But here's a few things we've been doing -- featuring Paddy this time, 7 years old and in 1st grade. Paddy finished first grade math in February and is now a good way through 2nd grade math. He finished Phonics a week or so ago, much to his delight, so we are using the time to catch up on other subjects.
Now I'll go through subject by subject.
We got this Little Red Toolbox of word tiles for Aidan and Paddy at Christmas on a big discount -- it was only $15 for the set. It's kind of nice because the tiles are color-coded to parts of speech, and the font is quite clear.
Paddy's been using them for beginning copywork and spelling. He pretty much finished Handwriting without Tears for first grade, so he knows how to form most of the letters.
Every day he takes a tile out of the box and copies it on paper and then spells it to me from memory.
Since I have had the camera out today I thought I'd take a picture of our rare "show-me" type work. I did the writing at his dictation. The object of the project was to get the idea of "writing notes" in preparation for writing a report, which is a bit silly when you are barely seven, but probably a good intellectual habit to get into for the future.
We went and looked up squirrels on Wikipedia and he got interested in the taxonomy on the sidebar and went and looked up the Animalia kingdom.
All the school days have been going like that recently. He has his basic work and I often look for games or pictures online to support the concept. Or we draw pictures and diagrams.
In Music, he is doing a unit on the musical instruments in the orchestra and today we found several games:
- Concentration -- to learn names of instruments and get familiar with their appearance
- Percussion Instrument quiz -- matching pictures with names.
There was one more I can't find now. Here's a few more I found as well:
- A PDF set of printable cards so you can play an instrument matching game.
- Listening to the music and matching it to the instrument.
- Quia quiz game about the orchestra -- slightly more advanced than what Paddy is doing.
We are on to Ancient India. It's funny because I am reading him the Jungle Books and started even before I knew K12 was moving from Greece to India. Finding out about Hinduism helped him understand a bit more about the life of the villagers in the JB stories. Now we've started reading Rikki Tikki Tavi -- he thinks the name is hilarious.
When we were studying Ancient Greece we read D'Aulaire's book of Greek Myths, and the Wonder Book by Nathaniel Hawthorne.
- We're trying to read aloud in the morning -- still plugging through Return of the King.
- Paddy's trying to remember to say prayers at least twice daily.
- We're trying to go outside daily again -- we got out of the habit -- here Paddy's looking frozen.