This has been a very busy weekend preparing for H4AC next weekend in Yosemite. Next Sunday at this time I should hopefully be more than half way back down the mountain from Clouds Rest in Yosemite. If you are curious about our hike or the foundation that Ron and I help to create please feel free to visit our websites at: www.histiocure.org or http://www.hikeforacure.com.
- Center Time with volunteer parents will begin on Monday, October 7.
- SAVE THE DATE – Parent Social with Colleen and Katie will be on Sunday evening, October 6 from 4:30 to 6:30pm. The social will be at my home n Belmont. Irina Tulman sent out the evite last week.
- Sharing topic for the week: picture of your family and/or a family collage.
We read our first letter of the week story from the book titled “The Wise Enchanter,” a wonderful book about a journey through the alphabet. The book was written by Shelley David. Each week we will read one story from this very special book. Here is a wonderful review of the book that I found on the Waldorf Book website. This review gives you a brief insight into the book and storyline. I read the prologue and first chapter on Wednesday and Thursday. I wish you could have seen the learners eyes as I read them this most wonderful book. They were very eager to make their first letter of the week picture about Sipho after we learned all about the letter A. I invite you to ask your child about the book each week as we move through the alphabet. I love to read to children and this is by far one of my favorite books to read. Here is the review in italics:
Gadrun ran to her father. A frown creased her brow. “Dear father,” she said, “I see that you are worried.”“I am getting old,” he replied. “Without Wisdom, there can be no new Enchanters after I am gone. No children have come to my island for many years. It is happening just as I feared. Wisdom is fading in the world. Words are disappearing. The brightness in the sky is vanishing and the dark Cloud of Ignorance has grown suddenly dense. A new darkness is looming. Someone is being created in the deep. He is growing stronger every minute. If he is not stopped, he will grow immense. If he grows strong enough, he will rise up and devour every word and sound. The earth will become a cold, silent place, too terrible to imagine.”“Who are you talking about?” Gadrun whispered.“I do not like to utter his name,” her father whispered. “But I will say it for you. His name is the Master of Ignorance and Shadows. His name is Urckl!”Gadrun grew pale and silent at the mention of Urckl. Once, some time ago, Urckl had found enough strength to send one of his messengers to the end of the world. Something terrible had happened then in the Enchanted Islands and Gadrun’s heart had been broken.
We also had several lessons covering important elements in “concepts about print.” I do not use the acronym CAP with the children, but that is what we have been working on in September and will continue to work on in October.
For a child to learn how to read they need to understand how print works; the items below must be understood to read successfully.
We continued with our number talks by looking at the dot pattern cards. We made a list of the math strategies that we have been using to remember how many dots we see on the cards.
Here are some of their math strategies:
Social and Emotional Learning:
We continued to practice and model what we will be using when we have an upset with one of our friends. I also read them a few books on how to be a friend and make a friend.
- I feel…. (mad)
- When you… (took my book)
- Because… (I am not done reading it)
- I wish…. (you would ask me if you could read it after I am done instead of grabbing it away from me)
- I heard you say…. (that you feel mad when I grabbed your book)
- I will try…. (next time to ask you if I can read the book when you are done instead of taking it)