Keeping it honest here,
I will have to say that I did not put much effort into a focus of “schooling” last week. In preparation to write this post, I started to reflect on last week and realized – I don’t remember a whole lot about it! You know those weeks, where you just live it. You walk through it and press on. I love how the Lord prevails and toward the end of the week, I was able to come out from under the fog.
Last week, I decided that it would be fun to work within a theme of the Sun. I did a little searching online, but as the last post stated sometimes there is just Too Much Help to wade through on the internet. There are many units out there about the solar system, but not many just focusing on the sun. I was having a hard time even knowing where to begin or what to do. We did a craft or two, but it was a sensory activity that helped move me forward.
We poured out a good amount of regular table salt onto a cookie sheet (saw this on the web). Mason enjoyed this and started writing his name, letters, and such. Then I had the idea – the Sun theme. I asked him to draw a sun. Then I asked him to write a word that described the sun… he wrote ‘hot’. Yes! I had a feeling I was onto something here. He continued to come up with words to describe the sun. Wow, a spelling activity within the theme of the Sun. No striving, just flowing.
There is a small part of me that wants to have a beautiful, complete, out-of-this-world (pun intended!) unit put together. Yet, I know this is not needed, nor do I have the extra time in life right now to create one up front. In the meantime, we will walk day by day exploring our sun, moon, stars, comets…
What activities would you suggest for a Sun theme?
- While cleaning our utility room, I found a roll of Thomas the Tank Engine stickers. Mason thought they were amazing and quickly stretched them as far as they would go on the couch. Seizing the opportunity, I asked him to count them.
- With the roll of Thomas stickers, there were over 30 on the roll. I noticed there was a pattern every six stickers. I asked Mason to find the pattern.
- I also asked him how he knew the pattern was starting over. I want to better understand how he is recognizing patterns.
Basic Addition, Crayola Pad
- A sheet of basic addition problems, purchased at Wal-Mart.
- We created a Solar System mobile. This was a mixture of several activities that I had seen from an art book Adventures in Art by Susan Milord, and two other crafts online. The mobile was a spiral mobile. We made a circle of cardstock and stapled it together for the top – we used yellow paper to represent the sun. The planets hang down each one a little bit farther to represent the distance that each planet is away from the sun. I chose to use a smaller hole punch so that we could simply knot the ribbon behind the hole. This was a fun way to work on the order of the planets. Also, a great way to revisit the order time and time again.
Salt Letters (mentioned in post above)
- We place a good amount of salt on a cookie sheet – Mason then went about drawing pictures, as well as letters, numbers, his name, etc.
- I also classified this as a Spelling activity since he started writing words describing the sun.
And again, Mason worked on his calendar activities from RoyalBaloo.com throughout the week which covers some Handwriting, and Math – graphing, shapes, number awareness.