Friday, July 29, 2011

"I don't like peace!"

One of the books I read to Robin this week was Dear Ichiro by Jean Davies Okimoto, illustrated by Doug Keith.  It's a very skillfully done story about peace and what it means, at a concrete level which is perfect for early elementary age kids.  While I was reading it Robin said, "I don't like peace!" which was great, because then I could ask him what he thought peace was.  "Being quiet" he said.  And then I could explain that sometimes peace doesn't mean being quiet - instead it can mean being in good relationship with another person so you can do really fun, exciting things together.

Robin continued to work with Saxon Math K.

We went for several walks, bikes, or hikes.

And read books about the rain forest and the wind.

Robin was able to look at money from Great Britain when his godmother came over with cash still in her wallet from a recent trip overseas.

Robin had the opportunity to observe the extinguishing of a small kitchen fire after his brother accidentally lit a paper cup on fire.

Saturday, July 23, 2011

Climbing Old Rag

Robin climbed a good part of the Old Rag hike in the Shenandoah National Forest this week with his dad!  We figure it was probably about a 5 mile round trip walk & climb - and he was REALLY tired when he got back.  But he did it!

He did all of the White Oak Canyon trail two days earlier, too.

Yay, Robin!

Friday, July 8, 2011

Kindergarten Math

Robin got to the point with using his brother's beginning-of-1st-grade math sheets where I felt it was too difficult for him.  Hence, we have (a little early) got him Saxon Math K, and started using it!  It is a little basic for him, but I feel like he needs a bit of extra foundation in the basics.  I asked him tonight if he liked it and he said it was a little too short.  But agreed that it was better for it to be too short than too long.