Well, this was not a very productive week. We only did two school days out of the five, because most of the week Little Guy looked like this.
Well, not exactly. Actually, most of the week he looked even worse, because he was covered in hives from a severe allergic reaction, in addition to being just plain sick half the week. So I don’t really have a lot to report….but figured that, for consistency’s sake, I would post what I do have.
Monday, we did a bit of nature exploration, and found these two friends sitting on our front porch.
What a find! We watched them for quite a while, and Mr. Grasshopper even deigned to do quite a bit of fascinating jumping (and ricocheting off walls) for us. Then, we went inside and listened to our Grasshopper on the Road audiobook. We also read the book several more times throughout the week (it arrived in the mail Monday, so he was very excited about it.)
This week, our letter was “E,” and our story was “The Flopsy Bunnies.” Little Guy really enjoyed it (fortunately–I was hoping we’d have a good central story after the one he couldn’t stand last week.)
We also read quite a few library books, these being our favorites….
Pocketful of Posies is by far our favorite collection of nursery rhymes. Sally Mavor created stunningly beautiful and intricate scenes composed of tiny felted people, crocheted patterns, and natural elements, and photographed them for this book. Little Guy seriously can’t get enough (and neither can I.) He also loved Anansi and the Magic Stick; it has great illustrations and an exciting but pleasantly rhythmic storyline. And of course, The Gingerbread Man and Stone Soup are two classics that are hard to get wrong (although I’ve seen it done.)
However–The Story About Ping. Hmmm. Well, let me say first off that Little Guy loved it, so we just kept reading it to him with a bit of editing. But I will never take the advice of a trusted kindergarten booklist for granted again. I mean…a duck who is so scared of being spanked that he runs away and nearly gets killed in the process? and then still gets spanked in the end when he is brave enough to come back?? I’m sorry, but that just doesn’t fit into our family’s framework. Little Guy doesn’t even know what a “spank” is, let alone that he should be scared of it. *sigh* I guess I still need to preview books before reading them aloud. By the time we got to the objectionable parts, he was already so excited about the book I hated to stop.
Let’s see…what else? Not much. For speech therapy, we worked on a pointing game outlined in Straight Talk for his development level, and focused a LOT on making eye contact when he is listening to someone speak to him. It really improves his focus.
We sang”The More We Get Together” at circle time. We learned a little about squirrels. We made construction paper pumpkins and drew faces on them. And we painted with watercolors (focusing on using two colors and cleaning our brush between colors.)
As you can probably tell, he was already sick in this picture. We really did try, but that’s about it for us this week. Hopefully by Monday, he and Baby V will both be all better and we can start afresh!