Jan. 22nd, 2011

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We didn't really get that much done this week, as Karl was only in school two days, and one of those days was his school birthday party, which Erika and I needed to be there for. Monday was the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday, Tuesday a snow day (and Karl's actual birthday), Wednesday his rescheduled school birthday party, and Thursday a doctor's appointment. Friday morning Erika had her Kindergarten co-op, rescheduled from Wednesday because we wouldn't have been able to make it then. All of this adds up to NO regular school days for Erika this week.

I knew ahead of time that this was going to be a short week of school, I just didn't know how short. We got about half as much done as we aim for in a typical week. I didn't set out to accomplish anything in particular, and worked without a checklist this week.


This was our biggest area of strength this week. Erika did one lesson in Funnix 2 this week, and thought it was fun. Funnix 2 has the kids reading a couple of pages of a carefully graded story each lesson, so I took the opportunity to determine that she read 52 words in one minute with no errors.

She also read part of Ivy and Bean out loud to John before bed, read her Shakespeare lines several times, and read a book about cougars out loud to me in the car.

For silent reading, she read Nate the Great and the Big Sniff in two sittings, and started reading Violet Bing and the Great House, a much longer book.


Erika did page 37 of the Math Mammoth Subtraction 1 book, and also did pages 37 and 38 in the Place Value 1 book. This section of the Place Value 1 book is an introduction to the idea of making additional 10's out of the 1's when adding several numbers together, in problems like 35+18+27= ?. It's very much a surface treatment of the subject, just intended to get the idea percolating in kids' heads for the future. I find it interesting that Maria Miller included this idea here, and figured we'd go ahead and do it even if I wouldn't have thought of doing it myself.

Social Studies

In honor of Martin Luther King Jr.'s birthday, I read the relevant section out loud from What Your Second Grader Needs to Know. I have the whole series of these books, picked up one at a time at the Wheaton Library used book store, which makes it easy to find short, easily understood readings to introduce subjects like this. We also listened to part of the "I Have a Dream" speech, and talked about the civil rights movement.

We also continued reading the DK Eyewitness: China book this week, finished the American History readings in What Your Kindergartner Needs to Know, and heard some volcano myths at our Kindergarten co-op.


I took Erika to the Natural History Museum on Monday, where we looked at the dinosaur fossils, the ice age exhibit, and sketched a couple of Chinese mammals.

At our Kindergarten co-op on Friday, Erika learned about volcanoes. I'm actually not sure of everything they did, because I was only there for about half of it.


As usual, Erika did some drawing this week. She also went to a rehearsal for The Tempest, and was sad when it was over! drawing of Chinese Water Deer )


All we've done this week so far for music is listen to an episode of Classics for Kids on Scott Joplin. I'm hoping John and Erika will get around to doing a piano lesson, but because we're so busy preparing for Karl's birthday party tomorrow, I'm not sure it will happen.

Physical Education

Swimming. Karate. General running around.


Erika is learning about the bones in the human body by listening to us read The Search for the Missing Bones.


Erika read most of the third section in LesespaƟ mit Lola. She also did five pages in the fourth Einsterns Schwester 1 workbook, did her homework for her Saturday German class, and went to class.


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