Monday, July 29, 2013

Lesson 41

Robin tested out of the first 40 lessons (total) of Saxon Math 2.  Today we started working through the remainder of the book with Lesson 41, which focused on fractional parts of a circle.  He also did some building with Legos this week.

We continued to work on the letter P with Explode the Code.  He wrote and drew in his journal.  A highlight of the week was an opportunity to attend a production of The Tempest at Shakespeare in Clark Park!  We read to Robin.

Robin watched a documentary about samurai swords.  We read some posts from Paul Salopek.

Robin rode his bike, went to the skate park, and went swimming (and jumping) at the swimming hole in the woods.

Monday, July 22, 2013

Birthday in the Family

Robin celebrated his sister's 4th birthday today!  He was very excited about gift giving and cake.

Robin tested out of several lessons of Saxon Math 2.

We began using Explode the Code to work on Robin's phonics skills.  He tested out of the first book (A) but needs to work on the second book (B).  He's having trouble with sound/symbol correspondence - he clearly 'gets' isolating initial sounds of words, but he has a hard time taking an identified sound: '/f/' for example, and then naming and writing down the letter 'F'.  So we're going to do some work on that - he does thrive on repetition!

We read to him, including these books: The Demigod DiariesThe Demigod Diaries by Rick Riordan
The Lost Hero (Heroes of Olympus, #1)The Lost Hero by Rick Riordan

He wrote in his journal.

And drew.

Robin swam, skateboarded, scootered, biked, and went to the skate parks several times.

He attended his Religious Education class, which focused on soil.  And went fishing.

Monday, July 15, 2013


Robin went fishing in the Neshaminy Creek!  He caught and released several fish, including this one:

He watched documentaries about ancient Egyptian embalming practices and Viking sword making.

Robin attended his RE class, which focused on trees.

He tested out of the first 10 lessons of Saxon Math 2.  I particularly noticed the ease with which he identified and wrote down two-digit numbers, which he would not have been able to do at all at the beginning of last year.

Robin wrote and drew in his journal.  He also read a Bob Book.

We read The Red Pyramid (Kane Chronicles, #1)The Red Pyramid by Rick Riordan

Sunday, July 7, 2013


Robin's most exciting activity (and he's VERY excited about it) has been going to the Franklin's Paine Skatepark near the Art Museum in Philly.  His father has been taking him in the very early morning, when it's not crowded and also not hot (since it's been VERY hot here.)

He's also been enjoying the pool, a swimming hole in the woods, and playing with a neighbor's hose.

We finished listening to:

The Search for WondLa (WondLa, #1)The Search for WondLa by Tony DiTerlizzi

And Robin played some games from:

More New GamesMore New Games by New Games Foundation

with his brother, sister, and father.

He attended his religious education classes, which focused on what is alive, was alive, and was never alive; and on weeds and wildflowers (he got to plant a flowering plant outdoors).

We saw the movie Akeelah and the Bee, which was showing for free outside our local library.

And enjoyed the fireworks on the 4th of July at Abington High School.

Friday, July 5, 2013

Things to learn . . .

Robin says he does want to learn to read this year.

He wants to learn to do a bunny hop on his bike.

And he wants to take Aikido classes again.