Okay playing a little catch up here. I thought I’d go ahead and share what we did on days 4 and 5 of Unit 1 since I shared the other days. However, from here on out for future units I plan to share one weekly or bi-weekly update. The daily update is way too much to keep up with. So here’s a summary of what we did on days 4 and 5 of Unit 1.
Morning Meeting & Devotion:
Day 4- Galatians 6:2. We talked about bearing one another’s burdens. We talked about ways Amiyah could help others out when they have problems and about how Jesus bore the greatest burden of all for all of us on the cross.
Day 5- Romans 6:13. We discussed yielding ourselves to God and letting Him use every part of us.
“Take my hands, and let them move
At the impulse of Thy love.
Take my feet and let them be
Swift and beautiful for Thee.”
As always we followed our morning devotion with calendar time.
Reading & Phonics:
Day 4- We briefly reviewed our sound cards and then Amiyah read me several books so she could apply what she has been learning.
Day 5- We reviewed sound cards, worked in our HOP workbook, and did a few worksheets to go along with the sounds she’s already learned.
I decided to ignore my teachers workbook for HWT and just use the student workbook with Amiyah. I like this curriculum better now that the teacher book is out of the picture, it was a little confusing. We do a page or two of the workbook every day and it’s going good.
Spelling & Language Arts:
Day 4- We reviewed phonograms that needed reviewed and Amiyah put her spelling words into sentences and then spelled them orally.
Day 5- Still working on those phonograms. Just to give you an idea here is one of her phonogram cards, she has 32 of them I think.
We work on 4 cards at a time until she gets the sounds down. Once she has mastered them we file them under the mastered sounds and move on to the next 4.
Next, Amiyah had a spelling test. She aced it!
Finally, we learned the difference between a sentence and a fragment. I provided several examples and Amiyah told me whether they were sentences or fragments. Then I let her give me a few examples of each. We finished by her dictating a sentence about herself and then copying it.
Day 4- We read 1 peter 4:10 and talked about the meaning of responsibility. Then we read the next chapter of our biography, Helen Keller and discussed the responsibilities of the characters in the book.
Day 5- We read the next chapter of Helen Keller and then Amiyah retold it when we finished. Amiyah loves this book so much! I’ve really tried to space it out but we are on our last chapter already.
I’m really glad we chose this book as our biography book. I can see that it’s teaching Amiyah compassion. She talks about how sad it would be to not see or hear or talk. We closed our eyes and ran our fingers over some brail just to get an idea of how the blind read and Amiyah really enjoyed that.
Something that kind of cracked me up was the other night in church Amiyah had turned around in her seat and counted how many girls and how many boys were in the service that evening. She leaned up to whisper to me and tell me how many of each that there were. Just as she began to tell me, Daddy caught her whispering in church and hushed her. She hushed immediately but quickly grabbed my hand and finished her sentence by spelling the words in my hand just as Annie Sullivan spelled into Helen Kellers hands.
Day 4- We used number cards to count forward and backward learning sequence and did our corresponding work in our Singapore workbook.
Day 5- Amiyah enjoyed this math lesson. I gave her a piece of paper and she drew green circles on one side and orange triangles on the opposite side of the paper. This was to be our “cabbage patch” and “carrot patch”. I gave her cotton balls and they were her little white bunnies. She acted out addition stories with them. For example: I would say “Okay, 4 little bunnies are in the cabbage patch eating and 2 little bunnies are eating carrots. So how many bunnies are there total?” We acted out several addition stories and then did corresponding work in our Singapore workbook.
Day 4- We read aloud “The Storm” and Amiyah drew an illustration for the poem.
Day 5- I read aloud “The Storm” and Amiyah recited as much as she could from memory.
Day 4- We continued reading in our American Pioneers and Patriots book. We learned that the terrible storm had ended and the ship had stopped in Puerto Rico for repairs before sailing on to America.
Day 5- We read Psalm 18: 1-6 from our Bible. We talked about how when the Pioneers were afraid they called out to God and they knew He heard their cries. They trusted Him to protect them just like David spoke in Psalms.
Day 4- Amiyah listened to her memory verse song and was asked to recite it. If she got it wrong she was supposed to do 5 sit ups, she got it right the first time though so she got out of the sit ups.
Day 5- Amiyahgot a sticker for saying her memory verse correct. She was also supposed to share her memory verse with someone and she called her Mimi to share it with her. Next, we talked about what David described in Psalm 18: 1-6 and what we can learn from David.
Day 4- History. We made timeline sheets. We started by adding some important events that we’ve already learned about : St. Augustine being settled and Christopher Columbus sailing. We will continue to add important events to our timeline sheets as we learn about them.
Day 5- Art. We made a shield to go along with a verse we read, “The Lord is my rock and my fortress and my deliverer; My God, my strength, in whom I will trust; My shield and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold. Psalm 18:2″
We talked about how God is our shield and protects us and Amiyah decorated her shield that we made and also decorated one that I printed out for her.
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