Buttercup started 2nd Grade today, and Sunshine continued her Pre-K year.
The girls proudly posing at the start of their day.
They received little gift bags with glitter crayons, a glow stick, a "fancy" writing pen, a scented notepad, and some snacks.
We started our day while the girls ate breakfast, with Bible reading time (about Josiah), followed by verse memorization time. This week's verse is ideal for starting our new school year: Philippians 4:8, "Whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable - if anything is excellent and praiseworthy - think about such things." It was a perfect reminder to fill our minds with good, lovely, and excellent things. I like this verse so much that we may spend a couple of weeks on it, just to make sure we have made it our own. We listened to our Hide 'Em In Your Heart CD, which has the verse set to music. Buttercup danced her little brother around while listening to her verse a few times.
Then we moved into our history lesson from American Pioneers and Patriots. The history lesson was about French pioneers who befriended the Native Americans and learned to use canoes for traveling on the St. Lawrence and Mississippi Rivers. After the story, our Heart of Dakota curriculum provided a recipe for making salt dough, so students could make their own canoes. I don't have time for dough-making, so we used Crayola Model Magic instead.
Buttercup's canoe, complete with water lapping the side of the boat,
and little friends from her Lincoln Logs set.
Sunshine didn't feel like making a canoe, and since it isn't her curriculum anyway, she was allowed to make a smiley face head with white hair and three black barrettes.
After that, we took a break so I could handle some baby business.
While the babies took a siesta, I read the first two chapters of Life of Fred - Apples and we played Sum Swamp for a relaxed math day, reviewing simple math facts and enjoying ourselves. We had some time to continue reading together, so I introduced the genre of Realistic Fiction and we started the book All-of-a-Kind Family. Then Buttercup had her own quiet reading time, she finished up The Magic Tree House: The Knight at Dawn and read the accompanying Knights and Castles fact guide. Handwriting and copying spelling words followed, while I spent a little time with Sunshine's letter of the week - we left off at J before the babies were born. She practiced writing it in the correct direction, in chalk on her slate, and then powdered lime Jell-O.
Now, let's see if we can keep up our momentum since we had a such a positive start.