Monday, July 30, 2007

Fun N Games

We only have three days at home this week as I will be leaving with the kids on Thursday to head to the mountains. Melora, want to get together? Mary has her first sleep-away camp over the weekend and I will be visiting with the in-laws. DH couldn't get off work so he will be holding down the fort of the weekend.

I don't really want to start anything new this week so we are having fun playing review games. The neighbor girl who will be homeschooling this year came over to 'do school' with us today, which worked really well. We were able to play addition-subtraction bingo, Rhyming Word Bingo, and did various cut paper art projects. Mary had a lot of fun being with someone who is working on a similar level in so many ways.

It also gave me some extra time with the younger ones. We started off with puzzles this morning and Katie pulled out her math workbook on her own. Reading-wise, Katie has started reading the Dick and Jane Pre-primers and is enjoying it. I had to cut her off after 5 stories today.

Around lunchtime we got a call from the mother of another of Mary's friends. She is moving in a couple of weeks and wanted a sleepover tonight with Mary and the friend that was over this morning. We had lunch and I drove the girls over to the friend's house. It gave me much more quiet time this afternoon.

I printed off Among the Forest People by Clara Dillingham Pierson to read with Katie beginning this weekend while we are in the mountains. This is part of Katie's nature study for her Kindergarten year. It is a wonderful narrative story about animals in the forest, yet is focused on true description of the natural world. This is another one of the free books available at The Baldwin Project.

I also downloaded Pinocchio for us to listen to on the road this weekend. I voted for the audio of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, but that was voted down. Pinocchio is on our reading list for this year so it all works out.

I still need to print off the first half of Three Greek Children to read with Mary, but after that I should be done for awhile. I am having way too much fun with all these free books and audio.



Mrs. Darling said...

Sounds like you're in the planning stages too. I havent figured out our book list this year yet.

I got a kick out of Pinocchio getting the vote over Harry Potter! Your kids have good sense! LOL

Melora said...

We are so looking forward to seeing you guys!
Mine might have voted for Pinocchio over Harry and the Hallows too. Actually, we are reading it aloud and are about two-thirds finished, but they can't handle more than a couple chapters at a time. It is pretty intense.

A family of six living and learning. You might catch us outside in the mud or working on crafts. We always seem to be on the go, come on and join us.