Tuesday, February 24, 2009
Friday, February 20, 2009
math-competed another chapter (an easy one...mostly a review for him)
la-flying through English with one or two lessons a day, doing well with WW, the phonics workbook is a little tricky this week for him
science-doing a small unit study on human anatomy with the littles
reading-struggling a bit with his reading comp workbook a bit. He has been busy devouring The Charlie Bone books as well as reading several books on the American revolution.
history-see above. We will also start charting the different battles of the war soon.
geography-doing well. We have recently added state cards to the list. He simply has an index card to fill out about each state. I have an example card in the pile with all of the questions I want answered, five interesting facts that he can find himself, and on the back, a drawing of the state and one of the flag. Fun!!
religion-we stopped doing Seton's Religion 5. It was too much, I think. We have since found a gentler religion curriculum and are having better sucess with it. It is called We Believe. I think it is mostly used in a private school setting, but is working for us.
He is plugging along with ETC. He really likes it!!! (so glad)
Anatomy mini unit study
Working with the morning board and morning folder every morning!! love it!
We will start a weekly letter unit study next week. I started a seperate blog for that. It is mostly for Gabriel as Kaleb already knows the alphabet, but there are a lot of fun crafty things that he will want to do too.
Loving the morning board and folder too!! Last night he said that he couldn't wait to get up in the morning and do more school work!
He will also be participating in the letter unit study.
Good week!! My husband has out of town on business this week so its been a bit of a challenge for me. We accomplished a lot though!!
Sunday, February 15, 2009
I haven't finished the 100 chart on the bottom left side or the weather part on the bottom right side. Also in that black spot on the bottom middle, I'm going to add some shapes for Gabriel.
That little skinny area on the right is for birthdays. I covered that area in contact paper so we can use dry erase markers. The dates are little post its.The bagged cards in the middle are add/subtract fact cards. I velcro'ed the bags to the board. Actually I velcro'ed everything except the yellow straw holder in the middle and the calendar. That way I can change out anything that gets messed up. I also velcro-ed the clock to the page protector in case I decide to use it later in the day. The yellow weather chart below will eventually say at the top "Today's weather is..." with a box for them to stick a laminated picture of whatever the day's weather is. Then the month box will show the month's weather as we go so we can see how things progress.
Saturday, February 14, 2009
So far we've done mini-studies on ocean life and volcanoes. We are now starting on the human body. Our county library system is small but offers a HUGE variety of books on the human body, from the easy collection to the older children....something for everybody. I just wish they had more visual or hands-on materials. After reserving several books on the library's website, I started googling fun, interactive websites that teach about the human body.
Here are a few of what I found. Now I haven't had a chance to really look into any of these websites yet. I just marked them as faves until I have time to actually go through them.
We also use enchantedlearning.com for a lot of our printouts. It has been well worth the $20/year membership fee!!
I am now searching for some fun hand-on offline activities to complete our study.
Friday, February 13, 2009
Gabriel. They didn't have skates in his size. :( He hung out with me and we visited the yummy desert table as often as he wanted! Plus he got to help put all the valentines we brought into the other children's bags. He also helped put the candy everyone brought into the bags. He really enjoyed that!!!
The boys with their Valentine sacks. We made these quickly the morning of since Drake was so sick and we didn't have time earlier in the week.
The rest of our week has been pretty laid back. We did English and a lot of book reading but not much else. We're all trying to recover from last week's lack of sleep.
We'll hit the ground running again on Monday!!
Happy Valentine's Day!!