Kal-El contrasted short-oo and long-oo words today using the movable alphabet. He built long-oo words on the left and short-oo words on the right leaving the red "oo" in place and replacing just the black letters. Some long-oo words include: cool, roof, food, moon, smooth, scoop, tooth, spoon. Some short-oo words include: wood, good, book, cook, stood, shook, wook, and crook. But, this will vary by region. I was preparing some other short-oo work the other day that Kal-El will do later this week and had to move a bunch of words out of the short-oo list and into the short-u list like "pull" and "bull."
Me Too wrote some sentences with the movable alphabet. You can probably see the effect the dreaded "Bob Books" are having on his creativity. I pulled the BOB books out of the closet because I knew he would enjoy reading them, but after seeing this I think I'll put them away.
Kal-El worked with the snake game today. It was the first time he built a snake that required exchanging during verification. It was also the first time he had beads left in the end that couldn't be exchanged for a ten-bar. While we were working with the snake Me Too surprised us both by labeling a short bead chain. I don't know what we thought he was doing over there in the corner, I wasn't paying a lick of attention. But, when we turned around at the end of our snake there he was:
He chose wisely...the short five chain is probably the largest chain he can count since he hasn't done the tens and teens boards yet. We discovered over spring break that he can skip count by 5's and 6's better than Kal-El even can. Me Too is an aural learner and a great example of the advantages of being one of the younger children in a multi-age classroom. On the other hand, Kal-El is enjoying his status as the oldest child in our multi-age "classroom" as he is a very patient and helpful "teacher" to Me Too now that Me Too is reading. He really cheers from him. Sometimes the first thing out of Kal-El's mouth when Daddy comes home is "Me Too was a great reader today!"
Eventually, Me Too moved on to the math work I had planned (go fetch with the large number cards)...
...while Kal-El narrated the life-cycle of a chicken to use while completing a layered puzzle (of the life-cycle of a chicken). That kid would be an excellent cruise director someday.
Today the boys took turns dissecting a fly:
Kal-El never needs my help focusing the microscope anymore.
Me Too's favorite part of dissections is using the tweezers to transfer things in and out of the viewing dish.
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