Everyone who hears these words of Mine and puts them into practice is like a wise man who built his house on the rock. The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house; yet it did not fall, because it had its foundation on the rock. Matthew 7:24-25

Saturday, September 3, 2011

Arrow Academy–Week in Review, 5

Believe it or not, once again, we spent the better part of two school days this week in doctor’s offices.  Lucy is still battling a nasty runny nose, and this week it was accompanied by a rattling cough.  So now she’s being treated for pneumonia.  Thankfully, by the end of this week she seems to be on the up and up.  Maybe next week we can stay doctor free!

Anyway, when we were in school this week, we managed to finally catch up from all of our previous sick days.  I will admit here that I finally gave up on all the seatwork pages that we were behind in.  A Beka is a wonderful curriculum, but it does have more than it’s fair share of busywork built into it.  I’ve come to the realization that Ty is not the child who is gonna be able to sit still for a lot of paper work.  Looks like I’m going to have to come up with some creative and slightly more interesting ways to get Ty some extra practice.

You can tell by the look on Ty’s face just how much he enjoys doing his seatwork.

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Well, what did Ty learn about this week?

In phonics, Ty is still drilling his special sounds, you know like:  st, bl, th, dr, spr, er, ar, oy, etc.  We are also talking about rhymes, sentences, syllables, and suffixes.

In arithmetic, we’ve been working on counting by 1, 2, 5, & 10, before & after numbers, greater than & less than, telling time to the half hour, and reading a thermometer.  And this week we added nickels and $5 to our money counting.  Ty absolutely loves counting and adding money, and for good reason.  He is great at it!  Maybe he’ll follow in Uncle Jude’s banking footsteps.

“And what about Tot School?” you ask.

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Well, this week we focused on the letter H, the number 3, and the color blue.  And of course, both monkeys are still talking about ponds.

Here’s Lucy working on a pond matching sheet that I downloaded from 1+1+1=1.  Every time Lucy gets to the picture of the alligator she smacks it like a bug.  As a matter of fact any time she sees any picture of an alligator or a snake she gives it a good whack.

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This activity was as easy as pie for Lucy.  She’s such a genius!  Just like Mama!!

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This is Lucy’s dot-painted H paper.  I think it was great that she was able to follow my instructions and dot only the hammers!

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In my hunt for blue objects around the house, I ran across some blue glass beads.  What a find!  These beads entertained Lucy for quite a while.  She worked hard dropping the beads into an old mayonnaise bottle.  As soon as she’d get them all in, she’d dump the beads back out and start again.

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Stamping some blue frogs…

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Our Tot Trays for the week:

  • wood blocks
  • number puzzle (a $.79 find at Michael’s!)
  • blue lacing cow and beads
  • number and letter 2-piece puzzles
  • “big bucket of Blue”
  • pom poms for sorting

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Here’s part of the reason why Ty has such a hard time focusing on his work sometimes.  We’re blessed with a lot of distractions.

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I picked up these goofy goggles a couple of months ago in Hobby Lobby.  I think I got a package of 6 for $.25 cents.  The blue ones were perfect for our blue theme this week.

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Miss Magoo.

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Mr. Magoo (or should I say Mr. Ma-Goofy.)

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Oh, if only they were always this willing and eager to do their work…

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