By some standards, we did not accomplish much this week.
There were definitely more activities left undone than completed. However, what we lacked in quantity we made up for in quality. The art teacher from the middle school came and shared some activities with Mason and Madison. It was a great change of pace for the kids and wonderful for me to experience the expansion that comes from inviting others to be a part of our education journey.
She brought a few canvas boards. Two had masking tape in the shape of an ‘M’. One for Mason, one for Madison. After laying out supplies, Mason and Madison went about filling the canvas with acrylic paint. When dry, we removed the tape and had an original masterpiece for each.
Then, she gave Mason a smaller canvas board and allowed him to place the tape wherever he wanted. I’ll have to admit, at this point I had to concentrate on keeping my hands off the tape. I absolutely loved his creation, and he was thrilled with his painting.
I know that the arts are an area that is so easy to push aside for the more “necessary” subjects. This experience confirmed in me that the arts will be very much a part of our education. It not only gave my children an opportunity to express themselves in their own way, but it also allowed me to see the beautiful uniqueness that is Mason and Madison.
Math completed: Dice math (one day), Roman Numeral lesson (impromptu, pictured below)
Handwriting Completed: none – though the dice math gave practice for writing numbers
Reading Completed: none
Arts/Crafts Completed: Canvas paintings, clay bowl created (with the art teacher to be fired in the kilm)
Mason saw an activity in the book Big Book of Math by Dinah Zike. It was a foldable that helped with recognizing Roman Numerals. I have known that we will soon begin working on clock activities and since all of the analog clocks in my house have roman numerals this activity seemed a great place to start:
Up-and-Coming: Activities this Week
- Review Sight Words
- Reading Simple Sentences