Thursday, September 20, 2012

Weekly Review–Week 11

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We have a had a good but rather short week.  Kiddo broke out in a rash on Tuesday and after trip to the doctor we found out he has atypical chicken pox.  It was a surprise since he has had the vaccine.  He has felt just slightly under the weather so school has been light this week.

It has given me a chance to start looking for a new science for January.  He is almost finished with Swimming creatures of the Fifth Day by Apologia.  He loves the Apologia books he reads and absorbs everything.

The two I am thinking about this week are using the Disney Imagineering DVDs along with extra books from the library etc. to have a topic a week type of science class.  The down side is the DVDs are expensive. Our local library does not carry them.
Disney Imagineering DVD

The other one I have been looking at is a program by NOEO Science. It is a all in one program with the books, experiment materials etc together.  They have three levels for biology, chemistry and physics. 
NOEO Science

I am also thinking of trying to piece one together using the Apologia General Science book I have here, with extra reading and experiments but without the math.  He may be ready for the science but not the math involved.

That about sums up our week.

Have a good weekend!

Sunday, September 16, 2012

Weekly Update

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I am so behind on weekly reviews. We are starting week 11 this week, we are half way through our first semester. Things are going well, the workbox system is working great for us. It makes lesson plans so much faster for me, I do the weeks plans over the weekend and then file each days lessons in a file folder.  All I have to do each night is refill the workboxes, it is great a huge time saver for me during the week. Kiddo likes the workboxes he gets up in the morning has breakfast and then goes to pick a box to start working on.  It gives him a choice as to which box he starts with and encourages independent study. 


Handwriting and times tables are our hard subjects at this time.  He just has not memorized his times tables yet. I am working on plans to make that a priority next week and get it done.  I bought a new handwriting book for us to start and see if I can improve his handwriting some.  He just hates handwriting with a passion, he would rather give you the answers verbally.  He can write neatly I have seen it on occasion. I am hoping the new book helps some and mostly I am just trying to be patience knowing it will come eventually.  If not, thank goodness for computer and typingSmile 


He has been reading non stop the past few weeks, weekly trips to the library plus he is reading Harry Potter book 5 and listening to The Red Pyramid at bedtime. He has a love of reading which I am so happy about. He is discovering a interest in biographies and I hope to encourage that. Murderous Math and Horrible Histories are on his Christmas wish list.


We will finish science before the new year, I have no clue what to do after that.  We have one Apologia elementary science curriculum left to do.  He loves them and just flies through them.  We have Apologia’s General Science and Physical Science (older versions) he is reading on his own but there is no way he can do the math in those books.  I will have to start researching other science programs for us to try. 


He is liking gymnastics and loving piano lessons.  He has asked to go the the symphony. I hope to find a good deal on tickets this fall. 


Not a lot to update we are plugging along.


Have a great week!

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Wordless Wednesday - Field Trip Zoo





Blue Poison Dart Frog



Snow Leopard