We have gotten a lot accomplished the last two weeks of school and had a lot of fun while doing it. It’s been nice to go on several field trips and actually see a little about what we’ve been learning.
Jack continued to just have fun playing. I am going to have to make sure I do what I can to get in some school type stuff for him next week, because I’ve got a really fun Itty Bitty Bookworm unit planned out based on the book, Go Away Big Green Monster,that I really want to share with him. This week though he had fun playing, coloring, and just being a two-year-old while we schooled. It’s been wonderful to have him be content to entertain himself so much the past couple weeks because we’d just come off of a pretty long and needy spell.
Joe learned three new sounds—”tch” as in patch, “ch” as in school, and “a” as in ball. This week all of his lessons from ETC came from book 3. This also served as his writing practice for the week. He’s doing the pages pretty fast, so I don’t worry too much about other handwriting practice when we move quickly in his Code books.
In math he worked on addition using his Usborne Sticker Addition book. This is pretty simple addition, but it’s good practice and fun, so I thought it was perfect for a laid back week. We also continued with telling time to the hour and half hour, counting by fives and did a bit of patterning.
In Science we began lesson two from Apologia Zoology 2 Swimming Creatures. This lesson is about whales. We are learning some pretty interesting facts about whales so far. I love reading aloud with the kids in Science and History. We watched a video on YouTube of humpback whales. The kids enjoy watching videos and looking at images online about what we are studying—I do too. It makes it much more real.
We covered chapters 6 and 7 in Story of the World, Volume Two, Middle Ages. We are in India right now. We are reading some very good books, and I am still favoring History over all else we do in our homeschool.
Hanna and Joe both made edible oases for a history project—so far all of our history projects have come from the SOTW Activity Book which is awesome! These were made in pie pan's from Dollar Tree. They put a thin layer of brown sugar on the bottom, used animal crackers for their animals, made an oasis out of blue M&M’s, and made palm trees out of tootsie rolls and cut up fruit slices that were held together with toothpicks.
Here is Joe’s:
We are plugging away with our study of “The Living Christ”. Hanna and Joe are really enjoying this, and have both memorized week 1. (We are moving at our own pace.) Hanna has also memorized week 2, and Joe has partially memorized it. Joe loves the booklet I made for him with the small picture cards and tries to read from them off and on each day. This has turned into excellent reading practice for him!! I read The Friend magazine to them each day at lunch and they all look forward to this. Jack is participating in our reading so patiently and enthusiastically. I am thankful we are doing this.
Hanna moved along fine in Teaching Textbooks Math 6, Wordly Wise Book 6, Writing Strands Level 3 and Queen’s Language Lessons. Although I had planned to begin Winston Grammar this week, we did not. Next week I will for sure. With field trips and other planning we have going on at home, this was a busy week.
We went on a zoo field trip yesterday, just because. We all felt like a break from the normal and the weather has been perfect! It was a fun trip and we all enjoyed it.
That wraps another week of “Our Homeschool Fun”, and it has been.
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