lot I know for sure they have forgotten, like when I say "remember when such and such happened in the Wizard of Oz" and they look at me with blank stares), but there are so many more wonderful books I want to try out that maybe we'll just build up our library and then cycle through the books again in a couple years.
Right now we're about to finish Prince Siddhartha: The Story of Buddha. It's interesting for both the girls and me and a great conversation starter about all sorts of interesting topics.
The girls have been less than enthusiastic lately about independent reading. I'm trying to increase the variety of materials - magazines, science books, poems, brochures, online materials, etc.. but they are still fairly resistant. What's worked best so far is reading a book aloud to them and then asking them to read one or two sentences from each page to me. L and I got through "Princess Posey and the Perfect Present" early chapter book in this manner this week. They also enjoy reading "Little Bear" because I reward them with Teddy Grahams at the end of each page they read (nothing like bribery to encourage reluctant readers).
Fun and Games
Official "school time" is actually only a tiny part of our day - most of it is spent doing art, music, and lots and lots of dramatic play. It's magical watching them invent their own creative games and get so much entertainment out of life - as adults we forget how to play so it's neat to be able to experience the wonder of everyday things again through my kids' eyes.