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Braille

Just went to get medicine for Bilby…

When I unpacked it at home, I realised that the label is imprinted with braille:-)

Haven’t noticed that before…

It’s A Menagerie!

Yesterday, they were being baboons.

This morning, I was told they’d like ‘elephant apples’ (because they were being elephants today, not baboons.)

Just now, listening in on the kids’ conversation “Bilby, have you laid your eggs?”

A bit later…

Two eggs?! Very good!”

This Week

Our plans for
Week 4, Block 6, Dorothea Term

Language
Introduce phonograms ‘ea’, ‘aw’ (sandpaper letters and sand tray) (Really it’ll be ‘oy’ and ‘oi’)
Anulus rosarum (Ring A Ring A Rosy)
Lente! (Slowly!)
Entendez-vous (Listen)
Arrete! (Stop!)

English Studies
Mogarzea and his Son‘ from The Violet Fairy Book Andrew Lang
The Bosphorus‘ from The Complete Illustrated Stories Hans Christian Anderson
Narration: ‘The Wolf and the Goat‘, ‘The The Ass and the Grasshoppers‘, ‘The Mule‘ from The Aesop for Children Ill. Milo Winter (He’s really a bit too young for Narration, so I’m mostly going to be keeping an ear out for re-tellings, or incorporation in play)
Recitation: Shoes and Stockings A. A. Milne from When We Were Very Young

Art and Music
Folksong: The Skye Boat Song
Composer: George Frederic Handel
Work: Xerxes/Serse (Largo)
Artist: Rembrandt van Rijn
Work: The Prodigal Son
Music: Accent (The Kodály Method 1 Lois Choksy) Rise Sally, Rise
Art: Crayons, Sheep on a hill (Art Ideas Fiona Watts)

Progress

Week 3, Block 6, Dorothea Term

On reflection, the difficulties with our daily rhythm can probably be related to the onset of various lurgies:- ( (It was pleasing though, that for the first time Puggle was able to tell me that his ear was bothering him, rather than me having to rely on actions—no help with Bilby though:-( )

Other than the routine being off (and that impacting on our ability to get on with Mat Time), it’s been a fairly productive week. Puggle is really excited by the green cards, and is noticing words all over the place (he got rather put out that the words on all four sides of the tissue box were the same…) Even in the depths of his sickness the other night (he was not quite awake, at about 11.30… but had roused somewhat with nightmares) he started trying to sound words he could see on the boxes around him.

As a result, I’ve pulled out and started setting up the Pink cards. Although, I’m thinking (given he read through all the two letter ones as I was cutting them up) that I probably won’t set them up properly for him. I’ll go through them with him, but I’ll work on sorting out the blue ones for him to use independently.

He’s also been playing (actually, they both have) the piano a lot! He’s started asking where notes are (by letter name), and finding each example on the keyboard:-) So I need to finish those cards, too:-)

Carnivals

CM carnival logoCarnival of Homeschooling

Praiseworthy Things is hosting the current Charlotte Mason Carnival.

Life on the Road is hosting the current Homeschooling Carnival, the 12 Labours of Hercules edition.

Food and Children’s Books

This post is one that I thought would appeal to a number of my friends-list:-)

This Week

Our plans for
Week 3, Block 6, Dorothea Term

Language
Introduce phonograms ‘ear’, ‘ng’ (sandpaper letters and sand tray) (We’ll actually do ‘ar’, ‘ay’, ‘ai’ and ‘a-e’)
Anulus rosarum (Ring A Ring A Rosy)
Lente! (Slowly!)
Entendez-vous (Listen)
Arrete! (Stop!)

English Studies
Virgilius the Sorcerer‘ from The Violet Fairy Book Andrew Lang
The Ice Maiden‘ from The Complete Illustrated Stories Hans Christian Anderson
Narration: ‘The Heron‘, ‘The Cock and the Fox‘, ‘The Dog in the Manger‘ from The Aesop for Children Ill. Milo Winter (He’s really a bit too young for Narration, so I’m mostly going to be keeping an ear out for re-tellings, or incorporation in play)
Recitation: The Dormouse and the Doctor A. A. Milne from When We Were Very Young

Art and Music
Folksong: The Skye Boat Song
Composer: George Frederic Handel
Work: The Faithful Shepherd (Minuet)
Artist: Rembrandt van Rijn
Work: The Prodigal Son
Music: Accent (The Kodály Method 1 Lois Choksy) Looby Loo
Art: Crayons, Lizards (Art Ideas Fiona Watts)

Progress

Week 2, Block 6, Dorothea Term

Pretty productive, all up:-) We’ve done Mat Time most days this week—although it has tended to be later in the day than I’d like (Puggle’s morning jobs are still taking far too long, although we’re making some progress on the getting out of pyjamas and into clothes!) So we’re doing the singing, the poetry and the Aesop. He’s taken to asking for the Skye Boat song as a lullaby!

