Friday, November 1, 2019

Capital Letters: Week Four & Week Five

Please refer back to my How Waldorf Teaches Capital Letters post for important information concerning this main lesson block.

Thursday, October 24 (Q - Queen, K - King, C - Cinnamon, G - Ginger)

Friday, October 25 (H - House)

  • find embroidered Feathers hidden near each nursery rhyme in Mother Goose Remembers, illustrated by Clare Beaton using textile art (painstakingly created fabric collage pictures & embroidered details)
  • review Q - Queen and K - King
  • discuss how C - Cinnamon and G - Ginger can also be for this story!
  • explain hard and soft C and G, discuss the value of more than one illustration and showing more than one picture/sound combination
  • look at the curl of a cinnamon stick as seen from the side, look at gnobby gnarled ginger root shapes
  • make "Gingerbreadiest" Play Dough
  • create MLB artwork: colored pencil drawings of Queen, King, Cinnamon, and Ginger
  • read "The House That Ate Mosquito Pie," page 37 of Fairy Tales by e.e. cummings

Monday, October 28 (Y - Yak)

Tuesday, October 29

  • review H - House and Y - Yak
  • wet felt flat pieces of felt using white wool batting, colorful bits of wool roving, grated soap, basin of hot water, lengths of bubble wrap, rimmed cookie sheets, and plenty of towels
  • create MLB artwork: colored pencil drawings of House and Yak

Thursday, October 31

Morning (A - Asparagus, Z - Zucchini)

Afternoon (P - Parrot, X - Xylophone)

  • review A - Asparagus and Z - Zucchini
  • create MLB artwork: cut paper collage illustrations of Asparagus and Zucchini à la Lois Ehlert
  • read The Horrendous Hullabaloo by Margaret Mahy

Friday, November 1 (I - Icicle, J - Jump)



  • review X - Xylophone
  • play boisterous music using a variety of classroom instruments (including Xylophone)
  • look at the sound X makes in English (Xylophone as well as Xenarthra and Xenophobia from the SWI lesson this morning) and in Chinese (Xigua, which is pronounced "she gwah," from Eating the Alphabet)
  • note that there are 26 letters in English but 44 sounds
    (see The 44 Sounds (Phonemes) of English chart for a nice PDF)
  • create MLB artwork: colored pencil drawing of Xylophone
  • read Sun Bread by Elisa Kleven
  • create MLB artwork: colored pencil drawings of Icicle and Jump
  • point out to students that J actually was the last letter to join our alphabet!

On Monday we will finish each MLB by writing in page numbers, adding the table of contents, and decorating the front and back covers.

We got somewhat pressed for time there at the end, but it was such a cool opportunity to actually have a Yurt kit made in Kyrgyz Republic to assemble (thank you very much to the family who shared this with us!), so I gave extra days to H - House and Y - Yak. And of course our seasonal Pumpkin Decorating activities also cut into our work time quite a bit. Worth it!

We have had lots of other miscellaneous things going on, such as finishing up our October read aloud story, The Enormous Egg. Our next book will be a collection of Hawaiian Mythology in preparation for our Class Play in December. We have also finished learning "Mr. Slatter" and are beginning to work on a new poem in Speech & Recitation. The new poem is called "Knitted Things" by Karla Kuskin, Poetry Speaks to Children Book & CD. We spend two weeks working on each; this will be our fifth poem of the year:

All of the students also completed their Haunted Houses of Speech and took them home, and we started a new Math concept (algebra) by playing Ghostie Number games. In this game, I emphasize that the "=" sign means "is the same as" and I present number sentences of all varieties, with different combinations of operations and the variable in different places, to help students develop flexibility in their thinking. In each number sentence, a number is "wearing his Halloween costume," which is a little sheet with two eyes cut out of it. The children have to figure out what the number is under the costume. It is so much fun, and can be made easier or harder, depending on the math level of the child.

Happy Halloween!

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