School started this week for most of the nation.
Hubby returned to work and his class had their first day of school today.
It’s such an odd week to start as there is a public holiday in the middle of the week. (Australia Day is the 26th in case you were wondering).
So I decided that we’d start school next week and use this as our “warming up” week.
Yesterday we met with several dear homeschooling families for that all important “socialisation”.
Today we just let the day unfold to see where it would take us.
So while classroom kids were meeting their new teachers, packing their supplies into their desk, colouring title pages in their notebooks, establishing class rules and homework procedures, this is what we did…when we weren’t doing school.
Firstly we read several chapters in a novel about Native Americans. Later, over tea (that’s our main evening meal), the boys narrated the story so far to their Daddy and shared what they’d learned about the Indian culture portrayed in this novel. I was really impressed with the details they remembered. (Narrating is a VERY powerful device.)
We read this delightful book, “The Library Gingerbread Man” and incidentally discussed the Dewey Call system which we’d learned about last year.
Ethan came up with the idea of making a list of the call numbers from the book and checking in our library to see if we’ll find the same sorts of books in our library. He had to use the book titles from the illustrations to generalise a name for each category. He put this in his “Grocery Shopping” app so when we go to the library this week we can check them off as we locate them.
We read “Superhero Swamp” which was about a group of friends who start treating each other unkindly and the Superheros that turn things around. This was a great discussion starter and prompt through the day.
After some time on the Wii playing various sports (I only buy the active games…hehehe) we sat down and played the “Blunders” boardgame which has been sitting in our cupboard since last year.
This was a great little game about manners and etiquette and the boys loved it as there were role playing questions. This isn’t something they do often so it was lots of fun to play alongside them.
This game has two play options. One dice for a longer game which we started with, and two dice for fast play (and adding some number facts to our “no school yet day”).
Ethan insisted on reading aloud all of the questions. This surprised me as he usually doesn’t offer to read aloud and today he was quite insistent about the job.
As well as role playing questions, there were true and false questions and setting the table activities. I was impressed with what my boys already knew about etiquette.
Ethan was amused by the expression “UFO – unidentified food object” in his question to Brayden about picking eating.
While tea was being made, the boys sat down and watched a youtube video on the tv about how a computer works. This is one of Ethan’s favourites. I’m sure he knows it word for word by now.
After tea and showers we settled down for a movie night. We watched “Brother Bear” together before bed.
All in all a pretty good non-school day I thought.
OH I almost forget. Ethan helped me put together the file folder games I’ve been cutting out. We had to place all of the pieces on the games to make sure all the pieces were accounted for and then bag them up. So without realising it Ethan practised compound words, fractions, skip counting, phonics, magnetism, animal coverings, dental health and several other things under the pretense of ‘helping me’. Heheheh….sneaky mum that I am. Some might say ‘sly’ but I prefer the term ‘clever’ or ‘creative’. Hehehehe.
Brayden didn’t miss out. He was off building one of Ethan’s Lego kits at the time. Ethan prefers playing with the finished product and Brayden prefers building them so Ethan gets Brayden to build his kits. The perfect arrangement.
So that was our day today. The rest of the week will be similar and by Monday next week we’ll be nice and warmed up and ready to hit the year running.
…And hopefully my new printer will have arrived.