Here are the two geniuses playing "loot the pirate ship" which is the game I referred to a couple of posts ago. Here it is again. Cuz, really, it's so good. Also, this is the incredible site the game came from. It has free downloads an is so inspiring to me. It looks like something I'd do if I were more "together." hehe
It's been way too long since I posted and there is always so much to post about. Like the past few days, for example. We've done so many wonderful things together. Braeden and I have had a great time playing our new game. You really want to make this game! It teaches so many math concepts at once. He also informed me that the book he was reading had "a lot of strong verbs" in it. I love it! He's reading Daniel Boone and Ralph S. Mouse right now. We are reading books from various genres and also adding up all of our books to reach 100 books. We have our own magazine publishing house right now, too. Our magazine is called "The Hourglass" and our first publication went out a couple of weeks ago with a special election edition due out on Tuesday. We wrote several things for it over this weekend and have it nearly ready. We also examined an owl pellet this weekend (school happens all the time...) and made Q-tip skeletons. It's just so fun doing things together and laughing as we learn.
The kids had a great time creating marauder's maps. They chose to make the maps of our Smithindor. Gracyn's is the first one you see with the pop-up second story. Braeden's is next which includes the "unknown room." It was fun to see how their minds work and to see how they drew out the space we call "home." They both did an excellent job!
It has been so much fun...the kids could hardly stop playing it to eat and sleep!
I also ordered some calligraphy pens to use as quills and Gracyn has been using her loooong peacock feather as a quill. The calligraphy pens make cursive practice fun.
We finished our comic book pages, but I can't get blogger to post it. It turned out great. I kept having to remind the kids that it was a Latin assignment....use some latin words! haha! They had fun with it. We are also still working on our creative writing assignment of making a Monster Book of Monsters. Gracyn wrote the chapter of the Boggart in the Closet as a play and we will soon be acting that out for you! Lots going on! And super fun!
Our Crest for the House of Smithindor. The cheetah represents Sara who is speedy. The wolf and snake represent Kaegan and Braeden because they are wild and free. The platypus represents Gracyn because she is completely silly. The winged horse represents Odell and me because we are strong and lovely
After a visit to diagon alley for measurements and purchases of wizarding supplies, we headed to the welcome feast where the sorting hat sorted us all into Smithindor House. Gracyn and Braeden both wrote Smithindor verses for the sorting hat song.
There is a lot of reading going on around here. I have many things I want to post about but I need to download more pictures. Today began "magical writing" (writing styles) class. We also began "charms" (latin) class. Braeden drew a cartoon of 2 wizards, dueling and yelling latin phrases. One yells, "aqua-sem" and has water squirting out. The other is yelling, "inflammo!" and fire is shooting out of his. Gracyn also thought of these:
fabulamus: tricks someone into believing your story
viadatum: creates a road or a way out
silvantase: finds a way out of a forest
terrabilse: makes the ground change
portase: makes a gate appear where there wasn't one
Dareduce: makes someone do what you want them to
Creative way to remember those vocab words which we haven't bothered to memorize until now.
We will create our own "apples to apples" game called, "Quaffle to Quaffle."
Latin practice of latest vocabulary words will be creating incantations using the words.
A stuffed, white owl will bring a morning message...either a journal topic or letter to be answered.
And some writing activities will be pulled from a book I like called, "Grammar for Middleschool." It includes some practice forming sentences in the style of J.K. Rowling.
But wait, there's more! In an effort to involve my son with autism, we will be doing some hands-on-montessori-style activities...
We will connect train cars on the Hogwarts Express with words on them to create sentences and talk about grammar topics such as parts of speech and parts of a sentence as well as learn about conjuntions.
We will place macaroni (gluten-free, of course) quotation marks on pre-written sentences from the stories. Then, we will take turns reading the dialogues in play form.
We will practice gauge reading by creating a dashboard of the flying anglia with dry erase gauges.
We will categorize animal cards including reptiles like snakes and shoot falcon paper airplanes at the eyes of a poster of the baskilis to add points together for column addition practice.
We will match keys (correct math answers) to their wings (equations) in a folder.
We will perform other folders that depict the last scenes of the Sorcerer's stone..I haven't thought them all through yet....