Rocks…yet again.

They are working together on the rock dig. Nicholas is the geologist and he designated Abby as his "Second in commond geologist."

They are working together on the rock dig. Nicholas is the geologist and he designated Abby as his “Second in command geologist.”

It is always a little hard for me when we have to go through a topic a ton of times. Partially, my creativity is getting worn down. There are only so many ways I know of on how to present a topic. Secondly, I like some variety in our studies. But when my kids wanted to return to rocks, I knew there was no way out of this.

So we pulled out the rock dig again. Nicholas insisted on wearing the goggles that came with the dig. Abby refused to put hers on. The nice thing about the rock dig is that they worked together. Nicholas did it and then showed Abby how to do it. Abby tried, promptly banged the hammer into her finger, and then wanted the brush back so she could dust the rock dust away. We finally finished the dig and found all the rocks.

Then we got to clean the rocks. I simply put a bowl of water and a towel out and let the kids have fun with cleaning rocks. The polished them and then we got to sort them by color. Nicholas had to help me clean up the dust (he swept) while Abby was in charge of sorting rocks by color. When we were done cleaning we compared the rocks to the chart that came with the dig.

Next we pulled out our magnifying glasses and looked around for rocks in our house. We found granite (in our tile) and

The Christmas tree is made out of construction paper and is up on our wall.

The Christmas tree is made out of construction paper and is up on our wall.

we found rocks around the house. The kids had great fun searching through the mud for rocks.

When we practiced writing we practiced the words: rock, geologist, mineral, and granite. Then we did a rhyming game and named all the words that rhyme with rock. Nicholas was responsible for telling me what the beginning sound of the word was, then I wrote the word on a piece of paper.

Math was done next – we did an addition review and subtraction of double digit numbers (no carrying).

Finally we did our art for the day. We are learning how to draw a Christmas tree. I cut one out of paper and put it on the wall so the shape is nice and big. Every day we sit down and draw the tree.

It might sounds repetitive but drawing the tree with the kids is fun. We all draw a different looking tree. In Abby’s case the tree is more of a blob. Nicholas is actually able to get some of the shape drawn correctly.

Then we choose how we are going to decorate our trees. Yesterday the kids wanted to use feathers and pompoms. The day before it was glitter glue. I’m kind of hoping today is just crayons so it is easy to clean up.

So that was our lesson!

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