For today’s activities you will need:
- the episode available either in podcast or quicktime format
- the Whyatt mask
- the Whyatt day worksheets
- the Whyatt instruction sheet
My observations: JavaBoy once again whizzed through the worksheets. However, the extension exercise reminded me of a pad of paper I had bought him earlier in the year that allows you to draw a picture and write a sentence under it (apparently they are called “picture story pads.”) This ended up leading into a lesson on punctuation rather than word switching as he had recently learned about commas and had gotten mixed up about how they were used so we… “looked in a book!” to see how commas and periods were used (he didn’t believe me that periods were used at the end of sentences, so I showed him in some of his favorite books).
JavaGirl knows the story of the Three Little Pigsquite well, but upon seeing one of her favorite animals, decided she wanted to have a big bad TURTLE instead. Then she wanted to draw the turtle. Then she wanted to know the turtle’s name. And so on. On the second page worksheet we ran into an issue because of her seeing the multiple pigs and to her, a large quantity of anything is “10.” So we got into a debate about that. Not that she’s stubborn or anything. She clearly delineated between the three pigs of the story and the ones on the lefthand side of the page, but she wanted to debate about how many were on the lefthand side of the page.
As for the assessment, I can’t say that I felt like there was much change between the pre- and post-assessments. HOWEVER, I feel like that didn’t measure the changes we saw/experienced during the week. We were all more engaged as a family in the total process by having the activities and the kids and I have been singing the songs together in the car and other places (yes, you tend to lose an inhibitions as a parent) since we’ve embarked on this journey. I have come to learn that although I tend to like worksheets, that my daughter doesn’t. And that we all enjoy the more full-experience type of activities like the games, dances, etc.
But best of all was when my daughter picked up JavaDad’s copy of Bruce Catton’s Civil War and flipping through it after dinner tonight. After listening closely, I realized that she was retelling the story of the Three Little Pigs while thumbing through the book, as if she were reading it from Daddy’s big hardcover book. Look in a book, indeed!
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