|Rylan's work for June 2011|
So I took pictures of the little kids yesterday as a way to mark the new year... Although I think we will go for more formal pictures in the fall, when Jordan gets back.
I decided it was time to open Rylan's What Your Kindergartner Needs to Know (Core Knowledge). We did the Preschool anthology and workbooks 1 & 2 last year. She isn't done with her workbooks yet, but she is way beyond it ability wise, so it is time to let it go and move one. Long ago, on some wild rabbit hole trip of mine, I read on a Core Knowledge forum that the best way to work through the What Your (blank) Needs to Know books is to break it into parts. The book is basically laid out in five sections - Language and Literature, History and Geography, Visual Arts & Music, Mathematics, and Science. You work on one section each day of the week. So for example, yesterday was Thursday, so we went to the Mathematics section. Each day you do 1-2 pages from that section. By the end of the school year, you have worked your way through the book, and have touched on an amazing variety of subjects. Your pace is slow enough that if something catches your interest, you can take that tangent wherever it leads you. The beauty of this is, you don't have to do Monday in order to do Tuesday, and so forth. So if you miss a day, or two, or three... you can still pick it up and read whatever section it is for that given day. I love that!
So in the math section yesterday, the suggested activity was to collect a number of things based on likeness. Rylan can do this pretty easily, so we included Owen as well. We chose to collect things based on color. I gave Rylan a collecting basket, and she and Owen went to the playroom to collect ten 'red' things. Colin was napping at the time, so we could spread out on the floor without fear of him taking off with our stuff. Owen lost interest midway through the second color, and spent the rest of the time hopping between the rows, occasionally kicking objects out of the way.
It was a good day, for the most part. I felt some sadness - my grandma would have celebrated her 89th birthday. I thought about doing a blogpost, but my heart just wasn't in it. I went out in the evening to join up with my bookclub friends. We discussed our book selection quite a bit - which is an odd thing for us - we usually only dedicate a few minutes... It was a profound and disturbing read, so we actually had quite a bit to talk about! I will add a book review as I have time, this weekend. It was a great discussion!