Saturday, November 5, 2011

Week 11 in Review

Halloween fell on Monday this year, so we did our "Halloween" theme the week before.  Chances had it though, that we still landed on letter "H."  Funny how that works out.

Verse: "Honor one another above yourselves." Romans 12:10
Song: If you're happy
Rhyme: Humpty Dumpty

Our Letter of the Week theme was hippos.  Our shelves had: a hippo book, hippo puzzle, hippo color matching, shape links to sort, hippo clip cards, Hungry Hippo game, and hippo bar graphs to color wiht dry erase markers.

Our first math lesson of the week had to do with measuring liquid volumes.  Here's all the prep I did on Sunday (I'm amazed the girls part of the patio is clean in the background... our tools are almost never hung up.).

We wore costumes for school on Monday, so I had ballerina and pretty princess school.

The girls had fun dancing around for PE with their pink scarves from the Target dollar spot clearance.  We made the scarves into snakes and ran away from them, made them tails, bees, you name it.

Of course, you have to graph candy for math if it's Halloween, so we graphed skittles. 

I sort of enjoy modifying the lessons to fit my different age groups.  The preschoolers sorted theirs and drew circles to represent their counts inside of larger circles.  Caroline put hers on a bar graph... a technique she's long mastered since we started graphing colored chips on Little Debbie brownies this summer.

Then the math curriculum lesson began.

She had to guess how many cups each container would hold and we put them in order from the least amount to the greatest.  I was glad that Caroline made guesses.  Sometimes she shys away from things where she can't determine the answer from the beginning.

We sure had pretty results.  We used our unifix cubes to count the cups.

We worked on counting by 2's during a math lesson later in the week.  We made a clothes line out of yarn and hung up pairs of socks.  It went pretty easily since I'd taught her the "two, four, six, eight, who do we appreciate" chant earlier in the week during a bike ride.

I can't believe Caroline completes these math drill pages with 25 problems each.  It just amazes me the amount of work she can do just a few months into Kindergarten.  She wasn't even writing numbers at the beginning of the year.

We worked on biomes in science this week, which of course called for a trip to the zoo!  We explored the tropical bird house for the first time and really enjoyed it.  I had a list of animals and we identified the biome for each.  Then she showed daddy when he got home from work.  Charlotte had her own list this time of animal pictures to circle as we saw them (she felt left out during out last field trip, so she has her own "assignment" now).