Saturday, January 17, 2015

Weekly Wrap-Up Time

Weekly Wrap-Up

MJ - 6th Grade
Bible: Mj has been learning about how the Christian life is like a race. He's been reading how to run the race the best that he can.  I really love Apologia's Bible series.  It's very practical and has been a huge help in my own Christian life.
English: Pronouns. Mj's not a fan of Grammar, but we made it as fun as we possibly could.  We watched some School House Rock videos on youtube to review our parts of speech.
Math: Dividing by decimals.  6th Grade math is not for the faint of heart! ;)  We will survive this though. Do any of you have any good math apps for 6th grade?  I'm looking for some fun apps that would make this a bit more fun and be helping him, too.
History: Mj finished his chapter on ancient Persia.  He enjoyed reading about the Persian Wars and it was neat to be reminded how God used the Persians in the rebuilding of Jerusalem.
Science: Mj is learning about electricity.  He learned about different types of circuits.  We went outside and checked out our electric meter on our house, too to see how many volts and kilowatts we have used.
Co-op:  Co-op classes started up for the spring semester this week.  Mj is taking taekwondo and Foundations of our Nation.
Jadyn - 1st Grade

Bible: Jadyn learned about the Israelites crossing the Jordan river and the battle of Jericho.  She had fun making a trumpet and marching around the "walls of Jericho". Job wanted to be a part of the action, too.
Phonics & English: Jadyn learned about the 2 sounds that "c" can make.  She also learned about synonyms.
Math: Jadyn started learning about 2-digit addition.
Social Studies: Jadyn has been learning about Washington D.C.  She learned about the Washington Monument and the World War II Memorial.
Jadyn had fun making the Washington Monument.
Science: Jadyn is finishing up her chapter on Wild Animals.  We talked about different wild animals and where they live and what they eat.
Co-op: Jadyn is taking an American Girl class and a Ballet Class. She looks forward to Tuesdays!
Gabe - Preschool
Gabe is learning about the letter "R" this week. He enjoyed some Netflix alphabet videos this week, too.
 Matching the letters to spell rainbow.
Expedition Earth: The kids have been enjoying our Expedition Earth curriculum from Confessions of a Homeschooler this year.  This week we learned about Canada.  The kids were mesmerized by the Hotel de Glace which is a hotel that they build every year because it's made of snow and ice.  It's absolutely beautiful.  We had fun making our own ice hotel! 

Field Trip: We took a field trip with our co-op to the Science Museum this week.  It was a blast and the kids had so much fun!  I think they even learned some things while we were there, too.
Waiting for our Planetarium show. That smile didn't last on Job's face.  He freaked out when the lights went out. 
Job & Gabe discovering magnetic slime.
 The kids loved the tornado.
 Dancing on a lighted floor.
 Nothing cooler than a ginormous tire.
 This was a favorite!
It's a snake!
Our fun group!
Mj trying out an exhibit with his friends.
 The "lightning" ball as my kids called it.
 Hurricane force winds.
Pilot MJ
Job loved this exhibit.  Mj was a great big brother and kept finding the balls for him to put in the hole.
So that was our week.  It's great to be back in our routine and it was even better to have a field trip to break up the week!  How was your week?  Check out other homeschooler's weeks at Weird Unsocialized Homeschoolers. 

Saturday, January 10, 2015

Christmas Break Had to End - Back to School!

Weekly Wrap-Up
Our first week back to school after Christmas break. It was a pretty good week.  We didn't have too much kicking and screaming (lol). Here's what we did this week.

MJ - 6th Grade

English: Mj worked on personal, possessive, reflexive, intensive, and interrogative pronouns.

Math: Dividing decimals.  Also known as Mj's arch nemeses. We're getting there, but it's not an easy battle.
While the rest of the country is freezing, I'm thankful that our "cold" days we can spend outside doing school.  It really is absolutely beautiful this time of year here in South Florida! Mj was deep in thought working on his Math paper.

