Tuesday, November 29, 2005

1st Grade Activities: Week 13

1. Religion: pray, Mass attendance.
2. Music: Gregorian chant Requiem and polyphony.
3. P.E.: run and play.
4. Reading: Bow-wow!, Cat and Mouse (Bob Books), Wonderful Wheat, On the Playground (booklets).
5. Read Aloud: Poppleton Has Fun; Never Cry Woof!
6. Math: oral, 3x3=9 (3 three times, or 3+3+3).
7. Art: draw staff lines and notes for a (pretend) six-page musical score.

1. Religion: pray; read Gospel of the day: Lk 21:5-11; read one-page bio. of St. Cecilia.
2. Calendar: today is Tuesday; Thursday is a holiday: Thanksgiving. "I can't wait until the day after tomorrow!"
3. Math: "3+3+4=10", "3+3=6", count to 60.
4. Reading: Jobs: Making and Helping, What Can Fly?, Patterns, Desert Day, What Do I See? (booklets); signs and labels.
5. Read Aloud: Tom Feelings: I Saw Your Face (portraits of young people of African descent); Carolina Clatter; La La Rose; Voyage of the Dawn Treader.
6. Art: computer drawings; Bob the monkey; website design: sketches on paper.
7. Computer: make up stories and email for Dad.
8. Music: sing made-up songs.

1. Religion: pray Our Father; read Gospel of the day: Lk 21:12-19; read short bios (1 pg.) of Saints Columban and Blessed Miguel Augustin Pro.
2. Reading: Bugs!; Monkey Business; online books.
3. Assisted Reading: Tom and Pippo See the Moon; Where Is My State?; Bark, George; Starfall online books.
4. Read Aloud: the Voyage of the Dawn Treader; Margaret and Margarita: Margarita Y Margaret (bilingual); On Sand Island; Horton Hatches the Egg; Pooh's Touch and Feel Visit (tactile book).
5. Spanish: story time at library.
6. Art: Pilgrim stick puppet.
7. P.E.: park.

Thursday, Thanksgiving holiday.

Friday, holiday.

1st Grade Activities: Week 12

1. Art: draw/trace more cotton-top tamarin monkeys.
2. Science/Nature: read second half of Monkeys of Central and South America; read Robots: What They Are, What They Do.
3. Read Aloud: D'Aulaire's Greek Myths; Fortune Cookie Fortunes; I Lost My Bear; Percy the Piglet.
4. Reading: The Swimmers, Floppy Mop, Summer, Bud's Nap (Bob Books); This Is an Island, Fast and Faster, Where Are They Going?, We Use Water (booklets).
5. Phonics: double consonants in begged, stopped: beg+g+ed, stop+p+ed; oa, ar, ea, ai, or, a-e sounds.
6. Computer: Reader Rabbit; type and spell in text editor; snowman art in drawing program.
7. Reading: Soap Boat, Car Race, My Horse Glory online books (Starfall).
8. Religion: Gospel reading; pray Our Father, evening prayers.

1. Religion: pray Our Father, read Gospel of the day; short (1pg) bio. of St. Albert the Great.
2. Art: repair (glue) broken decorations; draw ant; illustrate and number Christmas wish list.
3. Science/Nature: observe ants, draw, dictate observations; watch a small ant towing the large one (queen?) several times it's size.
4. Library day.
5. P.E.: park, soccer practice.
6. Handwriting: write name and book title of a favorite book on a "turkey feather" for display at the library.
7. Spelling: spell "A Book of" for the "feather".
8. Read Aloud: The Trapp Family Singers.
9. Reading: But Not the Hippopotamus.

1. Art: draw robots, draw hearts, flowers, characters; make pipe cleaner man.
2. Religion: read and discuss Gospel of the day; pray Our Father; Mass attendance; girls' group: listen to presentation about St. Jane Frances de Chantal, do Christmas/Advent crafts; evening prayer.
3. P.E.: park.
4. Reading: Todd's Box; Turtle and Snake at Work; Puppy Mudge Finds a Friend, The Pigeon Loves Things That Go!
5. Read Aloud: The High-Rise Private Eyes: The Case of the Troublesome Turtle.
6. Music: follow words, and sing hymns during and after Mass; sing made-up song.

