I am going to try to get caught up on my blogs now that I had a short break! January feels like it was years ago right now! Sims spent January working on some geometry in a fun hands on block. We started off the block by looking at how he can make shapes without using straight edges and a compass. The first shape he made was a circle using a rope and a person in the center. I asked him to figure out how to make a circle that would take up the majority of the driveway. He did an excellent job and that took us right into the many vocabulary terms that go with circles and angles and shapes. We followed the fifth grade Waldorf Essentials books pretty closely with this block.
We are only two weeks into September and it has already been quite an exciting month. Last week, we enjoyed a beautiful hike at South Mountain State Park as a family. We continued the fun this week as we visited the Cabarrus County Agribusiness Fair in Concord on Tuesday, the National White Water Center on Wednesday for some white water rafting and Latta Plantation on Thursday for Muddy Boots Class.
The kids began their Waldorf lessons this month as well. Parks is continuing with the IEW program that I wrote about here. He is doing very well with writing and is actually enjoying it. We are continuing with fairy tales, folk tales and classic stories.
Sawyer is in the third grade. This year she will be studying the Jewish faith and history. We began her lessons by reading the book, Meet Rebecca. Rebecca is one of the American Girl Characters. We then researched on Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kipper. This week, we started the creation story. She is truly enjoying the art that goes along with the story. Next week, we plan to finish the creation story and do a little geography on Israel.
Sims is in the fifth grade. He started his Waldorf studies with a quick review of the United States. He looked at the regions of the US and how they have changed over the years. He is beginning to learn the states and their capitals. This week, we “flew” over to Africa for a quick study of Africa. We studied the geography and history of Africa. Sims was amazed at how much the history of Africa was similar to that of the US with European exploration and trade. We also thoroughly enjoyed a few African folk stories and fairy tales.
I hope your studies are going well also. Have a fantastic weekend!