Quality of Numbers Booklist 2023
(main lesson block for Bobcats)
List of Shelters 2023
(main lesson block for Bongos)
We continued to read Charlotte's Web by E.B. White at lunchtime.
The Bongos had a special Sundial field trip to Anna IL on Monday, Nov 6. Many thanks to Neth for showing us the amazing projects he has built!
This week we finished up our Art History lessons on Louise Bourgeois; her sculpture Maman was wonderful for 8 in the Quality of Numbers block. We also incorporated Art with our cut paper Square Numbers collage for 9, and our Skin Tone Painting lesson for 10. I so enjoy watching Cassie Stephens' video teaching children to paint their skin tone! We used only black, white, red, and yellow paint, just as described in The Colors of Us by Karen Katz.
The Colors of Us by Karen Katz
our ten fingers (10 / X)
Other picture books we read for the Quality of Number block included Seven Blind Mice retold by Ed Young (7 / VII), Spiders Spin Webs by Yvonne Winer (8 / VIII), and Pezzettino by Leo Lionni (9 / IX).
In the Shelters block, we read My Great-Grandmother's Gourd by Cristina Kessler and learned about the amazing and easily hollowed out baobab tree. It is used in Africa to store water during the rainy season and as a shelter. We also read about modern day cave dwellings, and the children created a list of interview questions to ask my mother (who has visited one in Italy).
We also continued to do Word Study daily using Study Booklet #2 from the The High Frequency Word Project curriculum by Rebecca Loveless and Fiona Hamilton. Each day I would write a word on the board using the International Phonetic Alphabet and the children would try to figure out what it was. Then we would look at the story of that word from Old English to today. This week's words were < be >, < am >, < are >, and < were >.
Here are some photos from week 10:
note that during each month of the year you must stand on a different stone
to account for the sun being lower or higher in the sky as the seasons progress, as this is a change which would affect your shadow
Neth did all the math for this and it's amazing!
he explained that during Daylight Savings, you have to adjust your readings and add an hour to the stone your shadow points to
the children are amazed that this room is often uncomfortably warm in the middle of winter, just from the sunlight coming in and being captured
"Looking Through the Garden Gate," p.94
"Rolling Seals," p.92
"Bear Has a Snout," p.93
"Galloping Horses," p.75
here I explain the word sum for < said >
say + ed (this is the suffix to mark a verb as past tense)
you can't have three vowels in a row in English, so it becomes say + d
the < y > toggles to an < i >, so it becomes said
we painted these as part of Piet Mondrian and learning about Primary Colors
(they were painted using only yellow, red, and blue)
now we use them as the illustration for 6 / XI in the Roman Numerals MLBs
the children loved choosing colors and patterns
the Math Gnomes!
in the Waldorf Math Gnomes block, all four operations (+, -, x, ÷) are introduced to the children, each as a character who acts in a certain way
they are sorted into Wood, Metal, Cardboard, and Plastic & Foam
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