We are moving along nicely through our simple homeschool days. Finished with our first local geography block, in the middle of our first math block, and getting ready to begin our first Man and Animal main lesson next week. How exciting!
This is just a review math block. We have looked at old main lesson books, practiced with the four processes including carrying and borrowing, and lots of times table practice. There was a brief moment when I was afraid Chloe had forgotten all the tables we had worked on last year, but of course that was foolishness on my part, and with just a little review she is doing great. She even said to me the other day, "I like math more than I thought I did." Or maybe it was, "I don't not like math as much as I thought I didn't." Either way, pretty good.
Today turned into baking day and beeswax modeling day. We had some mushy bananas so the girls made muffins while I was finishing work for the morning. So there was some good measurement and even fractions practice there.
When we brought out the beeswax Chessa just burst into a story about what she was going to make. I am quite sad to not remember every detail of it at the moment, because it was so very sweet, but I do remember there was a cottage, and two little girls, and a mama inside the cottage, and the mama was sweeping, because she was going to have a little broom in her hands.
But then they ended up making little elf families instead. I think the mamas still had brooms. And there was still a cottage, and a little garden with a pumpkin patch.
Here are some lesson book pages from our local geography block. We started with ourselves, our home, our town. Then we looked at the first native people to live in our region.
I suppose we should plan a field trip to Mesa Verde.
We only briefly touched upon where the native people are today. (Partly because we still have a very little one who is present for our lesson time.)
I found a wonderfully fun book at our library called Tales, Trails and Tommyknockers: Stories from Colorado's Past. There were a few stories applicable to our little corner of the state, and when we do our next geography block covering the entire state we will read lots more of them.
Chloe is still doing most of her lesson book drawing on her own. I think we will work together more in some of the coming blocks though.
We did all of our lesson books in cursive last year but this year will be a little of both.
Chessa still usually joins us at the table with crayons and pencils during lesson time.
Guess what she is drawing...
Squirrels. As in math squirrels. We did squirrel math stories with Chloe in first and second grade rather than math gnomes.
Chessa has not asked to learn how to read, but she has asked to "do plus."
Her squirrels are gathering apples. A whole entire cart full!
Wow, I cannot believe that starting next year I really will have two school children sitting at the table together!