While the local schools around here began their first week of school, we completed our fourth. I'm so glad to have those first few behind us! We are already one-third of the way through our first term.
|C for Cat and D for Dinosaur|
|Learning to work on a task indepedently|
We did not do any new letters this week but gave more focused attention to "C" and "D". Cupcake did much better with letter sound games this week. I decided to give only three choices of letter cards to pick from for beginning sounds. She did some very nice upper and lower case D handwriting pages. For story time, we enjoyed cat stories, her favorites being Tom Kitten and Miss Moppet. For art, we did a draw-write page on the cat. Hers turned out so cute. Aunt C., doesn't it look just like Picasso? Another project involved cutting out the letter "D", some shapes, and glue for a D is for Dinosaur (see pic above). For math, we began working with the Math-U-See colored bars, similar to c-rods. This week she had to match up the bars for each number with the same number of units. For example six ones (individual green units) to the purple bar that is one piece but the equivalent of six. This is supposed to be very important concept before we begin adding them. She's enjoyed continuing to create numbers with the hundreds, tens, and units. I love that she is finding numbers EVERYWHERE and practicing what she's learned with the tens and hundreds-- in books, street signs, clocks, etc.
|The edible cell--MMM mitochondria!|
|The pre-details before the experiment|
E- and I were busy with Shakespeare's historical play, King John. Thank goodness for Spark Notes on the computer. At first we read a portion of the play, followed by the Spark Notes. Then I got wise, and reversed that order. The history curriculum guide said to read it out loud and that it should only take two sittings. Well, we did four sittings this week and did not finish it. Since the play is taking longer than planned for, I had him go ahead and begin Ivanhoe. Yep, different curriculum from S- but same book. Beautiful Feet's plan goes through it much quicker, as this counts for literature and history. For free reading and extra literature, he finished Howard Pyle's Men of Iron. I do believe that might be one of his most favorite books. I never asked for narrations for this free-read----He ALWAYS gave them with lots of details. This has been his experiment week for his module in biology too. So, he and his dad have been enjoying the microscope (actually everyone wants to use it!). They set up some yummy looking jars on my kitchen counter--- pond water cultures for bacteria being fed by various things- rice, egg yolk, grass, and dirt. Hmm, I think my canning jars are going to get a lot of science use this year. We added an elective that is still in the trial stage, although I'm inclined to keep it. I found a physical geography e-book online for free. I think we should be able to get at least a half credit from it. Then we might do Bible geography for the other half.
|The microscope owners-sometimes they share!|
Matt and I seem to just manage to keep up the fort. With two doing high school work, it is definitely becoming a bit more of a team effort to homeschool. I'm thankful he has taken over S's history, two of S's literature selections, E's biology, and one of the Muffy girl's literature selections. I am making the time to run, and am finally starting to see better numbers on the scale. Little sis encouraged me to time my 2 mile run, and I was pleasantly surprised with a total of 22 minutes! Just like everything these days, discipline and slow but steady progress eventually pay off.
Happy weekend everyone.