3 down, 177 to go

Woohoo, the first 3 days of school are finished!! We started on the 15th and it has been an interesting 3 days. Overall, it has been good getting back to a routine and officially kicking off Kindergarten. Of course, the last 3 days have also revealed some necessary tweaks to the schedule as mom was a bit ambitious with her schedule and didn’t account for the split pea fog that had settled into their brains. 🙂

As for curriculum:

Math – Math-U-See finishing up Primer book
Language Arts – Ordinary Parents Guide to Teaching Reading, McGuffey Eclectic Primer, copywork from these items and from History/Science
History/Science – Creation Unit Study, day 1 complete and prayerfully the weekend will allow me to post what we used/did

We read some fun books during our morning read-aloud:

1) Adele & Simon by Barbara McClintock

Adele & Simon

Brother and sister story of little brother losing items as they journey home.

2) The Beastly Feast by Bruce Goldstone

Beastly Feast

A delightful rhyming story with animals and foods, the kids loved it!!

Also, as a part of our unit study, we did do a volcano experiment today.

Here is our Starbuck’s volcano, named because that is my frappuccino bottle inside that paper and modeling clay. 🙂

Starbuck's volcano

Here are your other supplies sans baking soda as it is already in the bottle.

other supplies

Yes, our grass is pretty dead, hubby rely’s on God’s sprinkler system and it hasn’t been working in our area this year. 😉

The Eruption


It’s over

it's over

Next week is a full week of class, so off to tweak the schedule, secure any additional library books and review what needs to return to the library. Enjoy the weekend!!


5 thoughts on “3 down, 177 to go”

  1. Looks like you guys had fun! 🙂

    My son and I just got through doing a science experiment. We had water and vinegar in a 2 liter bottle and then we were supposed to have a balloon with baking soda to put on top. Well, we couldn’t find a balloon (unbelievable I know!) so we used a baggie. Well, it blew up pretty quickly and since it doesn’t expand like a balloon I had to let go pretty fast so it didn’t explode baking soda all over our kitchen! haha! It still worked and showed him the chemical reaction though. 🙂

    Baking soda all over the kitchen is never good so glad you had quick hands! 🙂 The kids were truly excited, so it is my goal to try at least an experiment per week.

  2. my kids LOVE doing this in our “I Dig Dirt” pile…and I love your idea for the white board! That’s great (and so are dad’s!).

    Kids are funny, mine are asking to do another volcano next week. 🙂 Dads definitely are great!!! Thanks so much for stopping by.

  3. I’m new here–linked over for your white board tutorial–but I hope to read more of your posts. How fun to see learning in action! We are also starting Kindergarten this year, and we too are using Ordinary Parent’s Guide, and are considering Math-U-See. I’ll be checking out your booklist for suggestions–we always love a good book around here!

    Have you ever tried the Mentos in Diet Coke volcano? We did that at a little friends’ birthday party, and the kids thought it was the coolest thing ever.

    Have a wonderful weekend!

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