October 26, 2010
Just in case you were wondering about the meaning of the word samovar, as I mentioned in my last entry, is one of Elliot’s vocabulary words, the definition of samovar is: “A metal urn with an internal heating tube, used in Russia for making tea”. I had never heard the word before we read the book, so I am definitely learning a lot throughout along this journey too.
October 26, 2010
There are quite a few new vocabulary words that can be taught from “Another Celebrated Dancing Bear”. Elliot is always curious to find out the meaning of new words he’s not heard before, so from the very first time we read the book, he was asking me to define a lot of them. I made a little game to help us remember the meaning of all the words. I can now confidently say that Elliot knows the meaning of the following words: czar, glum, magnificent, audience, jealous, samovar (do YOU know what that is?), pyramid, comical, embraced, and elegant.
First we reviewed them and matched each word with its definition.
Then we set it up as a memory game. Elliot loved this so much that we had to play four times! I never realized this would be such an effective way of teaching new vocabulary.
And as usual, we discussed some of the elements of our story and he narrated in his own words what happened in the story while I dictated it.
October 25, 2010
We enjoyed a beautiful day at the zoo this weekend. We had a great time seeing all the different animals. We were also pleased to have found a couple different types of bears!
October 22, 2010
Elliot enjoyed dancing to “Kalinka”, a Russian song.
October 21, 2010
Some fun projects we’ve been working on this week:
You can tell he’s concentrating really hard when he sticks his tongue out like this. His daddy does this too. It’s genetic.
October 18, 2010
It’s time for a new book! This week we’re beginning Another Celebrated Dancing Bear by Gladys Scheffrin-Falk. We’ll be focusing specifically on Russia along with Matryoshka dolls, and bears.