This morning was a bit "off" around here. T was up until 10 (in bed)...he just couldn't fall asleep. And then he was up again at 1:15am for about an hour. So I let him sleep in until about 9:15. The baby threw a bit of a wrench into the mix as he did not nap for a variety of reasons but he stayed in his bed for 2 hours babbling and playing.
K started her morning solo with journaling, handwriting, and reading comprehension. T got up and started his day and followed the same schedule as K. For their journaling I asked the children to create an acrostic keeping with our "sparkle and shine" theme. K did the word SPARKLE and T did GLITTER. I love the mix of art and writing that the journaling provides. It warms up their brains for the day in such a gentle and creative way.
I've always struggled at personal organization. For me it manifests itself in the way of clutter but it could easily spin out of hand if I wasn't so diligent about keeping a calendar (or multiple as the case may be) so I sat with each child and we thoroughly went through their own planners to discuss why we use a planner, what I expect of them and how to keep the planner clear and organized. I hope that as the days and weeks roll on using these will become second nature. I have started them off by putting our outings along with the towns that these outings are being held in. This way they will know where we are going on any particular day and it will help them become acquainted with our surrounding towns.
When we got home we cleaned up and the baby went for a nap. We returned to our studies for a little bit as the children still needed to do their D.E.A.R. (drop everything and read) time and we had science to cover. Today's experiment was to make glitter slime which was SO cool! We discussed that the mixture of the glue (in this case Elmer's Glitter Glue) and Borax produces a putty-like material called a polymer and that a polymer is made up of long chains of molecules. Polymers are made out of long strands of molecules. If they slide past each other easily the substance acts like a liquid, if they stick together then it acts like a rubbery solid. We discussed that Borax is the catalyst that causes this reaction.
After science time (and play) we cleaned up and the kids ran off for more of their imaginary play! (one of their favorite pastimes)
|today's imaginary play brought to you by Littlest Pet Shop|
Off to bed for the littlest, going to read about Cleopatra and continue our group reading of the chapter book Mandy.
More adventures tomorrow!