Wednesday, August 31, 2011

This Week

This week has been interesting...typically, we would have one playdate for the entire week....this week, everyday. The kids have had a lot of fun and I have adapted our school to fit this "unique" week, and I mean unique!

After their friends left today, I went to go sharpen the pencils to get started on language arts only to find that Austen sharpened an eraser that was now lodged in my brand new, very nice electronic pencil sharpener. Needless to say I was quite frustrated and just felt the Holy Spirit say, " put down the pencils and play games". So with the girls sleeping, I went into the boys room and we played Rat a Tat Cat and Silly Sentences. Both of these games covered what I was wanting to discuss in both of their language arts and math so point in case, the Holy Spirit knows best mamas.

DK Games: Silly SentencesAnyways, Silly Sentences is a really fun game that makes learning the parts of a sentence funny. The kids roll an odd shaped die, do what it says and if they land on "article, noun, preposition..." we say ok, " prepositions find the noun" and they pick one from the stack on the board and put it on their sentence structure. We always end up laughing our heads off at the silly sentences that are made. The best was Austen's, " The pink carrot reads to the old child" and " The fast clock sings to the red dinosaur" ( article-adj-noun-verb-preposition-article-adj-noun). You get the idea. I bought this game 2 years ago and I'm so glad I did!

Rat a tat cat focuses on greater than, less than, subtraction and memory. Its a really fun card game and I love that Austen is as into games as Jay and I are. Games make learning so much easier and fun! Finally, I read a bunch of books on pets and responsibility. One interesting book in particular was " Pets of the White House". A very interesting and informative read!  Hmm, do you feel a theme here?? :) The boys then had a quiet time, played playmobil, used their imaginations ( what more could I ask for???!) and then Austen and Riah came downstairs where we worked on SSRW and Austen completed reading another small book! Yeah Austen! He is making such great, S L O W progress and I love it :)

1 comment:

Moms In Need Of Mercy said...

Hey Amanda! Great posts! :) I loved your comment on my blog. Yes, I think I need to slow it down right now and just do more "real-life" learning (read good books, play games--thanks for the ideas of some good games, bake stuff together, play) at this season.
Did you order Managers of their Chores?? You'll have to let me know what you think. I've thought of ordering it before but never have.
You're doing a great job with your blog! Just want to encourage you :)