Friday, August 28, 2009
Tera conquering the kingdom in the imagination room.
Tera the beekeeper, my hero!
- played games- Colonial tops, whirligigs, (which Sarah figured out and showed the kids), ball and triangle game, ball and cup game, marbles, bowling
- solved riddles, tried rebus puzzles and tongue twisters
- made Johnny cakes and homemade butter (as pictured above)
- "sewed" colonial pockets
- ate lots of bread and gingercake
- played hide and seek and tag
- watched America Rock while making butter
- made Marigold dye
It was a great day!
Thursday, August 20, 2009
I know grandparents don't want to see just baby booties so here are a few shots I took last night of our big boy in his high chair. Most pictures were like the first one, all he was interested in was the strap on his high chair but I managed to get a few face shots.
- reviewed our French with Muzzy
- read a booklet on Animals
- made a peek inside log cabin
- made a "bark" hornbook and wrote on it with a "quill" pen
- read about Colonial schools, play and life
- made models of spiders and insects
It doesn't sound like as much today but it took us a great deal of time to finish our projects. Tomorrow we finish up our week long unit, it's our big day. Games, Recipes and Colonial School activities. The kids can't wait.
Wednesday, August 19, 2009
Day 3 of our Unit week was just a little hectic but very successful. JP worked until 1 AM last night so needless to say, I was just a little tired going into today, but we finished everything on our list.
- Tested for life by finding objects and asking the living vs. non/living questions: Does it reproduce? Does it respond to its environment? Does it adapt to its environment? Does it have cells? Does it need energy? Does it grow and develop?
- Investigated with insect mouth parts. Made models of insect food and insect mouths and then predicted which mouth would best eat which food.
- Compared the cover of birds and mammals by examining with a magnifying glass feathers and hair. Compared what happened when we dripped water on the feather and hair. (I would have had a picture of some of this but it was a little hectic and our session ended with water dumped on my new teacher's edition and me in a self imposed time out), but all ended well.
- Talked about the differences between warmblooded and cold blooded animals as well as the different types of eaters- (carni-, herbi-, and omni-)
- Made Pequot Indian Dioramas (pictured above) from the book Easy Make and Learn Projects: Colonial America loaned to me by a friend, (which I cannot link to for some reason). www.allboyhomeschool.blogspot.com
- Read about the three divisions of the colonies: New England, Middle and Southern
- Colored our 13 colonies map to reflect the three divisions.
- Reviewed The Preamble with hand motions.
All in all, a full and fun day. The kids are upstairs making their own dioramas. All is quiet on the homefront---for now.
Tuesday, August 18, 2009
Friday, August 14, 2009
- Michael had a doctor's appointment with an urologist for a common problem in baby boys. Worse case scenario would require surgery and overnight stay at the hospital. The doctor thinks the problem is healing itself and we don't have to go back until Michael is a year old. Such an answer to prayer.
- We live so close to a Children's Hospital with great specialists and short wait times.
- JP has a job that meets all our needs.
- I have three beautiful children who are loving and love spending time with our family doing things.
- I have learned how to cook from scratch. (not this week, but over time)
- We have been getting produce from our garden, a little here and a little there.
- My children love to learn.
- We've made new friends since moving here two years ago.
- I have a bread machine.
- My family loves me very much.
- No matter how much I mess up, God still forgives.
This list could go on and on, but that about sums it up for today. We'll update on school next week.
Friday, August 7, 2009
Tera (3rd grade) and Daniel (2nd grade) each have a folder that keeps their weekly assignment sheets as well any worksheets they are working on. They also keep all their written work in these folders.
Reading- We started this year with Abeka readers but Tera wants to read "living books" this year, so she will begin to check out books from the library to read and write book reports about. Daniel will probably do the same later on this year. My kids read a lot on their own which I am very thankful.
Grammar- This year I started doing Grammar with both kids together. They use the same book that I picked up at a thrift store a few years back. We go over the lesson together, then they each complete the exercises separately.
Handwriting and Spelling- We use A Reason for...curriculum for Handwriting and Spelling. This is the second year for Handwriting but our first experience with the Spelling curriculum. I really like both these books. The handwriting book has four daily lessons with a Scripture verse as the practice work. The spelling books give the kids a lot of different activities to do with their spelling. This is the very first time I have ever bought a Spelling curriculum, I have used list found on the internet in previous years. It is refreshing not to have to come up with the ideas all on my own. The kids especially like it.
Math- We are a Saxon household. It works really well with our kids. Tera is in 65 this year. I am going to try and push Daniel ahead a little this year. He breezes through the exercises so we are hoping to do Math 2 this semester and Math 3 next semester, but I'll let him lead on that.
Social Studies- For social studies I use Bob Jones Heritage Studies 3 as a springboard. Tera and Daniel read the chapter and then I plan a unit on that subject. This semester we are in American history. Some units we are covering are: Colonial America, Lewis and Clark, Westward Expansion and/or Pioneer Days and beginning the Civil War. I am excited about our social studies this year. We hope to do a great deal of hands-on learning. I also pick a book from the Sonlight list that goes along with our unit of study as a read aloud. Right now, we are reading Johnny Tremain. I never read it growing up, so I am enjoying it right along with them.
Science- I use Bob Jones Science 3 as a springboard as well as the Tennessee Standards for Science. Some units we are doing this semester are: Classifying Animals, Birds, and Human Body. We are also studying life cycles and will try our hand at a Live Butterfly Garden. Science in the past has not been as hands-on as I would like, so this year I am trying extra hard to make that happen.