One of our language activities this week was from Montessori Research and Development, Language Arts Volume I, "The Verb: VI. Hunt the action. I prepared 26 sentences with the noun family written in black and the verb written in red. Normally the child chooses a sentence, reads it, and "hunts the action" in the classroom. In the absence of a classroom, the manual suggested hunting the action in a book, Animalia by Graeme Base. That is indeed the book we used. It is wonderful and I anticipate using this book again for sentence analysis.
Both boys decided to make booklets of space facts. They seem to have decided to research the relative temperatures of planets compared to Earth. I'm not sure, they've been a little secretive about it. They set out our planet models and earth/moon/sun rotation models. They were NOT shy about stealing my music stand to prop up their favorite space book for reference while drawing. They are using a block to hold it open.
I snuck a picture of one of Kal-El's research pages. I believe the different rings of colors represent different temperatures in the atmosphere of the planet and he has also drawn a shuttle and a space station. The text reads: "Saturn 10x colder."
Me Too practiced all of the different spellings of the "oa" sound (long-O) with a game of Pictionary. I copied suggested words and phrases from the The Ordinary Parent's Guide to Teaching Reading onto index cards. I laid out five cards at once. Me Too read all five cards. I drew a picture on a blank piece of paper. Me Too guessed which card I was drawing. I then removed that card and replaced it with a new one. Above is a photo of two three pages I filled with drawings and some of the cards.
Speaking of The Ordinary Parent's Guide to Teaching Reading, Kal-El finally FINISHED IT this week. There was much rejoicing. If you are new to the blog, please note that I don't usually use this resource as intended but rather as a resource. We've been doing this for at least THREE YEARS and you'll find examples all over the blog. If you are looking for some examples fast try here and here.
The last few lessons are quite different than the rest of the book. I took a picture so you could see. Getting to these lessons made it very clear what our next course of action is now that we are finished: vocabulary development. Kal-El could easily read most of these words, in fact all of the words on this page. On other similar pages there were words (superiority, telecommunication, autobiography, environmental) that he didn't know. Even when he read them correctly he wasn't successful because he kept trying again and again trying to turn them into a word he knew. He is tickled pink because I told him that when he finished this book he could "read anything in the world" and he is PROUD. Thanks to the last few lessons, he understands that being able to read something doesn't mean you understand it and he is excited to learn new vocabulary. He also learned that he Does. Not. Like. how this book broke the words into small syllables. He found it was much easier to chunk "dramatic" and "ally" than "dra-mat-i-cal-ly." It's a good skill for when you don't recognize any root words, prefixes or suffixes however.