Week 34 – Elemental Results

Pegasus was entranced by this movie, rightfully so. The worldbuilding in this is absolutely brilliant, as are the animations.

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.

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

I feel like his dangling letters (g, y) are doing better. He still doesn’t care about spaces or keeping the letters within the space required.

Counting objects/math-type activities

He did a great job with this one this week.

Math worksheets. He did them both on Monday morning because he was so excited to do them once again. He did need a little help with the 3D shapes and with seeing the pattern for the 33, 43, but once I showed him the basic shapes and helped him see the pattern for the numbers, he didn’t need my help beyond that.

Storytime

We have no French library books this week, so he read some French books through Boukili.

Activity

Learn about immigration – he understood the concept and seemed surprised that it happens in real life too (I clarified that it wasn’t fire people in real life, and he seemed less surprised after that).

Make a mini zine – This activity was to write a book, but unfortunately due to sickness, we didn’t spend as much time on this as I had wanted. We only got the outline down on Thursday, and then we used images that he had already manipulated, or unmanipulated images in order to build the picture book. This was entirely Pegasus’s idea, I had absolutely nothing to do with it. I have no idea where he got the idea to be eaten by a bear, or cutting a bear open from the inside.

Week 33 – Super Mario Results

Pegasus was VERY invested in this movie. At the Rainbow Road, and again at the end, he kept hopping around as if he was trying to help the characters. He definitely followed the story, as he told me all about it afterward (even though I half-watched it with him).

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 20 pages away from finishing the first book.

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

He tried harder to leave a space between the words this week, which was a nice change. Still not paying attention to the bottom line though.

Counting objects/math-type activities

This was an easy one because I wanted him to practise the smaller numbers. He did a great job.

Math worksheets. He did them both on Monday morning because he was so excited to do them once again. He didn’t need my help at all. He wrote one 7 backward, but fixed it when I pointed it out.

Storytime

We have no French library books this week, so he read some French books through Boukili.

Activity

Learn about friction – We watched the video about friction twice, and he was engrossed. I think he understood; he answered the questions I asked him about it afterward correctly. Who knows how long the information will stick though.

Make a board game – He started off wanting the board to look like “Snakes and Ladders”, but after realizing how much work it was going to be to colour in 100 squares, he decided to change it to a pathway board. Sunk-cost fallacy didn’t play into this decision, which I found interesting. He was quite enthusiastic about colouring the new board and completed it in two days. He was enthusiastic about making the dice and his mind was blown when it folded up into 3D. He is very happy with how this turned out.

Week 32 – The Secret World of Arrietty Results

This is such a cozy movie. I had planned on writing during it, but the music and animation drew me right in (even though I’ve seen it before many times). Pegasus loved it. He says “I loved everything about this movie and want to see it again.”

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 20 pages away from finishing the first book.

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.

Counting objects/math-type activities

He pretended he didn’t know what his numbers were. He would count in French, and then say “What number is that?” It was incredibly frustrating.

Math worksheets. He did them both on Monday morning because he was so excited to do them once again. He didn’t need my help at all, and when I pointed out that 6+6 wasn’t 11, he knew instantly that it was 12. Hence my frustration with the counting above.

Storytime

We have no French library books this week, so he read some French books through Boukili.

Activity

Make a fairy door – He was very enthusiastic about both making and painting his fairy door. He pointed out that the paint changed colours when they touched and was excited to see what each new colour would be.

Make tiny furniture – I asked him which piece of furniture he wanted to build, and he decided on the bed, just like his sister. I had hoped that we could also make a miniature bookcase with some books, but I lost steam this week and we ended up not building that. He sewed most of the pillow himself (I did the hidden stitches after stuffing it.)

Make a hair clip – He chose this soft green fabric (which I had used to make my Vanelloppe cosplay in 2013). We didn’t glue it like the instructions said, but sewed it instead. I made the setting stiches, and he added more to secure it, and tied off the thread. He was very proud of himself.

Week 31 – Boxtrolls Results

One of the things I love about this movie is how they animated the Boxtrolls. They don’t speak human language, so their hands and facial expressions have to do the talking for us to understand (unless Eggs translates for them). But I’ve found (with both kids) that they’ve understood what the trolls are saying without Eggs’s help. It’s impressive. Pegasus was very upset near the end of the movie (no spoilers) but really enjoyed it by the end.

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 20 pages away from finishing the first book.

