Thursday, October 27, 2011

October Learning Record

Every 20 school days I have to have a learning record ready for my educational specialist from the charter school I'm working with.  It only has to be a sentence or so long for each of the following subjects: reading, life skills, history, math, science, special interests/field trips/ classes but I have not done very well with being on time with it.  

I am putting a link to all the content standards for CA here for easy reference.  I also found a nice link for all the kindergarten content standards.

So far my learning record for October looks like this but by no means does it even come close to all we've done.  It is just all that I have typed up.

Reading: Read words with oo as in moon and words with oo as in good.  Words with igh as in night.  Words with ind as in find.

Life Skills: Taking turns, measuring for a recipe

History/ Geography: Read about the 7 continents in What Every Kindergartener Needs to know, directions on a map (north, south, east west)

Math: Friends of 10, beginning addition and subtraction exercises, telling time on the hour and half hour mark, counting by twos.

Science: Planted seeds

Special interests/ Field Trips/ Classes: Pumpkin patch and corn maze

**On a side note I found out today that one of the vendors for our charter school is American girl books and magazines.  I'll have to file that away for later.  Other interesting vendors were:

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Book Review of Close Enough To Hear God Breathe by Greg Paul

I recently had the opportunity to review the book "Close Enough To Hear God Breathe."  What an awesome title for a book!  I was looking forward to learning how to be closer to God and hear his voice. I often have a hard time even hearing my own thoughts with 3 kids 5 and under around. First off, my overall impression of the book was that I thought it was a good,  smooth, easy read and that it provided me with some great analogies to help me better understand how God views his children.  This book did deliver what I was hoping for.  I like to read for a little while just before I go to bed and I like to read books that help draw me closer to God. Among other things this book reminded me that it is often easier to hear God's voice when it is still and quiet.  For me that comes when I am walking or just having some alone time.  I like this book enough to take it in one more time and give it another read.  One of my favorite parts came early in the book when the author says, ", in these recent days, he speaks to me "in Son."  Whispering through every Scripture, and into the intimate details of my own daily experience-- for it is his life he is abreathing into me, and my life he wants to redeem."

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