The HOTsummer weather is finally coming to an end here in OK. Our temperatures this week averaged in the low to mid 90’s I think. That’s a far cry from the 1120 we had most of July.
The past few weeks we’ve been mostly doing our paper assignments and not our reading subjects (Science and History). Mr. Bull is really struggling with those right now and so I’m working on ways to make them more hands-on for him so he grasps and understands them better and more thoroughly. There’s nothing more frustrating for me or him, than when he doesn’t recall what we’ve just spent 30 minutes reading.
So, this week and through the weekend I’m working on some projects that will hopefully help us work together better in these two subjects. It probably doesn’t help that I was never fond of Science or History in school. But, thanks to Pinterest again for some GREAT tips and ideas on how to make these two subjects really come alive! I’m also debating on whether to use the CD’s that accompany our History curriculum. Just wondering if hearing it from someone else might help him.
We did take a quick morning trip to our local zoo this week. We were able to listen to a Keeper Chat that we’d not heard before on the Black and White Ruffed Lemur’s. It was very interesting and fun to watch them play and interact.
We saw some baby jaguars born this past April. Oh so cute!!!
And the Anaconda was finally back after a long time away in the infirmary getting treatment for an infection on his tail. I know this isn’t a great picture, but it shows how HUGE he is! And it’s the first time we’ve actually seen him swimming around. Usually he’s hiding away somewhere. So that was both gross and fun.
As we were making our way to the front, the older kids stopped to get a picture on an old fashioned wagon. Aren’t they adorable?!
Before we left the house, I made sure to print off a Zoo Bingo sheet and some Fact Finder sheets I made for our own zoo. This way Mr. Bull could search out new facts to find about the animals. Makes it more interesting and fun when you’ve been there so many times (we have season passes).
To make Spelling practice a little more fun, we’ve tried playing a form of Bananagrams. We keep all the letters turned upright and I tell him a word from the list. Then, he must pick out the letters to spell that word. Each of the words must be connected to another, just as you would in the real game. It changes things up a bit and Mr. Bull seems like it too!! It’s a win-win!
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