FIELD TRIP ANNOUNCEMENT!!
Our first field trip will be on September 16th! We will meet here at the school house at 9:30. We will all be heading right down the road to Minter's Farm for the Inman Farm Heritage Days celebration! Lunch for the kids will be provided by Chick-Fil-A, thanks to the Farm Credit Bureau! This year, we will enjoy learning about life in the old days from many knowledgeable people, even a potter, blacksmith, and a story-teller! Inman is my home. I was born here, living right on this street... and I am so thankful to be able to share a bit of it with you. Wear your class shirts... maybe we can share a little about homeschooling with the community, as well!
Spanish- Today, Ms. Joanne taught us more Spanish names of clothing. The kids raced each other to choose the correct article of clothing and put it on the fastest! We all practiced our Spanish numbers as we counted. Today, words included the word for skirt and dress, so the kids had a great time being silly!
Spelling- We discussed all these crazy spelling words, breaking them down and talking about each spelling, as well as their meanings. We then reviewed them by playing “popcorn”. Ask the kids to show you at home tomorrow when you read out loud!
We learned about pronouns today! The kids took turns using pronouns in the places of nouns. Also, we are really getting the hang of dictation! Each student is remembering capital letters, punctuation, spelling, and grammar in writing the sentences that I read to them. Impressive!
Math- Our brains were REALLY working today! As we learn about Fact Families in Teaching Textbooks, we are also working with them in class. I used different pictorial models to represent the part-to-whole concept... which is the same concept as our fact families! The analogy of “breaking a stick” really seemed to help them visualize what we are learning. Imagine a "24 stick". If you break it so that one piece of the stick is a "7 stick", then how do you figure out what is left in the other part?
Our math lesson floated into some discussion of solving equations. We learned about problems such as 24 + _____ = 10 + 27. Problems like this look really tricky, but we learned to just look for that equal sign! Everything before the sign will equal everything behind it, so if you can figure out one side, it makes it easy! We know 10 + 27 = 37. So, now we know that 24 + _____ = 37! Using our fact family concept, just solve 37 – 24 to get the answer.... So, we can figure out that 24 + 13 = 10 + 27. What a super bright group of kids we have!
To work on this in a hands-on way, we used number cards and symbols to manually create different problems within fact families. It helps to actually move those cards around to make the corresponding problems!
Social Studies- Mr. Dennis taught a great lesson today on World Trade! The kids learned about supply, demand, the Crusades, and learned the definition of a monopoly. They each were given a sheet explaining everything, so they can review it all at home! The kids worked on a map activity in order to reinforce those map skills while learning about trade routes. We are going to have some awesome map readers!
Art- We worked with paint today! Ms. Nancy showed the kids how to mix primary colors to make all of the other colors. Yes, yellow and red make orange... but MORE red makes reddish orange, while more yellow makes light orange. The students were all ears and eyes as she demonstrated the combinations! Vocabulary for the Color Wheel discussion include Primary Colors, Secondary Colors, Intermediate Colors, and Complementary Colors.