Friday, October 3, 2014

Friday Creative School!!!

Ok - so I tried something new today that I think we will continue to do as the school year progresses!  :-) We were actually home today with no plans!  We don't normally school on Fridays because we have co-op classes every other Friday so I thought it would be just easier to schedule all Fridays off.  But there are some of the non co-op Fridays that we don't have any other why not have some FUN school, right?!?!

Today we focused on Reading!  I have ideas for math days, science days and even history days in the future!  :-)

I gave the kids different challenges and got pictures (YAY!) of them doing these challenges.  When I went to take the first picture I realized my camera was on creative mode (takes several shots - using different creative filters for each shot).  I went "oh no! It is on creative mode!"  and Seth replied "well, it is creative school...maybe we need creative pictures!".   Oh how I like how that boys thinks!  So all the pictures were taken on creative mode and I chose the best one for each picture to put on here!

So I will explain each of the challenges below and then post the creative pictures taken for those challenges!

The first challenge I gave the boys was to find a short book to read and then when they were done to create one of the scenes with their legos!

The first picture shows them reading their books!

The next pictures show their lego creations.

So Alyssa's first challenge was to spell all the sight words she has learned so far using her flashcards and letter tiles.  (oh and we set up a table outside for her to do this on).

When Seth finished his Lego challenge he came out and helped her finish her challenge.

For the boys second challenge I made a book title scavenger hunt!  I came up with 6 different words to find in book titles (boy's name, animal, a place, a color, a number and a verb).  They could look on any of the bookcases in the school house or in their bedroom to find book titles that fit these categories!  And I got the excitement I was hoping this caused.  When Seth yelled out "OH WOW!  I didn't know we had this book!!"  I realized that my goal was accomplished.  I wanted the boys to look and see and remember all the different fun books that we have to choose from!  :-)

For Alyssa's second challenge we set out a letter tile for every letter of the alphabet on the table set up outside.  She had to go on a scavenger hunt to find items that had beginning sounds of as many letters as she could find!

I was really impressed with her creativity.  She used a little crocheted blanket that she had as a 'quilt' for Q.  You can also see in this picture her piece of broken plastic for P and rope and rock for R.

In this picture you can see her ball for B, cup for C, doll for D and flip-flop for F.

When the boys got done with their scavenger hunt they came and helped her finish.  They finally decided to spell words for the letters they couldn't find anything for.  They spelled 'egg' for E, 'up' for U, 'x-ray' for X and 'zoom' for Z.  Oh - and Alyssa also found a yellow cup for Y.

Ok for the last challenge I told the boys to get a book and their timer (they each now have a timer that they use for school) and to find 4 different places outside to read at for 10 minutes.  This gave them 40 minutes of reading!  :-)
Alyssa was just told to take her books she likes to look at and find several different places outside to look at them at.

Spot #1

Spot #2

Spot #3

 (this is on the porch coming off the side door...can't really tell in this pic...but I LOVE this pic!!)

Spot #4

And I also got a couple of pictures of Seth reading with Anna!!  It just melts my heart to see a boy reading with his dog!

Our creative school day isn't quite finished.  We are going to finish it tonight with star gazing!!!  :-)  We had a cold front come through last night so we are going to have a super clear night tonight - on a Friday night when we don't have to worry about waking up early tomorrow!!  The kids are so excited about this!

So I am going to rest for allergies are still giving me fits!  It didn't help to be outside all morning but it was just too pretty to NOT be outside!!  And I wasn't going to let allergies get in the way of memories being made today!!!  :-)

Until next time,

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