Tuesday, August 30, 2011
She was especially delighted when I told her to use the blocks to make picture of her own. I left her alone for 5 minutes and when I returned she had created a masterpiece. These are chickens. What the blue things above them? "Blessings" I was told....Awwwwww.
I started science with the little girls today. We are doing plants the first part of our year. Today we discussed how to determine if something is alive or not. The girls were thrilled that they got to go on a Living Things Scavenger Hunt. They hunted around the house (and the yard) and observed various objects to see if they could be classified as "living" or not.
As soon as they walked outside they wanted to classify the black eyed susan's that were sitting out the back door. Peanut was thrilled to see a daddy long leg hanging out on one of the flowers. "HEY! We can see if he is living too and add him on our sheet!" She delighted in pestering at him to make him move, since one of the questions you must ask yourself is "does the item move".
After classifying a rock (I must be doing a great job since they declared that a rock is not living) they walked to the back of the yard and determined that our chickens are alive. Great job girls! ;)
What We Have Learned So Far This Week
We have learned who Julius Caesar was, why the Roman Republic failed, much about Octavius (through the book Caesar Agustus' World) and Cicero, and the various buildings that make up a Roman town
Sunday, August 28, 2011
We have already taken a "break"...just for one day. Last year a member of our co-op was able to get the entire co-op signed up for a program through her county that had the kids keep track of how many pages they were reading over the spring. If the kids read a certain amount, they were presented with a waterpark pass to a park in that county. We have done MANY "summer reading programs" over the years but this program takes the cake! What a WONDERFUL way to celebrate their work and celebrate the end of summer.
The park was just about an hour from us, but we enjoyed the ride since we went with some friends of ours. The park had a giant wave pool, 3 waterslides, a lazy river, and a large splash pad. It was a perfect day to go. It was not very busy at all and the weather was just right. We had had some cool days so we were not sure if it would be warm enough, but it warmed up to 85.
The little girls loved the wave pool . I think Sweet Baby was "blowing the waves back" here.
Here Peanut was just relaxing.
Thursday, August 25, 2011
Tuesday, August 23, 2011
We spent time reviewing the world map - where the oceans are, where Rome is in relation to other parts of the world and what bodies of water were nearby. Don't you LOVE the place mat world maps Sissy is using?? This is our first year with them. Usually we do History and Bible in the living room. The problem we found last year is that I was trying to show them a map in an atlas and sometimes they did not want to come near the book to look at it. So, this year I realized that My Father's World sells individual, laminated, world maps that are affordable. I think they were $3.50 a piece. This was a great thing for each of the girls to have with them.
We began discussing the Roman Empire and how it began growing. We added our Book Basket time into today. The older girls spend 15 minutes reading through various books in the basket related to what we are studying. Here is Peanut reading See Inside Ancient Rome by Usborne. Usborne has this entire series of books that are lift the flap books full of information on top of and under each flap. They are just fun books that the kids love. Last year we used the Ancient Egypt book.
What We Learned
Our first day of the 2011-2012 year is behind us. It was a great day overall. We started on time - which for me is 8:30. We were able to do history, English, math drill for Peanut and math for Sweet Baby. We ordered Teaching Textbooks Pre-Algebra from the company and are waiting for it to arrive. Here is Peanut with a big ole smile!
Here are both Peanut and Sissy working on their work. I love how Daisy has chosen a spot right under their table. Notice the bathrobe on Peanut? Yep, like I said, we do school in the basement. So, if it is 98 degrees outside, it feels like you want to put the heater on. A great thing in the summer.
I have to share this photo of Sweet Baby. Last year was not an easy year doing school with Sweet Baby. There were MANY days that I considered taking the easy route and sending her to school. She is not a very motivated child which means that any school work that takes any amount of time is met with whining, rolling of the eyes, and complete attitude. If the subject is hard for her, it is magnified. So..she loves reading and doesn't really mind spelling so that would go well. Every other subject was a nightmare, math especially. This year we are trying Saxon math. I realized that not only is she unmotivated, but Abeka just moved to quickly for her, so asking my unmotivated child to work to learn new material to frequently was not working for us.
I had been dreading school starting, mainly because I was not looking forward to a day full of Sweet Baby's attitude. But look!!! This is my precious gift DURING MATH!
Do you see that? A SMILE?? (She was demonstrating to me that she remembers her left from her right by placing her left hand on her ear). Now granted - today math was really easy, but I she happily said, "Math was fun today!"
I also love this photo of her. She is concentrating..do you see it? Look at that face! She was copying from the board the ways to write Roman Numerals. She didn't complain not once that it was "to hard" or "to much work". I'm really looking forward to today.
What We Learned
History- The myth of Romulus and Remus (how Rome was formed), about roman numerals, where Rome is on the map
Math - math fact brush up, began graphing the weather for the month
English - importance of brainstorming, combining sentences
Monday, August 22, 2011
Saturday, August 20, 2011
Part of Rome to the Reformation including studying latin roots with English from the Roots Up. Last year we studied Greek roots so the procedure will be familiar to the girls.
We will not be using the Science that My Father's World recommends. The younger girls asked to learn about two very different science subjects. Sweet Baby wanted to learn about plants and Peanut wanted to learn about the planets. Although we really liked Apologia science last year, it takes an entire year to get through one book. We have decided to return to God's Design science so that each of the girls will get to experience the subject they want.
For math, the two older girls will be continuing on with Teaching Textbooks. Teaching Textbooks works really well for us. The fact that mom is off the hook from teaching an actual math lesson with this program (the computer does that) and the fact that the girls love using the computer are two things that keep us coming back to this program.
We will be using Tap the Deck for Sissy and Peanut for writing. Sissy used this program last year and really made some good strides in her writing. This program was suggested to us by another home school family. Peanut will also be trying Learning Language Arts Through Literature. This is a program I have been intrigued by for a couple years, so I thought I would let her try it. Sweet Baby will be using Just Write and a bit of Bob Jones English. We'll just try to piece it together.
Thursday, August 18, 2011
The village houses buildings from so many different time periods. Many of them are the actual buildings and some are reproductions. One of the places that Peanut must enjoys visiting is Thomas Edison's Menlo Park. His laboratory is there which includes a chair that he actually sat in while at a visit to the Village.
The village is about an hour from us so we packed a lunch and headed down on Monday. The girls enjoyed playing games and toys in the village square. I love that there are many different "actors" wandering the village. they are dressed in period clothing all the way to their toes and the ladies dresses are so beautiful.
I thought the puzzle the girls were trying to do was amazing, so I took a close up.
Here is a photo of all of us girls...
As always each of us chooses a treat while we are there. The kids are always anxious for the time to stop for ice cream or cotton candy.