Thursday, November 17, 2011

October Recap

October was a great month at The Academy. We started off with a field trip to see the play James and The Giant Peach with our co-op group. We read the novel in September in preparation, and Andrew was very dismayed when some of his favorite parts didn't make the play. Here's a picture of us in our seats, and then one of the stage before the play began. He didn't want to make his picture with any of the characters this year.

We also began our participation in Pizza Hut's BookIt program. Each month, Andrew will get a certificate for a free personal pan pizza after he reads a book. Here he is with the first library book he read by himself, and his pizza. I'm not sure if we'll do this every month though. He only ate a couple of bites of his lunch and then told me he didn't like Pizza Hut pizza. Oh well!

At the beginning of the year, I asked Andrew to think of some goals he wanted to accomplish during Kindergarten. The first thing he said was "learn to tell time." So we started working on that in October. He was super excited the morning he saw our clocks out on the table for math!

We also practiced estimating and measuring volume.

Other math topics were counting by 2s, +1 and +0 addition facts, and counting dimes and pennies. He has made a 100 on every math assessment so far, so great job Andrew!

In reading and language arts, we finished our short vowels. He made this flip book to help him remember the sounds. We started working on our consonant blends next, and even learned about that Bossy E who makes the vowels say their long names. He has completed the pre-primer and primer sight word lists and is well onto the first grade list. Our read alouds for the month were Dolphin Adventure, Dolphin Treasure, The Light at Tern Rock, Five True Dog Stories, and The Family Under The Bridge. We are really enjoying our curriculum and the publisher's choices for read alouds to include. I don't think I had read any of the books from last month, and Andrew and Coleman loved them all!

History brought us the study of France and the French Revolution, along with the Wild West. Science had us reading about all the animal groups and ocean life. We even had a little hot chocolate with whipped cream one morning during math!

November is shaping up to be just as exciting as October around here!

1 comment:

Tina said...

Looks like The Academy is going well and is lots of fun!