ivey league kindergarten: weeks in review!

We've covered a lot of ground in the last two weeks!

Caleb practiced writing his E's and F's...and his G's.  I don't think I have a picture of the G sheet but oh well.  :)

We continued to review previously learned material in Hooked on Phonics and also learned -eg and -el words.  Caleb almost always wants me to write sentences as a way of review so we do that most days!

Caleb also learned more helper words like "for," "my, and "want," and continues to do very well with the little books that came with the kit.

We also ventured into words ending with -ck.  Caleb was a little confused at first since he learned -ack, -eck, -ick, -ock, and -uck all on the same page, but he did fine once we spent a couple of days on it.

Caleb also got out his Smart Tray reading kit he got for Christmas last year from his Papa and Gran.  Since it's a kit for reading, this is really the first time he's been able to use some of it.  It's actually a neat system...you slide a card in and complete different reading tasks by matching words and pictures together using the numbered tiles (the tiles each have some kind of pattern on the back).  Then when you're done you flip the tray over, and if the pattern of the tiles matches the pattern on the back of the card, you know you've done it correctly.  So far he can only do the first three or four cards that came with the set, but as we get further along with his reading we'll keep bringing the kit out so we can get more practice in.

Caleb continues to shine in math; some days he opts to do two lessons in his workbook instead of just one.  During the last couple of weeks, he's learned how to add two numbers by using a number line, as well as how to count by 5's.  A couple of the lessons also had some measuring skills which he really enjoyed.

For Bible time, we learned about Esau trading his birthright for a bowl of stew.  After I read the story out of the Bible, we watched a little video on YouTube that helped bring the characters to life, then Caleb colored his own little bowl of stew.  Even though the Bible clearly states that Jacob's stew was red, we decided it was okay if Caleb's stew was different colors and had lot of veggies in it.

We also learned about Jacob running away from home and dreaming about the ladder to heaven with angels ascending and descending.  We watched a video about it and then Caleb made his own "Jacob's ladder" out of craft sticks.  I made one alongside of him, and while I glued my angels to the ladder, Caleb decided he wanted to glue his onto sticks so they could be puppets.

Finally, some fun random science.  Last week Caleb started asking questions about bones and skeletons, so when we went to the library for storytime I helped him find some juvenile nonfiction books about bones.  We read the books and also watched a fun StoryBots song about bones on YouTube, and then I found a simple skeleton online for us to cut out and put together like a puzzle.  I helped Caleb glue each part onto paper and then labeled each bone we had read about in the books.  I spelled out "My Bones" for him to write on the top (I wasn't going to do everything for him!).

Caleb liked his skeleton but told me he wanted another one that moved "like a toy."  So the next day I printed off the skeleton parts on cardstock and we used metal fasteners to hook everything together like joints.  I'm not sure how long it'll last but Caleb seems to like it!

Skeleton Books from the Library:
Dem Bones by Bob Barner
You Can't See Your Bones With Binoculars by Harriet Zefert
The Skeleton and Muscles by Carol Ballard
A Book About Your Skeleton by Ruth Belov Gross

Handwriting Activity Sheets (Playdough to Plato)
Jacob and Esau Video (YouTube)
Soup Pot Printable (Crayola.com)
Jacob's Ladder/Jacob Meets Rachel Video (YouTube)
Jacob's Ladder Activity Inspiration (Bible Crafts and Activities) 
StoryBots "Bones in Your Body" Video (YouTube)
Skeleton Printable (Picasa)

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