Last week was Thing 1’s first official week kindergarten. Yes, I know it is May and most kids are finishing school for the year, but we are just getting started. Over the next few weeks we will work up to our full curriculum, especially as the weather gets hotter and we are stuck inside a little longer each day.
Here is a little glimpse of what Thing 1’s week looked like.
We continued with Singapore Math 1A. (We picked up from where we left off in March.) We spent one day reviewing addition and then we moved on to subtraction for the first time this year. I was pleasantly surprised how well he understood subtraction. After a short lesson using M&Ms and trains, he was able to do the entire worksheet with minimal help.
This year we are going to be doing a little bit of spelling everyday halfway following All About Spelling. This week Thing 1’s words were: rat, van, bat, fat, mad, pat, sad, wag, cat, ham, mat, rag. I have a feeling that Thing 1 is going to be able to spell better than his mommy.
We focused on the sight words: it, love, at. Thing 1 also read easy readers this week. It took a little bit for him to get back into it, but he did great once he got started.
Our science focus this week was a repeat of a previous week, simply because I thought it would be good for Thing 1 to review the parts of a flower, plant and a tree, before we moved onto the rest of our science for the year. I was surprised how much he remembered from doing the parts of the flower from before.
Here are the diagrams we used for our study:
Parts of a Flower
Parts of a Plant
Parts of a Tree
For Thing 1’s history study this year we are going to loosely follow Story of the World. This week we had several fun discussions about Nomads. When I asked Thing 1 what his favorite part of the week was, he told me it was our nomad discussion that included M&Ms. In an effort to help Thing 1 visualize how and why Nomads moved I spread out M&Ms all over his work mat. We pretended we were Nomads and started in one area of the mat. Thing 1 ate the M&M in that area. I told him I was still hungry, so I asked him what we should do. He of course told me that we should move to another area to eat another M&M. We moved across the mat, eating the M&Ms. When we were finished our M&M trek across the land, he understood the concept of Nomads and enjoyed every minute of it.
Overall it was a great week and I think Thing 1 and I were both glad to get back into a more normal pattern. I also know he really enjoys learning, even though he doesn’t want to start school some days.
What was your week like?
Thing 1 is 5 years, 1 month.