Tuesday I had to scrape frost off the van windows before driving Makayla to seminary in the early morning. Brr! A typical spring in Ohio - unpredictable. Our school morning was much more predictable as kids moved through their daily work. Joseph finished The Icebound Land (affiliate link)today. Caleb and Oliver took turns reading to me from their All About Reading levels. Everyone read books, did math, worked on writing assignments, and so on. It was just a regular day. I love regular days!
Wednesday Makayla officially got released from oversight by the orthodontist. She just checks back in if her retainers need replaced or stop fitting. When we got home from that appointment everyone got to work doing school and I started final preparations for my Cub Scout meeting. I'm a Wolf den leader and this month we're doing Adventures in Coins and Digging in the Past. We started today with Adventures in Coins. We learned about the parts of a coin, about the U.S. Mint, different coins from the penny to a dollar coin, and how to tell which mint the coin was made at. We did crayon rubbings of our favorite coins. Then I put coins into plastic eggs for a game. We needed to do a game that involved addition or subtraction so I made up coin war. The boys would go find 2 eggs and add up the amount of money inside, then compare their totals to see who had the most and won that round of war. This was repeated until we had used all the coins. We also did a couple other quick games.
- Money memory - I laid out a small number of coins on the table and the boys looked at them before closing their eyes. I removed 1 coin and the boys opened their eyes. They figured out which coin was missing. Each round I pulled more coins away. They did great with this.
- How many ways - In this game we started really simple. I asked the boys how many ways could they use our pile of coins to make 5 cents. (1 nickel or 5 pennies). Then I gave them bigger amounts. For 10 cents the discovered they could use 10 pennies or 2 nickels, 1 dime, or 1 nickel and five pennies.
Pirasaurs by Josh Funk (affiliate link).
I started a master class from my Read Aloud Revival membership - Ancients to Zoology: Teaching Through Story. I'm trying to work my way through the master classes and this was next on my list. I thought this would be a fun one to do while I'm counting down to the end of our school year. Once we reach that I get to change out books on my shelves for next year's topics. This master class will help me plot out some of those topics - like our science topics. Other master classes I have already tackled include Focus & Align (fantastic!) and then Find Your Personality's Superpower.
|Joseph working on a writing assignment.|
Also on the blog recently:
- What Planning Looks Like in my Head - The Arts and Sciences
- How We Choose Books + Our Next 6 Read Alouds