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Friday, March 15, 2013

Fourth Grade Week 33

This was our 2nd week of deschooling (on our way to seeing if unschooling is a good fit).  It was another successful week, and everyone seems to be adjusting well.
Books – Some of the books may seem “below” Caleb’s reading level, but he read a lot of them to Micah.  So, as long as he’s reading, I’m not judging the level of the book.
National Geographic Kids – Cats vs Dogs by Elizabeth Carney
Duck! Rabbit! by Amy Krouse Rosenthal & Tom Lichtenfeld
Ladybug Girl & Bumblebee Boy by David Soman & Jacky Davis
Big Brother, Little Brother by Marci Curtis
The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle
The Very Quiet Cricket by Eric Carle
The Very Busy Spider by Eric Carle
Brian’s Hunt by Gary Paulsen
DVDs/Movies – The Bible – History Channel
Beakman’s World – Netflix
Drive Thru History:  Ancient Rome – Netflix
Meerkat Manor – Netflix
Games Played – Mental Math Popsicle Sticks – this was something I saw on Pinterest, and Caleb really enjoyed it.  So, I will be making more…

Brain Quest Smart! Game
games with Micah (flash cards, puzzle games, etc)
Mexican Train Dominoes
Animal Jam on the PC
Projects or Activities –
Toilet Paper Roll Painting – I saw this idea on Pinterest, too.  We cut toilet paper rolls to make flowers, and then painted with them.
Symmetry Sheet – I think I found this on Pinterest, too.
Email – Caleb continues to send email.  I think the novelty has worn off a bit though.
Letter Tiles – Caleb used these to spell words and make sentences.  Micah also joined in the fun.  He spelled a few words and then wrote them on his paper.
Counting Money – Caleb pulled out the jar of plastic money and stacked it up.  He then proceeded to count what he had stacked.
Collage – Caleb made a collage using various art materials.
Pom-pom critters – Caleb made lots of little pom-pom critters using pom-poms and wiggly eyes.
Mad Libs – Caleb did several pages of Mad Libs in his huge Mad Libs book.  He gets a kick out of making the funny stories and sharing them with us.
Decoding Pages – Caleb found a few decoding pages in a Brain Games workbook that I had (I bought this many, many years ago when I taught in the public school).  He worked on a few of them.
Overall, it was another good week.  My only concern this week was his desire to watch Beakman’s World for two straight mornings.  So, on the 2nd morning, I asked him to write down at least three things he learned or heard during each show.  He kindly obliged.  Smile
Caleb seems to be happy with the deschooling process, and I’m curious to see how it continues to unfold over the next few weeks.  I also LOVE that he’s including Micah in some of the process.  Micah also seems really interested in what we’re doing, so he’s joining in the fun more now, too.  I’m looking forward to adding him in on a regular basis in a few more months.  Right now…it’s at his pace and on his terms.  Smile


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