Friday, April 23, 2010

Homeschool Highlights - Week of April 11, 2010

Days 148 - 152

Reading:  Started Abeka 1st grade advanced curriculum for reading, language, and phonics.  She eagerly does the colored workbook pages, but still does not care for phonics. 

Writing:  Writing, signing and memorizing Badge 6 - Ephesians 6:10-13

Math:  Abeka.  Showing increased improvement in memorizing both addition and subtraction facts.  Understands the concept of counting money, starting with the greatest coin first.  I thought this was going to be a nightmare, but she pleasantly surprised me!

Unit Study:  Ira Sleeps Over by Bernard Waber

Ira is going to his first sleepover at his friend, Reggie's house.  He has to decide whether or not to bring along his favorite teddy bear, Tah-Tah.

  • What did Ira want to take on his sleepover to Reggie's house?
  • Why did Ira finally go home to get his teddy bear?
  • Do you sleep with a favorite teddy bear or stuffed animal?  Describe it and draw it. 
  • How is sleeping at a friend's house different than sleeping at your house?  Are there any ways that it is the same?
  • What would have happened if Reggie had not had a bear also?
  • Is there anything else Ira might like to sleep with?  What would you sleep with if your favorite bear/animal were not available?
  • Make a list of types of bears (pandas, brown, black, grizzly, polar, koala, sun).  Learn about these types.
  • We made a paper bed for Ira and designed a Tah-Tah bear. For fun you could have a pajama day! 
  • Lastly, show off and discuss your favorite thing to sleep with.  Shayla chose her Pooh Bear.  She was very excited to talk about this and it was a good chance to work on conversational skills, and public speaking (even though it was only to family.)

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