Sunday, January 3, 2010

Homeschool Highlights - week of December 19, 2009

Days 74 - 78
We had another week of Saturday school at our house.  Not because my little angel was naughty, but because Dad had to work, and because it was such fun stuff to do!

Saturday:  Cat in the Hat - Dr. Seuss Theme Day

Social Studies:  We read a short biography on Theodore Geisel, aka Dr. Seuss. 

Reading:  We read The Cat in the Hat.  Shayla read some, I read some.  We put rhyming words into the end of the sentences. (language)

Art:  Shayla painted and we assembled a cat in the hat hat. 

We watched The Cat in the Hat video (animated).  Shayla likes this one because there are alot of songs.  One song in particular that we like, says alot of things in different languages.

We played The Cat in the Hat card game. 


Children's Church:  Living Inside Out:  Under the Tree theme.  Sometimes it seems like there is no public place safe for someone with sensory processing disorder.  The kids sang some Christmas carols.  Safe, right?  Wrong!  They shouted the song Joy to the World. 

We avoided the other songs, too, because they all involved taking other people's hands.  Now I hate to be a germaphobe, but we have already had the plague go through our house this year, and I don't want to go there again. 

Does anyone else avoid things like this?  Am I the only one? 

We have not attended the past three weeks because the illness was making it's way through all the family members of this house.  Shayla went back to holding her ears during song time.  I don't know if it was until she got familiar with the situation again, or it was actually the noise of the songs and games.

Reading:  We curled up together and enjoyed reading a chapter from Kit:  An American Girl and several Christmas books.

We spent the rest of the day getting things done around the house and playing with toys.  We are weeding through some of her toys.  Playing with them and deciding if she wants to keep them, store them, or donate them.  I should have done this long ago, but better late than never, right?


We did school, but I can't remember what!  LOL!

King's Kids Program:  Shayla is still showing exceptional improvement here.  She is kind of making friends with two girls, Miranda and Dorianna.  Both girls "save a seat" for her at snack time and craft time.  It's awesome to see.  Shayla has never said a word to either girl.  I was afraid that at this age, other children would begin to make fun of her because she will not speak.
Here she is waiting her turn in line to receive a gift with her friends. 


Exercises/Outside:  After we did our indoor exercises, we hurried outside to enjoy the fresh fallen snow.  It was the kind that packed nicely.  We had fun working together to make a snowGIRL, snow angels, throwing snowballs at the animals, and making tracks in the snow.  What kid doesn't like these things? (Even big kids!)

Reading:  Started Book 4 - Series 3 Thick Slush. 

I am increasingly making Shayla read the directions on her papers.  Her reading is greatly improving.  I think she is probably at about a typical 2nd grade level.  Yay!


We are taking a break from most of our typical work.  With the holidays coming up and my husband working all this overtime, we NEED a break.  I find that I  have to plan structured activities because  Shayla doesn't know what to do if I don't.  She finds it hard to "go play" like a typical child would. 

In keeping with our Dr. Seuss theme, we had an Oobleck day.

Reading:  We read Bartholomew and the Oobleck.

We watched the Disney movie, Flubber.

We made our own version of Oobleck.  As you can see in the picture, it does resemble snot or slime.  LOL!

Here's the recipe:


Bowl 1: 
Mix 1/2 cup water and 1/2 cup glue together.

Bowl 2:
Mix 2 tsp. borax in 2/3 cup warm water.  Stir until the borax is completely dissolved. 

Pour contents of bowl 1 into bowl 2, BUT DO NOT MIX TOGETHER!  Instead, slowly roll the mixture around 5 or 6x's. 

Remove bowl 1 contents from bowl 2 and knead for 2-3 minutes. 

Store in a covered plastic container or zippered bag. 

I think we could consider this fine motor skills, math and science, right?

*Warning:  If you have no sense of humor about bodily functions, you might want to quit reading right now.

My nephew joined us as we finished this activity.  He said he had made this as a child in school.  He said if you put it in a small container, it's Noise, or um Fart Putty.  Of course we had to try this and yeah, he's right.

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