Our third week of homeschool was an exciting week.
Angie lost another tooth on Monday. She came up to me while I was working on the computer and said, “Mommy, I can’t wait to show you what just happened.” She opened her fist to reveal the tooth that she’d just pulled out. “It’s a little bit sore,” she said. No kidding. So of course the Tooth Fairy visited again.
We celebrated Angie’s fifth birthday on Tuesday. Because we’re still settling into our routine, I didn’t want to have no school on her birthday, so we had a shorter schoolday than usual. I made flapjacks for breakfast, then we went to Spur for lunch. I interviewed Angie about turning five.
The letter for the week was P, and Angie learned the sight word “see”. I’m still really enjoying Reading the Alphabet and Learning the Alphabet. Emmy also sings the sight word songs – even at bedtime.
I made Angie a word wall folder since we don’t really have wall space available in our school area. We can prop it up on the table when we need it, then fold it and store it with her work file when we’re done with it.
I wrote this P is for princess rhyme. Emmy has been entertaining us with her expressions as she recites it – from her fierce pirate voice to her sweet plea for pancakes, she’s just too cute.
Angie saw me colouring a zentangle colouring page last weekend, and promptly asked me to print a page for her. I’m really impressed by how well she did, and I found these zentangle alphabet pages for the girls.
For our craft, we made pig snouts out of egg cartons. The girls had a lot of fun, though the snouts didn’t last very long due to all the playing.
In keeping with our letter P, the girls made their own pizzas for lunch. We also had pasta, pineapple and popcorn during the week.
Tuesday was Library Day. Angie got very excited when she spotted the P marking the handicapped parking space. “Look, Mommy! A P! I’m going to trace it with my feet!”
One of the things I love about the Edenvale Library is the children’s section. They have a playroom for the younger kids, and the girls make a beeline for it as soon as we walk into the library. When we go in the morning they have the playroom to themselves. The kiddies’ librarians are also really friendly.
The girls didn’t want to leave the library before they “read” each other a story.
We are enjoying reading through 100 Bible Heroes. The stories are short and the girls have been introduced to Bible characters they hadn’t heard of before. Angie has started incorporating the verses we’re learning into her morning prayers, too. “Because sometimes I really don’t know what to say,” she said.
Emmy was quite upset on Monday when Jacques returned to work after a week off so I suggested that we pray for him to have a good day at work. Her morning prayers all week started with, “Thank you that Daddy can go to work.”
It’s only been three weeks, but we are already seeing the fruit of homeschooling. My mother remarked to me that the girls seems a lot calmer these days, and mealtimes have become less of a battle with Emmy. Even taking them grocery shopping is a happier experience these days. They seem to whine and nag less when we’re out.
Do you have a word wall? Or do you use another system?