Virtual school started off a little hectic this week. We had been sent an email from the teacher saying that she would not be in class today, and we took that to mean that the class was cancelled. But when we checked for the link just to be sure, class was happening! Oops! So I rushed to get Dragon up, and she got ready to go within ten minutes! We missed Oh Canada and the first part of Le roi, la reine, et le petit prince. Not bad!
Dragon was very tired and a little cranky, especially when there were technical glitches and she wasn’t heard the first time.
They learned about the letter ‘f’ this week. Out of virtual school, we talked about frère, feux d’artifice, foulard, fusée, and fleur.
The story was read by the teacher, which I personally prefer, because they can slow down and make sure the kids are understanding.
Dragon was asked to do counting in math, which she found very easy. Then she was asked to figure out how many buttons were missing to make it look like the example. Once she got the hang of it, she understood exactly what was being asked of her.
Homeschool was good this week. We watched Over the Moon in honour of Chinese New Year, although the festival being celebrated in the movie is the Lunar Festival, which happens in the Fall.
She did ballet 2 times this week, and practiced doing the spilts.
Piano: She did the clapping and counting the notes and rests perfectly (two weeks in a row). She did the first lesson no problem (letters, no notes). Then they did the second lesson, no problem reading the notes on the staff (C and D). Then they added the E and A. She was able to do the short piece (4 bars), but was having trouble following along with the longer piece (16 notes with no bars), but she was still able to do it, she just took longer to figure out which notes were which.
We have a new French playlist that I can play through the Google, with a variety of artists.
She did not do any this week.
We are working on the day before (hier) and the day after (demain) any given day. The months of the year is going well. We’re working on the month before and after any given month. That’s coming slowly.
The saisons de l’année are all memorized. We’re working on how each of them feel and the types of things we can do during each of them.
When I ask her “combien” for any of the above, she now responds in complete sentences.
Printing went very well this week.
Counting objects/math-type activities
She had no trouble with these. We are now practicing counting up to 30 in French verbally. She still stumbles on 16. I have no idea why.
Math: the easy sheet was very easy. The challenging sheet was challenging. She didn’t like that she couldn’t guess the answer, but she did like that we could draw objects.
We read stories from the teacher’s outline that was sent to us on Monday. She enjoyed that, and we will continue to do it next week.
We watched Vampirina in French on Disney Plus, one episode a day. Dragon is enjoying it immensely, and is even recognizing some words!
Experiment: Nebula Jar – (renamed from Galaxy jar, since it looks like a nebula, not a galaxy). We used Crayola paint, glitter from Walmart, and pillow stuffing rather than cotton balls. We put blue paint in first, with pink glitter. Then we added pink paint with silver glitter, but it turned purple! So when we added the top layer of paint, we used pink again, this time with gold glitter, and we mixed it in a separate jar. We added the stuffing and poured the pink water overtop, to prevent too much mixing with the previous layers. I think it worked pretty well. I wonder if that would have worked for the second layer…?
Make mooncakes – the ingredients ended up being too expensive, so Dragon made spring rolls instead! They… kinda exploded. At least they tasted yummy!
Learn about Chinese New Year – We had a video chat with a very good friend of mine and her son. We learned about the different animals of the Chinese zodiac (Dragon was born in the year of the Monkey!) and about different traditions that happen during the 15 day celebration. This year, the New Year starts on February 12.