This week in first grade...Poem of the week~ Animal Crackers, illustrated by Jayne Dyer. I love her soft watercolors.
Poem of the month~ We started our poem for February, Candles. I like the imagery of warm candles glowing on a cold winter day, even if our days are not that cold or wintery.
Silly Poem~ It's Alright, in the Dark! A poem about being afraid at night in the dark. One of Ava's options was to draw the scariest thing she could imagine. She really surprised me with her art. They both did. All of her work before this has been beautiful, or silly. I had no idea she could make such a scary picture. Either of them.
here (after editing the size some), information from this website and, once it arrives in the mail, we'll start using this book.
We skipped the kitchen this week!
We skipped music this week..
In Art Study...
We explored The Old Violin, by William Michael Harnett. This painting is remarkably lifelike. It looks very much like a picture, and less a painting. In Ava's words "ooooh, it look real. It's a very realistic painting. I like the violin it has so many colors. This painting must have taken says to get it perfect, and a lot of sketches of it too."
In Science We...
Started to talk about Gravity, and Air is a Substance. We were able to briefly play with the experiments, but were really unable to spend very much time with science this week. Household viruses caused many shifts in our program. I was able to pick up a lot of books for us to use next week when we go over the material again with fresh perspectives, and NO MORE COLDS. (please)
~ found the number of days in a year, and leap year
~ worked with the math balance
~ used the terms balanced and level
~ started the Bead Trading game. (a solitary math game)
Our house was hit pretty hard with colds this week. We were able to get a fair amount of school taken care of. We haven't fallen behind anything that runs on a schedule, but we did have to cut out a lot of fun activities this week. Thankfully we were able to make up for a lot of it over the weekend.