Sunday, May 8, 2011

Homeschool Highlights - Week of May 1, 2011


Bible:  Attended worship services.  This was especially fun because Dad was able to attend with us today!  The message:  Eat Your Lima Beans!  Yeah, that brought up some conversation today!

Phys Ed:  Played Wii Fit and outside playtime (between rain showers).

Nothing really in the way of schoolwork, but I was pleased in several ways today.  First off, she did some independent playing for a lengthy amount of time.  She thought of original story ideas, then played it out with her little people. 

I know some are scratching their heads right now, but Shayla has problems with engaging in activities by herself and playing. 

Another first, she held little Sophie by herself!  Again, this is a milestone in our home, but confusing to others. 

We have had all kinds of baby puppies, kittens, and about every other animal.  Shayla has never held one.  This is the first time ever!


Bible:  About Mother and Father:  We Should Obey Them.  Ephesians 6:1-3, Exodus 20:12, Proverbs 1:8

Devotions:  New Creatures.  2 Corinthians 5:17

Reading:  Come One, Come All:  Aesop's Fables:  The Lion and the Mouse (a play)
We really enjoyed acting out this play together. 

Language/Phonics:  Lessons 127-128.  are in care special sounds and alphabetical order

Math: Reviewed subtraction facts flashcards and solved addition and subtraction problems playing Bears on Logs

Spelling:  Long i words.  Acted out words and verbally spelled.  Finger traced yarn words while verbally spelling.

Science:  Discovering Seasons.  Read books about seasons
  • Spring
  • How Do You Know it's Summer?
  • How Do You Know it's Fall?
Social Studies:  Countries and Cultures:  Central America:  Honduras
Read library books about Honduras and viewed pictures of our sponsor child from Honduras receiving the gift packages we have sent starting in October 2010.  Yes, this is something new, just received the email Friday, she just received these packages! 

Handwriting:  Psalm 100:5  For the Lord is good; his mercy is everlasting; and his truth endureth to all generations.

Art:  Painted some more on her ceramic teddy bear.

Phys Ed:  Wii Fit.  I thought I should quit my day job of being a housewife and homeschool mom to become a professional bowler with my score of 158.  Well Shayla blew that dream to pieces.  She scored a 232!

Bible:  About Mother and Father: 

We Should Honor Them.  Exodus 20:12, Matthew 15:4, 19:19
We Should Make Them Happy.  Proverbs 15:20

Devotions:  All for Good.  Romans 8:28

Reading:  Come One, Come All:  Aesops Fables:  Pulin and Miga (a different retelling of the ant and the grasshopper)  Shayla enjoyed this version because in the end, the ants helped the grasshopper and they all became friends and productive members to the community. 

Read Aloud:  Mickey's Birthday Surprise

Language/phonics:  Lessons 129-130

Math:  Subtraction 1-10.  Put flashcards in order.  Discussed patterns, logic, reasoning, prediction

Reviewed addition flashcards 1-10

Spelling:  Test.  Scored 100% (8 out of 8 correct)

Scouts at Home/Health:  Safety Sense badgework. 
  • Read safety themed books and discussed street safety. 
  • We worked on this hands-on several weeks ago when we went to the big city and discussed crossing lights and when it's safe to walk. 
  • Learned the street crossing poem:  Before you cross the street, use your eyes, use your ears, then you use your feet!
Handwriting:  Psalm 34:1  I will bless the Lord at all times:  his praise shall continually be in my mouth.

GCS specials day
Ballet and clogging lessons
Wii fit

The day started off well, but the busyness of life finally wore me down, I ended up on the couch for several hours.  But we did several hours of school before and several hours after I started to feel better. 

Bible:  About Learning:  God Wants Us to be Wise.  Proverbs 3:13, 8:11, Ecclesiastes 2:13, 7:19

Devotions:  Take it to the Lord.  Philippians 4:6

Reading:  Come One, Come All:  Theme 4:  In and Out of Trouble:  Nessa's Fish

Language/Phonics:  Lessons 131-132

Phys Ed:  Outside activities and Wii sports resort

Foreign Language:  Watched a Signing Time DVD.

4-H meeting: 
The kids worked on scratching out a clover shape on a tile.  (art, fine motor)
Then they planted flowers for Mother's Day.
When the meeting was finished we walked over to the high school for an art show, as part of her Art as Expression work. 


Overdid it yesterday.  UGH!  Missed my monthly meeting with IS coordinator. 

Bible:  About Learning:

  • We Should Study to Please God.  2 Timothy 2:15
  • We Should Work Hard to Please God.  Colossians 3:23, 24
Devotions:  When Small is Big.  Mark 12:41-44

Reading:  Come One, Come All:  Curious George Gets a Medal.

Language/phonics:  Lessons 133-134

Math:  Build and answer addition/subtraction problems (11-18) using legos in a grid of ten squares and ones.  I really wish I would've taken a picture of this because it's something you need to see to understand.  She then wrote the equations and answers she made.

Flashcard practice.

Spelling:  Pre-test.  Long o words - home, hole, note, hope, rope, go, so, no

Social Studies:  Countries & Cultures:  Honduras. 
  • Located on globe
  • Discussed equator and climate. 
  • Completed map worksheet from Enchanted learning
  • Colored flag
Honduras is a special place for us to study.  This is our sponsor child from Honduras receiving the gift package we sent last October!  We feel like she is a part of our family that we have not yet met!

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