Week 31 – Boxtrolls

Stop-motion is such a great form of animation, and totally feasible for kids to complete.

Here is the link for the downloadable materials. (I hope this works…please let me know if you have any problems so I can fix it!)

MondayTuesdayWednesdayThursdayFriday
draw a boxWatch movietake pictures for movieFlexput movie together

Summary of the week

Daily details:

Dance

Ballet and martial arts on alternate days

Music

Singing, listening to different pieces, learning piano, learning guitar

Crochet

On break

Basic Information

We talk about the days of the week and play games with the cutouts of the names. We do the same thing with the names of the months of the year. You can find the print-outs here.

Printing words

Download material

Counting objects/math-type activities

Practice counting objects and writing how many of each type – (in download material)

Addition and pattern – worksheet

Storytime

Activity

Make a movie – take stop-motion pictures, stitch pictures together, make music
Learn how to draw a 3-D box – link to video

Next week: The Secret World of Arrietty

Week 29 – Mulan Results

Pegasus was glued to the screen yet again, and nearly squeezed my arm off a few times when it got scary. (Specifically the point when they had only one cannon left, and then the massive hun army showed up.)

Dance

As per usual, I didn’t do anything specific for this.

Music

His scales are coming along nicely and he willingly practises both his scales and the pieces in the book. He’s only 4 ish pages away from finishing the first book.

Crochet

We haven’t started this yet.

Basic Information

We are working on the day before and the day after any given day. The months of the year is going well. All months have proper pronounciation now, and we’re working on the month before and after any given month. That’s coming slowly.

We practised the seasons, but he still needs help remembering them in French.

Printing words

We’re working on spacing and keeping the words on the bottom line. He really doesn’t care about spacing lol

Counting objects/math-type activities

He did very well with his numbers this week.

Math worksheets. He REALLY likes these. He did them both on Tuesday morning because he was so excited to do them once again. He didn’t need my help, and only made one mistake, which he corrected when I pointed it out (on page two, he subtracted instead of added 9+4). He doesn’t care very much about drawing the shapes, which is fine.

Storytime

We read 2 of the French library books this week.

Activity

Learn about makeup – Pegasus decided he didn’t want to wear it (totally fine, obviously!) but since we had special guest Aunt Lindsay over, she put it on herself and talked about what she was doing and the two main rules of makeup: 1. Makeup is for fun and for yourself, and 2. Never share makeup brushes!

Fireworks with paint – I wasn’t sure what to expect with this one. Dragon had a major meltdown over it. But Pegasus had a lot of fun, I think partly because I used regular forks instead of plastic ones, so they worked really well. He insisted that I make fireworks with him, and I had fun with it as well. He chose both of our colours and I think it turned out very well.

Make a puzzle – Instead of gluing the paper to foam, which didn’t really work last time and we didn’t have any foam this time, I just let Pegasus have fun cutting shapes into the paper. Wait, let me begin at the beginning. He had fun choosing pictures to put on the background he had chosen, and then when I explained that he was going to cut it up, he decided that he didn’t want pictures, he just wanted the background. Okay, now we’re caught up. He proceeded to cut literal shapes into the paper, which I found hilarious. And for the leftover paper, he cut it into tiny pieces because, and I quote, “I want it to be harder than Dragon’s.” Then he put it “together”. He said it was too hard and that he probably should have made the pieces bigger (no kidding, buddy). But he was very happy with the resulting “image”, which was not the original shape of the paper, I might add. He cleaned it up before I had the chance to take a picture of his creation.

Week 30 – My Neighbour Totoro

I love the storytelling in Miyazaki movies. This one is my favourite.

Here is the link for the downloadable materials. (I hope this works…please let me know if you have any problems so I can fix it!)

MondayTuesdayWednesdayThursdayFriday
make soot spriteWatch moviewrite scriptFlexmake props

Summary of the week

Daily details:

Dance

Ballet and martial arts on alternate days

Music

Singing, listening to different pieces, learning piano, learning guitar

Crochet

On break

Basic Information

We talk about the days of the week and play games with the cutouts of the names. We do the same thing with the names of the months of the year. You can find the print-outs here.

Printing words

Download material

Counting objects/math-type activities

Practice counting objects and writing how many of each type – (in download material)

Addition and pattern – worksheet

Storytime

Activity

Make a movie – write script, storyboard script, write out text (if any)
Make a soot sprite – link to activity

Next week: Boxtrolls

Week 28 – Rise of the Guardians Results

Pegasus was glued to the screen. He whimpered in fear a couple times, and curled into me when I offered each time. He also laughed multiple times when funny things happened.

