ivey league academy: week in review!

After 3 weeks off for Christmas, we jumped back into the second half of first grade!

Reading:  We continued in his language arts workbook and his King on a Swing reader.

Spelling:  We did Week 21 of his spelling curriculum and also added a custom word search for practice!  Caleb struggled with a few of the words and seems to have trouble sounding out words so I'm currently researching other curricula to use next year.

Vocabulary:  Our words for this week were "skill," "nimble," "zip," and "mighty."

Math:  We continued in our Horizons Math workbook.

Bible:  We began Leading Little Ones to God and so far Caleb seems very engaged and asks more questions than he did with other devotionals.  I read the lesson, pausing for questions or for expanding upon an idea, then we read the suggested passage out of Caleb's study Bible and talk more. 

Read-Aloud:  I chose Fantastic Mr. Fox by Roald Dahl as our read-aloud because the chapters are very short and I knew Caleb would stay interested even if we read 3 or 4 chapters in each sitting.  We would have finished the book on Friday but with homeschool group we didn't get to it!  We'll finish it next Monday and then choose something else.

Science:  We learned about ants and spiders this week.  We watched Magic School Bus for each topic and then did some activities.  For ants, I sketched out a simple life cycle for Caleb and then he used pom-poms and pipe cleaners to create the different life stages.  We did something similar for spiders, as well as a fun, quick demonstration that answers the question, "Why don't spiders stick to their own webs?"  I attached a long piece of scotch tape to a paper plate, sticky-side up, and had Caleb "walk" his fingers across.  His fingers of course stuck to the tape.  Then, I had him put a little olive oil on his fingertips and then "walk across" again.  His fingers didn't stick to the tape that time!  So we learned that spiders' legs secrete an oily substance that keeps them from sticking to their webs like their prey.  Caleb was then inspired to make his own scotch-tape web, and stuck more pom-poms on it to represent bugs!

U.S. Geography:  This week we learned about Missouri.  Caleb colored his Missouri page and we learned about the Gateway Arch!

Homeschool Group:  This week was our first time back at homeschool group since late November.  We met at the center and learned about how our body works!  The students colored body-system books, watched videos about how the lungs and heart work together and also why we need bones, and constructed a "hand" out of a rubber glove and drinking straws.

Free Word Search Generator (Super Teacher Worksheets)
Ant Life Cycle Inspiration (dead link, just picture)
Spider Life Cycle Inspiration (Schroeder Page)
Spider Tape Web Experiment (Science Matters)

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