Week 5 is Complete

Learning is always something we do, this we had new lessons and new concepts we learned. When the students struggle they are letting us know they need a break to regroup and refocus. Just like adults, they get distracted, upset, unmotivated and grumpy. We need to make sure we allow time for them to decompress and then get back to businesses. We have found that coloring pages and the Time In Corner has been a great addition to our schooling.

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Gardening & Animals Outdoors

We are getting ready to have the students plant the fall garden. We have 3 of the 7 planter beds cleaned out and ready for seeds. We just have to decide what seeds we want to go where and this time we really need to get some beneficial bacteria and bugs to help our garden not get eaten. This week we harvested one of our watermelons and it was 30 Pounds!!! We put a 5 gallon water jug next to the watermelon so you can imagine how big it is!

Our Kindergarten and 1st Grader went on an animal track expedition in the back yard. While it was rather amusing to us they were not sure what to look for so we had them draw the different types of animals they saw.

Prodigy (Math Games)

We are finding ways to make math fun and so we created a free Prodigy account for the students. The first day this week they were on it after school! I don’t want them to get over stimulated with it so I will do limits of 30-45 minutes depending on the grade.

It is time for a Microscope

After these last few weeks in science it is time to get a microscope. The students have a small magnifying glass which has been good for them but you can see they are interested in more.

Which one will be based on our search this weekend.

As we closed out the week we learned about the last day of Summer and the first day of Autumn. We have also been collecting different items for art and crafts which we will be doing after week 6.

Week 3 is Complete

So Music we did not start again because the kids go their dad as their substitute teacher on Thursday and Friday while I was at the Doterra Convention (online)!

Spanish has been a hit!

We have had all the kids on Rosetta Stone this week and they all enjoyed the Lessons. They did Lessons 1.1 to 1.3 and pronunciation. While our Kindergartner and First Grader struggled more than our 4th and 8th Grader they still were able to understand La and El in the Masculine and Feminine the other words like come (to eat) and bebe (to drink) were a little more tricky. I think because they sound familiar.

What about Khan Academy?

Khan has been used by our Kindergartner and 1st grader and it was fun to see our Kindergartner understand how to add 1 to numbers 1-5 and how to take away 1 from 1-5. We used blocks along with the lesson and the hands on was a fun visual. The lesson was a little more challenging for our 1st grader for adding double digit number even while using blocks. We will continue to learn about how to add with block and how to subtract.

Science was a blast!

1st Grade gathered leaves and looked and them under the magnifying glass to see their veins and drew pictures.

4th Grade we had a fern leaf that we looked under a magnifying glass. – – Now I wish we had a Microscope!!! We also looked at fungi on a leaf and talked about what fungi is as well as what it does.

8th Grade: What are we using?

Our oldest is going into 8th grade and she is excited about challenging herself this year. She made a lot of progress in English, grammar, and spelling last year and she wants to push herself more this year. She decided she wants to do 8th grade English and grammar to get better at reading and writing.

We make photocopies of books to write or have a separate notebook for writing the answers so we can use them for our other students. So what did we decide to utilize for our 8th Grade Kit?

English

Math _ Undecided

  • Math-U-See Algebra
  • Horizons Pre-Algebra
  • Saxon Algebra 1/2
  • Saxon Algebra 1

Science

Social Studies/History/Geography

Art

STEM/Thinking Skills

4th Grade: What are we using?

We decided to challenge our 3rd grader and move her to 4th grade. She excels in English and Math. We figured she could do 5th and 6th grade Math. We still have arts and craft activities suitable for her age but other subjects we did the next grade or 2 up.

We make photocopies of books to write or have a separate notebook for writing the answers so we can use them for our other students. So what did we decide to utilize in the 4th Grade Kit?

English

Math

Science

  • Sassafras Science Botany & Earth Science
    • Workbook, Textbook & Lab Kit

Social Studies/History/Geography

Art

STEM/Thinking Skills

  • Gravitrax Set
  • Critical and Creative – Grade 4
  • Chasing Fireflies
  • Gridblocks
  • Color Catch

1st Grade: What are we using?

Last year our 1st grader was in a combo class for Kindergarten and 1st. She progressed on all of the Kindergarten curriculum and she did very well in 1st grade math. We decided to do another year of 1st grade to help with the English portion. We will focus on Reading comprehension, spelling, understanding word concepts such as over and under, and reading. We also worked on some second grade Math at the end of last year and decided she will do a combo class for math, 1st and 2nd grade so she gets a stronger foundation.

