Sunday, February 21, 2010

Turtles, Umbrellas, and Art

We're off to a great start and loving our new school room.  We've implemented our workboxes and working our way through the alphabet.  The workboxes really keep us on task and help us to get through our work quickly.  We usually spend about two hours on our workboxes and another hour on circle time and computer work. 

Our letter S week we played with shaving cream and even Eric was able to join in on the fun.  They both had fun and did a great job playing together.  Ella also made sand art, a collage snail, and is really coming along on her reading as she completed her Headsprout lesson for the week and is now reading 1st readers by herself. She is doing well with her phonetics and can read many books by herself or with little assistance from me.

Our little T for Turtles week was lots of fun.  We find most of our activities and projects online from other homeschooling families.  Ella had fun with our turtle graphing....

and Ella's favorite is always the craft for the day.  Ella was very careful and detailed in putting together or turtle with a bit of paint, glue, and tissue paper. 

Our letter U for Umbrella week Ella was able to go crazy splashing paint (rain falling).  She had so much fun and yes paint was splattered everywhere.  Thank goodness for washable paint.  It was so much fun to see her get so excited about creating her letter Uu page.

Ella loves art, so when the local rec center decided to offer an Abrakadoodle art class we signed her up.  She is really enjoying the class and loves circle time, where the kids get to show off their art to the group.  Here is her Valentine Art project where they studied the artist Jim Dine,

 and her Chinese New Years Art Project studying ovals, fans, and Sumi-e art.

We also found a wonderful art school nearby where she can learn some drawing and sculpting skills. She loves the class and especially is enjoying creating with clay. She looks forward to every Monday and we are happy she has all these outlets to really develop her artist within.  She says she wants to be an artist when she grows up and we definitely see her as one.  She loves to create!!

The Praying Mantis by Ella

Polar Bear at Dinner by Ella

In addition to art, we just enrolled Ella in a wondeful piano program at the Children's Music Academy.  My nephew has really enjoyed the class for the last year and after Ella visited a class, she decided she wanted to join to.  We love how child friendly and fun the classes are, making her piano classes so much more enjoyable than the one-one lessons she used to have.  We also like that Mommy gets to learn right next to Ella, so we get some nice one-one time together.  Ella had her first class this week and loved it.  There are four other kids in her class, so it gives her an opportunity to be with other children her age as well.

I hope to get into more of a routine of posting daily our activities and projects.  We cover so much in a day!  We're actually wrapping up our letter U week tomorrow, then we're on to V for Volcano's!