Sunday, October 30, 2011

Back to School - Week 10! INSECT WEEK!

Last week, we learned all about SPIDERS! Ephraim was VERY excited. Naturally, in our reading and learning, we discovered that spiders are NOT insects. Insects have 6 legs, and spiders have 8, among other differences. Not surprisingly, Ephraim asked what types of things ARE insects. (I was anticipating this question and preparing for insect week. Two points for me!)

Obviously, there are many, many types of insects, but we are going to take the week to do a broad overview. This may extend into a couple more weeks, depending on the questions that arise, or it may go in a completely different direction. This is one of the beauties of homeschooling. I am able to foster my child's love for learning by following his interests to create lesson plans, rather than lesson plans that disregard his interests. ;)

So, HERE is this week's lesson plan.

We are continuing the same memory verse from last week, although Ephraim has already memorized it. It continues to be relevant and appropriate. In our reading last week, Ephraim discovered that if we did not have spiders, the world would be overrun with bugs. So, he said, "Mom, that's why God made spiders and said they were good!" YESSSSSSS!!! This week, we'll try to figure out some of the reasons He made insects and said they were good. ;)

Also, I think I failed to post the link for this last week, but we are continuing to review Dolch Pre-Primer Sight Words, using these flash cards. Ephraim still has to sound out a few of these words, so I am just going to keep reviewing them until he's mastered them all. Then, we will move on to the next level. This is just a simple, easy way to keep moving forward with the reading skills he's gained through "Teach Your Child to Read in 100 Easy Lessons."

Anyway, hope you have a very buggy week! :)

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