November was not as full as I had hoped it would be. I barely had a voice for about two weeks, so I had to get creative when I was feeling up to teaching anything a bit formal. Thankfully, during those two weeks, the weather was decent so the girls could get out of the house and didn’t develop the dreaded cabin fever this early in the season.
Science this month involved animals. It meant I didn’t have to talk, just prepare lessons and let David Attenborough fill in the gaps. Ha. Mae took it upon herself to investigate more by digging through books we own and *approved* Youtube videos.
We only made it through one, shorter group read aloud this month. (I had three chapter books set aside) But it was a great one!
We also read The Quiet Little Woman: a Christmas Story, by Louisa May Alcott in one sitting. It too was delightful!
Mad Mattr seemed to be the activity of choice during group read-aloud time.
The girls had lots of copy work, which has not been as big of a priority this semester. So much writing! Rae was not thrilled and will surely be bummed to find out I liked the results and plan on bringing it back full force.
We also played more games in a single month than we ever have.
Their favorites right now are Settlers of Catan, Five Crowns, 6 nimmt, The Game, Bananagrams, Kings in the Corner, Dungeons & Dragons, Battleship, and Hangman. They also played checkers but that game frustrates both of them when they play each other.
Rae even made her own Candyland game! She made paper people go with it, but we used legos because it made it more fun (and that way she could be Lloyd). Her candy spots were peanuts, a lollipop, Twizzler, and an ice cream cone. The characters on the board were the four of us. I’m definitely framing it when we’ve worn it out.
Mae took to writing songs. Whether they amount to something or not, I thought it would be good practice for writing and identifying the notes.
Rae keeps to herself and never really needs help with anything no matter the subject. However, if I sit with her while she works, she becomes the biggest chatterbox and laughs at all her own jokes. It’s the best.
Throughout the year, we read up on and talk about native Americans. The girls and I are fascinated by them. In November, we have formal lessons about them in preparation for Thanksgiving. Because I couldn’t talk much, we are probably going to continue researching them into December, because I think of too many projects
I want to they would like to work on and there is always more to say.
We read a few books from the library, but my favorites are some we own –
The People Shall Continue, North American Indians, and the most in-depth book -given to me by my brother, Joseph – Through Indian Eyes. The girls look through it often. It is an encyclopedia of sorts.
I have put our Kings, Queens, and Medieval era lessons on hold until next semester sometime.
Hopefully, most of you actually get to enjoy a long weekend. I’ll post the monthly round-up of loose ends on the 30th.