Bigger Hearts for His Glory:
Emmett is learning all of the continents and oceans, as we read about explorers like Columbus and Cabot in our Eggleston books. He always wants me to read more, as the stories are just so attention-grabbing. His oral narration this week was better than last week. I had him orally narrate on one page at a time, and breaking the narration into smaller sections seemed to help him. I'll stretch them out to be over the entire reading over time, but for now, this fits his age and narrating ability well. For one of our activities, we used a globe to locate all of the continents and oceans. He then wrote cards for each of the continents and oceans and had to tape them on the approximate location on our big exercise ball. It was harder to do than it looks! Dc are not very spatial at that age, but he got better and better at figuring out where to tape each one as we worked between the globe and the ball.
I wrote all of the continents and oceans on a marker board for him to copy. One of the most used school supplies we have is the marker board. I use it for everything he needs to write!
That way he can focus on orally giving good answers first, and then when he is writing, he can focus on writing neatly, as he doesn't have to worry about proper spelling/grammar/usage.
Plus, he is 'seeing it right' all of the time, which then in turn helps him 'write it right' when he has to later.
With 3 active sons, one of the many things I appreciate about HOD is how there is a bodily-kinesthetic element every day. With childhood obesity being more and more of a concern these days, getting up and moving in school is a wonderful idea!
My other sons often join in on Emmett's calisthenic type exercises he does for his Bible Study box in BHFHG. They like to hop in, get their heart pumping, and encourage the little guy!
Here they all are doing their sit-ups, and then listening to Emmett say his Bible verse and clapping for him. Three rounds of sit-ups, and they were back to their own work. I love these 5 minute together things once and awhile. They join in for a quick 5 minute something, to encourage whoever's guide they are joining for a bit, making sure to let that person be the 'star' of the show, and then they happily return to their own work that is an exact fit to what they each need. These quick together times are just plain fun and not too distracting as they are short and purposeful with an exact end, and then they get to return to what fits them each best. What fun!
After writing 2 of Emmett's R & S English answers as a model, I let Emmett finish out the exercises. He was able to continue doing it in the manner in which I had, numbering his lines, skipping lines, and writing neatly. He was so proud of his work at the end!
In science, Emmett and I are reading OSS Seashore, which goes so nicely with us learning about sailors at sea in history. We are starting a note booking assignment that he will add to over the next several weeks. I drew lines for him to write the title and columns headings. I sectioned off the Bible verse he had to copy with sticky notes in his Bible. I also jotted his column headings on a marker board for him to copy. All of this helps him learn how to set up a neat note booking page. Then, I had him draw each of his insects/animals, looking in his OSS book, with pencil. He then traced them with my black gel pen, labeled them, and colored them with colored pencils. I have found it is important to help with each step like this when our dc are learning note booking skills for the first time. They need help in how to organize their paper, how to write in an appropriate size lettering, how to write neatly across the paper, how to know where to draw pictures, how to first draw in pencil so mistakes if made can be easily erased, how to trace with pens or fine tipped markers the edges of things before coloring, and then how to choose which kind of thing to use to color (i.e. markers for big areas, fine tipped markers for outlining, colored pencils for little areas, or crayons for medium areas). I'll have to snap another picture when he gets closer to finishing!