Third Grade Happenings

We have been working on our Main Lesson Book for Third Grade Studies.    We finished up our Old Testament Main Lesson.  T. actually enjoyed many of the stories.  I would have liked to have gotten in many more stories, but I think we got as far as we needed to.  Oma, the Jewish Grandmother was returning to her home.  She had been gone far too long from her own home, but loved sharing her stories with the children.

After we finished, filling in our Main Lesson book with drawings from each of the stories we had read through, T. received a letter from “Grandmother”.  A Native American grandmother from our container story through, A Journey Through Waldorf’s Third Grade Material by Melisa Nielson at http://www.alittlegardenflower.com.  The letter told him he was to expect her to arrive shortly and enjoy new stories from her ancestry.

We are only focusing on the New York tribes.  The  League of Five Nations, Mohawk, Oneida, Seneca, Onondaga, and Oneonta.  Please excuse me if I misspelled these tribes or got them incorrectly, since I don’t have my notes in front of me and am guessing a little from memory.  We opened our study with a weaving project.  We have heard a couple creation stories from, “The Keepers of the Earth” book.  We read a book all about Mohawk Indians.

I will also be incorporating a Shelter Unit with in the N.A. study by using the various types of shelter used by them.  We began that part today.  We started with the plains Indians, tepee’s.  It was fun.  We have much more lined up for this unit.  I hope to  have all sorts of projects completed from this study.  If I am lucky I will find a reservation that we could tour and possibly have a presentation of their “ways”.

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Schooling

I have been really having a hard time getting into the school work groove, but I think as the sun emerges from it’s slumber, so am I.  Today, I thought I would start to catch up with T. on his Old Testament Stories and plan for his Native American Indian Stories to begin.  I wrote up a letter he will soon receive from Grandmother, announcing her visit, and Read to him the story of Abraham sacraficing his son and The beginning story of Moses.  After trying several times to encourage discussion in hopes we could get a writing assignment out of these two, all I got was from it all was an experiment regarding the basket Moses was placed in.  The basket was coated with Tar, so as not to sink and soak through.  So, I figured if we made paper boats to simulate the basket and make another one and paint acrylic paint over it all to simulate the tar, we could see what happens.  I have no idea what properties of science this might cover but I couldn’t draw anything out of  him.  Oh well.

I am in the process of trying to develop a little self-discipline on my part by waking early and preparing for the day ahead of time.  I am also trying to incorperate more into our work that speaks to T. rather than at him.  If that makes any sense. 😛  For B. I am trying to fill in gaps.  Especially, with mathematics we seem to get stuck every year due to his resistance to memorizing his multiplication table.  Due to this I can’t move him forward in his math study, becuase even though the concept is easy for him, the results still come out incorrect.  So, I am doing some major track work with large multiples and division for a while, until I feel he is more competent.   It took us over an hour to get through four problems of multi-digit multiplication.  That was frustrating and long, but we accomplished a great foundation.

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When our paint dries and we fill up the sink with water, I will show you our results of the boat experiment.  I hope something interesting comes of it.  Anyone know how to turn this one into eduspeak? LOL

More Lessons…

Myself and B. continued on our journey into the Middle Ages today.  I had him read about Soldiers in the book, “Lords, Ladies, Peasants, and Knights: Class in the Middle Ages”, by Don Nardo.  After he read the chapter designated for soldiers, I had him outline the main points and created a Main Lesson Page with a drawing of a Knight and Footman.  From that point, we listened to Chapters 3 and 4 of Volume Two, Story of the World, by Susan Bauer.  We reviewed the story of Beowulf and I played several hours worth of Beowulf in audio form found on Librivox.com.  He then began preparing for St. Martins Lantern Walk by creating a tissue paper Lantern.  Later in the day, I read him a few m ore chapters from “The Travels of Benjamin of Tudela” by cant remember.  Then showed him some great examples of Letter Illuniation I found online and even a great Powerpoint presentation about it.  http://www.aaronkirker.com/type2208c/documents/Illuminated%20Letters.pdf   He came back to me with several examples of his own and expressed interest learning Celtic Knot drawing.  So, I sped through the online resources and found a wonderful guide for him to read and practice with.  http://mysite.verizon.net/mihaloew/celtic/ck_tutorial_07.pdf      He immediately began drawing and has some great knots already completed.

T. and me began reviewing the Old Testament Stories of Cain and Able, then we proceeded with Cains Ancestory to include Jubal, Tubal and Jebal.  We breifly went over Adam’s ancestory so he would understand the importance of Noahs’ role in our next story.  Afterward, we played a great game I picked up on Discount the night before called “Word Monkeys”.  T. really enjoyed trying to create spellings of words from his cards so much so he didn’t want me to have a turn.  On his own he created 10 words and even checked some spellings in the dictionary.  He spent most of the afternoon reading Volume 2, Story of the World Activity Book by Susan Bauer, since it was out.  He also played with a string game I made for adding.  I took a peice of wood from some packing and created an addition wrap.  It worked!  He went through the math problems having fun doing it!  I am going to make more and will need white out.  Apparently, you must pay close attention to how it wraps, otherwise it can skip wraps.  Opps. He found himself repeating wraps and getting a little frustrated but still enjoying the process.