October 11, 2003

E week roundup...

Here is the review of our E week study and a list of some of the concepts and things we worked on. While not complete (I can't ever write all that we do in a week) it does give a good feel for our week and hopefully provide people who are interested with some ideas for themselves. We have chosen this letter strategy mostly so I can easily coordinate the learning of my preschooler (Ciaran) and my kindergartner (Rhiannon) in a fun and playful way.

Language Arts
E books we read this week: The bold ones were favorites and read several times.

My "e" sound box by Moncure, Jane Belk.
Emma's elephant : and other favorite animal friends by Ellwand, David.
The edible pyramid : good eating every day by Leedy, Loreen.
Earthdance by Reiser, Lynn
The elves and the shoemaker by Galdone, Paul.
Eating the alphabet : fruits and vegetables from A to Z by Ehlert, Lois.
Exodus from Egypt by Auld, Mary.
What a week : the sound of "long e" by Klingel, Cynthia Fitterer.
Ee by Doudna, Kelly,
The little engine that could by Piper, Watty
Emily is a Flower Girl by Claire Masurel
Thomas Gets Tricked and Other Stories by W. Awdry (Thomas the engine)
Eggday by Dunbar, Joyce.
Bonjour, Babar!: The Six Unabridged Classics by the Creator of Barbar by Jean De Brunhoff

Then of course there was reading that was not based around the letter E where we pointed out words that started with the letter E or some that had the sound of "e" in it as we read. That list is too numerous to post this week.

In addition we worked on the phonetic sound of e - pointing it out everywhere we could and kept our regular word list throughout the week (to be posted soon)

Science and Health

- the concept of evaporation
-Body parts that start with the letter E (eye, ear, eyebrow, eyelash, eyelid, elbow, esophogus, epidermis, etc)
- Senses of hearing and sight
-Several animals that begin with the letter E (elephants, emu, eagles and eels to name a few)
-eclipse (what it is, why it happens, what it looks like)
- food pyramid (what we eat and how we should)
-exercise - we did stretches and a childrens exercise tape

-recognition, number sense and handwriting of numerals 8, 11, 18 and 80
-skip counting by "even" numbers - 2's and 10's
-equal shares
-location (right, left, top, bottom, under, over, in, out, etc)
-matching manipulatives to numerals for numbers 1 -12

Social Studies and Social Skills
-emotions (what they are, how they are expressed, how they affect our relationships with others)
-errands (what they are, how to do them, what we learn)
-the country of Egypt
-the continent of Europe

Music and Dance
-concept of tone (esp as it relates to the way we express emotions)
-Do Your Ears Hang Low
-Irish Step Dancing Practice

-"e" collage
-several coloring pages: maps of Europe and Egypt, pictures of egg, eel, eagle, the letter E, etc
-free time with watercolors
-free time with play-doh

Bible Study
-memory verse Proverbs 20:11
-review of verses Proverbs 16:20 and Proverbs 15:1
-the story of creation
-the story of exodus

Miscellaneous Lessons
-"e" soundbox of our own
-recitation of Humpty Dumpty (egg)
-watching Dumbo (elephant)
-handwriting E, e, 8, 11, 18, 80

Well there you have a pretty good roundup of our week and the lessons we worked on. Some more details can be found in the blogs below. I will have a light blogging weekend as we have a lot to do around the house.


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