Friday, September 17, 2010

Week 3 - Better than Last Week.

Woo Hoo! 3 weeks down!!! One more week of school then a 2 week family vacation to Miami!! I'm so excited!!! We had a pretty good week this week. Mj's getting into some new stuff for him. Writing is not his strong point, but he's doing a better job of not giving me one sentence answers. Here's our week in review.

Mj looks forward to our morning board. He's doing a great job of remembering how to write the date. We pray for our church's missionary of the month, learn a character quality for the week (this week was self-control), and work on our place value by putting in the number of days of school. I got my ideas from Homeschool Creations and 1+1+1=1.

Mj learned about God's promise to Abraham to make him a great nation and that all the families of the earth would be blessed through Abraham. He learned that that meant that the Messiah would come from Abraham's line. He also learned about Abraham's obedience to God by being willing to sacrifice his son Isaac. Mj memorized Gen. 15:6 "And he (Abraham) believed in the Lord; and He counted it to him for righteousness."

Mj puts Abraham and Sarah on our Bible timeline.
Mj learned why we use a thesaurus. And he also learned about the writing process. We went through the writing process together and wrote a story about our trip to the library.

The planning and drafting phase of the writing process.
The revision and proofreading phase.
The publishing phase

Time out for some Brainquest cards! A favorite for Mj!
Mj reviewed Miss Long and her friends Miss Silent and Marker e. He also read a story about a girl who wanted friends her age.

Mj putting Miss Long and Miss Silent on the word "glue".
Mj reading "Someone My Age".
Mj is also reading a missionary book for our church's missions conference in October. He's really enjoying this book! It's harder than anything he has read before and he's doing a great job!
Mj is reviewing place value in math this week.
Mj had a new spelling list this week that focused on double consonant endings. He also worked on some dictionary drills focusing on alphabetical order.
We started our chapter on the earth. Mj learned about the differences in the evolution theory and the creation theory. I can tell that he's been listening to Patch the Pirate's Evolution Revolution a lot. A lot of his answers were straight from that tape. "You can't make a monkey out of me!" LOL

Heritage Studies:
Mj learned about hospitals in colonial times and compared them to the hospitals of today. He also learned about the differences between an emergency and a non-emergency. We role-played an emergency and he pretended to dial 9-1-1 and I was the operator.

Mj made a craft stick puzzle. I got the idea from Family Fun magazine.
Yes, spiderman came to school this week.
To get ready for our trip to Miami we will be studying each state that we're driving through. So today we started with our state - Pennsylvania. We traced the route we'll be taking through Pa. and then learned some interesting facts about Pa. It was the 2nd state to join the country. It's known for Amish. (Mj didn't realize those were what you called the people in horse and buggies he just thought they were horse riders. LOL) And of course Pa is home to the Hershey's Chocolate Factory. Yum!
The highlight of the week was Geocaching!!!

And Gabe's almost crawling!! He's been learning a lot, too! Can't believe my baby boy is already at this stage! Where have the last 7 and 1/2 months gone?!
You can also check out what Jadyn's been up to in Tot school.

Don't forget to click on the weekly wrap up link to see what other homeschoolers have been up to!


wdworkman said...

Looks like a pretty full week. I'm sure your state studies will make the long drive more fun.

Janet W

Amber@ClassicHousewife said...

Love it! We have a morning board, too.. it's our first year using it and we like it so far. I like the idea of adding a character trait to it. We were looking for ways to adapt for slightly older children since my kids range from 10-4. That's a really good idea.

Lora @ my blessed life said...

Our morning board is a fave of my kiddos, too:) Looks like your year is off to a great start!

Jennifer @ The Toy Box Years said...

Just came from reading your Tot School post too. What great ideas you have and such cutey kids!!

Visiting from Tot School! Have a great week!

Sharla said...

You've sure done a lot this week. I really like the idea of studying all the States you will be visiting before you get there. I have found that our kids learn much better if we study about it before we get there as opposed to afterwards.

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