Sunday, May 1, 2011

Homeschool Highlights - week of April 24, 2011

  • Attended Easter morning services. 
  • Played memory matching game. 
  • Finished weaving project for Central American studies (social studies)


Bible:  Our Tongue:  Speak Wisely.  Proverbs 10:13, James 3:13

Devotions:  Spiritual Medicine.  Luke 24:13-35

Reading:  Come One, Come All:  Theme 2:  Tomie DePaola:  The Art Lesson, When I Grow Up

Language/Phonics:  Lessons 119-120

Math:  Going back to the curriculum from last year.  It's more hands-on. 

Logical Order.  Presented addition fact cards in order (If 2+2=4, then 2+3 is one more, etc, etc)  At the same time, I showed the opposite card 2+3 and 3+2.  We also used wooden blocks to figure some. 

Reviewed flashcards.

Spelling:  We went back to last year's curriculum for spelling, too.

Long i words.  Reviewed the when two vowels go walking, the first vowel does the talking rule. 

Did the pre-test.  She did not score well on these words, so we corrected each word, then copied them one more time each.

Handwriting:  Starting Badge 9. 

Psalm 100:1-2

Make a joyful noise unto the Lord, all ye lands.  Serve the Lord with gladness:  come before his presence with singing.

Science:  Discovering Seasons. 

Winter.  A Time for Rest.
  • Read science text. pgs. 114-118
  • Completed Animals in Winter worksheet
  • Read books about winter and explained it using the globe.
  • Made a book called Winter.  Shayla copied these sentences and filled in the blanks and illustrated a book.  Example:  In winter I wear...., In winter the animals are..., In winter the plants..., etc. (art, writing, language)
  • Made a winter scene using black construction paper and white chalk (art)
  • Made a paper snowflake using a coffee filter
  • Did two experiments showing that air is everywhere.  There is air in the water for the fish.  Fill a glass with water and look at it every ten minutes.  Bubbles form at the top.  These bubbles are air.
  • Filled a glass with soil and poured water in.  The bubbles that rose to the top of the soil are air bubbles. 
  • Painted a picture that shows what trees look like in winter. 
Bible:  Our Tongue:  Speak Pleasantly.  Provers 16:24, 25:11, 1 Peter 3:10

Devotions:  Drop in Near Jesus.  Mark 2:1-12  The story of Jesus healing the paralyzed man.

Reading:  Come One, Come All:  One Foot, Now the Other.  Tomie DePaola's story about his grandfather being a part of a child's life and how the child teaches the grandfather after his stroke.

Read Aloud:  A book about the Dominican Republic.  Shayla picked this out of the library.

Art:  Painted ceramic teddy bear.

Social Studies:  Panama.  Located on the globe. Read library books about the country and culture of Panama.  Our Panama project comes from The Kids' Multicultural Cookbook.  It is taste testing oven roasted cashews and pineapple.  Two traditional foods from Panama.

Phys Ed:  Wii Fit, basketball, and jumped on the trampoline

Language/Phonics:  Lessons 121-122

Math:  Counting on for Addition game. 

Roll one die and take that many counters away, roll again and take that many counters away.  Write down the addition problem. (ex:  This one was 4+4)

Reviewed flashcards.

Spelling:  Wrote sentences using long i words.

Handwriting:  Psalm 100:3  Know ye that the Lord he is God:  it is he that hath made us and not we ourselves; we are his people, and the sheep of his pasture.

*Note:  Shayla complained of ringing in her ears today.

GCS Specials

Bible:  Our Tongue: 
  • Speak Truthfully.  Proverbs 12:19, Exodus 20:16. 
  • Speak Good Things.  Psalm 34:13
Devotions: The Best Place Ever.  John 14:1-6

Reading:  Come One, Come All - Strega Nona's Magic Lessons, Poem:  The Secret Place

Language/phonics:  Lessons 123-124

Math:  Commutative Property.  A big way of saying 5+7=12 and 7+5=12 etc. using lego duplos as unifix cube manipulatives.

Handwriting: Psalm 100:4  Enter into his gates with thanksgiving and into his courts with praise:  be thankful unto him and bless his name.

*Note:  Today Shayla is frequently making letters backwards today (b and d). 

Science:  Since the sun was actually shining for awhile and Shayla was having difficulties today, we went out on a nature walk to identify wildflowers/herbs and discussed some medicinal properties. 
*Note:  She also took most of the nature pictures since photography and scrapbooking are two of her 4-H projects! :)

Left:  may apple
Right:  blood root

Bible:  Our Tongue: The Tongue is Little, but it Can Do Great Harm.  James 3:2-5

Devotions/science:  Can Sin Stick?  1 John 5:18-20.  We did a science experiment for this, too.  Put a small amount of salt on a plate, mix in a little bit of pepper.  Next, take a comb and rub it on a piece of felt.  Then hold it above the salt and pepper, the pepper magically clings onto the comb.

Reading: Come One, Come All:  The Tortoise and the Hare, Poem:  The Tortoise and the Hare (in rhyme)

Language/Phonics:  Lessons 125-126

Spelling:  Wrote words with glue and covered with yarn pieces.  After dried, spelled with fingers touching words.

Received Badge 8 prize pack several weeks ago and forgot to post about it.  She was very excited to get the teddy bear in this one.  It gave her the strength to continue, in her words. 

Saturday:  Ended the week with a visit from oldest sister, Cassandra and niece, Makayla.  Shayla was not real happy about this (but the rest of us were!) She was extremely jealous when her dad paid attention to the baby! 

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