Dance

As per usual, I didn’t do anything specific for this.

Music

His scales are coming along nicely and he willingly practises both his scales and the pieces in the book.

Crochet

We haven’t started this yet.

Basic Information

We are working on the day before and the day after any given day. The months of the year is going well. All months have proper pronounciation now, and we’re working on the month before and after any given month. That’s coming slowly.

We practised the seasons, but he still needs help remembering them in French.

Printing words

We’re working on spacing and keeping the words on the bottom line. He really doesn’t care about spacing lol

Counting objects/math-type activities

He wrote some numbers backward, but changed them when I pointed that out to him.

Math worksheets. He REALLY likes these. He did them both on Monday because he was so excited to do them once again.

Storytime

We read 2 of the French library books this week.

Activity

Draw Dreamland – we did this the same way as drawing an island a few weeks ago, because he really loved doing it that way. The Nightmares have their own island off to the southwest (see sad face). He has a lot of hills and lakes, and a lot of houses because he likes drawing them.

Make ice cream – This went really well! As a warning, I suggest that you have mitts handy, because the bags got really cold REALLY fast! We followed this recipe and it worked super well. I’d maybe shake it for a little longer than 7 minutes, or store it in the freezer for a little while after making it, just so that it solidifies a bit more. I’m actually kinda disappointed that this wasn’t something we discovered during the lockdown, because this was so fun to do with the kids and would have been perfect to brag about on social media! Pegasus gave his ice cream 4 thumbs up, but he said he could only show me 2. Maybe add in his toes, he says!

Learn about the moon – we watched some videos and talked about tides (specifically the Bay of Fundy) and why there are phases of the moon. No pictures.

Week 29 – Mulan

The activities for this movie are fairly low-key, so I can recover from Anime Con on Easter weekend!

Here is the link for the downloadable materials. (I hope this works…please let me know if you have any problems so I can fix it!)

MondayTuesdayWednesdayThursdayFriday
makeupWatch moviepaint fireworksFlexmake a puzzle

Summary of the week

Daily details:

Dance

Ballet and martial arts on alternate days

Music

Singing, listening to different pieces, learning piano, learning guitar

Crochet

On break

Basic Information

We talk about the days of the week and play games with the cutouts of the names. We do the same thing with the names of the months of the year. You can find the print-outs here.

Printing words

Download material

Counting objects/math-type activities

Practice counting objects and writing how many of each type – (in download material)

Addition and pattern – worksheet

Storytime

Activity

Play with makeup
Fireworks with paint (link here)
Make a puzzle (link here)

Next week: My Neighbour Totoro

Week 27 – Inside Out Results

Pegasus says he remembered this movie while he was watching it. His body tensed at the scary parts.

Dance

As per usual, I didn’t do anything specific for this.

Music

His scales are coming along nicely and he willingly practises both his scales and the pieces in the book.

Crochet

We haven’t started this yet.

Basic Information

We are working on the day before and the day after any given day. The months of the year is going well. All months have proper pronounciation now, and we’re working on the month before and after any given month. That’s coming slowly.

We practised the seasons, but he still needs help remembering them in French.

Printing words

We’re working on spacing and keeping the words on the bottom line. The March break work that he did helped a little.

Counting objects/math-type activities

I feel like his numbers have improved. He didn’t need my help with writing them.

Math worksheets. He REALLY likes these. He did them both on Monday because he was so excited to do them once again.

Storytime

We read 2 of the French library books this week.

Activity

Yarn collage of emotion – I didn’t want to do papier maché. It didn’t sound like fun, especially since Pegasus doesn’t like touching squishy things. So I made the executive decision to change the activity to a collage of emotions using yarn. He describes this piece as “showing how I love and not love”, which I think is as good a description as any.

Write touch and feel book – This was still a monumental project. We started it on Monday, building the concept and starting on the first page (Joy). Tuesday, we completed Fear. Wednesday saw the completion of Disgust and Sadness, and Thursday was Anger. Friday was the cover. I explained how to measure and cut each page and guided him in that. He drew each picture for each page after designing them. Joy – playing with toys (a toy car on a play mat), Fear – ghosts (Slimer from Ghostbusters), Disgust – mushroom, Sadness – a mirror to show loneliness, Anger – not being allowed to play with his sister (a picture of himself behind a closed door). I used the xacto knife to cut out the holes in the paper to avoid cutting tiny fingers.

@jendesmaraisauthor

Pegasus made a Touch and Feel book about Emotions this week. (with help putting it together) I recorded him reading it.