1. Religion: pray Our Father, Hail Mary, Glory Be; read today's Gospel: Lk 19:41-44; read about St. Elizabeth of Hungary.
2. Art: design Advent wreath; draw secret code page that you can "read" with a flashlight; draw a turkey.
3. Science/Nature: observations: "8 things float", "9 don't float" in the bathtub; ant: "3 legs on each side, 2 antennas"; speculate about the behavior of ants.
4. P.E.: dancing.
5. History: website www.plimoth.org to learn about the first Thanksgiving.
6. Read Aloud: The Beast in the Bathtub; Homespun Sarah (Colonial life); The Pot That Juan Built; Shrinking Violet.
7. Reading: Truck Duck; Goodnight Dinah (booklet); Puppy Mudge Has a Snack :) ; Puppy Mudge Loves His Blanket; Puppy Mudge Takes a Bath; signs on the highway.
8. Cooking: make a milkshake, reading her own recipe.

1. Religion: pray Our Father, Hail Mary, Mass attendance.
2. Field Trip: live performance of Beauty and the Beast, accompanied by musicians: identify several instruments and describe sound.
3. Reading: read 4 books in the car.
4. Library trip.
5. Read Aloud:
6. Computer: wants to create her own website. Here is her list of topics:

history: 1st Thanksgiving
how to make stage props
names of stores
school items
school teachers' names
how to make paper dolls
how to make your own fan
how to stuff your own stuffed toy
how to make dolls
how to be a great cook
how to make different kinds of sticky tags
make gifts
make some things for Valentine's Day
maps of buried treasure
names of different websites
how to become a great swimmer
how to become a mom that knows much
how to become a dad that knows much
how to become a children that knows what to do
how to make clothes
how to make your own play equipment
how to blow up the biggest balloon
how to blow the biggest bubble gum bubble without popping it
new ideas
how to make a robot
how robots are designed
how to design a pumpkin without it rotting
how to make stickers
how to make magnets
how to make puppets
how to make a scarecrow
how to make a notebook
how to be a museum owner
how to make a lamp
how to make a bag
how to make a fake plant
how to make indians out of paper
how to make a rag doll

7. Art: computer sketch to go on the website: Tin Man.

1. P.E.: soccer game (awarded most improved player); run and play.
2. Read Aloud: There's a Wocket in My Pocket; What's on the Ships (booklet); The Thanksgiving Beast Feast; The Berenstain Bears and the Wishing Star.
3. Art: coloring, Play-Doh (make characters from Brave Little Toaster movie).
4. Math: oral addition.
5. Reading: online books (Starfall).
6. Religion: Bible readings for Mass and discussion of readings (she didn't like what happened to the goats) and feast of Christ the King, what the word Christian means.
7. Music: listen to Tomás Luis de Victoria Missa O quam gloriosum.

Thursday, November 17, 2005

1st Grade Activities: Week 11

1. Religion: pray Our Father; read Gospel for the day; read about the saint of the day: St. Willibrord; evening prayers.
2. Reading: read on-line books ( www.starfall.com ).
3. Take learning style assessment.
4. Math: oral equations: addition.
5. Music: sing made-up song about our local hospital and doctor's office as we pass it.
6. Science/Nature: watch Pumpkin Circle: The Story of a Garden (video); observe and draw ants.
7. P.E.: ballet class.
8. Art: color ballerinas, cut out, play with them.
9. Computer: capture art to print, color, and cut out.
10. Read Aloud: Squanto's Journey: The Story of the First Thanksgiving; The Amazing Bone.

1. Religion: pray Our Father; read saint of the day: St. Godfrey; what is an abbot?
2. Language Arts: use secret code chart where letters equal numbers.
3. Music: sing made-up song: go to sleep.
4. Art: print, color, cut out 2 ballerinas to play with; draw more ballerinas posed on stage and associated items.
5. Math: two oral and written addition problems: 4+4, 5+5.
6. Reading: most of Go, Dog. Go!; Worm Builds, Pizza, Piggy's Bedtime, Catch, Cat Bath, Play Ball, The Big Fish, Piggy's Bath, Worm Is Hot (booklets); Bunnies.
7. Assisted Reading: One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish; A Bird Flies By (booklet).
8. Read Aloud: finish Prince Caspian.
9. Phonics: ph = f; kn = n.

