Thursday, September 8, 2011

1st Grade Update

We are playing catch-up this week in 1st grade. Last week held several crazy days so we got off schedule. We are working on week 5 again this week and honing in on the reading and language, which just so happen to be T-Pup's least favorite. 

With one full month behind us, I'm feeling great about our schedule and routine. If we plow through the curriculum without stopping, we'll be finished in February.  February! So, I think review weeks like this one are important. Plus it's nice to ease off the subjects that are easier for T and spend extra time in the areas that need work. 

We finished reading Charlotte's Web two weeks ago, and celebrated by a field trip to a farm. I was not disappointed that we didn't see Charlotte or Templeton! We've since started Homer Price by Robert McCloskey. Oh, we are loving every second of reading about Homer and his adventures! Make Way for Ducklings has always been one of our favorites, so it's great to continue reading from Robert McCloskey. I love seeing T-Pup develop a love of literature (notice I can't yet say 'a love of reading').

I am thrilled to be using Sonlight and am so glad we made the investment. It is thorough and has been a breeze to work with. A huge benefit is that we'll only have to replace the consumable pack (worksheets and time-line) when Sam gets to 1st grade. 37 books to be reused as many times as needed!

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Angry Birds Party 101

I had so much fun in the week leading up to the Angry Birds party. Starting Sunday night, I began working on the pinata. I watched a few You Tube videos explaining the paper mache process and began cutting newspapers into one inch strips. 

And by Thursday night, we had a sweet little exploding pinata. I let T-Pup choose which bird we made, and his response was "Mom, the black bird explodes and a pinata will explode! It has to be the black bird!" I'm kind of ashamed to say I didn't think of that myself!
The next little project included some boxes, in which I painted pigs and bricks on. We bought a few of the stuffed Angry Birds at Wal-Mart to throw at the boxes, creating a live version of our favorite iPhone game. 

The party didn't go quite as planned, as Tropical Storm Lee dumped loads of rain upon our area. I had hoped the kids could go back and forth from the bounce house to the Angry Bird game, but it turned out they were all in the same place at the same time because of the rain. At the end of the day our little man had a great time and made precious memories. That's what matters most.