♬ original sound – Jen Desmarais, author

Week 28 – Rise of the Guardians

This is such a fun and diverse movie (visually), and I love the activities with it. Making ice cream is a new one, so I’m looking forward to trying that out!

Here is the link for the downloadable materials. (I hope this works…please let me know if you have any problems so I can fix it!)

MondayTuesdayWednesdayThursdayFriday
make ice creamWatch moviedesign DreamlandFlexlearn about moon

Summary of the week

Daily details:

Dance

Ballet and martial arts on alternate days

Music

Singing, listening to different pieces, learning piano, learning guitar

Crochet

On break

Basic Information

We talk about the days of the week and play games with the cutouts of the names. We do the same thing with the names of the months of the year. You can find the print-outs here.

Printing words

Download material

Counting objects/math-type activities

Practice counting objects and writing how many of each type – (in download material)

Addition and pattern – worksheet

Storytime

Activity

Make ice cream (link)
Design Dreamland
Learn about the moon – telescope, link

Next week: Mulan

Week 27 – Inside Out

Pegasus has been excited about making a touch and feel book ever since Dragon made hers.

Here is the link for the downloadable materials. (I hope this works…please let me know if you have any problems so I can fix it!)

MondayTuesdayWednesdayThursdayFriday
papier macheWatch movieplan touch and feel bookFlexmake book

Summary of the week

Daily details:

Dance

Ballet and martial arts on alternate days

Music

Singing, listening to different pieces, learning piano, learning guitar

Crochet

On break

Basic Information

We talk about the days of the week and play games with the cutouts of the names. We do the same thing with the names of the months of the year. You can find the print-outs here.

Printing words

Download material

Counting objects/math-type activities

Practice counting objects and writing how many of each type – (in download material)

Addition and pattern – worksheet

Storytime

Activity

Paper maché emotion balls – link
Write touch and feel book
Put touch and feel book together – link

Next week: Rise of the Guardians

Week 26 – Fern Gully: The Last Rainforest Results

Pegasus liked this movie, although Hexus scared him, and he thought the gloopy Hexus was a different character from the human-like Hexus, so that was kinda funny to discover.

Dance

As per usual, I didn’t do anything specific for this.

Music

His scales are coming along nicely and he willingly practises both his scales and the pieces in the book.

Crochet

We haven’t started this yet.

Basic Information

We are working on the day before and the day after any given day. The months of the year is going well. All months have proper pronounciation now, and we’re working on the month before and after any given month. That’s coming slowly.

We practised the seasons, but he still needs help remembering them in French.

Printing words

We’re working on spacing and keeping the words on the bottom line. I’m going to go over where letters belong on the line during March Break, I think.

Counting objects/math-type activities

He still has no problems with counting these, and I feel like his numbers have improved. He didn’t need my help with drawing the numbers.

Math worksheets. He REALLY likes these. He did them both on Monday because he was so excited to do them once again.

Storytime

We read 1 of the French library books this week.

Activity

Learn about the 3 R’s – Pegasus is incredibly enthusiastic about reusing materials (should I be worried?) after learning about how much it helps the environment. We’ll see what he comes up with.

Learn about the Amazon rainforest – When I asked him after we watched a video about the rainforest what he’d learned, he said, “Rainforests are important for breathing and need to be protected.” I think he got the important parts.

Plant bean seeds indoors – We planted yellow and green beans. I took out the yellow beans first, which were white, and then Pegasus thought that the green beans might be blue. He was surprised when they were black. He carefully placed the seeds in the bags and helped me water them.

Thoughts on the second semester of homeschool

This comes a couple weeks earlier than the end of second semester, but I have an empty week here due to March Break, and I don’t have one later, so here we are.

I am extremely pleased with how well homeschooling went this semester.

The worksheets were a great success, and I won’t be changing how they worked. Pegasus loves the math worksheets especially. I’m happy that removing the tracing printing and counting worksheets turned out so well. Pegasus was getting annoyed with them and I wasn’t enjoying the fight. This whole year is supposed to be fun!

I have also lowered the amount of cooking that we’re doing. He loves baking, but cooking is too boring. (And he’s scared of burning himself. We’ll have to figure out how to help him get over that fear.)

The biggest struggle we’ve got is convincing Pegasus to speak French. He seems convinced that he can’t do it, exactly like his sister. Although he knows individual words, he can’t seem to pick them out when people are talking to him, and he doesn’t try to meld them into sentences on his own either. We’re just continuing to soldier on.

He has taken quite well to reading, when I break words down into syllables. This is with both French and English reading.