1. Reading: books on line (Starfall); signs, circulars, labels; words in read-aloud books; read the chapter title: "Further Up and Further In" (The Last Battle).
2. Read Aloud: Mouse TV, The Voyage of the Dawn Treader; You're Somebody Special Walliwigs; What's Cooking, Jenny Archer? Some poems from Ladybug magazine; Bambi and the Butterfly; Time for Bed.
3. Religion: pray Our Father; read about saint of the day: St. Theodore Tiro; read Gospel of the day: Jn 2:13-22; evening prayers.
4. Drama: play storekeeper; find buried treasure.
5. Science/Nature: "Mom, are the ants (in the kitchen) storing up food for the Fall and Winter?, Then they will come out again in July?"
6. Politics: "Is it true that 100 people could say yes and the president could say no?" She was concerned about our local Prop. G (sports teams selling fireworks to raise money) getting vetoed by the president. ;)
7. Computer: compose email with fancy font.
8. Art: draw a map to find buried treasure at a local park.
9: Math: counting (approx. 60); calculate dots on a foot rest: 2 rows x 12 dots + 1 row x 13 dots + 1 row x 14 dots + 7 rows x 16 dots = 163.
10. Music: sing made-up songs.
11. Recess: 4-H meeting.

1. Music: play and sing Raffi, Woody Guthrie songs, and hymns for children.
2. History: a century is 100 years.
3. Religion: pray Our Father; read about St. Leo the Great, St. Peter, St. Paul; read Gospel of the day: Lk 17:20-25.
4. Science/Nature: read about monkeys: Monkeys of Central and South America; discuss local squirrel behavior.
5. Art: draw pictures of a cotton-top tamarin family of monkeys; cut out and play with them.
6. Math: American monkeys have 36 teeth: how many do you have? 12 top teeth + 10 bottom teeth = 22 teeth total (show how to add vertical columns of units and tens); 3-1 = 2; 2-1 = 1; 1-1 = 0; count ants.
7. Reading: Muff and Ruff (Bob Books); Maisy's Bedtime.
8. Read Aloud: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader; The Story of the Trapp Family Singers.

Friday, Veteran's Day (school holiday)
[I suppose a school holiday only means that I don't have to document all the learning going on around here. :) ]

1. Reading: Silly Old Possum; Who's Coming for a Ride?; When I play; Houses; Lost; Too Many Clothes (booklets); Winnie the Pooh's Opposites.
2. Read Aloud: Please Bury Me in the Library :( Rhinos Who Play Baseball; Rhinos Who Play Soccer; Henry's First-Moon Birthday (Chinese tradition); Fireboat: The Heroic Adventures of the John J. Harvey (mention and drawings of the Sept. 11, 2001 destruction of the Twin Towers incl.).
3. Religion: Mass readings; Mass attendance; pray Our Father; evening prayers.
4.P.E.: soccer game; play at park.
5. Math: oral equations, simple addition.

Thursday, November 10, 2005

1st Grade Activities: Week 10

1. Reading: fill-in-the-blank poem (game); My Models, Worm Watches, There Is a Planet, Dinah's Dream, Yucky Ball, Super Hero (short booklets); Halloween card.
2. Art: color several pages online, capture, save, name file, find and launch application.
3. Music: listen to folk songs: Pete Seeger for Kids and Just Plain Folks; read lyrics -- follow along while listening; sing some of the songs; Songs for Singing Children.
4. Phonics: sound out words in reading; long vowel words with silent e.
5. Computer: type the rows on keyboard.
6. Math: solve equations: 7+3, 7+4, 5+7, 7+6, 7+7, 0+8, 2+8, 8+1, 8+3, 8+4, 5+8, 6+8, 8+7, 8+8, 9+0, 1+9, 2+9, 3+9, 4+9, 9+5, 6+9, 7+9, 9+8, 9+9, 10+0, 10+1, 10+2, 10+3, 10+4, 10+5, 10+6, 10+7, 10+8, 10+9, 10+10, from flashcards -- oral, some done mentally, some with manipulatives (approx. half and half); 100 five times = 500; 100 six times = 600.
7. P.E.: ballet.
8. Religion: pray Our Father; scripture readings for the day.

