Saturday, August 27, 2016

First Week of Second Grade

We didn't put school work away during the summer - it was just less intense and there were days when we just didn't do any school work.

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ANYHOW, a new school year started this week, and you are now in Second Grade! Good Grief how time flies.

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But you are still the same sweet, kind, fun-loving, passionate boy you always have been.

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On the first day, we didn't really dive right into the thick of things, but did a few more general things, like filling up a "questionnaire" about our favorite things etc, and drawing self portraits. :)

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p/s I think you did an superb job with the light/dark/shading aspect of your portrait. I basically just handed you a piece of paper, asked you to draw yourself and left to do other household chores.  When I came back and saw that you  had drawn a "3D" portrait, I was quite pleasantly surprised!

We are still continuing with homeschooling for now, and I try to make the lessons engaging and relevant, and you are such a darling to work with.

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You have been asking me to do more Arts and Crafts, and so you were very excited to do some sculpturing with soap.  We were starting off Social Studies learning a little bit about Texas history and culture, and this included The Arts, and how there were sculptures of Sam Houston and Stephen Austin by a German sculptor, Elizabet Ney.  Then I remembered some semi-forgotten Ivory soap and had a lightbulb moment :)

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I had gotten a 3-pack of Ivory soap some time last year, thinking we would do this activity when we read "Lentil" for FIAR.  ( which we need to get back to! )

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We looked up and chose some simple designs and watched a short video,

and started carvin' away with your little plastic knife.

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I have to say, it was not as easy as one might have imagined, or I may have been just a tad bit impatient, and I broke mine into 2 pieces and had to revise what I was going to do. I ended up with a heart and a pacman ghost!

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You did good :) AND we have been using the soap flakes for bathtime! Double whammy fun :)

Here's to more weeks of fun filled learning and good times !

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