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Saturday, 27 September 2008
Newsletter 6 - Week 9
Topic: Newsletters and Journal

Newsletter 6 - Week 9

We started the theme: States and “Flat Stanley” this week

Basic Skills Menu: `Horizons Workbooks (Kate, Phonics-vowels; and Math -tens and ones place value; Dom, Phonics-basic letter formation and sounds; and Math-basic counting and number formation, some basic addition).

`Various worksheets: Kate, money; Dominic, patterns, sorting, left vs. right, etc.

`Extra practice: Kate, money, 10’s, teens; Dom, tracing numbers, letters

`Kate’s First Grade Readers (Horizons and Christian stories)/Reader’s theater

`Flashcards for Dominic: letters, numbers, sight words, phonics

Books used: “Flat Stanley”

Journals Week 9: "If I were Flat Stanley, I would..."

Read Aloud: “Meet Felicity”

Verse and Bible: None introduced this week.  We focused on devotions (“Right Choices” and “Five Minute Devotions”).

Spelling Words:  None introduced this week.  We focused on Basic Skills a lot this week

Day 1: Grant worked on sign language today on!

Bible (and Science): We did a devotion toady from “Five Minute Devotions” (Science and Bible themes and principles).  It was on wildcats, and taught us to keep our anger under control.  The passage taught us that it is ok to get angry, but not to sin when we are angry. 

Reading: We read half of, “Flat Stanley”.  It goes with our States unit, in that, when Stanley becomes flat, he is able to travel through the mail anywhere he wants!  He visits a friend in California, for example.

Writing: Journal- The kids journaled-“If I were Flat Stanley, I would…” 

Basic Skills: Kate-read from her reader and Dominic-worked with me on his letter flashcards.  We are practicing letter identification, and sounds.  We even tried to put some sounds together (word families: -at and –it)

Extra: Kate worked on calendar skills and Chinese Proverbs on


Day 2: Dom “read” a story to me by looking at the pictures and supplying his own words. J (“Monster Math”)

Bible (and Science): We did a devotion today from “Five Minute Devotions”.  It was about rattlesnakes and the Biblical lesson was on warnings, God’s warnings to us in the Bible to stay away from what is bad.

Reading: We finished reading “Flat Stanley”. 

Math-time: We read a book called, “Monster Math”.  It helps reinforce (and teach) telling time by taking each hour of about 8 hours and showing what the monsters do each hour.  Example: “At 8:00, the monsters eat breakfast.” And they show a clock with the time shown. 

Furthermore, Kate read the book to us.

Finally, Kate made her own time booklet!

Basic Skills: I let Kate have free reading with books of her choice, while Dom and I worked on his letter flashcards doing the same thing we did yesterday.  We practiced the sound families: -at, -it and –ad.

Day 3: The kids started the day with some good old fashioned yard work.  This to me qualifies as character education, P.E. and Math as they figure what they will earn in allowance for their work!! J 

Basic Skills: This was a big basic skills day.  Grant and Dom were interested in practicing their letter and number flashcards.  Kate practiced writing her teens and counting and writing by 5’s.  She also practiced her time.

Reading: The kids and I read, “Too Many Pumpkins”. 

Day 4: Basic Skills day




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