This morning, Teagan got started before Neely. She chose the order in which we would do lessons and chose Reading first. Her story this week is "Exploring Space" in her Reading Street book. I like this curriculum for the most part. I like it because it is similar to what is used in public schools. It teaches main idea, details, story type, vocabulary, writing styles, purpose, and all that other good stuff about reading. The only drawback is that it does not come with a "plan", or scope and sequence. The parent has to decide the path in which to use the material. For now, we are just going in order.
The story is an informational text and uses real pictures and factual captions. Teagan loves that it tells about the first woman that goes into space and serves as captain. She is very interested in the woman's personal history: where is she from, what does she do now. We will have to find out more about her. But, the part that interests her the most is what astronauts have to do while they're in space and how life is outside of Earth. It's rather humorous.
We learned that astronauts have to be tied to the spaceship when they go out of it because they will float away. And we learned that when an astronaut is working on a machine, he has to tie his tools down so they won't float away. When they sleep they have to get into a sleeping bag that is tied against the wall, and when they go potty, well, they have to put on a seatbelt! Teagan just had to show and tell to Neely about this fact. They really got a kick out of it!
"What if your toilet paper floats away and you're not finished!?"
And then they said, "What if you're getting dressed and your underwear floats away and you have to go chase it!?" ----Hilarious. They are almost too funny for me. Almost.