We are coming to the close of our first week here at my house. It has been great. I have never seeen the children so excited about learning. I have made ot of some areas that I need to improve on such as:
I noticed that I haven’t prepared my lessons to include my two youngest children’s down time. For example when the children work on math the two oldest work for twenty minutes, and my two youngest for ten. When ten minutes have passed I allow the two youngest to watch PBS or work in an area ie., blocks, clay, stitching etc,. In theory this plan sounds great but in the midst of educating four children, preparing meals and home up keep I forget to direct them to their activity areas. And before I know it I have “Fight Club” in the living room. This has become a distraction. So next week I will have designated areas listed on my lesson plan as a part of their learning to help us remain orderly and bruise free.
Here is a sample of notebooking pages my 7 y.o. began working on this week. We are studying Europe, specifically England, Italy and Rome and Greece. We’ll be looking at some famous people born in Europe. This week we read about Shakespeare’s life. We began reading “Midsummer Night Dream” and ” Romulus and Remus The story of How Rome First Came to be Built”
Part of our Nature Study was on “Daddy Long Leg” spiders. We watched this video and then read chapter one of this story. For art we learned about Giotti di Bondone and looked at one of his pieces. The children took some basic biography notes (which I paraphrased), then viewed the picture for five minutes. After that the picture was taken away they had to verbally narrate what details they could remember. We will do the same thing for two more prints by “Giotti”, then we’ll move on to another artist.