Beyond Little Hearts for His Glory:
For one of our follow-up skills this week, I typed Emmett's oral narration of his beloved "Key to the Treasure" Storytime book we are reading.
Recording a child's oral narration is important to do, and I am glad HOD schedules this in a rotating manner throughout the year. I usually type their oral narrations on days we are asked to record them. I am a fairly fast typist, but my sons are VERY fast oral narrators
, so it is often when I ask them to pause a moment while I type what they just said that they begin to read what I am typing and fix their oral narrating 'mix-ups' themselves as they read what they have said. "Oh, I keep starting with AND, don't I?" Or, "I meant to say they found the key BEFORE they used it to unlock the secret treasure box!"
I usually don't 'fix' what they've typed, but if they are very distraught about something they view as a mishap, I do.
During this particular narration, Emmett began speaking in dialogue between characters, and it was a lot of back and forth conversation. He realized it halfway through, and said to me as I had him pause for me to catch up on the typing, "Whew! Ok. Now, I'm going to have them stop talking and just tell it."
I was glad too. That was a LOT of quotation marks to type!!!
Comparing dc's recorded/typed oral narrations (and when they are older comparing their written narrations) throughout the years of following HOD's plans shows great progress. It also shows an increase in length as well as depth. Progress I may not have been aware of otherwise.
So, for all of these reasons, this is a great assessment of listening and reading comprehension to practice through the years.
In Science, we have been having fun reading about the earth and the sun. Emmett has especially loved these experiments because his favorite Beanie Balz buddy (Spicey)
is the perfect size and shape to be used as the 'earth' or 'sun.'
Give a boy a flashlight and a dark closet, and the experiments just got even more exciting! He loved taping a white paper to the wall, using Spicey as the 'earth,' using the flashlight as the 'sun,' and showing how when it is evening and the Earth turns away from the sun, the sun appears to set. We also talked about how the light from the sun has to travel further to reach the Earth at that time of the day, and how then some of the colors are scattered. Using a clear glass of water, with droplets of milk and a flashlight showed how this would occur. Best of all, we read from "God's Wonderful Works" to bring this all back to the Lord and His amazing creation! I am so glad my ds is learning science this way.
Place value in math can be tough; however, Emmett has turned a corner and is now sailing through this.
Something has clicked, and the whole idea of 10 ones = 1 ten has set in and become clearer to him. His writing of numbers has improved greatly as well, as in they are a smaller size and legible.
Singapore math is like this - periods where you wonder if dc are getting it at all followed by periods where they just finally 'get it' and are doing it with no problem at all. I have learned to move forward in Singapore, but to continue to carefully rely on the Textbook examples and notes we work through together, as well as the HOD hands-on math lessons. These methods are always at my fingertips in times of need, and I feel like I have a great arsenal of 'helps' when we need a quick refresher on something. Often times, I just word it the same way they were taught it previously, and the light bulb comes on.
This week, we got to do a series of hands-on activities and math games together. Emmett thoroughly enjoyed winning the one I took a picture of ( I did not 'make' his winning happen, but it was a little happy bonus for him I was glad he had
). In this game, we each had a 2-column paper of 10's and 1's, a dice, and cereal pieces. We took turns rolling the dice, and putting that number of cereal pieces in the ones column. When we reached 10 ones, we traded them in for 1 bear and put the bear in the 10's column. The first player with 5 bears won, and it was Emmett by a longshot! I have never rolled so many 1's and 2's in my life - luckily I'm not a betting woman, or I am sure I'd be on the losing end.
Here Emmett is after having earned his 5th bear and getting ready to eat his 10 cheerios he needed to trade in for his last bear...
What a great week - hope you had one too!