Friday, August 28, 2009

1st Grade - Letters A, E, I, O & Numbers 1, 2



We are thoroughly enjoying experiencing 1st grade homelearning as a family this year! Wilson is our sweet 1st grader.

We get asked frequently, "So, what do you with Wilson when you homeschool?". Here is a breakdown of the basics that we've been doing the first two weeks of school, using the Earthschooling curriculum as a guide. Letters are introduced in a 3-day rhythm. We are reviewing one number per week.

Week 1
Day 1
Circle Time: Sing "Angels Watching Over Me" ("A"), lyre
Letter A: A Story, LMNOP Card Verse/Movement
Number 1: 5 Senses (taste one apple, see one leaf, feel and guess one item in the box, hear one bird, smell one essential oil)


Day 2
Letter A: Singing, "A"corn Watercolor with Verse, Project (mixing and baking Squash Bread)
Number 1: Math Gnomes (each gnome has 1, practice add/subt/mult/div with gems)
Form Drawing (All form drawing comes from the Write Approach book)
Gymnastics Class

Day 3
Letter A: Writing (air, chalkboard, window crayons, colored pencils in MLB), Search for items that have "A" in them
Letter E: E Story, LMNOP Card Verse/Movement

Number 1: Scooping pearls with a shell, one at a time while felted mermaid watches


Day 4
Letter E: Singing/lyre "Farmer in the Dell" ("E"), Tr"ee" Watercolor with Verse, Dream Tea Project (lemon balm leaves and strawberries)
Number 1: Writing (chalkboard, MLB), Singing "The Ants Go Marching 1 by 1"
Form Drawing


Day 5
Circle Time: Sing/lyre "Good Morning Dear Earth" ("A, E, I, O")
Letter E: Writing, Search for items that have "E" in them, Draw faces on hard-boiled "E"ggs and do egg hunts.
Number:
Nature Counting wood blocks, one at a time
Foreign Language: Numbers in Spanish


Week 2
Fairy Tale of the Week: Briar Rose (Mommy tells story and acts it out. Throughout the week, Wilson retells story. Older children write a "persuasive essay" in their MLB's regarding the tale.)


Day 1
Circle Time: Sing/Lyre "Good Morning Dear Earth", Bean bag counting, Circle Time Song, Meditation
Letter I: I Story, LMNOP Card Verse/Movement
Number 2: 5 Senses
Piano


Day 2
Letter I: Singing/lyre "Michael Row Your Boat" ("I"), "I"cicle Watercolor with Verse, Project (mixing and baking Indian corn bread)
Number 2: Math Gnomes (2 jewels each, practice add/subt/mult/div)
Form Drawing
Handwork: Spinning Yarn

Gymnastics Class

Day 3
Letter I: Writing, Search for items that have "I" in them
Letter O: O Story, LMNOP Card Verse/Movement
Number 2: Play kitchen (cutting wood food into "2" pieces and serving "2" plates of food)
Music: Piano


Day 4
Letter O: Singing, "O"range Watercolor with Verse, Project (cut and sew a Frog bean bag)
Number 2: Writing (chalk, window crayons, colored pencils), Singing "The Ants Go Marching 2 by 2"
Form Drawing
Handwork: Spinning Yarn

Day 5
Circle Time: Sing/lyre "Michael Row Your Boat" ("I, O"), count by 2's throwing bean bags
Letter O: Writing, Search for items that have "O" in them in the garden
Foreign Language: Counting in Spanish

7 comments:

Jen said...

What a wonderful first two weeks for Wilson and your family! And Sofi's felted mermaid is just lovely sitting by the sparkling shells. I always enjoy your posts so much, Jennifer! Thanks for sharing your knowledge and talents :)

Kelli said...

That seems like a beautiful two weeks. There is an ease to it that seems nothing like the monotony of worksheets and lectures. Real learning. I haven't seen the Earthschool curriculum before. I'll have to take a look.

Tahara said...

Wow, what a great experience for Wilson!...You have really thought through it and planned well, what a gift to him!...I love what you are doing with him, I will have to look back when Mekai is in first :-)

By the way, I love the wooden bowls and the mermaid is so sweet!

MamaRose said...

How exciting, it sounds like a wonderful start! I see we share the same song "Good Morning Earth". It is one of our fave's. I was glad to see that you are using Kristie's earthschooling curriculum. It has definitely struck my interest. Thank you for sharing!

Linda said...

This is a lovely detailed 2 weeks, thanks Jennifer :)

Tree House Preschool Daycare said...

Hi....I am looking at Kristie's gr. one curriculum....is most of what you are doing coming from that curriculum or are you adding things yourself...example the handwork, painting ideas, hands on ideas etc.?

blessings,Sharon

Tan Family said...

Hi Sharon! Yes, quite a bit of what we do weekly comes from Earthschooling. We also add in our own ideas, and pull stories from Enki Fairy Tales, and projects from others' blogs. Feel free to email me at info@syrendell.com if you ever have questions. :)