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Day Two

24 Jan

The first day back didn’t kill us and we lived to see a second day of school.

We eased in with lots of reading – Bible first, then a super long chapter from “Boy and Girls Playing”, a chapter about Noah’s flood (ironic considering the weather at present) from Nancy Ganz’s Genesis book, and another story from “More Storytimes with Grandma”.

Of course there was some memory work as well – Bible verses, commandments, books of the Bible, Latin verbs and vocab, and countries of Europe.

Then we christened our new whiteboard with our very first old fashioned loopy cursive lesson (yes we’ve abandoned QLD cursive).

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We practised on the whiteboard first and then on paper.  My mantra for 2012 – “Handwriting is paramount!”  I simply must expand their career options beyond doctoring.

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Each little man completed one page of multiplication facts and a page of dailies.  I oversaw some of their dailies work to ensure they remembered the correct processes.

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While Brayden read several readers to me, Ethan was asked to read one chapter of his “Spy Dog” novel…he read 5 and several more before bed tonight.  I had to order him more books from the series!  (Check out his personal bedside reading shelf to the left.  My first reading success.  I’m a proud Mummy.)

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During our lunch break the boys opted to watch the second Cat in the Hat educational dvd.

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In the afternoon we completed our first lesson from Dr Jay Wile’s “Science in the Creation Week”.  Each lesson starts with an activity.  Our activity had us exploring light reflection with a torch and a mirror.  The boys thoroughly enjoyed this and eagerly expanded the activity to include multiple mirrors.  We had light bouncing all over the place.

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After a short discussion about our activity and a little information from the text the boys sat down to diagram and record what they had learned about reflection.

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While looking for a dvd about light that I know we have somewhere, I stumbled across the Horrible History episode, “Amazing Aussies” so we opted to watch that instead.  Hmmm…that’s a lot of tv for one day but when you can’t send boys outside due to the weather it’s best to turn on the box and it might as well be educational, right.  Heheheh.

So that was our day two.  Still not up to our normal pace but we’re slowly getting there as our brains warm up.  🙂

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6 Comments

Posted by on January 24, 2012 in Homeschooling Days

 

6 responses to “Day Two

  1. JoAnn

    January 25, 2012 at 4:20 am

    Sounds and looks like a great day. Love the white board, that looks like fun. 🙂

     
  2. Amy

    January 25, 2012 at 7:28 am

    Sounds like a lovely couple of days. What a great beginning. My own girls declared they loved their first 2 days as well – our best start ever. Only took us 9 years to get the first day right! I wonder what will happen next year?? 😉

     
  3. kerrie

    January 25, 2012 at 8:42 am

    So Tracey, if you were to break it into hours, how long do you spend readin to your boys each day?

     
  4. Tracey

    January 25, 2012 at 8:55 am

    Well we read for school, when they ask to be read to during the day, and Daddy reads aloud to them at night. Without the read alouds they do for us, I would say an average of two to three hours combined.

    It didn’t use to be this way but after I heard Andrew Pudewa talk about nurturing communication (http://www.excellenceinwriting.com/ncc-e), where he says, ‘if you do nothing else in a day, read aloud…LOTS’, we stepped things up.

    It’s made a tremendous difference to their ability to comprehend, recall details, their personal vocabulary, their listening attention and their zeal for books in general. I’m also seeing glimmers of “quality book language” starting to come through their writing.

    Reading aloud has to be the best thing we do each day. I know everyone in our house looks forward to it. We even do it on weekends and holidays, because we just can’t live without it. Heheheh.

     
  5. Missy

    January 25, 2012 at 5:58 pm

    Well, you’re off to a good start. We’ll start next week if we’re not in the middle of a flood. If this is the year of handwriting, could it perhaps be time for a review of pencil grip?
    Hope tomorrow is a great day as well…

     
  6. kerrie

    January 25, 2012 at 6:45 pm

    Thats awesome, and an area i need to step up in too Tracey as always thanks for the inspiration!

     

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