Friday, February 8, 2013

First Grade Fun

For several months Annabelle and I just stuck to the basics (reading, Math, Spelling, Bible).  The beginning of January we dove back into Sonlight and our geography fun.  The last 2 weeks we added Astronomy back into the mix.  Finally this last week we came back to our 'full' load and added our first week of Music and Art Appreciation from Harmony Fine Arts Academy.  We've been having such a good time!

While finishing up our S. American studies we made Animalitos.  These are usually woven on looms...we made ours with paper. :)

We moved into Europe.  We discussed some history.  Annabelle finds the clothing particularly interesting.  We made 'ruffs' which people used to wear around their necks (sometimes they were so big they needed extra long spoons to reach their mouths!)

In astronomy we picked up where we left of with the sun and learned about eclipses.  This was a fun little activity we did to learn what an eclipse is.

We also watched this YouTube video that she really enjoyed and wanted to watch several times that week (which I found surprising. lol)
We also did the chapter on Mercury.  This activity was used to demonstrate how craters on the surface of a planet are formed.  She used different sized 'asteroids'....the clementine was the biggest one....and made a mess. :)
This is an extra book that we read.  I picked up this series of planet books at a preschool's going out of business sale for ten cents a book.  They are really colorful and simple.
 Our first week of Music Appreciation our composer is Antonio Vivaldi.  We used this site to listen to the Spring section of his Four Seasons piece.  I really like the site because it tells you what to think about during each movement, helpful when trying to explain it to a first grader.  We will listen to one movement for the next few weeks. 

In Art Appreciation we started learning about Renoir.  Annabelle did a picture study of the Girl With a Watering Can.

We also used the Oxford First Book of Art and looked at the section of Mother and Child art pieces.  In particular we looked at The Child's Bath by Mary Cassatt.  Afterward we did the suggested activity.  Annabelle painted a splashy watery picture.....
 .....then we put a picture in of her as a baby splashing in the bath.
Such a fun filled week with tons of learning.  So glad that we are finally in the groove and getting to do all the basics and the icing stuff too!  Happy blogging!


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