Sunday, February 5, 2012

Week in Review: January 29

For the past week, per Bub's request, we learned about dinosaurs. Our Five in a Row (FIAR) was Caldecott winner Time Flies by Eric Rohmann, which was a unique book to choose because it actually has no words. I thought it might be challenging because of this, but instead it made for some very lively and super fun conversations. His story dictation (which we do weekly) was really fun as he talked about the bird flying with and getting eaten by dinosaurs. He was really using his imagination with that book.

For the first three days, he did his Hooked on Phonics lessons and learned words with -ag and -ab sounds. He's coming right along with his reading! With the dinosaur theme, we read the How Do Dinosaurs...? books by Jane Yolen and some others that we found at the library. We also watched several documentaries on Netflix, our favorite being the BBC documentary series Before the Dinosaurs: Walking with Monsters (2005). Because this was Bub's surgery week, we ended up watching lots of movies and reading instead of doing formal lessons. We finished reading Beezus and Ramona and started reading Henry Huggins, both by Beverly Cleary and we watched the movie Ramona and Beezus.

He finished his Bible study at My Place With Jesus so we moved on to reading from his devotional Bible. We also listened to several episodes of Adventures in Odyssey, which both boys loved. We also had lots of fun making a salt dough volcano, painting using plastic dinosaurs, using dinosaur stamps, and drawing our favorite dinosaurs on butcher paper. We didn't make storytime this week, but he did get to go to OT and tell her all about our obstacle courses we've been making.

Bub says he loved learning about dinosaurs and now he knows how to tell between herbivores and carnivores and that he wishes we could make a volcano every day. He wants to do another dinosaur week sometime soon. He really did eat up this unit, just like he did with our bug unit last week.

Next week our theme is winter and snow and I have lots of fun winter-related books and activities. We'll also be learning about poetry, which should be very fun.

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