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We feel that learning through nature and the world around her will help her develop more and influence her to learn through doing.

We make photocopies of books to write or have a separate notebook for writing the answers so we can use them for our other students. So what did we decide to utilize?

English

  • Oak Meadow Curriculum Book (Language Arts)
  • All About Spelling Level 2
  • Daily 6-Trait Writing Grade 1 (continued from Summer School)

Math

Science

  • Oak Meadow Curriculum Book (Science)

Social Studies/History/Geography

Art

  • Oak Meadow Crafts for Early Grades K-3
  • Doodle Washington D.C
  • Painting
  • Knitting
  • Drawing

STEM/Thinking Skills

  • Building and Thinking Skills Level 1
  • Chasing Fireflies
  • Gridblocks
  • Apple Twist
  • Smart Cookies

Additional Texts

  • Music: Beginning Recorder
  • Healthy Living from the Start K-3
  • Oak Meadow Guide to Teaching the Early Grades K-3
  • Word Families

Kindergarten: What are we using?

We are so excited about our youngest to begin Kindergarten. She enjoyed learning her Abc’s and counting last year as well as some emotional intelligence and smart games with her sisters. She will officially begin school in August this year!

We saved books from our Kindergartener/1st grader last year by making photo copies so we could use the books multiple years. So what did we decide to utilize?

English

  • All About Reading Level 1
  • Spelling you See Level A
  • The Reading Lesson
  • What Your Kindergartner Needs to Know
  • My Epic Life Word Book

Math

Science

Social Studies

Art

  • Aquarellum Animal Postcards
  • Painting
  • Knitting
  • Drawing

Geography

STEM/Thinking Skills

  • ThinkPlay Gears Extreme
  • Can You find me Kindergarten
  • Visual Perception Building Book 1
  • Kumon Thinking Skills
  • Smart Games

June 7th – June 11th 2021 – LAST WEEK!

Week 30 we are working on these lessons for our students/kids:

Pre-K

  • All About Pre-Reading Lesson 28 (will do more over summer school)
  • Mindful Monday – New Books
  • Kumon Logic K 1 Lesson
  • Channie’s My First Letters (2-4 pages)
  • Smart Farmer & Goblet Gobblers
  • Art (watercolor painting)

1st Grader (doing some Kindergarten work as well)

  • Review of numbers and skip counting
  • All About Reading Lesson 53 (Final Lesson)
  • Spelling You See A Lesson 35D-36E (Final Pages)
  • Kumon Logic K 1 Lesson
  • Think Play Gears (STEM)
  • The Story of the World Volume 1: 1 Chapter
  • All About Spelling Level 1 Lesson 24 (Last Lesson)

2nd Grader

  • Math-U-See Gamma lesson 28-30 A&E Test on Friday (Final Lessons)
  • Mosdos Pearl (1 Story with Lesson sheets) Honors English
  • Daily Writing 1 Lesson
  • Step-by-Step Drawing
  • The Story of the World Volume 1: 1 Chapter + Workbook
  • Building & Thinking Skills 11 pages
  • Wordsmith

7th Grader

  • Math-U-See Pre-Algebra Lesson 30 (A-G) & Test, Unit Test & Final Exam on Friday
  • Mosdos Pearl 2 Stories & workbook pages
  • Easy Grammar 6 (Pages 415-440)
  • HISTORY – TESLA 369 THEORY
  • Bear Grylls Survival Camp (Final Pages)
  • Usborne Creative Writing
  • Mechanic & Static 2 (Final Build)
  • Wordsmith

June 1st – June 4th 2021

Week 29 we are working on these lessons for our students/kids:

Languages are now Spanish (2 days a week) and Sign Language (2 days a week) & Music Lessons

Pre-K

  • All About Pre-Reading Lesson 27
  • Mindful Monday – New Books
  • Kumon Logic K 1 Lesson
  • Channie’s My First Letters (2-4 pages)
  • Smart Farmer & Goblet Gobblers
  • Art (watercolor painting)

1st Grader (doing some Kindergarten work as well)

  • Review of numbers and skip counting
  • All About Reading Lesson 52
  • Spelling You See A Lesson 34-35C
  • Kumon Logic K 1 Lesson
  • Think Play Gears (STEM)
  • The Story of the World Volume 1: 1 Chapter
  • All About Spelling Level 1 Lesson 23 (additional words)

