Monday, June 27, 2011

Homeschool Highlights - Week of May 15, 2011


No worship services for us today!  We were all dressed and ready to go, but Shayla's bad attitude prevented us from going.  Oh well, we'll try again next week after working on behavior issues at home.  :(

After the attitude got adjusted, we had a wonderful day! 

Read Aloud: 
Read a pile of books from our bookcase.

Learning Games: 
  • Played several memory matching games.
  • Played Sorry!
  • Fruit of the Spirit board game (similar to Candyland)
  • Played on Fur Real Friends website
We did many art activities today.  Here are just a few:
  • Shayla painted a picture of Jack and the Beanstalk on her easel using her squeeze and paint.
  • Made a Crazy Colors picture.  Rubber band several crayons together and color and make a design.
  • Made several Crumple Paint pictures.  Crumple up a piece of paper and use to blot paint onto paper.  We discussed color mixing, too.
  • Nectar Sippers.  Cut flowers out of cupcake liners.  This idea came from Family Fun.
  • Sticker art.  Shayla took a sheet of stickers and made a scene with the stickers and drew in other effects.

When will the rain and cold weather stop?  UGH!  We skipped our field trip to the nature center today.

Bible:  Psalm 23

Devotions: Not Blown Away.  John 16:33

Phys Ed/OT:  Testing for foot dominance. 
  • Kicked ball 3x with right foot
  • Wrote name with foot - 2x with left and 1x with right
She seems to have a mixed dominance with her feet.

Reading:  A Duck is a Duck:  Theme 2:  What Is It?

Language/phonics:  Lessons 143-144

  • Used number line to solve subtraction problems with numbers above 10.
  • Played Boggle Math Jr. - Match It!
  • Played Easy Addition War card game.  For the first time ever, she did not have to count the pictures while playing!  Woo-hoo! 
  • Reviewed add/sub flashcards (0-10).  I am working with a smaller stack and she seemed to get most correct today.  Woo-hoo!
Spelling/Phys Ed/Language/Math:  How do these subjects have anything in common?  If you have a hands-on learner, you can relate.  LOL!

  • Reviewed consonants and vowels.
  • Spelled each long o spelling word aloud. 
  • If the letter was a consonant, we jumped on both feet, if the letter was a vowel, we jumped on one foot (which mostly was her right foot)
  • Discussed patterns (ie hope 2-1-2-1)
Science:  Discovering Seasons:  Summer
  • Discussed favorite things about summer. 
  • What's the weather like in summer.
  • Made a book describing what you wear in summer, what birds are doing in summer, what animals are doing in summer, what plants and the ground is like in summer.
  • Painted a picture of tree in summer
Social Studies:  Countries & Cultures:  Central America:  Costa Rica.  Watched a you tube on life in Costa Rica.

Handwriting:  Started Badge 10.  Psalm 121:1-2.  I will lift up mine eyes unto the hills, from whence cometh my help.  My help cometh from the Lord which made heaven and earth.

Social Studies:  Character Lessons: Watched a Berenstain Bear movie.  I love using these as discussion starters.  They present troubled behavior issues in a non-threatening way. 

Bible:  John 3:16-17
Devotions:  What Did You Say?  Ephesians 4:29-32
Phys Ed/OT:  Vision
Near vision:  right eye dominant 1 out of 1 time
Far vision:  right eye dominant 3 out of 3 times
Reading: A Duck is a Duck:  Theme 3:  We Read Books - finished
Language/phonics:  Lessons 145-146
Handwriting:  Psalm 121:3-4  He will not suffer thy foot to be moved:  he that keepeth thee will not slumber.  Behold, he that keepeth Israel shall neither slumber nor sleep.

GCS Specials!

Languge/phonics:  Lessons 147-148
Handwriting: Psalm 121:5-6  The Lord is thy keeper.  The Lord is thy shade upon thy right hand the sun shall not smite thee by day, nor the moon by night.
Music:  Shayla sang in her school's annual arts showcase show.
This is the art work made by Shayla that was displayed in the hallway.

Happy 10th Birthday, Shayla! 

What a day, first an appointment in the big city with the pediatric neurologist and back home.  After lunch we had to go to another town to order her Abeka materials. 

Finally late in the afternoon, the party began!
She got a butterfly hatching kit, a new bedset, pajamas, and a t-shirt.  Oh, and that twisty slide on the ground, well that is a birthday work-in-progress.  It is her very own playground.


Saturday:  Diary of a Wimpy Kid party at our library.  I love library programs!  They are always so much fun!  I didn't really understand the significance of all the games because it has been some time since we watched the movie and we have not read any of the books yet, but even at that, it was still fun!

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