Sunday, May 1, 2011

Homeschool Highlights - Week of April 10, 2011

Attended worship services.  It's funny when we discussed pastor's sermon, my kids and I didn't seem to hear the same things. 

Phys Ed:  It was a beautiful, sunny 80 degree day.  The first we've had in ages, so what to do, but play, play, and play!  Most any work that did get done was done outside. 

Science:  We made paper planting pots (fine motor) and transplanted, watered, and planted additional seeds.  We typically put out about a half acre garden, but this year we are expanding AND growing our own oats and herb garden for spices, teas, and tinctures.

Didn't get much bookwork done.  Instead it was life lessons in compassion, kindness, love, doing things with a happy heart, and many other character traits.

My mother-in-law has been in the hospital.  She has multiple tumors on an artery and one on her lung.  This came as a complete surprise because the only symptoms she showed was what we thought was a stomach bug.

Thankfully, because I homeschool, I have the freedom to attend to her needs.  Taking her to doctor appointments, getting prescriptions, doing household chores and errands. 

Bible:  Psalm 119:47, 97, 140 and Jeremiah 15:16

Devotions:  A Case of the Grumbles.  (I think we all need to review this one periodically).  Exodus 16:1-12.

A Little Horse Sense.  Ephesians 4:1-6

Reading:  Let's Shake On It.  This is an old textbook I found.  Not sure what grade level it actually is, but the print was very large and not much on each page.  She chose to sit down and read the whole thing!

Read aloud:  Bartholomew and the Oobleck.  This was fitting because of the rain falling from the sky.  But we didn't see any oobleck.

Field trip to our public library to find books for pleasure reading.


Bible:  Heaven is a Real Place.  John 14:1-4

  • Magic Bones.  2 Kings 13:20-21
  • Called by Name.  John 20:11-16
  • The Cover-up.  Matthew 28:11-15
Field Trip:  Theater production of Sleeping Beauty.  This was the strangest rendition of this story that I have ever heard.  It had adult humor in it, but it seemed to keep the kids' attention, as well.

After this, we went to Hobby Lobby to spend a giftcard Shayla got for Christmas.  She chose a wooden, magnetic paper doll and a build-a-bear kit on clearance.  I made her make the purchase herself.  She did not like this one bit, but was extremely proud of herself for doing so (afterwards). 

Reading:  Shayla devoured a pile of library books!
4-H/Science/Art:  We decided to give 4-H another try.  This time joining the group that her dance teacher is in.  It was more to her liking.  They made flubber and decoupage bottles.  Being that this was the first meeting, Shayla was very hesitant to do anything, but the co-leader actually had read up on selective mutism and took Shayla under her wings, so to speak.  She enjoyed 4-H much more!


Bible:  Heaven:  Who May Go to Heaven?  John 14:5, 6, John 3:16-17, Revelation 3:20

Grandparent's Day at GCS!  Shayla was delighted to have my mom, "Grandma Norma" join the festivities for the Grandparent's Day celebrations at her school. 

Science:  Shayla observed day old baby chicks that had hatched out at her school.

Phys Ed:  Ballet and clogging lessons.


Bible:  Jesus is Coming Again.  1 Thessalonians 4:13-18

  • God's Alarm.  Hebrews 10:19-22
  • Peace, Hush, Be Still.  Mark 4:35-41
Reading: Come One Come All.  Clean Your Room, Harvey Moon.  Whistles, Grandma's Baby Pictures

Read Aloud:  Fish is Fish and Alexander and the Wind-up Mouse

Language/phonics:  Lessons 113-114

Math:  Subtraction facts workbook

Science:  Seasons.  Completed wkbk pgs 431-432

Social Studies:  Countries & Cultures:  Central America:  Read books about Nicaragua and Panama.


Bible: Prayer:  Pray With Sin Confessed.  Psalm 66:18

Devotions:  The Cure for Itching Ears.  2 Timothy 4:1-4

Reading:  Come One, Come All:  Best Friends

Read Aloud:  The Biggest House in the World and Geraldine the Music Mouse

Math:  Played a math/dice game.  I covered a die with + and - signs.  Shayla then rolled this and two other dice and solved the fact.  Then I made a game board and she had to cover the answer on the board, when the board was covred, the game was done!

Writing/Art: Wrote out a thank you card and made an envelope for Grandma Norma.  She also addressed the envelope herself.  And made a get well soon card for Grandma Barry.

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