This week I added world geography and science into Thing 1’s school week. I thought that Thing 1 would be really excited about world geography since he loves U.S. Geography so much, boy was I wrong. He was resistant to starting parts of our geography lesson this week. I have no idea if it was because he was tired or if he was just trying to be a little difficult this week. Despite his five year old issues, we did have a pretty good week.
This week we focused on learning the doubles addition facts. I was really surprised how well he did considering he is not one to like to memorize anything.
We also focused more on the numbers 1-20 again this week.
This weeks sight words include: all, for and help.
He also read 3 more books this week:
*The Secret Code by Dana Meachen Rau
* Meet the Little Blue Engine that Could by Watty Piper
*The Little Blue Engine that Could and the Lost Hippo by Watty Piper
Spelling words for the week are: up, fun, bug, sun, run, bus, dug, mud, us, rug, pup, yum, gun.
For science this week we discussed the food chain and the different roles that every living thing plays in the world. We spent a lot of time looking at pictures on the internet of decomposers, herbivores, carnivores, and omnivores. Several times this week while we were out and about, Thing 1 would love to show his knowledge about the food chain. It made me feel good to know that he was actually absorbing some of the information.
I was really excited to start world geography with Thing 1. My plan is to follow the order of Expedition Earth, but add a lot of activities that are better suited for Thing 1. (This is why we homeschool.)
On Monday I introduced the map of the world that is included in the Expedition Earth curriculum. I have no idea what happened, but that was it for him. He kept telling me that it wasn’t the world. He wanted nothing to do with the map. He was done. So we were done for the day with geography.
To be honest, on Tuesday I was a little worried what was going to happen when it came to geography. So instead of introducing the map from the curriculum again, I brought out our globe and world map. Geography went over much better.
We also made a cute book, that I have seen numerous places, to help visualize how exactly everything fits together. The smallest circle started with our house. The next smallest circle included our town. In the next circle, Thing 1 drew a picture of Texas, which is not an easy task. That was followed by the United States, North America, and then the world. He thought the book was super cool, so cool in fact that after we were done with school for the day, he added to it.
The rest of the week, I did not try to use any flat maps when it came to discussing the continents, I only used our globe. Thankfully our globe is an inflatable globe, so I can use dry erase markers on it and it not ruin the globe.
Thankfully, everything went much smoother and we were able to discuss most of what I had planned for the week.
Thing 1’s writing prompt this week was to tell me about his favorite book. It really surprised me that he said his favorite book were about outer space since he is so in to trains. Ultimately he wished that he could fly on a rocket and travel in space.
Just another week Experiencing Life with My Boys!