Valentine's Day is just around the corner. I can't walk into a store without these girls beelining to the heart-shaped boxes of candy, and telling me that's what they want to buy me for Valentine's Day. Aren't they sweet?
Normally at this time of year, I am buying a couple of boxes of cards and making treat bags for the classrooms. Not this year.
But that's quite alright. We'll just make our own special, handwritten Valentine's. We practiced letter writing yesterday, and several special people were chosen to be the recipients. The girls decorated their envelopes with stickers, wrote a lovely note on the inside, and are ready to take them to the post office and send them off. I can't wait to take them in and let them send some snail mail! They were VERY proud of their letters, and Neely did AWESOME to be in kindergarten!
February 5, 2014
Today was one of those days that the girls looked like orphans straight out of a third world country. So, I have no pictures from today. They worked on all of their subjects except science and writing. If I could ever get organized, I would make a schedule that broke down science and social studies onto alternate days. I have been allowing the girls to choose which one they'd like to work on. It's really a tie between the two subjects. They enjoy each of them equally. I've never had to say, "No, we've not done science in a week so that's what we're doing." If we go a day without one, they tend to miss it.
Today we worked on spelling, math, reading, and history. We added Barack Obama to our timeline, and revisited some others to celebrate Black History Month (MLK, Jr., Rosa Parks-whose birthday we recognized this week, and Harriet Tubman).
I've also been working on my curriculum like I said a couple of days ago. I down to the daunting task of choosing a science program. Ugh. There are so many to choose from it's enough to drive a person mad! I am looking for a well rounded, hands-on science curriculum that comes with all materials needed for experiments and observations. There are a lot of those.
But, one thing that has crossed my mind is taking one area of science (be it biology, physical, astronomy, chemistry, etc.), and dedicating a full school year to it. We could just take on a new one each year. Skipping around on subject matter throughout the year just seems a little "public-schooly" to me. Since the girls aren't required to take the standardized tests, they don't really have to learn the same information at the same time. I'm still debating on whether or not to spread my wings just yet. =)