This week we have family visiting, so we only really did any bloggable activities during the first part of the week before the big arrival. Here is what we've been up to, by the categories on our "learning boxes."
Fun with Numbers (Math)
fun muffin tin lunch with 12 different shapes. We've been generally playing around with learning parallelogram, trapezoid, rhombus, sphere, and cylinder this week.
We're also just starting to do a bit of addition and subtraction. I'm not pushing it, because I think he is a bit young for it, but to the extent that he enjoys it, we're working it into games and providing him workbook pages here and there. I plan to share a very simple printable math bingo game I made for him in a few days.
We started a two week trial of Dreambox this week (available for free on their website). He enjoys some of it, but not the repetition. I have to take a closer look at the parental section and see if I can do anything to make it more enjoyable for him.
Animals and Nature (and Science)
He chose tigers as his focus animal this week. We read one fun fiction book, called Reading To Tiger.
I also created a tiger-themed code activity where he replaces symbols with the letters they represent (according to a key) to reveal the secret messages. He did one on a restaurant kids menu recently and really enjoyed it. I couldn't find any online (I'm sure they are out there somewhere), so I just created our own. I've uploaded them to Scribd and am going to embed them here, in case anyone else would like to give them a try. This was the one activity he kept pulling out of his learning boxes all week. We do them together (I usually take over writing partway through). Each of the four pages reveals a different code about tigers (just simple facts - I didn't want him struggling to understand what the message meant once he solved it). The last page contains the answers.
Arts and Crafts
see post here). We also studied Beethoven a bit (see this link for details).
Let's Get Moving
Nothing in this box this week.
We finished up the last page of our alphabet scavenger hunt (which I posted about here).
Reading and Storytelling
I put a few library books in here (Clifford books he had chosen). I'll review them in our Saturday "What My Child is Reading" post.
I just stuck a Dover spot the differences book in this box. He never really used it, though. I also introduced a fun game with his hula hoop. We laid the hoop down, and I put a few items in it, and asked him to spot which was different. This was my first (easy) example:
Rush Hour" scenes for me to solve.
At his request, I printed off the lyrics to Frere Jacques in Spanish, French, and English, and we've been singing them off and on during the week. Near the end of the week I printed Happy Birthday in Spanish, so we can look at that next. I'm not asking him to memorize them -- we just have fun reading/singing.
I also put a couple of tracing sheets (letter C and Ch) with new Spanish words in his boxes; the sheets are from this site.
Countries / Places
He chose Norway as his focus country this week, but we didn't actually do anything with it. I printed a Norway flag to color, but he never chose to do it (and company arrived midweek).
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Comment: What have your kids been up to this week?
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