For preschool we danced to the Nutcracker Suite on Monday.
Tuesday-Thursday we worked on learning the words to "Picture a Christmas," and we worked on a stable craft to go with it (though by printing and coloring other nativity characters we were able to make our craft a bit more complete). We should be able to finish the song and craft on Monday.
We've also continued to learn to fingerspell with ASL--we're up to "m" now.
December is our month to learn the 4th Article of Faith, so we've been singing it once a day and reviewing one previously learned Article of Faith as well.
This week we formed a PreK class for Mister Man and Ladybug. We're reviewing/learning all of the letter sounds along with a few sight words via Easy-Peasy and Reading the Alphabet. We've done /t/ with sight word "a," and we've started /f/ and sight word "the." So far it has been really joyful for them both . . . and for me!
|sight word "a" poke pages|
|"T"s of all sizes|
|Making "T" with their bodies.|
|We made clay name seals using cuneiform to prepare for learning about Shamshi-Adad. Later we talked about what kind of leader we'd actually give our seal of approval.|
The very oldest girls completed Chemistry lessons 5-7 about volume, mass vs weight, and the Law of Conservation of Mass.
|Homemade spring scale|
Best. Present. Ever.
|It's always somebody's naptime!|
It was so great that we went again on Friday. But not until after we attended a fabulous puppet show about the Nativity. Some of the puppets were 10 feet tall! The show was held in a local historic cathedral and had live musicians. Some of our homeschool friends were in the cast--as character voices or as puppeteers. It was marvelous.
(I only had to take Baymax out once when he cried--all of the rest of the kids were great! This was a huge relief because taking 12 kids to a professional theater production made me very nervous.)
Brother and Ladybug had their weekly therapy appointments. Ladybug's appointments now include me as a student to learn/review some parenting techniques. She and I were placed in front of a 2-way mirror with two therapists watching us and taking notes about my parenting skills. They gave me instructions via an earpiece. It was intimidating, but they were kind. Nonetheless, my heart beats faster just thinking about this week's appointment(s).
Pixie is so close to finishing her Personal Progress that I think she'll have her medallion by her 14th birthday. I brought home a pattern and some fabric for her to make newborn hats as part of a church service project--that ought to get her even one step closer.
Rose Red took a test and gave another speech for her dual enrollment class. She continues to do very well in this class. Sir Walter Scott and I need to be more diligent in giving her driving lessons, though. I don't think she got a single one this week.
But she did finally get taken for an eye exam (along with Belle and Super Star). Rose Red needs glasses! And not just reading glasses--all of the time glasses! I'm wondering how long she's needed them, and trying not to beat myself too hard for putting off this exam so long. I hope she finds the glasses to be a blessing!
We committed to keeping Christmas very simple this year out of deference to our new littles who cannot stand much stimulation. We're going to be keeping regular routines for as long as we can. Our nod to December this week was attending The Nativity on Friday and the church Christmas party on Saturday night. I think we will nod once again in the week to come by putting up our lights and having our annual lighting ceremony, but that's it.
It's not only keeping the littles happy, it's keeping me happy, too!