1. Math: oral with flashcards: 11+0, 11+1, 11+2, 11+3, 11+4, 11+5, 11+6, 11+7, 11+8, 11+9, 11+10, 11+11, 12+0, 12+1, 12+2, 12+3; show how to add vertical columns.
2. Religion: listen to children's songs: On My Way to Sunday School (hymns).
3. Phonics: ai = long a sound; final y makes long e sound (in context while reading).
4. Music: website with games all about instruments in the orchestra: nyphilkids.org (New York Philharmonic Kidzone): create your own instrument.
5. Art: drawing of instrument: The Daisy; line up Halloween toys for photo.
6. History: read from The Story of the Greeks, H.A. Guerber.
7. Read Aloud: D'Aulaires' Greek Myths: Aphrodite, Persephone; Pretzel; Martha and Skits; Perfectly Martha; Fried Feathers for Thanksgiving; Jazzbo and Googy.
8. Religion: pray Our Father, read Gospel of the day.
9. Science/Nature: observation and care of snails; One of the snails is moving very quickly: "His heart -- I can feel it. It's making him go faster."
10. Reading: sort Halloween candy by name; read some words in read-aloud book.
11. Science: wants to go to the moon; wants to experience weightlessness in space.
12. Cooking: make a milkshake; post recipe on refrigerator.

1. Science: throw 10 toys in the bathtub: "4 toys float, 6 toys sink", add one more toy that sinks: 7 toys sink.
2. Read Aloud: Young Cam Jansen and the Baseball Mystery; Olivia; one chapter from Henry and Mudge in Puddle Trouble.
3. Math: telling time; verify that 5 kittens have 20 paws (from read-aloud story in Henry and Mudge); make a chart for secret code where numbers equal letters; use chart to code name; write simple addition equations.
4. Art: print paper dolls (bears) and clothes from internet; frog made of ovals -- paste and decorate (library craft); color saint and angel page (coloring books); draw a picture of our Franciscan Father in habit.
5. Spanish: story time with crafts.
6. Religion: pray Our Father; read Gospel and saint of the day; attend Mass.
7. Music: follow musical notation for chants.
8. Reading: some words in read-aloud books; signs while traveling; Bark, George.

1. Art: write directions to make a toy frog from book (Thump and Plunk); draw a paper frog, color and cut out.
2. Reading: Biscuit Wins a Prize; Big Pig and Little Pig; words in read-aloud books.
3. Read Aloud: Thump and Plunk; What's Cooking, Jenny Archer?; An Arctic Year; Prince Caspian; Annie Rose Is My Little Sister.
4. Spanish: read aloud: Margaret and Margarita / Margarita Y Margaret (bilingual book).
5. Music: This Land Is Your Land (video with folk songs).
6. P.E.: Soccer: Sports Tips for Kids video.
7. Religion: read about saint of the day; pray.
8. Phonics/Spelling: online computer games; "Daddy, what is a compound word that begins with air?"

1. Read Aloud: Cathy the Calf; Betsy Who Cried Wolf!
2. Spanish: count to 10 in Spanish.
3. Computer: type "email" to Dad; drag and drop art.
4. Recess: play with friends.
5. Homeschool meeting.
6. Library time.
7. Math: oral addition equations in car.
8. Religion: pray Our Father; Family Mass.
9. Reading: signs, labels, some words while browsing books.
10. Handwriting: copy title, artist, and names of persons donating artwork from a statue at the library (all caps).

1. P.E.: soccer game; visit gymnastics class.
2. Library trip.
3. Home Ec.: organize toys in new shelving/bin unit.
4. Religion: pray; Mass attendance; Bible stories on video; evening prayers.

Tuesday, November 01, 2005

1st Grade Activities: Week 9

1. Phonics: Reader Rabbit programs: alphabetical order; opposites; short vowel sounds; compound words; word chunks; homonyms; ow sound in slow vs. ow in how; or sound; ar sound; ur sound.
2. Reading: size words; color words; Jack and Jill rhyme; opposite words; 5 senses (sentences); school words; signs and labels; Reader Rabbit (Complete Learn to Read System) Storybook 1 and half of 2.
3. Handwriting: some lowercase work in workbook: Vocabulary Development.
4. Religion: pray Our Father, Hail Mary; read Gospel of the day.
5. History: Ancient Egypt video.
6. Math: counting; "I have 10 fingers + 10 toes. 10+10 = 20."
7. Art: photograph fish reading a book.
8. Spanish: Lyric Language Spanish video; study Spanish subtitles while watching a DVD in English.
9. Science: observation wet/dry -- some parts of a wet garment dry faster than others; rescue an ant from being "kidnapped" by a spider.
10. Read Aloud: Prince Caspian.

