Sunday, November 7, 2010

Week in Review: November 1 - November 7, 2010

Henry completed all of his workbook pages for the week.  I can definitely see that he's becoming more proficient at tracing his letters.  He continues to refine his coloring skills, also.  He's not quite all in the lines, but he's getting there.

This week, I purchased a dry erase board for our schoolroom.  Henry is enjoying practicing his letters on the board.  He was able to write an "H" and an "I" on his own.  He was also pleased to find out that together they spelled "hi."

Our nightly bedtime reading is becoming a highly anticipated event.  We are still allowing Henry to choose a story of his own and then also reading a story from The Complete Tales of Peter Rabbit. We've read:
  • The Tale of Peter Rabbit
  • The Tale of Squirrel Nutkin (of course!)
  • The Tailor of Gloucester
  • The Tale of Benjamin Bunny
  • The Tale of Two Bad Mice
  • The Tale of Mrs. Tiggy-Winkles
  • The Tale of the Pie and the Patty-Pan
Some keep his attention more than others, but he always enjoys looking at Potter's beautiful illustrations.

On Saturday afternoon, we dug the apple, lettuce, and Styrofoam out of the Garbage Viewer and had a look.

The results:

 Henry pronounced the apple "squishy," the lettuce leaf "soft," and the Styrofoam "the same."  I was actually getting a little nervous with this one because it took until yesterday to see any kind of change in anything.  I suppose that's why you're supposed to turn  your compost bins frequently.

Saturday's science experiment was fun.  It was too cold (!) to play in the water table outside, so we used the kitchen counter instead.

Seeing the water take the shape of each different container:

Pouring water into a spray bottle:

Spraying the water on the counter and seeing it spread out:

Letting the water drip off of the ends of his fingers:

Putting water in to a glove (he thought this one was extremely funny):

His conclusion?  "Water changes shapes."  Yes, indeed.

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