Monday, March 21, 2011
Here's what we're using...
Reading For All Learners readers (I See Sam books)
Various children's classic stories with narration and copywork
Poetry from various sources
Free D'Nealian handwriting worksheets at http://www.learningpage.com/
Mathematical Reasoning Level A, The Critical Thinking Co.
Various topics studied from library books and other sources we already own...community, family, friends
Tagalong with Almond...
Tagalong with Almond...
Dance 4 hours a week--jazz, lyrical and ballet
Swimming lessons 30 min a week
Come Look With Me
Classical music/compose studies using online sources such as http://www.classicsforkids.com/
Artist and picture studies using various sources
Tuesday, September 14, 2010
Well, we started "school" a couple weeks ago...no exact date, since we've kinda trickled into it and are still trickling in.
Cashew has since graduated from our private homeschool! He is now attending a junior college, which he started last year in his senior year of high school. He's doing well...I'll write about his classes later...He's now able to drive himself to school with his own car (thanks grandpa!). The newest discussion is whether he should get a job.
Macadamia is in public high school. She survived last year and is now getting the hang of it. She's on the dance team, which she is enjoying, but misses being at home and hates the homework! Her grade point average has been about a 3.5, so no complaints from mom! She is still doing ballet outside of school.
Pistachio has decided he wants to postpone going to high school. The plan was to go to 9th grade public school this year. He was excited to play football. He has a fall birthday, so technically, or even legally, he qualifies to actually be in 8th grade this year. After thorough discussion, he decided he wants to wait one more year. Many factors swayed his decision, including playing college sports...he'd rather be 18 when he graduates instead of 17. Makes sense, and honestly, there's no rush to make them grow up fast! He's playing in a football league and training at an athletic gym designed to groom college athletes.
Almond is now in 4th grade...finding a writing curriculum is my biggest challenge. She's taking ballet at one studio, and jazz, tap, and lyrical at another. This year she is trying a jazz performance team.
Peanut is officially in Kindergarten! Well, that could change too, since she has a fall birthday, but for now, we are doing K level work. She's following her big sis and dancing ballet once a week, then jazz and tap, also trying the performance team!
I'm still working part time night shift, 2 times a week. My biggest challenge is making our schedule work! The gas money is killing me! Not to mention I don't get enough sleep!
My hubby is currently on shore duty. We are waiting for new orders, and hoping we don't have to move! If we don't move, we're looking at another deployment next year! Such is the life of a military wife!
Whew...well, there's my update! Hopefully I will blog at least once a week...once a month minimum! I have so much to say, just not enough time to write it! lol... Hmmm...I have't tried mobile blogger. I may give that a try too!
Sunday, January 24, 2010
“The only thing that interferes with my learning is my education.” ~Albert Einstein
So I guess with all that rambling, I wanted to say that we have been doing TT for the last 2 weeks, and she loves it! She's been doing at least one lesson a day, without any coercion, tears, or complaining! Yay!
Thursday, December 10, 2009
Literary Devices—compare and contrast, cause and effect, categorizing to organize and recall information
Vocabulary-Vocabtest.com Unit 1-2
Grammar—participle phrases (parsing and diagramming sentences)
Teaching Textbooks Algebra 1, Lessons 37-46
Atmosphere, Weather & Climate
Metamorphic Rocks, Landscapes & Biomes
Settling the Northern Colonies
Plymouth Bay, Massachusetts Bay, Philadelphia “The City of Brotherly Love”
Pilgrims, Puritans, Quakers, William Penn, young Benjamin Franklin
Pop Warner Football
Electric Guitar, private lessons
Solo techniques, song-Canon Rock
Reading Comprehension—recalling details (narration), story sequence (using various readers and poetry)
Grammar—Plural Nouns—adding s; adding es to words ending in sh, ch, x, or s; nouns ending in y
Poetry—rhyming pattern, content and meaning, “Young Night Thought” and “The Sun's Travels”
Handwriting—cursive letters (upper and lower case) g,h, I, j, k and review b, e, f
Spelling/Phonics—long “a” sound-"ai" and "ay"
Composition—dictation, literature response, sentence structure, punctuation
I've been using various workbooks as well as internet resources
Money—value of $10 bill, $5 bill, $1 bill, 50 cent piece, quarter, dime, nickel, penny, adding up change, buying with money and making change, word problems
Multiplication facts for 3, 4, 5
Division-concept of, using linking cubes—dividing into equal groups
Telling Time-reading time, understanding hours later, word problems
vocabulary—asteroids, crater, elliptical, gaseous, terrestrial
salt dough model of Mercury
feudal system, lords, nobles, serfs
Level 2 ballet class, 2x a week
rehearsals for The Nutcracker ballet, cast as a party boy and school rat
Equine Science/Horseback Riding
jogging, walking forward and backward with better control of the horse
Thanksgiving-we read several library books for both Almond and Peanut
Alphabet/Phonics-we've been making an "ABC" book, inspired by Homeschoolshare's Alphabet Lapbook (I will post pictures at a later time!).
We continue to read many books, some from the library, but most from our own collection. This past month, these were her favorites.
This is a fun and colorful workbook...and it only cost about $6 from Barnes and Noble! She is working on counting, identifying and writing her numbers 1-10.
Peanut also follows along with Almond in social studies and science when she wants to.
Pre-ballet 2, 1x a week
rehearsals for The Nutcracker as a Santa Helper
She hasn't been interested in much formal learning this past month, but is enjoying playing and dancing!