Did you know that the faculty meets for several hours every Tuesday after school to share ideas, work on curriculum, plan events, and discuss how things are going with the children? These meetings are very productive and we accomplish a lot, on many fronts, each week. But this did mean that I did not have time to make a blog entry on Tuesday, and this will likely be the case on many Tuesdays. Wednesday may become 'blog catch-up day.'
As we looked at the calendar at the beginning of the week, we noticed a couple of fun days to observe. Yesterday was National Teddy Bear Day, and Friday is National Chocolate Milkshake Day. Who knew? We decided that both would be fun to celebrate in the OG and yesterday, most children brought in their teddy bears and other favorite soft friends.
Making it a very cozy kind of day.
You can't tell, but someone is actually under this delightful pile of animals!
Several children have now requested 'Teddy Tuesdays.' We'll see what develops from here.
After lunch, we watched the Unicycle Skill Levels video. We invited children from the YG to join us, and many did. I love to show the video at the beginning of the school year because children can see some of the amazing things that can be done on unicycles. After watching the video, many of the children went out to try either to learn how to ride, or to try new skills.
Ibi decided to try 'Walking the Wheel.' This is accomplished by moving the unicycle by walking your feet along the wheel instead of using the pedals. It is not an easy to keep your balance doing this, or to keep moving in a steady forward (or in more advanced wheel walking, backward) direction.
Persistence pays off! In a relatively short time, he was able to wheel walk almost to the post. I don't think it will be long before he is able to wheel walk around the cycle circle.
We also had music in the morning. Some of the new musicians had their instruments and were able to meet with Dennis to see how to begin making music with their instruments. Now we have a new clarinet, a cello, a violin, a xylophone, bells, a French horn, a trombone, and trumpet to the group. We are really rounding out our band/orchestra very nicely.
Of course, we do have time each day for academic learning. One of Bill's math groups is working on percentages, and another is strengthening their memorizing multiplication facts. I am still teaching geometry with both my groups and Bill's. Yesterday we used protractors to both measure and draw angles.
Now that we finally have a full week to work on spelling units, children have begun working with spelling packets of 20 words to learn over the week. The children get their packets at the beginning of the week, and work on a page a day for Monday through Thursday, as well as study their spelling words. On Mondays. children write their words in their spelling notebooks so they develop a running list of spelling words that they can later use for reference, and they also write a list to take home to practice.
We are also working on cursive writing skills. This week, we have covered the pointy letters, i, t, u, w, j, r, s, and j, and the loopy letters, e, l, b, f, h, and k. Already, by week two of cursive practice, their cursive is looking lovely.
We are continuing our study of where different countries are located in Africa, and a brief overview of the history of each. Soon children will select an African country to learn more about and share the information with the rest of the class, so we can go deeper into the cultural history, nature, art, etc. of these diverse countries. We will also be cooking some African cuisine. Is anyone going to Jungle Jim's? I may have a short shopping list for you. I am quite certain we can find recipes with available ingredients though.
I'm looking forward to our visit from the Dayton Philharmonic next week, as well as our geology trip to Ohio Caverns and Cedar Bog.