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.

Counting objects/math-type activities

He missed four of the images in the middle of the worksheet, but was fine with adding them in when I pointed them out to him.

Math worksheets. He did them both on Monday morning because he was so excited to do them once again. He didn’t need my help, and calmly took my correction regarding which way the 7 was supposed to face on page 1.

Storytime

We have no French library books this week, so he read some French books through Boukili.

Activity

Learn how to draw a box – despite Pegasus insisting that he already knew how to draw a box because his sister taught him, he sat down willingly enough to follow the instruction video. He didn’t want to erase the guidelines, which… it doesn’t really matter, right? He had fun, and that’s what this is about.

Make stop-motion movie – He took the pictures on Monday. Éric had him help with the set-up of the lighting. He did a much better job with the timing of the pictures this time, and only got my hand in the shot once. We recorded his voice on Wednesday, which was a lot of fun. He was willing to do several takes to get the voices just right (maximum 3 times unless it was really short) and had fun making his voice sound different to imitate the villain. Pegasus helped put the dialogue onto the frames of the pictures on Friday, and then recorded the music overtop on Saturday (delayed because Éric wasn’t feeling 100% this week).

Week 30 – My Neighbour Totoro Results

Pegasus loved the movie and wanted to rewatch it immediately after it was over. It really shows the universality of these movies, that they’re still so loved by kids over 30 years later. He watched it again in English on the Wednesday and still wanted to see it again.

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 20 pages away from finishing the first book. I don’t know where the 4 pages idea came from – probably Pegasus himself exaggerating!

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 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 added instead of subtracted 9-6. He did get the right answer if it had been a plus, and was very disappointed that it wasn’t). He was very proud of his rectangle. He was very excited about the letter sequence.

Storytime

We have no French library books this week, so he read some French books through Boukili.

Activity

Plan stop-motion movie – On Monday, since the eclipse was happening, school didn’t really happen, but I did spend some time cuddling him before fully waking up in the morning, and we discussed what he wanted to make his movie about. Then on Tuesday, he dictated the scenes that would be in his movie and the dialogue that would go along with it. On Thursday, we built the glider for the villain to fly on. The cardboard was already cut from when we had cut off the excess when making his touch and feel book, and after looking at the glider from the show for reference, we folded the glider into a similar shape. Then we made straps for the villain’s feet (conveniently, his shoes are curled up at the toes, so he’s actually quite secure!) and taped them down. It’s decently built, but he’s not allowed to use it as a toy until after filming. Then I cut the pieces of yarn to use as webs on Friday.

Make a soot sprite – Once again, we were able to use cardboard excess from the touch and feel book, this time as the pompom shaper. Pegasus wrapped the yarn around it, I tied the knot (it needs to be VERY tight; no, tighter than that), and then he glued the eyes on. He’s very pleased with it and said he wouldn’t have complained that wrapping the yarn was hard if he had known it would be that easy. Right…

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 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 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 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.

Week 25 – Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs Results

Pegasus loved this movie. He laughed at all the right moments and scoffed at others when they did silly things.

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 moved on to a new page this week.

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 between words, and thinking about where capital letters belong in words. We’re also working on what letters go below the line and what letters are taller than others.

Counting objects/math-type activities

He still has no problems with counting these, and I feel like his numbers have improved.

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

Storytime

We got 4 new French library books this week. We read one.

Activity

Make pancakes – Pegasus really enjoyed doing the pouring, although he’s still not holding the cups still for milk, so it just sort of flows in and out, so it made the pancakes a little doughier than we would normally make them. He loved watching for the bubbles to know when to flip them, and really didn’t want to try flipping them himself. (He’s scared to burn himself.)

Learn about the weather – We learned a little about weather last week, when graupel fell on Thursday. Graupel looks like little balls of styrofoam (and sounds like it too), and I was very curious about what it was, so I took some pictures and sent them off to Mark Robinson, a meterologist (and friend). Graupel forms by getting a super cold “dry” deposition of frost on a tiny ice pellet.

Design an island – We did this differently than the way I did it with Dragon, and I was REALLY happy with how this turned out. We poured dice on the paper (rice can be used as well), and then traced the outline. Anywhere where there were holes became lakes, where the dice were stacked became mountains. Then we cleared the dice, selected a few and threw them again to trace around for forests. Something I would change in the future: I would make the mountains upsidedown V’s instead of circles.