Friday, May 3, 2013

Weekly Report: Week 30

We had a great week for learning this week!  We spent a lot of time outside because until today, the weather was absolutely beautiful.  We're all starting to get a little tan from all our time outside.  A few days ago, we went to Devil's Den State Park with a friend and her children who are close in age to ours. 

The suspension bridge that the girls had fun throwing rocks off.
Lydia found a drain pipe and just "knew" it was a cave.
Throwing rocks in the river.  We did this for a while.
Eleanor on the hiking trail.
We plan on going again as soon as next week, so that should be fun.

We finished Lesson 62, which was fairly long and had lots to read, so it took us most of the week.  She seems to be retaining and applying all the information, though, so that is great!  We are officially done with Section 5 in OPGTR.  We'll start Section 6 next time.

Lydia finished through page 89 in Essential Math B.  The last several pages have had lots of problems on them, so they are taking a while to finish.  A little while ago, I mentioned that she was having trouble understanding the concept of the number line and its use in math.  I was also being very limited because she lost interest very quickly and didn't want to spend a lot of time practicing.  That is, until I made a number line on the driveway and we played "math hopscotch!"  She had a lot of fun jumping on the numbers, and I have a feeling we'll be making a lot of use of the number line on the driveway.

Lydia continues to do a fantastic job with this.  She has really taken off with it and is having fun trying to write words that she knows on her own in her free time.  Yesterday, I saw "ABC ABC MAT" written right beside her picture of a train that she drew while coloring.  I'm really excited to see her applying what she is learning and I definitely blame the LetterSchool app for how fast she is picking up her letters, although I am pleased with Handwriting Without Tears as well.  It seems I've found the combo that is working for her.

Lydia memorized "A Dragonfly" very quickly.  I think she liked it a lot.  On our next school day we'll move on to D&C 82:10.

Adelaide covered in the rocks and dirt she ate while Mom was helping Lydia with "math hopscotch."

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