Sunday, October 31, 2010

Kindergarten Week 7

Welcome to All Saints Day week.  I wasn't sure how to feel about this week as whole.  We do not, as a family, celebrate Halloween.  It is something that I personally feel strongly about.  We try to keep our focus during this time of year on harvest, fall, and being thankful.  When I saw that our curriculum had this week planned as All Saints Day I was hopeful that this would be a good thing.  I was disappointed.  The book of the week, Pumpkin Moonshine by Tasha Tudor, was about jack o'laterns.  We read the book, followed by a long discussion about why we don't celebrate Halloween, but some other people do.  We then read two of our own books, Let's Shine Jesus' Light on Halloween by Diane Stortz and The Pumpkin Gospel by Mary Simon.  I recommend both of these books if you are in a similar situation to ours. 

I ran into some more difficulty when it came to social studies this week too.  It wanted us to discuss All Saints Day.  My only issue with this is that is a Catholic holiday and we are not Catholic.  I was so unsure what to do I called my wonderful brother-in-law, Uncle Monkey, who is a children's pastor at our church.  We discussed the problem and decided that our best bet was to explain to Glory that some people celebrate Halloween or All Saints Day, but we do not.  We then talked about how some people do things that we just don't do in our family, but it's ok God loves everyone.  I explained that we get to dress up and go to Kids Fest and church instead of celebrating Halloween.  

For our science this week we dissected a pumpkin and made pumpkin seeds.  Bee loved seeing the inside and helping scoop out the seeds.  She used some very good descriptive words to describe what she was feeling.  Then she helped me rinse the seeds and sample the finished product.  She decided she loves baked pumpkin seeds.

I must say Bee is so excited to be going to Kids Fest at church this evening.  She is going to be Little Red Riding Hood and she is so excited.  She hopes she is the only one, because it would not be good if there was another one.  I told her it wasn't likely, but that if it happened it wasn't the end of the world. 
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Sunday, October 24, 2010

Kindergarten Week 6

Welcome to the Week of the Mouse!  This week we ready Frederick by Leo Lionni.  Winter is coming to a small group of mice.  While everyone else is working hard to collect food Frederick is acting strange.  Read the book and find out why. 

I can't say that this book was my favorite.  While everyone else is working hard to ensure that there will be food for the winter, Frederick is not helping.  Bee pointed out that he should be helping too. 

This week we learned in phonics about making a word possessive, the "th" consonant blend, and all about the exclamation point.  I believe Bee enjoyed the exclamation point, because she got to be dramatic.  In math we learned about addition this week. 

We shortened our week due to a last minute trip we decided to take with my Mother in law.  It was a long car trip but well worth it. Next week's theme ... All Saints Day.
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Saturday, October 16, 2010

Kindergarten Week 5

Welcome to The Week of Columbus.  We were unable to locate the recommended reading, Columbus written by Ingri & Edgar Parin D'Aulaires, so we made do with parts of three other books.  I am overall unsure if Bee really understood all of it, but she seemed to enjoy the stories.  For Social Studies and Craft we printed off a World map, pieced it together, colored it, and later labeled the continents, oceans.

I must say the week was a bit stressful at times.  I don't know what has gotten into Bee this week, but she was a handful on more then one day.  Tune in next week for ......The Week of the Mouse.
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Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Wordless Wednesday 10-13-10

These are the pictures we took of Bee on her first day of Kindergarten Homeschool. I'm only a month late in getting them out.

Bee signing I Love You

Bee signing K for Kindergarten

Bee signing K for Kindergarten, with her pinky up.
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Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Baby Bumbles Update

     We are at the point in our pregnancy that we don't know which sex the baby is, so we are unsure of what to call the baby.  We do have both a boy and girl's name picked out, but we are going to keep that a secret for now.  I found this picture and thought Baby Bumbles was perfect.
    As of today we are 9 weeks and 4 days.  Yesterday we had our first appointment with the perinatologist.  He put me on medicine for blood pressure and I get to go back in 3 weeks to measure the length of my cervix.  They believe that I may have an incompetent cervix and we may have to get a cerclage put in.  They did an ultrasound and the baby looked great and had a healthy heartbeat of 176.  Next week we go to our regular OB/GYN. Stay tuned for more updates.

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Friday, October 8, 2010

Kindergarten Week 4

The Week of the Ducks was a success.  Bee loved her book of the week.  What happens when a kind police officer makes friends with a family of ducks that has to get across town?  Just read Make Way for Ducklings by Robert McCloskey and find out.  Bee like counting all the ducklings on every page.

This week our music of the week was Swan Lake by Peter Tchaikovsky and our piece of art was Before the Exam by Edgar Degas.  These two things have only increased Bee's love of all things ballet.  This week after dance class her teacher said that she was doing great and was a graceful little girl.

Our science for this week was to discuss the migration of bird in our area.  She loved watching the birds and looking up what type of birds they were on the computer.   We also discussed which ones fly south and which ones would be here all winter. She is even going to make a bird's nest as her craft. I will post pictures when it's dry. She is already looking forward to her next week of Kindergarten. 

Check us out next week for........The Week of Columbus.

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