Where is all my time going? Seriously, that’s not rhetorical – where is my time going?
Well, some of it has been spent on these activities:
Remembering how to count by 2’s and by 5’s. Repeating how to count out loud by 10’s. It is this rote work that is the killer for my lad. Using manipulatives has made it more concrete to him and more like a play activity.
A lot of time has been spent ferrying lad between guitar lessons, gymnastics, extra tutoring provided by NIDES, science classes at Courtenay Museum and Paleontology Centre (lots of Octopus so far), and all sorts of fun things like visits to the Pumpkin Patch!
Guitar lessons are progressing slowly. When we measure progression we aren’t talking about his ability to play, rather, we combine a few things like paying attention, retention of material heard even if he is moving around furiously while listening, respect to his teacher, and other ephemera not normally the focus of music classes. After three lessons, he is progressing. Yay, team!
We’ve spent some time on Dolche words and words in connection with our major interest at present (Pirates, don’t ya know!) and unit studies from ABC Teach and EdHelper and other online resources. Thankfully, NIDES has a huge choice of subscriptions for us ‘facilitators’ to take advantage of.
In math, we’ve started our Life of Fred “Apples” unit and Mr. D. continues his new-found love affair with math. We’ve also done some flash card math and made a tiny start on Mathletics for the year.
Our main science focus, aside from the classes at the museum, is a curriculum provided by what used to be Los Banos and it is an elementary, multi-level course on the human body. We are very, very, close to finishing the section on cells; Mr. D. is in a rush to get to germs and organ dissection, so I’ve deliberately slowed this down so other things can get done. Another source of great ideas is “Sandwich Bag Science” by Scholastic. We’ve done desalinisation and attempted replicating a human stomach, but this latter had to be abandoned after the muscular action on the sandwich bag turned into direct squishing of the contents! We will replicate this experiment in a week or two!
Here are our photos of the ‘action’.