1. Phonics: final y sound (long i): shy, sty; long i sound: i-e, ie; ing sound; ow sound as in row, bow; oa sound; Reader Rabbit programs (see Monday).
2. Reading: assisted reading: The Big Barn Surprise; Apple; In a People House.
3. Math: make a cube (measure, draw lines, cut, tape) of 1" squares from a 3x5" card for dice for a board game; How many sides to a cube?: "Six".
4. Science: Astronomy video; How a Car Is Built (video); Shamu and You (video).
5. Art: make up components of a board game.
6. Read Aloud: Prince Caspian; Minnie and Moo and the Thanksgiving Tree.

1. Science/Nature: nature walk in the rain: puddles, leaves, snails, slippery steps; bring in a baby snail; observe, play with it, set up environment with leaves for food, photograph.
2. Science/Technology: How a Car Is Built video; Today's Mighty Trains video (includes train safety).
3. Religion: pray; Bible readings for the day.
4. Reading: Reader Rabbit (Complete), story from book 2, read several stories from book 3.
5. Poetry: short poem about walk in the rain.
6. Music: sing made-up songs about nature walk.
7. Spanish: story time at library.
8. Art: Haloween crafts
9. Read Aloud: Magenta's Visit; The Coming of the Pilgrims, Told from Governor Bradford's Firsthand Account; My First Thanksgiving, Tomie dePaola; Estela's Swap; What Grandmas/Grandpas Do Best; My Buddy (about a boy and his assistance dog); Otto Goes to Bed; Tom and Pippo Read a Story; John's Picture; Pigs Ahoy!; The Puddle.
10. Drama: watch puppet show and play at the library.

1. Science: "a spider has 8 legs" (verify by counting legs on plastic spider); Watch Kids Discover Bats; narrate information about bats, draw several bats (see page in Science section of binder), video; watch Bill Nye, Outer Splace video.
2. Social Studies: learn about assistance dogs for the handicapped: My Buddy (book).
3. Religion: pray; read and discuss Bible readings for the day.
4. Art: Halloween crafts -- color and paste; make a ghost puppet from a white tissue; make doll clothes from tissues; draw bats.
5. History: "What did Lewis' hat look like? What color was it?" (Lewis and Clark); She wants to dress a paper cat up as Lewis -- internet research.
6. Spanish: watch Spanish language video: Elmo en la Tierra de los Grunones.
7. Handwriting: write alphabet (all caps) on chalkboard; copy title of video, phone number, website in notebook.
8. Reading: Piglets; Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See? (recognizes color words).
9. Read Aloud: Pigs Ahoy!
10. Music: sing made-up songs; attend choir rehearsal: Ludwig Senfl, Missa Nisi Dominus.
11. Art: draw dogs, girls; knight with armor, elf, tree spirit (girl) and tree, faun with trumpet, Aslan the lion (colored chalk on chalkboard); "Nirnia".

1. Read Aloud: Little Lulu Ladybug; Christmas Lullaby.
2. Music: sing made-up song about a mouse, and another about soap, "your favorite friend".
3. Art: we drew, colored, cut out mice from book: Christmas Lullaby; draw paper toys for the mice.
4. Drama: drama with paper mice.
5. Math: solve addition equations: 3+1, 2+3, 3+3, 4+0, 4+1, 2+4, 3+4, 4+4, 0+5, 1+5, 5+2, 5+3, 4+5, 5+5, 0+6, 1+6, 6+6, 6+5, 4+6, 3+6, 6+2, 7+0, 7+1, 7+2 (oral, with flashcards); 10 tens are 100 (look at manipulatives).
6. Phonics: long "e" sound in ee (seed) ea (bead).
7. Reading: Reader Rabbit, books 39, 40; Marcos Counts (English/Splanish 1-10).
8. Science/Technology: watch Road Construction Ahead video.
9. Spanish: watch Elmo en la Tierra de los Grunones.

1. P.E.: soccer.
2. Science/Technology: use library computerized catalogue.
3. Handwriting: write titles of videos from the catalogue.
4. Reading: Stepping Stones, Mrs. Wishy-Washy's Tub (booklets).
5. Read Aloud: Prince Caspian; Dorothy and the Wizard of Oz.
6. Phonics: sound out words.
7. Math: oral counting and addition.
8. Music: J.S. Bach, Magnificat, Ich Habe Genug; Franz Schubert, Piano Trios.
9. Art: draw librarians at work, self-portrait in Halloween costume, jack-o-lanterns with variety of faces, a page of musical notes.

*Included in this log are any "educational" videos watched during the week. (Extra videos this week due to the flu.)