Welcome to weekly wrap-up for the week of October 17, 2014! (Today is actually mine and my husband’s 8 year anniversary! woo hoo) Anyhow- here is a little update on what we accomplished this week.
Lexie (4) worked on her sight words each morning. I have printed out many different “sets” of sight words, which I have laminated. I keep these on a “master” ring, and as I assign them to Lexie, I put them on her own ring. This is something I learned while student teaching under a great Kindergarten teacher. These are words like at, the, am, that, my, you; basically words she will see a lot while reading, but that don’t follow the typical reading/phonics rules (although some do ..). She does great with these, and we introduce 1-2 new words as I feel she is ready.
While he was out getting groceries, daddy grabbed us some pumpkins to play in! He cut the tops off and we let the kids scoop out all the goop and seeds. They put the seeds in a clean, empty bucket; later we washed and roasted them in the oven (post coming soon!). We did this last year also, and they enjoyed it a lot. Lexie had more fun than Max (he surprisingly doesn’t care much for “messy” play), but Charlie enjoyed eating the seeds they dropped!
Unfortunately, both of them broke out in a rash after playing in the pumpkin (which they had smeared all over their faces and arms). We still aren’t sure why this happened? They ate the roasted seeds, & those didn’t bother them …
One thing is for sure, I’ve gotta get the kids some epi pens. J.Tom has severe reactions to wasp stings and would need to go to the ER if stung on his chest/neck/head, and although the kids have never been stung, I don’t want to risk what might happen if they were.
This week I started doing more “structured” activities with Mister. He knows maybe 1/2 of his letters? But isn’t interested in sitting down and learning them like Big Sister was. I am 100% okay with that, but thought he might enjoy a quick craft to get introduced to the idea. He enjoyed it for the most part; he isn’t a fan of glue on his hands (yet), but he had fun making an “H” and hanging it on the door by Lexie’s creations. While I did that with Max, she created a magazine collage with pictures she found in my Real Simple magazine.
For Mister I am going to focus a little on a letter or two a week and plan an activity for him to join in on while Lexie does something independently; he loves to be included, i just need to find things he enjoys. After he gets the hang of activities I hope to incorporate Before Five In A Row after Christmas.
For his H activity I just cut out a letter H, had him help me come up with “H” words (he knows his letter sounds, just not all the correct letter names) to write on it, then he colored on it and made ovals. I traced his hands and he glued everything together.
And you know … we do a lot of this (after every feeding, actually). They always want to take a turn holding Baby Ila after I nurse and giver her a bottle.
How was your week? Did you do any new activites?