Today was our first “official” day of homeschooling. The boys woke up early, so we got started off much sooner than I expected. After Ronnie’s morning high five, we went for a nature walk, played a little in the back yard, and then got started with his lessons.
Our unit study this week is based around Blueberries for Sal by Robert McCloskey. Ronnie enjoyed this book and commented throughout. One memorable tidbit was when he exclaimed, “but they haven’t been washed!” after reading how Sal was eating the berries right off the bush. As we read, we discussed the pictures and talked about how the mother bear and the baby bear looked similar but they weren’t identical. After we read through it one time, I handed the book over to Ronnie to see if he could narrate the story back to me. He made a few statements and then lost interest, so we moved on for today.
Our next activity was a paper bag book that we adapted from the Blueberries for Sal printables from homeschoolcreations.com. I think this may have been a little under Ronnie’s level because there wasn’t much discussion. I read the directional sentence and he glued the bear on the page right away. He seemed a little bored through it.
After cleaning up, we moved over to the chalkboard to practice writing numbers. I drew the numbers 1 through 4 on the chalkboard and Ronnie traced this with a wet paintbrush. He really enjoyed this and in fact did it a couple more times throughout the day, so this is an activity with staying power.
At the end of our lesson, we recapped the book and Ronnie decided what he wanted to draw in his observation journal: bears and blueberries.
Today was fun, but I quickly realized that we need more activities to do. We ended up with far more leftover time than I had planned for today.