I’ve also managed to finish making the dipthong/diagraph sandpaper letters. I’d wound up 10 short, (partly because I lacked the card to back them) but they’re done now. I’ve even begun the project that needs the coloured sand… although, I’ve decided that needs to happen with sleeping kids:-)

Thunder and Lightning

Bilby has been going ‘ooh’ every time we hear thunder.

Puggle (being reassuring) “Bilby, it’s not the thunder, it’s the lightning that kills you.”

Vacation? No, Trip…

I thought this post was worth the read:-)

Babies and Music

I found this an interesting article. Puggle’s current favourite song is The Skye Boat Song (he told me so just before his nap), which I found surprising as he generally doesn’t enjoy the slower folksongs as much:-) For the most part, our listening is not child-marketed. He does like the Uke’n’Play Ukulele CD—but I think that’s mostly because he likes the idea that he can play (he often gets out the ukulele to accompany himself:-) ) Bilby’s favourite seems to be most things with a beat—Middle Eastern drumming will get her dancing every time:-)

Carnival

Carnival of Homeschooling

Red Sea School is hosting the current Homeschooling Carnival, the Summertime-and-living-is-easy edition.

This Week

Our plans for
Week 2, Block 6, Dorothea Term

Language
Introduce phonograms ‘ur’, ‘wor’ (sandpaper letters and sand tray) (I’ve been slack about this, so we’re going to start from the beginning of the dipthongs/digraphs… it’ll be ‘ou’, ‘oo’, ‘ch’ instead)
Si hodie sis felix (If You’re Happy and You Know It)
Cito! (Quickly!)
Ah! Vous dirai-je Maman! (to Twinkle Twinkle)
Non, Maman (No, Mama)

English Studies
The Girl Who Pretended to Be A Boy‘ from The Violet Fairy Book Andrew Lang
The Wild Swans‘ from The Complete Illustrated Stories Hans Christian Anderson
Narration: ‘The Rabbit, the Weasel, and the Cat‘, ‘The Bear and the Bees‘, ‘The Fox and the Leopard‘ from The Aesop for Children Ill. Milo Winter (He’s really a bit too young for Narration, so I’m mostly going to be keeping an ear out for re-tellings, or incorporation in play)
Recitation: The Wrong House and Summer Afternoon A. A. Milne from When We Were Very Young

Art and Music
Folksong: The Skye Boat Song
Composer: George Frederic Handel
Work: Music For the Royal Fireworks
Artist: Rembrandt van Rijn
Work: Supper at Emmaus
Music: Accent (The Kodály Method 1 Lois Choksy) A Tisket, A Tasket
Art: Crayons, Trees, Squiggles (Art Ideas Fiona Watts)

Progress

Week 1, Block 6, Dorothea Term

We continued our focus on routine and habits (I don’t know that the strategies I’m currently employing can best be described as successful:-( ).

We did get to Mat (couch!) Time most days, so we did a fair amount of reading and singing… Puggle is proving fond of The Skye Boat Song:-) Bilby is choosing to come and sit with us on the couch for a portion of the time, which is nice. Up until now she has pretty much either ignored us, or wanted to nurse. But she’s now bringing her own books to have read:-) (She loves nursery rhymes!)

I’ve also introduced the dipthongs/digraphs I had planned. I’m not anticipating that Puggle will memorise them and start applying them completely, this is mostly a first introduction. When we see the week’s examples around, I’m pointing them out—although, he has pointed some out on occasion, and has sometimes suggested words that might use them. I haven’t done much more than show them to him (and encourage him to trace them—I did make them sandpaper versions… may as well make use of that), and introduce the sounds, and find examples in our reading. Later in the week though, he was asking questions (while they were colouring in), so I drew some pictures, wrote the words and the sounds and got him to match them up. It’s really hard to find concrete nouns (that are within my drawing capacity!) for each sound off the top of my head:-( I think I need to start making a list (perhaps just each week in preparation) so that I’m not trying to do it on the fly:-)

All in all, a reasonably productive week. Especially given Paddington was away and we were all somewhat on edge:-(

Another Niece!

My sister has had a little girl!

I don’t know any more as yet—but Puggle remains the only grandson:-( I was wrong… I was convinced this one was going to be a boy…

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