I finally figured out our plan for the week. Thing 1 is going to continue on with my original plans for the week, which is to continue with the second half of our solar system study.
With that, today, Thing 1 and I started into You Can Read Unit 6. He has really responded well to the You Can Read program. Of course we had our sight word train out and in use. After moving through our You Can Read activities for the day, we headed into our math activities for the day.
This week we are going to get into some basic measurements. Today, I had Thing 1 pick out one object to measure. He chose a marker. We then used several different “things” to measure the length of the marker. First was 3 large paper clips. Next up was our letter tiles. Then I asked him why it took more letter tiles to measure the length. I think we next used push pins. Before Thing 1 laid out the push pins, I had him estimate how many push pins it would take. I was really impressed how close his guess was. He was only off by one pin. Lastly, we used small binder clips. His estimate was right on.
I was not sure how the math activity would go, but I am really impressed with how easily he seems to get math. Some days I wish reading would come as easily.
We finished up our day with the outer planets of the solar system. I gave Thing 1 a choice between The Magic Schoolbus Lost in the Solar System and Dr. Seuss There’s No Place Like Space. He immediately chose There’s No Place Like Space. So while I read the book, Thing 1 colored the salt dough ornaments for the outer planets. While I was reading about each planet, he would color the planet.
Once we finished the book and while he finished coloring I sat and asked him about each planet. It was remarkable how much he was able to remember, even about the inner planets, which we studied last week.
Lastly, he finished with his journal. Each day I have had Thing 1 finish the day by drawing a picture in his journal about something we had done in school. Then I have him recite a sentence to me, which I write down, so that he can copy it into his journal.
Fun @ 4 with Thing 1!