Brianna learned how to swing by herself! Okay... I know... she is almost 5 1/2 years old. That is probably pretty late in the game to be learning the leg pump and everything. But this girl rarely gets to be on a swing set. We don't have one at home, so she plays on my parents' occasionally on Tuesday afternoons, and she swings at church some Wednesday nights, and whenever we go to the park (a couple of times a month). She hasn't had anyone around to learn from, and so I guess she just had to have it "click" for her. I couldn't believe it when I went to my parents' house yesterday and she wanted to show me how good she was doing! I was seriously blown away! A huge milestone for my sweet girl.
On to our school day:
Prayer time and pledges. Our prayer list is growing every day. But that's fine with us, especially when we get to mark off answered prayers!
In Bible time, we talked about how Abraham's servant found a wife for Isaac.
Brianna saying her Bible verse (Acts 16:31):
In the encyclopedia, we talked about transportation on water:
Our Mother Goose rhymes: "On Saturday Night", "Pussycat Mew", "It's Raining", "Jingle Bells" and "Queen Caroline".
Our language arts story of the day: The Old Woman and the Pig. This was a great story for teaching some new words. There were several that Brianna asked me the definition of. I remember this story from when I was a kid.
For her literacy lesson, her assignment was to write an invitation to someone. I'm not going to post all the pictures - especially not the final project - until I know the invitation is in the hands of the recipient(s)! I was so proud of her work on this.
Break time! This includes a snack (of course) and a wild game of one of our favorite board games, Scooby-Doo.
Back at the "school table", Bri did some Do-A-Dot pages while I read our history lesson. She answered my questions correctly from the first two units, so I'm glad she's been paying attention. We also talked about Cain and Abel, and how the entrance of sin in the world caused so much division (and still does!).
Then we had an "artistic expression" idea. I remember doing this all the time as a kid. Okay, as an adult too. You color on a white sheet of paper with a lot of different colors, pressing very hard on the crayons. Then you color over them with black. Then you use coins/scrapers/paper clips/etc. to write designs. I told Brianna she wasn't coloring hard enough but she said she couldn't press down any harder. So I dedicated my page to her. I foresee lots of this being done in the future. She thought it was the most beautiful thing ever!
Oh, one of my favorite things! My dad loaned me (handed down) a ton of books. Every time I read one I am seriously thrown into a sea of memories. This is my favorite series. It's an entire book series about all the issues that your kids have. Interrupting, fighting, whining, teasing, bullying, you name it! It's quite funny. Like Dad mentioned yesterday, you never realize how many issues kids have until you start naming off all these books! Today we read "Let's Talk About Interrupting" and "Let's Talk About Fighting". I felt those two were the most necessary for today. Haha! I told them tomorrow we are reading "Let's Talk About Whining"!!
Brianna in a sweet hand-me-down dress:
Tomorrow is our first field trip! I can't wait. I'll try to take some pictures if I'm not trying to wrangle the kids too much!