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Game Day and a Couple of Secrets

Yesterday afternoon Luke asked me who invented the piano. We found out that the first piano (harpsichord) is thought to have been invented by Bartolomeo Christofori in 1709 in Italy. We then looked at pictures of harpsichords (all of this with a little help from the internet.) Luke then brought up his piano books and we looked up information about Johann Sebastian Bach. Here is a fun site we found with his music on it. It was fun for Luke to hear Minuet in G major since that is a piece Luke has learned. DSC07070

Today was game day. Last night I told Luke and Isabel that we would play games instead of school today. A little secret they don't know is that playing games is school. At least here at Sabrina School. Our first game was Vowel Bingo. I got a little nervous at first because when I was taking it out of the package I noticed that it had the vowels with the line or curved line above them (long or short vowels) and I somehow slipped through the system and passed elementary school without ever knowing what in the world those were...

BREAK IN THOUGHT HERE: Another little secret about Sabrina School is that it is not called Sabrina School because it is my school that I run and teach, it is called Sabrina School because it is the school that I go to right now. I'm gettin' schooled.

...Alright, where was I? So after a quick glance I got it that the line above (does any one know how to type the line and the curve? Nevermind I actually really don't even want to know) means the vowel makes the sound of it's name, like the word ABLE would have a strait line over the "A" and AFRO would have a curved line over the "A."







Got it?! So I had a quick lesson with Isabel on what vowels are and we played. She caught on very quickly and didn't need my help. Oh here is a very stupid story to help your kids memorize the vowels...

STUPID STORY BREAK: A mother was making cookies and was out of sugar. She sent her four year old daughter to their neighbor's house to borrow some. The neighbor gave the little girl a cup of sugar. The little girl said, "A E" (supposed to sound like a little kid saying "lady") "I owe you a cup of sugar." A E I O U a cup of sugar.

...After I told it to Luke and Isabel they thought it was stupid and pointless. Stupid, yes, pointless, no. I had asked Isabel before the story if she remembered what the five vowels are and she didn't. Now after that stupid story she knows them and will never forget them.

They played Candy Land together and then I had cut out letters and parts of words they put together up on a flannel board to make words. Then chess. Luke's grandfather taught him how to play and Luke is so into it. I feel guilty about not playing with him enough. He is so cute trying to use strategy and giving me tips. He is a much better chess player than I am. Isabel was on my team and mostly liked "torturing the prisoners."


Recap, Restock, Reorganize and Reevaluate

RECAP Wednesday we got our Math and all of our work done, finished reading The Best Christmas Pageant Ever by Barbara Robinson, and read an Usborne Young Reading Edition of A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens. That afternoon we made sugar cookies. All the kids loved that of course. Later, my parents came from California, so the rest of the evening was spent listening to Christmas music, talking, opening some Christmas presents, Luke preformed his Christmas songs on the piano and Isabel sang and did hand motions to The Twelve Days of Christmas.

Thursday, Luke and grandpa played chess on his new Shrek chess set. They played for I don't know how long while my dad taught Luke about strategy etc. and Luke LOVED it. Isabel practiced her spelling words with grandma and Sylvia played with her new toy grocery cart.

Friday, grandma and grandpa went home, so I took the kids to the park to drive around Luke's remote control truck. It was too cold so we weren't there for very long. We then went to the library and picked up our The Muppets Christmas Carol we had on hold. At home we played a Thomas the Train board game, took a spelling test, then watched The Muppets Christmas Carol during which I sneaked in a nap.

Next week we wont be doing ANY kind of formal school, worksheets, Math, etc. It will be a good time for Joey and me to restock our school supplies, reorganize our schoolroom and reevaluate how and what we are teaching Luke, Isabel and Sylvia.

I think in another post I will go more into my reevaluating thoughts.