Monday, April 5, 2010

Homeschool Highlights - Week of March 28, 2010

Days 137 - 141

No Spring Break for us!  Well, maybe Good Friday.  I'm trying to stay with the public school calendar, as much as possible, because Morgan attends public school.  Shayla finds it hard to focus when Morgan is home to distract her.  Also, I know that I have fulfilled my legal obligation to provide 180 days a year of instruction.  :)  Besides, we don't start back to school until after Labor Day! 


Reading:  Innovative Kids Level 4 - Book 8 Swirl and Twirl and Book 9 The Campsite.

Writing:  A Reason for Handwriting workbook pages.

Math:  Abeka and Addition war card game.

Reading:  We curled up on the bed and read Easter books for over an hour.  What a cozy way to spend a cold, windy, rainy, and dreary day!

Bible/Art/Fine Motor/science:  We made a paper plate lion.  This finishes the lesson we started last week about comparing the weather of March with that of a lion and a lamb.  We also talked about different Bible stories with lions in them (garden of Eden, Samson, and Daniel)

Just the basics.  We seemed to be moving slower than molasses on these today. 

Unit Study:  The Grouchy Ladybug.

Kings Kids:  Last weekly meeting till next fall. The kids celebrated with a pizza party!

The Grouchy Ladybug by Eric Carle

About the story:  A grouchy ladybug lands on a green leaf already occupied by a friendly ladybug.  The friendly ladybug offers to share the aphids on the leaf, but the grouchy ladybug refuses to share and challenges the friendly ladybug to a fight.  The grouchy ladybug decides that the friendly ladybug is not big enough for him to fight.  The friendly ladybug suggests that the grouchy ladybug fight someone bigger.  The grouchy ladybug challenges a variety of "bigger" animals to fight throughout the day, but deciding that each one "is not big enough."  At the end of the day, the grouchy ladybug returns to the leaf with the aphids.  He is more humble and not so grouchy.

Science:  Learning about ladybugs.  We read a library books about ladybugs and discussed larva, pupa, the colors of ladybugs, and what ladybugs eat. 

Art:  We made a paper mobile, a ladybug wheel, and two books with this story.


Leo the Late Bloomer by Robert Kraus

About the story:  Leo the tiger was a "late bloomer."  He could not read, write, draw, eat neatly, or speak.  Leo's father was concerned about him, but Leo's mother just reassured the father that Leo was just a late bloomer and there was nothing to be worried about.  Leo blossomed at the end of the story and was able to do all the things he couldn't previously do.

This story sounds like someone else I know!

Science:  Read library books about tigers and other big cats. 

Phys ed:  Moved around like a tiger or large cat.  Practiced walking, running, leaping, growling, playing, roaring, hunting, sleeping, and yawning.

Language/Social Skills:  We practiced retelling the story. 

Art:  Completed several paper projects and packet. 


Wee Discover Nature Program.  This program is designed for 3-5 year olds, but Shayla still learns much about nature and social skills.

Each week they learn about trees, plants, leaves, animals, or other nature themes.  Typically, they read stories, go on a nature walk, and make a craft.

Friday:  We took the day off of formal learning and just had some family time!

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