## Thursday, March 12, 2009

### School Day

Today was a very productive day in the school room.  The boys were in there for two hours and spent time seriously concentrating on nearly every piece of equipment.

Kal-El did the following:

• three part lesson with the "bug" assortment
• snap frame
• Pink Tower and extensions
• Cylinder Blocks 1 and 2 (separately)
• Geometric Presentation Tray
• Geometric Cabinet:  Felt the shapes and insets of all six drawers
• Sorting Task with the plastic animal beads
• Transferring Water with a dropper
• Pegboard
• Marbles on suction cups
• Melissa and Doug Ball Hammering activity
• Flower arranging

The only things on his shelves that he DIDN'T do were:
•  the phonics sounds sorts
• button snakes
• lacing cards
• napkin folding (does anyone ever do those?)

Me Too chose the following:

• Melissa and Doug stacking boxes
• Jack in the box
• nesting dolls
• pegboard
• geometric presentation tray (circle, square, triangle)
• ball transfer with tongs
• object transfer with whole hand (plastic animal beads)
• object transfer with pincer grip (marbles and suction cups)
• cylinder block 1
• Melissa and Doug ball hammering activity
• button snakes

I was too busy today to take any pictures.  Kal-El has trouble taking the drawers in and out of our geometric cabinet.  He needed reminders to hold the figure by the knob when he traced the figure so he can reach all sides.  He wanted to know the name of everything.  In case you are curious, he voluntarily repeated everything I said as long as it was something simple like "oval, triangle, or quatrefoil."  When he held up a figure, asked "what's this?" and I said "a right-angle scalene triangle" he gave me a dirty look and said nothing.  I think that answered my question.

I did a three-part lesson again with Me Too and the geometric presentation tray.  He could already do that last week, so I probably should exchange the figures.  I was also busy gently reminding Me Too to put things away because he frequently had more than one item on his rug.  This is a problem because when he took out the button snakes he sat down to do it on top of the geometric presentation tray so I already have to re-glue a knob.  He had a minor fit when he wasn't allowed to do the pink tower or transferring water with a dropper.  I plan to introduce transferring water with a sponge soon which he might be able to do.  It seems like now is a good time because he's fascinated with the water.  I had to ask him to step away about ten times.

I think we are overdue to begin maths.  I was waiting until after we do the red rods.  However, Kal-El is counting everything.  he counted the cylinders in cylinder blocks, the marbles on the suction cups, the figures in each drawer of the geometric cabinet, he counted the drawers themselves, the blocks in the pink tower, the pegs in the peg board.   I think I had better pull out the number rods before I miss my window of opportunity.