Friday, February 28, 2014

Supplementing FLL1, Lessons 61-70

A continuation of how we're adding to First Language Lessons for the Well Trained Mind: Level 1 to make it more kinetic learner friendly. (Click here for my posts on previous lessons.)

(Lesson 61) Identifying pronouns in a story

This activity was more difficult and frustrating than I thought it would be. The idea was simple: go back to a previous lesson's story and identify the pronouns, one sentence at a time. The execution was much more difficult. They identified pronouns okay; just not the ones in the sentence we were on. They'd find the pronouns in the sentence or paragraph ahead or behind, but just could not focus on the one sentence we were supposed to be on.

My solution was to cover all the other words near that sentence with sticky notes. And if I could not miss any. This was only marginally successful. It took so much time to re-position the sticky notes that they would lose focus. And it took too long. We tried to get through the story through three days, after which I just gave up and moved on.


(Lesson 64, 67, 69-70) Seasons

Instead of doing a collage for the various seasons, I just let the kids color pictures for them.

(clockwise) snowmen drinking hot cocoa, flowers, happy sun, smiling leaves blowing in the wind
This group of lessons didn't actually require much of anything extra. The boys already know the months of the year and the seasons, and there was no new definition or poem to memorize.

Idea Noun Review

When reviewing idea nouns, Builder Boy starting trying to remember the Fruits of the Spirit. They've been teaching about them in Sunday school, and he suggested working on them at home as well. At first we just had them drawn on the white board. But eventually we made a paper version to keep on our refrigerator.

The lessons and the poem we got from FLL1. The original link is to the author's printing press website, the picture is a link to the Amazon listing. I came up with the extra activities on my own.

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