Monday, May 5, 2014

First Day of Kindergarten May 5, 2014

Ritual: Light a candle and say: "Jesus is the light of the world, a light no darkness can put out."

Prayer: Sang "This little light of mine" and said the "Morning Offering"

Pledge of Allegiance

“Rain” By Robert Louis Stephenson - already has it memorized from listening to "A Children's Garden of Verses" (Dover Publications), he wrote the first half of it in his composition book and drew a picture of it (see art)

Lesson 6: review of long e, s, short a, and m in "Teach Your Child to Read in 100 Easy Lessons" (we started this a while back, and then backed off for a little)
Letter practice: copied my writing of "Rain" by R. L. S. 
"The rain is raining all around. It falls on…"
Story of Creation – day 1 – 4
Incorporated geography by identifying land masses and water in the atlas.

Sts. Joseph Cupertino and Padre Pio with science - matter and God (taken from Kindergarten Science for Young Catholics - Seton Press)

Care of creation with tent caterpillar moth

Listened to Gregorian chants throughout lessons
Listened to "O Come, Little Children" and "Tantum Ergo"
Drew picture of "Rain" by R. L. S.

Talk about pictures
"The Swing" by Jean Fragonard, 1766
- ID'd picture as one in "Frozen"
- ID'd it can go with R. L. S.'s poem, "The Swing"
- Found images - putti/cherub, shushing statue, puppy, garden tools, two men

"Floral Still Life" by Joseph Nigg
- ID'd flowers
- ID'd fruits
- observed how juicy the grapes look and how he just wants to pick it off the page and eat it.

"Sunflowers" by Vincent van Gogh, 1888
- contemplated how it made him feel: sad

"A Young Hare" by Albrecht Durer, 1502
- when he saw this, he jumped around like a rabbit and started singing "Springs" from music class
Coloring Pages:
St. Padre Pio
The Saint coloring pages are for when they need some quiet time during the day - separate from class and want to color - this relates to our science 
Read "Lentil" by Robert McCloskey
I had him pick out which book he wanted to read from my "literature" shelf [no twaddle (Charlotte Mason reference) - that is for after class! He loves his I Can Read Phonics Fun Superman - and other superhero books, but I think they shouldn't be part of class time yet - although we still go over the letter sounds when reading it)
Can it float?
discussed matter, made hypotheses, observations and conclusions (Scientific process)

Care and observation of tent caterpillar moth
I showed them the "poop" and changed out the leaves. We captured this little guy two days ago, and it's still going strong
Gregorian Chants (played as soft background music)
O Come, Little Children 
Tantum Ergo
Explore the clock - Melissa & Doug product
I explained briefly what the minute and hour hand meant, and answered his questions until he was bored of it, approximately 3 minutes.
Closing Prayer: St. Michael the Archangel

Closing Ritual: Blow out the candle to end class

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