Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Read, read, read!

Everyday in the life of a homeschooler, a caring adult probably takes the time to sit and read to them. I'm going to stop right here and say that I believe this situation happens to non-homeschoolers also! However, when you're home with your children every day, reading probably happens more often! Let's face it, there's more opportunity to sit and read. Today is Read Across America day! From that website:
On March 2, the National Education Association calls for every child to be reading in the company of a caring adult.

This week, we started a study on Laura Ingalls, which meant that every day we read two chapters from her book Little House on the Prairie. Our study has included information from the year she was born- such as Andrew Johnson was president at this time. Arkansas was a state, but Nebraska became a state the month after Laura was born. We've ate biscuits and molasses, talked about horses and bull dogs, and will make a rag doll (or in our case, a yarn doll) tomorrow! We've started a time line which we'll continue to add to as we need. We've used this time to really talk about how different life was back then compared to now! What inventions we have now (refrigerator, electricity) that they didn't have back then.

Today also happens to be a very special birthday! Dr. Suess turns 107 today! Happy Birthday, Dr. Suess!!!

In addition to that, we've really tackled some important learnings: how to spell our last name (which, at 10 letters can be a bit intimidating for some!), middle names, and memorizing our phone number and address!

I also came across an awesome website with free educational games! Learning Games For Kids has really helped give us something new to do this week! The kids love playing them and it helps get us away from all the paperwork. They've done some math games and some of the typing ones! I also found one about rhyming for Faith to work with!

Mistic has tackled fractions and division this week! It's amazing at the things she REQUESTS to learn!

So, in honor of Dr. Suess' birthday and Read Across America, find a kid and READ, READ, READ to them! We will! Even more than normal!

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