Monday, October 31, 2011

Sunday, October 30, 2011

Weekly Review 15 & 16

Not much to report school wise we are moving along with our new schedule which is working fairly well. We have spent a lot of time outdoors enjoying the fall weather. 
We did finish Wordly Wise book 3 last week.  The last thing we did was make a sentence from each word in the book, he did great there were only a few he couldn’t remember and as soon as he looked them up he remembered. We will be starting Wordly Wise 4 next week.
We worked on(caught up) our Anatomy Notebooking journal , I am terrible about putting it off until we have 2 or 3 chapters to fill out.
Here is one of the items we did, an idea I got from pinterest. It is a skeleton made with Qtips. 
We enjoyed our annual trip to the farm and pumpkin patch.
I purchased a bulk order of apples through a local co-op many homeschool families here use.  I had a moment of insanity because I am now working on baking with 40lbs of apples. 
Have a great week!

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Wordless Wednesday - New Books

I can't believe we are ready for more school books already. We are finishing up Wordly Wise 3, we just started Easy Grammar 3 and we need the daily grams. The new Singapore math book is to help with mental math, speeding up easy addition and subtraction. I think he will love the speed tests. 


Monday, October 17, 2011

Weekly Review - Week 14

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This was a pretty typical week for homeschool. We started working in Easy Grammar 3 and finished up the printing portion of A Reason of Handwriting and we begin cursive next week.  We are sailing along in the new Singapore math workbooks. We are moving a little slow in history and science with the weather being nice we have been spending more time outdoors. 

He worked on life skills this week, he helped Dad replace an O2 sensor in our car and he cheered Dad on while he ran his first half marathon.  WAY TO GO DAD!

We also made a fleece blanket, this was fun and only took a couple of hours.  I let him pick out the fabric he wanted and he helped tying the knots in between playing with Transformer toys, of course.


This is the patterns he chose, TN Vols and checkered flag.


Working on the knots


Enjoying the blanket he help make.

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Wordless Wednesday - Knex

Kiddo built a double ferris wheel from Knex this week.  It has a motor, turns and 3 feet tall. I wonder where I am going to put this thing:)


Friday, October 7, 2011

Weekly Review 13



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This week has gone well, we are moving right along with our new schedule.  Nothing really new to report, ordered a few new school books and learned I forgot to order a few more.

I got our new math books in Singapore 2B and 3A we are going over them as a review to supplement Teaching Textbooks 3.  We are on the last cd of TT so I will need to order TT4 soon. 

After placing a order with I realized we are almost finished with Wordly Wise 3(only 3 lessons left). We also started Easy Grammar 3 this week and I do believe we will need the Daily Grams to go with it so I will add it to my order list. 

We did a few crafts this week. We were working on a You have been booed basket for his great grandmother and we made a couple of little things.




Oranges with Jack O’ Lantern Faces drawn on. I got this idea from pinterest, I love that website. One of the face he drew reminds me of Wilson from Cast Away with Tom Hanks.



A hand tree. You paint their hand and wrist for the tree and use fingers to make the leaves.  A quick messy art project that is fun.

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Wordless Wednesday–Hot Wheels

Walked in to find this – Hot Wheels tracks and little boy all on dining room table.

Sunday, October 2, 2011

Weekly Review Week 12

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I can not believe we are in week 12 of our school year already.  Time is flying by.  I thought I might give an update as to where we are in each of his subjects and the progress he is making. 
Handwriting  -  This year he is only doing handwriting 3x a week. It has made a difference since he dislikes handwriting so much only doing it part time is great for him. There is no balking about handwriting and he has yet to realize all the writing he does in grammar, Latin, and Bible counts.  
Grammar – He is almost finished with Easy Grammar 2. We will be starting Easy Grammar 3 next week. He is doing well with grammar and I like the easy no stress way of learning rules and definitions.
Science – We just finished chapter 6 in Apologia Human Anatomy book. It takes about a week to complete one chapter with the experiments. We have also been watching Standard Deviants dvd on anatomy and using the Greys Anatomy coloring book. I am in no hurry to go through this book. He is very interested in the book and has  already read most of the book on his on time.

History – We are on chapter 15 in Story of the World 3. I would like to be further in this book but we have stopped to read extra on American History and on some of the figures in the book.  He is very interested in the American Revolution and we will be spending time on that subject with lots of extras.  We have been watching Liberty Kids on Netflix streaming which is excellent for kids.

Latin -  He loves Prima Latin and would do it every day if we had time. We do Latin 2 to 3x a week.  Every Monday we do a review of all the vocabulary we have learned so far. We are on Lesson 10 in Latin.
Language Arts – Wordly Wise has been a huge hit. We are on lesson 11. Spelling has been a bit of a struggle. Sequential Spelling is meant to be done once a day but that is too much for us. He wants to sound out the words and figure them out for himself, which is fine but some days we are doing spelling for over an hour. We are doing spelling 3 days week, that way I can schedule the time we need but keep up with the building on words, some days are much faster than others.
Bible – We are using Telling God’s Story. I am very pleased with the program. It maybe a bit oversimplified for Kiddo’s age but I would rather it be too simple rather than too hard to understand. Learning about Jesus, his life and his teachings in a conversational manor is prefect for us. We are also using the activity book.  We do 1 lesson a week, one day we read the story, the next day we read the Bible verses, next day reread the main Bible verse and do the activity book and the next day I have Kiddo retell the lesson in his own words.
Math – We are using Teaching Textbooks and Singapore math. We are almost finished with TT3 and I will be ordering TT4.  We have also been using Singapore 2A, Intensive practice and challenging word problems. We are working on learning times tables and doing extra practice on subtraction with renaming. He does math to figure out the multiplication questions. He does not have them all memorized yet. He can do his 0,1,2,3,5,and 10s.  I just ordered Singapore 2b, 3a and Math Express level 2.
Reading – I don’t count any books his reads on his own time for fun and he does a lot of that. He has read two autobiographies so far this year one on Ben Franklin and Thomas Edison. He wants to read one on Paul Revere next. He also loved Charlotte's Web and after reading the book I think he has watched the movie a dozen times. He had Dad are reading Harry Potter together and they are on book 4 still. We have also reread a few Magic Tree house books that have to work into history.

I think that about covers it. We are moving right along making progress and enjoying the school work.  I do have one confession. I wanted to start on piano this year. I bought the books, I did some practicing since it has been a long time since I played but we have yet to start.  Between all the work we are doing and my medical issues which have zapped me of all energy I just have worked it into our schedule yet.
12 weeks worth of grammar, singapore, activity pages. Time for a new folder it is full.