2nd Grader

  • Math-U-See Gamma lesson 25-27 A&E Test on Friday
  • Mosdos Pearl (1 Story with Lesson sheets) Honors English
  • Daily Writing 1 Lesson
  • Step-by-Step Drawing
  • The Story of the World Volume 1: 1 Chapter + Workbook
  • Building & Thinking Skills 11 pages
  • All About Spelling Level 2 Lesson 25 (Last lesson)
  • Wordsmith

7th Grader

  • Math-U-See Pre-Algebra Lesson 29 (A-G) & Test on Friday
  • Mosdos Pearl 2 Stories & workbook pages
  • Easy Grammar 6 (Pages 373-414)
  • HISTORY – TESLA 369 THEORY
  • Bear Grylls Survival Camp (5 pages)
  • Usborne Creative Writing
  • Mechanic & Static 2 (STEM)
  • All About Spelling Level 2 Lesson 25 (Last Lesson)
  • Wordsmith

May 24th – May 28th 2021

Week 28 we are working on these lessons for our students/kids:

Languages are now Spanish (2 days a week) and Sign Language (2 days a week) & Music Lessons

Pre-K

  • All About Pre-Reading Lesson 26
  • Mindful Monday – New Books
  • Kumon Logic K 1 Lesson
  • Channie’s My First Letters (2-4 pages)
  • Smart Farmer & Goblet Gobblers
  • Art (watercolor painting)

1st Grader (doing some Kindergarten work as well)

  • Review of numbers and skip counting
  • All About Reading Lesson 51
  • Spelling You See A Lesson 30-33
  • Kumon Logic K 1 Lesson
  • Think Play Gears (STEM)
  • The Story of the World Volume 1: 1 Chapter
  • All About Spelling Level 1 Lesson 23

2nd Grader

  • Math-U-See Gamma lesson 20-24 A&F Test on Friday
  • Mosdos Pearl (1 Story with Lesson sheets) Honors English
  • Daily Writing 1 Lesson
  • Step-by-Step Drawing
  • The Story of the World Volume 1: 1 Chapter + Workbook
  • Building & Thinking Skills 11 pages
  • All About Spelling Level 2 Lesson 24
  • Wordsmith

7th Grader

  • Math-U-See Pre-Algebra Lesson 28 (A-G) & Test on Friday
  • Mosdos Pearl 2 Stories & workbook pages
  • Easy Grammar 6 (Pages 354-373)
  • HISTORY – TESLA 369 THEORY
  • Bear Grylls Survival Camp (5 pages)
  • Usborne Creative Writing
  • Mechanic & Static 2 (STEM)
  • All About Spelling Level 2 Lesson 24
  • Wordsmith

May 17th – May 21st 2021

Week 27 we are working on these lessons for our students/kids:

Languages are now Spanish (2 days a week) and Sign Language (2 days a week) & Music Lessons

Pre-K

  • All About Pre-Reading Lesson 25
  • Mindful Monday – New Books
  • Kumon Logic K 1 Lesson
  • Channie’s My First Letters (2-4 pages)
  • Smart Farmer & Goblet Gobblers
  • Art (watercolor painting)

1st Grader (doing some Kindergarten work as well)

  • Review of numbers and skip counting
  • All About Reading Lesson 50
  • Spelling You See A Lesson 28-29
  • Kumon Logic K 1 Lesson
  • Think Play Gears (STEM)
  • The Story of the World Volume 1: 1 Chapter
  • All About Spelling Level 1 Lesson 22

2nd Grader

  • Math-U-See Gamma lesson 16-19 A&F Test on Friday
  • Mosdos Pearl (1 Story with Lesson sheets) Honors English
  • Daily Writing 1 Lesson
  • Step-by-Step Drawing
  • The Story of the World Volume 1: 1 Chapter + Workbook
  • Building & Thinking Skills 11 pages
  • All About Spelling Level 2 Lesson 23
  • Wordsmith

7th Grader

  • Math-U-See Pre-Algebra Lesson 27 (A-G) & Test on Friday
  • Mosdos Pearl 2 Stories & workbook pages
  • Easy Grammar 6 (Pages 334-353)
  • HISTORY – TESLA 369 THEORY
  • Bear Grylls Survival Camp (5 pages)
  • Usborne Creative Writing
  • Mechanic & Static 2 (STEM)
  • All About Spelling Level 2 Lesson 23
  • Wordsmith