I've been offline for a very long time - since last Spring. Soon after the last post, we had friends come to stay with us for the summer so I got off my rhythm and just lost my interest in the blog...
Since then, I had a new baby girl :) She was born Nov 17 - a wonderful natural (breech!) water birth.
The reason I'm attempting to resurrect my blog is that we're starting again with our homeschooling after a failed attempt in the fall. Keeping a blog of our work helps to keep me motivated and organized, so I'll see if I can manage...
So, we're behind, but starting second grade now with Yoav, who is now 8. I'm using Live Ed as my primary resource this year (I bought it knowing I'd be having a baby and would need all the support I could get. I'm happy with the purchase but haven't decided if I'll buy again for next year.)
This month we're doing a LARTs Phonics block. We didn't do any phonics last year so are doing very basic now - we'll do a month of the various sounds - short vowels, long A, etc. For each day, we'll come up with words with that particular sound, I'll write the words on the blackboard and Yoav will copy them into his MLB and draw a picture related to one or more of the words. We will also do one Jakata tale per week as our weekly story to work with.
My basic weekly schedule is as follows:
Sunday: Family Day & Gardening
Monday: Nature Day (Yoav is taking a 3 hour nature class every other week) / Social Day (on the other weeks, we'll do a Play Date with another Waldorf family)
Tuesday: Flute and Form Drawing following Circle; Morning Activity - Modeling wax; Afternoon Activity - Craft
Wednesday: Morning Activity - Drawing; Afternoon Activity - Handwork
Thursday: Flute following Circle; Morning Activity - Painting; Afternoon Activity - Soup
The daily schedule will be the same as I had last year.
Dress and Tidy bedroom (make bed)
Circle (movement and finger plays)
Creative Play (and Mama craft/clean time)
Creative Play (in or out depending on weather, sometimes visiting with friends)
Settling In - Book
Bath and Brush Teeth
Lights out and Stories
For today, our morning walk failed. Elie refused to go and rather than get frustrated, we just skipped it. Circle was good - both kids participated to some extent and we did some mental math (multiplication up to 12x12 and "math facts" up to 20).
Form Drawing was from Live Ed:
Story was a Jakata tale from Live Ed called "Sanjaya and the Elusive Wind Antelope".
Modeling wax went really well! We put the wax into warm water to get it warmed up. It's a pretty good method (recommended by Stockmar) except that the wetness of the wax makes it hard to work with, so you have to get it warmed up and then dry it off with a towel a little before using I think. We made flowers for our nature table (it's the rainy season here now when the wild flowers are blooming).
|Modeling wax flowers - Elie's on the left; Mine center; Yoav's on right|
Then for our afternoon craft, we made these adorable pocket dolls. The tutorial is here. For the hat, Yoav followed the directions exactly and it worked fine. For mine, with our 1" heads, I had to make three hats to get one to fit. My final hat is with Purewool worsted wool yarn on #8 DPNs - I did:
Cast on 12 sts
Rounds 1-4: Knit
Round 5: K2tog, K4, K2tog, K4
Round 6 and remaining even rounds: Knit
Round 7: K2tog, K3, K2tog, K3
Round 9: K2tog, K2, K2tog, K2
Round 11: K2tog, K1, K2tog, K1
Round 13: K2tog, K2tog
Round 15: K2tog, cut yarn, pull through hole and bring to inside hat
|Pocket dolls - Yoav's on the left; Mine on the right|