Monday, August 11, 2008

The week ahead . . .

It's week two of the 2008-2009 school year and week 2 of our Olympics unit! So, what's on tap for the week? Well, we are reading a book that I'm really excited about . . .

It's called Wilma Unlimited, and it's the story of Wilma Rudolph, an Olympic track and field medalist from the 1960 summer games. What makes her story especially relevant to us is that she was a preemie too! She also contracted polio at the age of 4 and doctors didn't believe she'd ever walk again. I'm looking forward to sharing this story with Lael and Jaden as we talk about perseverance and reaching for our goals (great "beginning of the year" story, I think). Our memory verse ties in well; it's Philippians 4:13 -- "I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me."

We are also beginning our history curriculum this week -- it's called History for Little Pilgrims, and it's a one-year overview of history from creation to Christ's return. It will be a gentle introduction to history for my little pilgrims, and will begin to establish a framework for better understanding that history is the story of God's interaction with mankind.

Jaden will be adding to his alphabet notebook as he works on the letter B (last week was the letter F) and he will continue with his phonics book Get Ready for the Code. For math, he will be using Funtastic Frogs to introduce early math concepts such as counting, patterns, sorting, addition and subtraction. He also really enjoys playing with pattern blocks -- he's really good at figuring out what blocks he needs to make different shapes.

Lael is continuing on in Explode the Code 4 for phonics and will be reviewing money in math. She will also be learning about biographies as we read some about famous Olympians as well as missionaries to China like Eric Liddell and Hudson Taylor.

Oh, and a fun thing . . . tomorrow night we are going to hear America's oldest civilian concert band, and it's right in our own back yard! (You can find out more here if you want!) We saw them last year and really enjoyed it . . . I'm sure tomorrow night will be great!

No comments: