We are really getting into the rhythm of school around here. Our days are, as a whole, going smoothly and gently…which is what I had really hoped for from the beginning. Little Guy is coming to expect and appreciate our routine. He even at times asks for what he knows comes next. And that makes me very, very happy.
He is making such quick improvement, it is really hard for me to know how much if it is due to the GAPS diet and how much is due to our newly implemented Waldorf/Oak Meadow rhythm. Either way–something is working. And I mean really working. Little Guy is calmer, more verbal, more interactive, more focused. I am so proud of him.
One of these day I am going to write a post about our daily rhythm. I visit a lot of homeschooling blogs, and always find the posts detailing daily rhythm or schedule to be highly informative and helpful. But that’s a topic for another day.
In the meantime, here is our week. It was a bit shorter than usual, since Daddy was home for the holiday on Monday and we didn’t school that day. But we still got a lot accomplished.
During our circle times, we learned some new songs. In addition to singing all the songs we have sung for the past month, we sang “Three Blind Mice,” “Down in the Valley,” and “Reuben, Reuben.” He loved all three. I loved being reminded of “Down in the Valley.” It brought back my seven-year-old-first-piano-lessons days. 🙂
Our focus letter this week was “D”. Little Guy is really getting the hang of writing with his block crayons. I am so glad that we have started using them; we have tried writing/coloring tools of every shape and size under the sun, and these are definitely what works best for him. Their size and shape give him optimal control, and I can really see the fine-motor improvement. He did a great job writing his D’s this week.
Our main story this week was Beatrix Potter’s “The Pie and the Pattypan.” I have to admit…neither of us liked it. That is a first; both of us have liked all the stories so far. But he had a really hard time following this one; none of the story fit in his frame of reference, and he was mostly just plain bored. So we only read it twice, and ended up spending the rest of our reading time this week with library books. We particularly enjoyed two Ezra Jack Keats books we got….Jennie’s Hat, and Apt. 3. The latter especially is a beautiful story….I highly recommend it!
Little Guy went outside in the evenings this week, ostensibly to observe the stars….but unfortunately there weren’t any stars to observe. It’s been a cloudy week. I’m glad though that it is finally getting dark earlier, as that means he’ll be able to go outside to stargaze before bedtime a lot more often. Weather observation, signs of fall, and feeling different textures of tree bark were all part of our science studies this week. We read the OM story “The Crying Tree,” which seemed to really make the concept of the falling leaves in autumn concrete for him (especially since we haven’t had many falling leaves here yet.) I’ve noticed that personification tends to do that for him.
Tying in with the autumn theme, on Thursday we went for an autumn nature walk and made a nature collage. Little Guy worked very hard on it, and couldn’t wait to show it to his daddy when he got home from work.
We also did some extra fine motor work this week. I gave him a bowl of dry navy beans, an empty bowl, and a spoon, and had him carefully transfer the beans from one bowl to the other. He worked really hard at it with great attention, and really mastered getting the angle of the spoon just right so that those slippy beans wouldn’t keep falling all over the floor.
(Please ignore the dire and obvious need for a haircut. With Little Guy’s sensory issues, we have a HUGE problem with haircuts. We do them as infrequently as possible, because he is mortally terrified of them. We have tried every suggestion in every book written on the topic, but nothing has worked, and if anything the problem has only intensified as he has gotten older. Unfortunately he is now due for one of these infrequent scary episodes, so his hair will probably be shorter in next week’s pictures.)
Speaking of fine motor skills, Little Guy has finally decided he likes modelling beeswax! We have had it out almost every day this week and have enjoyed it thoroughly.
We also baked muffins and banana bread again, and sang “Diddle, Diddle, Dumpling” and made word cards for it. We reviewed the number “2” and played the Opposites Game (in which I would say a word and he would say its opposite.) This also fit under the category of speech therapy. We read lots of library books, did watercolor painting (focusing on painting with two colors together and cleaning our brush between colors), drew D’s in the shape of doors, and lots more.
On Friday, we went to playgroup at the park and played till we were all hot and tired. We also visited both of our usual libraries…the post library and our local city library. They each have their strengths and weaknesses so we try to frequent them both as we are able.
And then this evening, we went on a field trip to the Intertribal Pow-wow being held locally. The city where we currently live is located on the Trail of Tears, so every year a pow-wow is held to honor the lives of those who passed this way. We arrived at six o’clock, just in time to see the grand entry of all of the participants in full regalia. It was truly beautiful. We did some sight seeing, encountered a few friends, sampled some genuine Native American food, and generally had fun. It was a great evening!
I do have some pictures of the dancers in their regalia, and of the dancing itself…but they turned out kind of blurry, so I don’t think I’ll include them. Can’t have too many pictures of this guy though.
See you next time!