Beyond Little Hearts for His Glory:
"American Pioneers and Patriots" is quickly becoming an all-time favorite book of Emmett's, thanks to Beyond Little Hearts!
We've been reading about the O' Neils making their way to Indiana, and there have been many adventures and mishaps along the way. While Molly was watching her younger sibling who was a baby, she sat under a tree leaning against its trunk. A wildcat was in the branches above them, and her brother Johnny took careful aim, and saved the girls with a swift shot. This earned him his first rifle - which was 4 feet long! Emmett loved marching around the house with his 4 foot long yard stick/12 inch ruler makeshift gun, and I thought once again how brave men began as brave little boys and grew from there.
In science, we learned about the different phases of the moon - the New Moon, waxing Crescent, First Quarter Moon, Waxing Gibbous, Full Moon, Waning Gibbous, Last Quarter Moon, and Waning Crescent. Emmett loved the activity of eating different portions of banana to show what the moon would look like in each of its phases, and then flipping them to see and name their opposites. The science book "God's Wonderful Works" is so bright with vivid pictures, has a very narrative quality to it, and it compliments the history theme so well - BUT, and I love best about it is that it is God honoring! Creation without the Creator seems devoid of knowledge to me, and life science is all about Creation. I cannot imagine learning it any differently!
In Math, Emmett is learning to sequence and order numbers between '1' and '100,' identify patterns, add 'tens' and 'ones,' and count up or back by 1's or 10's. He is getting it! The hands-on activities are really helping. One day, we opened a book that had over 100 pages, and he had to find a page and tell me its number, as well as telling the page number that came before and after it. Another day we wrote two numbers with a blank between them (i.e. 20 ___ 50), and Emmett had to list a number that could come between them. We talked about how many numbers would come between them. We counted up by 1's and 10's, and we counted down by 1's and 10's. I can see all of this leading up to the 100's chart so well, which is what we will do next week.
The pictures on the math workbook make it easy to see bundles of 10 and extra ones, which helps him easily add 'tens' and 'ones.'
In Storytime, we are reading "All of a Kind Family" for the realistic fiction genre. He is practicing his oral narrating, and I appreciate the tips the guide gives to help me guide him in this skill. It is such a good idea to have me model this skill for him off and on, as the guide has me do. The reminder to tell the most important points and add details from the story to the retelling without OVERWHELMING the student is a good tip for ME.
I remember going totally overboard way back when I was teaching my now high school student in Beyond. I totally overdid it, gave a very lonnnnngggggg oral narration with tons of details, and when I finished I think I had convinced him he would never be able to orally narrate well.
So, I really am thankful for the reminders in the guide about how to go about doing this, and I have learned to read more carefully so I don't miss these very helpful little teaching tips that make big differences in the success of building the skill at hand.
Sometimes, in a pinch, I will have one of the older boys read Emmett's Storytime book to him. I don't do it often, but they both certainly enjoy it when I do! It is kind of a special moment to see 2 of my dc curled up on the couch reading a good book together and enjoying it so much. Homeschooling is such a blessing to our family!