Science: Mj learned about acids and bases. We talked about the ph scale, too.
Seeing which solutions were acids and which were bases.
History: Mj learned about Ancient Persia.  He learned about Cyrus the Great and Darius.  He also learned about the Royal Road.  He's excited to learn about their battles with the Greeks next week.
Photography: Mj got a camera from his Papa over Christmas break and he's been anxious to try it out.  I bought him a Photography curriculum about composition and photo journaling from the Foto Finch.  He's so excited about taking this course.  He had his first lesson this week.
Jadyn was very excited to be Mj's model.
One of Mj's pictures he took of Jadyn.
Art: Mj did a one point perspective drawing.  He loves art and I'm so happy with the HomeArt Studio DVDs that we are using for Art.
Jadyn - 1st Grade
Phonics & English: This week Jadyn reviewed her letter sounds.  We went through the short and long vowels and the vowel buddies.  Some days were a struggle.  She had forgotten some sounds and got frustrated.  It's hurts to see her struggle and get frustrated, but then other days I see her spelling by herself and wanting to read and write and it makes me happy.  She is working so hard, and I'm so proud of the accomplishments she is making along the way.
Math: Jadyn learned about measuring length, mass, and capacity.  She loved being able to use her ruler to measure the length of everything she could find.
Science: Jadyn is learning about wild animals.  We had fun going to the park and seeing if we could find any wild animals or their tracks or homes.  We found some squirrels!
History: Jadyn is learning about Washington D.C. She learned about the capital building, the White House and the Washington Monument.  She wants a bowling alley in her house like the White House has. 
Art: Jadyn made a Mexican poncho in art this week.  Have I mentioned that we love the HomeArt Studio DVDs. =)
Not every day was perfect.  Jadyn wasn't thrilled on Wednesday when we had our first "full" day back to school, but it did get better.  I love this picture.  She has such a little attitude sometimes.  I need to remember the bad and the good! ;)
Gabe - Preschool
Gabe has been all about puzzles this week! He got some new ones for Christmas and he has put them together about 25 times so far! ;)

 Gabe learned about the letter Q this week.  I love the Wordy Worm phonics curriculum I bought at a homeschool convention last year. It was and is a huge help to Jadyn and it has been a huge hit with Gabe.  If he can't remember the letter I just show him the sign and he sings the song all by himself and remembers the letter!  It really has been a great asset to our homeschool curriculum.

We talked about winter this week, too.  Gabe doesn't understand why it won't snow in Miami if it's winter.  Because obviously, winter means snow!  We had fun coloring snowmen pictures together though!
Job - Totschool
Job is busy, busy, busy.  Most days he plays outside.  We got him a bubble lawnmower for Christmas and he is usually outside mowing the lawn. Again, I'm so thankful to live in South Florida in the winter!  It is awesome!
Job needed a break from mowing the lawn to do some coloring.
He loves to get the unifix cubes out.  He usually makes a huge mess with them, but at least he cleans up his messes! ;)
Extra Fun:
We got the game Quirkle for Christmas and Jadyn & Mj are loving it!  I think we've played it almost every night this week!

So that's what our week looked like.  You can check other homeschool blogs out at Weird Unsocialized Homeschoolers!

Christmas 2014

We came back from Christmas vacation and all had the stomach bug and then got a respiratory virus, so this is the first I've actually had a chance to blog about our Christmas!  It's been crazy! So here's our Christmas in pictures!

The Thursday before Christmas we celebrated our Christmas as a family.  We got the kids new scooters for Christmas and then took them over to the ranch to let them ride there scooters all over the place!  They love their new scooters!
 Early the Saturday before Christmas, we loaded up the mini van and started the long journey from Miami to Pennsylvania.
 Thank goodness for Play Places.  They are the perfect spot to eat and let the kids run off some energy!
 And thank goodness for the DVD player in our minivan!
 We spent the night in Charlotte and the kids got to open up their new Christmas jammies!
 When we made it to Pennsylvania, my brother's family was anxiously waiting for us!  The cousins were so excited to be reunited!  They played lots of basketball in the hallway!
 I actually got to take a nap with Job our first full day in PA.  This never happens! I never get a chance to nap and Job never lets me snuggle him during naptime!
 We met up with our Miami neighbors in Lancaster to visit the Tabernacle. The kids thought it was hilarious that we went all the way to PA to see our friends from down the street in Miami.
 So glad I got to see this lady in Pa.  It's fun to familiar Miami faces in Pa!
 We took the kids to Strasburg after visiting the Tabernacle to see some trains.
 And a visit to Lancaster isn't complete with out seeing our favorite Uncle Bob & Aunt Sue!
 I had so much fun hanging out with my niece Bria and nephew Riley!
 My SIL and brother bought me this necklace for Christmas!  It was such a thoughtful gift!  I absolutely love it!  I may live in Florida, but Pennsylvania still has a huge piece of my heart.
 We got to visit our former church for the Candlelight service. It was so exciting to see their new church building which is absolutely gorgeous and worship together with friends.
 Christmas with the Fortneys.  The Miami cousins having fun together.
 Uncle Benny was very nice to let Jadyn try out his brand new camera.
 Uncle Jonny showing the kids how to make coffee.
 A trip to PA is never complete without a visit to Chocolate World.
 It was actually very mild while we were in PA which was great cause the kids did a lot of playing outside together with their cousins.
 Watching Frozen together while the adults play games.
 After 9 days it was time to load up the van and head back to Miami.
 It was foggy in the mountains, but we got to see some beautiful snow on the drive back.
We're thankful for the safety God gave us in traveling, the fun time with friends and family, and that we are now all healthy again.
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