Each day, Hannah filled out a sheet for the state we looked at that day and colored it on a U.S. map. On her state sheet, she marked the capital on a map of the state, added a sticker of the state's flag, wrote the state's postal abbreviation, and looked at a sample of the state bird and state flower to accurately color in a drawing of it.
|Here are the four state sheets Hannah completed this week. (I just realized that, unless she used invisible ink, she never labeled the capital of Georgia! Oops!)|
|The girls used a Sharpie to draw the famous crack, and we printed out a label with the Liberty Bell verse ("Proclaim liberty throughout all the land unto all the inhabitants thereof") and added that, as well.|
|Here's Hannah completing her state sheet for Georgia. She's coloring the state flower while she looks at a sample of it.|
|And here she is coloring Georgia on her United States map.|
Because history/social studies/state studies/whatever you want to call it was so light this week and because we didn't have an assigned read-aloud for the week, Hannah and I were able to make time to read The Sign of the Beaver together. (If you've never read it before and don't want me to give away the end of the story, skip the rest of this paragraph and the next one, and I'll meet you at the paragraph about Millie.) We both loved this book up until the last chapter; then only I was a fan. Hannah was okay when Matt decided not to go with Attean and Saknis, but I think the reason she was okay was because she thought they would be reunited somehow. When the book ended and she realized they were never going to see each other again, she was devastated! Like laying in her bed crying at bedtime kind of devastated. I asked her how she would have ended it if she were the author, and she said she would have made it where Matt's family was lost in the wilderness, and Attean would have found them as he left for the great hunt and brought them to the cabin, and they all would have lived there together.
I tried to comfort her by pointing out that since God created people with the ability to make memories, Matt could always remember his time with Attean, and Attean could always remember his time with Matt. Then she became really inconsolable and let me know that that would make it even worse because then they'd know that they were missing each other. The only way I was able to get her to calm down was to tell her that I had rented a movie based on the book, and sometimes the movie ends differently than the book. So we'll watch the movie at some point over the next couple of days and compare the two. There's a chance that we could be in the same boat we were in last night, but I'm holding on to hope that either (a) the movie ends with a happily-ever-after feel, or (b) one of you wise women will leave me a comment letting me know the perfect way to handle this situation! (Please? Pretty-please? With sugar on top?)
|This is the movie I rented that's based on The Sign of the Beaver.|
In Pre-K news, I continue to be pleasantly surprised with Millie's progress. She's getting the hang of blending her sounds to read CVC words, and she's even begun to spell a few! The biggest problem I have with her is that she wants to do everything with her eyes closed because she thinks it's more impressive if she can do it without looking. The problem is, you kinda have to look if you're gonna read and write.
|Here's her finished product for the day. She's up to spelling three words at a time when we do this.|
|This is one time she's actually supposed to have her eyes closed! The idea is for her to grab a letter out of the letter bag and illustrate a word that starts with that letter.|
|This time the letter was "M."|
|And this is after she's well into her worksheet. She illustrated olives for "O," a man for "M," a snowman for "S," and she's in the process of writing a "U," which she ended up illustrating with an umbrella.|
I'm including this last picture because it qualifies as nature study, but it leaves such a sour taste in my mouth that it's taking everything I have in me to include it. The girls were outside playing one day, and Millie came in to tell me about a cool bug she found. Normally it's Hannah that runs in to deliver this news; this was Millie's first time. So of course I grabbed the camera and went outside to take a look. This is what I found on the table by the pool:
|Another praying mantis. They're starting to be regulars around here!|
So why the sour taste in my mouth? Well, about 2 seconds after I took this picture, I noticed that one of our neighbors' dogs (which was at our house because two little girls who shall remain nameless lured it home with a treat) had come up onto the deck with us. I told Hannah, "Let's get the dog off of the pool deck, please," and no sooner had the words left my lips than the dog lost its balance and fell into the pool. It panicked, and instead of going to the stairs to climb out, it went to the closest place and started climbing out, scraping its hind legs all over the pool in the process. The result: three big, not-so-beautiful holes in the brand spankin' new pool liner.
(Cue sarcastic voice in 5 . . . 4 . . . 3 . . . 2 . . . 1) Oh, joy! Because we just happen to have 200 extra dollars laying around, and we couldn't think of one. single. way. to spend it! What a relief! (End sarcasm.)
Ah-hem. So mama may have yelled loud enough for the entire neighborhood to hear because the dumb dog was at our house to begin with—let alone on the pool deck—instead of just realizing that it was an accident, and accidents happen. Do I hear a nomination for Mom of the Year? Anyone? Anyone? Sigh.
All in all, it was a good week, even if it was a little on the expensive side.
To read about other homeschool moms who may or may not have yelled at their kids this week, head on over to Kris' Weekly Wrap-up! :)