On another note, we have completed 33 weeks of school! Wo-hoo!!! Our state requires a minimum of 176 days, so we are just about 2 weeks shy of the "school year." I do plan on doing some type of "school" work this summer... I sort of have it planned out, but still need to figure out our daily schedule; it will definitely be less planning intensive for me! We will not be "rowing" this summer; I need a break and look forward to taking time to plan and gather materials for Tyler's 5K year.
Needless to say, I am getting restless and you will definitely notice that my posts are less involved. We still have been learning a lot, but have done more conversationally and/or I have neglected to take pictures! Bare with me!!
- Relationships: Mother/Son time: I am ashamed to say that besides doing school type stuff with Tyler, I realized that we haven't played together in quite some time. I think I've gotten too caught up in all the day-to-day stuff.... cooking, cleaning, cleaning, more cooking and add in a one year old, and I am beat! However, as we did more conversationally this week, it gave us a chance to play. He so happened to be all about Monster Trucks this week, too; so using packing tape and cardboard boxes, we set up some ramps and let them rock n' roll!
- Along with verbal list making and talking about setting, we used blocks to illustrate "parallel construction" in the story. Simply put, "parallel construction" means the same thing on both sides-- in this story, there is a mother side and a son side. To show this to Tyler, I would say the mother part and put a block on the table and then Tyler would say the son part and put a block on the table. Although the replies are not even, in the end we both used the same number of blocks.
- Buggy Multiplication/ Grouping: Brian's mom once comments that the bugs he will use to feed his salamanders will multiply, so I used this opportunity to talk about grouping.
- Salt Dough Salamanders: We used the recipe found at Satori Smiles...
2 C Flour
1/2 C Salt
3/4 C Water (plus a teeny splash)