Sunday, August 31, 2014

A Nice Surprise to End Our Week

Weekly Wrap-Up
We finished week two and had a nice surprise to end our week - Mark took the day off on Friday and we went to our favorite place.... the zoo.  It was nice to take the day off from classes and spend a very hot and fun day at the zoo.  Here's a look at our week.
MJ - 6th Grade
Bible - Mj is working through Apologia's Who Am I? book.  We talked together about how God made us in His image, but what exactly does that mean.  We're not holy, omnipotent, immutable, omniscient, or omnipresent like God is.  However, we are people who think, love, desire relationships, know the difference between good and evil and that is how we are made in God's image.
English - Subordinating conjunctions and prepositions.  Not a favorite for Mj. ;)
Math - Roman numerals, decimals, place value, and patterns.  Lots of review.
History - We talked about Creation, the Fall, Tower of Babel, and the flood.  He did great on his first test and wrote a pretty decent essay about why we study ancient history.
Science - Mj finished his chapter on earthquakes and volcanoes.
Mj didn't know I bought a rock collection for school this year, so he was pretty pumped when I pulled out the rocks and we look at the igneous rocks that volcanoes make.
Mj making a volcano.
Nothing is cooler than a volcano eruption with baking soda and vinegar!
Jadyn - 1st Grade
Bible - Jadyn learned about days 4,5, & 6 of creation. She also learned that God rested on the 7th day not because He was tired from all the creating He did but to show us an example of what we are to do.  We need to take a day of rest to rest our bodies and also to worship God.
Phonics & English - Lots of review still going on which is great for her.  She's doing a great job reading.
She couldn't figure out what I was doing taking a picture of her doing her worksheet. ;)
Math - Numbers 11-18 and working on ordinal numbers.
Working on making pairs to see if a number is even or odd.
History - Jadyn is learning about maps.
Science - Jadyn continues her chapter about the 5 senses.
Extra - Jadyn loves her daily drawing time in her calendar notebook.  She got this book on how to draw animals and is loving drawing a new animal every day.
Gabe - Preschool
This week Gabe learned the letter "D", the number 2, and triangles.
Coloring his Wordy Worm "D" paper.

This was the activity of the week.  He asked to play this every day.  He had to put the clothespins on the numbers on each shape.
Tracing practice.
Playing some Candyland with Mommy.
Putting the dinosaurs in order of size.
Working on his numbers.  He had to put the number on the dump truck and put that many blocks in the truck.
Scissor practice.
We've been working on same and different.
Making a dinosaur craft.
I love the ABC's of God app and so does Gabe.  A great way to work on letter recognition.
Job - Totschool
Job enjoyed a lot of play dough fun this week. He was being a duck in this picture and he thought it was pretty hilarious.
Some Bubble time with Mommy on the porch.

Expedition Earth - We enjoyed learning about South Korea this week.  The kids learned about the flag of South Korea and how to say hello.
We enjoyed Korean beef for dinner on Friday. It was a very easy recipe and quite yummy.  I'll be making it again!
Friday Mark surprised us and took the day off.  One of the perks of homeschooling - we could all take the day off and enjoy a fun morning at the zoo.

These 2 have to model with every statue.
Job loves "phants" (AKA elephants)
Mj calculating his steps taken on his DS.
Job is in his happy place - the splash pad.
My little daredevil
Selfie with this cutie.
These guys are silly!
My monkeys!
On our way out we passed the sun bear.  He came over and sat in front of us.  I wanted to take him home. He was so cute.

So that was a peek into our week.  Check out other homeschoolers' weeks at Weird Unsocialized Homeschoolers.

Friday, August 22, 2014

Our First Week of School

Weekly Wrap-Up
We had a pretty good first week back to school.  We're finding our groove and it really is overall going very well.  Here's what we did this week.
MJ-6th Grade
6th grade is no joke.  The work load has been more than in the past.  More writing is required which Mj is not happy about, but he really has done well this week.

Bible: Mj is on book two of the Apologia Bible series, Who Am I? (And What Am I Doing Here?)

English: Reviewing sentence structure.

Math: Reviewing place value and decimals.

History: Mj has learned about historians and how they gather information.  We've discussed world views and talked about the Creation of the World.  He wrote an awesome first essay about what historians use to gather information.

Science: Earthquakes and Volcanoes.  Mj is loving it!
A little experiment using the scientific method.  How many pennies does it take to break an uncooked fettuccini noodle? 86
Mj with the help of his crew made a structure that could withstand an earthquake.
Eating the building was a lot of yummy fun!
Art: I'm using HomeArt Studio DVDs for art.  My kids love it!  Mj made a shade scale.
Jadyn - 1st Grade
Jadyn has loved getting back into a school routine.
Bible: Jadyn is learning the days of Creation and making a Creation book.
When we talked about God making water on Day 2, we did a fun experiment to see if fresh water or salt water was heavier.
Phonics & English: Jadyn has been reviewing her letters (T, I, S, N, & W)
Math: Jadyn reviewed her numbers 1-10 and learned which of those numbers are even.
History: Jadyn learned that God created an amazing world for her to live in.  And we are to take care of the world God made us.
Science: Jadyn is learning about the 5 senses.
Spanish: Jadyn learned how to say "hello" and "how are you?" And we began learning colors.
Coloring her  "rojo" page.

She spent a lot of time this week making bracelets on her rainbow loom.
 One of those "This is why we homeschool" moments was this morning, when I saw Jadyn teaching Job where the continents were.
Gabe - Preschool
I really wanted to focus on Gabe this week and make "school" fun for him.  We focused on the letter "B", "#1", and circles.
Matching Uppercase and Lower case "B" butterflies.

Coloring his "B" Wordy Worm page.
B is for Batman.
Gabe loved the magnet letters.
We worked on following directions to color his bug page.
Making alphabet chains.
My Gabe has such a creative imagination.  Everything is a story.  I told him to draw a picture of a person bouncing a ball.  He did that, then added monsters bouncing balls cause they came and ate the people, then he drew his imaginary friend Michael bouncing a ball and then he drew sharks cause we all know sharks like to bounce balls, too.  Oh, I love listening to his stories.
Finding all the "Bs" on the paper.
Gabe got to glue a star on his "B" square for learning "B" this week!
Job - Totschool
Little erasers kept him entertained one morning.
He was excited when I got the food out and had him put them in the oven.
B is for balloon so we had a lot of fun with some balloons.
Gabe & Job loved play dough time.  Wow! was my floor a mess.
Fun Together
Calendar Notebook Time around the table.

We're going on an Expedition around the Earth and our trip started in China.  We learned about the Great Wall of China. We learned how to say some words in Mandarin.  We learned about animals that live in China.  It was a lot of fun!

One day for lunch I grabbed some Panda Express so we could enjoy some Chinese food.  I'm the only on in the family that likes Chinese food.  More for me! =)

We ended our first week by spending the morning at the beach with friends.  A perfect way to end a good start to our school year. 
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