Friday, August 14, 2015

6 Weeks Done!

Weekly Wrap-Up
I cannot believe how fast the first 6 weeks of our school year have gone.  The kids are so excited (and I'm even more excited!) that next week is our break week!   Here's what we were up to this week.
MJ - 7th Grade
Bible: Mj is using Apologia's Who is My Neighbor?. We talked together about how Jesus came to serve others and the example He left for us. We talked about how MJ can apply that in his life this week.
English: Mj learned about researching skills.
Math: Mj worked on prime numbers and greatest common factors.
Science: Cells, cells, and cells! The focus this week was on aerobic cellular respiration, anaerobic cellular respiration, and photosynthesis.
World Studies: Mj finished the chapter on the China and the Mongols.
Poor MJ, I didn't get any pictures of him.  Most of his work this week was independent. 
Jadyn - 2nd Grade
English: Jadyn's been working on nouns.  She learned about common and proper nouns, how to make nouns plural, and how to use commas with items in a series.
Math: Jadyn worked on fact families and how to solve word problems.
Reading: Jadyn loves All About Reading.  And I do too!  I'm so glad we changed to this program this year and that we started with Volume 1.  It really has given her confidence.  She's starting to get into some difficult words for her, but I don't see the frustration that I saw last year!  This makes me so happy!!!!  If you have a dyslexic child and are looking for a reading curriculum, check out All About Reading!
Spelling: We are loving All About Spelling, too! Jadyn's using volume 1 and her spelling has improved immensely! Yesterday, Jadyn was working on "c" & "k" and which one to use at the beginning of a word that makes the /k/ sound. She has always struggled with this, but the way All About Spelling taught it - it made sense to her and she was getting it! Yay!!!!!
Science: Jadyn learned about living things.  We talked about what living things need.  We also talked about metamorphosis and life cycles.
We watched some cool YouTube videos about the frog's life cycle. 
Jadyn also enjoyed learning about the butterfly's life cycle.  We enjoyed watching some YouTube videos on that, too.  Seriously, what did we do before YouTube! =) 
Heritage Studies: Jadyn finished her chapter on community.  We talked about community leaders and community helpers.
I wanted Jadyn to understand that her house is in her neighborhood, which is in her community, which is in the city Miami, which is in the state of Florida, which is in the country USA, which is in the continent of North America, which is in the planet Earth!  This was a great craft for her to understand that concept!  Thank you Pinterest! =)
Art: We all love HomeArt Studio for our art lessons!  Today Jadyn learned about the art of George Rodrigue. They did a painting to resemble his painting called blue dog. I think hers is a pretty close replica! ;)
Gabe - Kindergarten
Reading: Gabe is using All About Reading - Pre Reading.  This is a great program for him and he is doing pretty well! He has learned his uppercase letters up through "X".
Review time with magnets!
Working on how many claps (syllables) are in a word.  He loves doing this.  Yesterday he would say the biggest words he could think of and just clap them out!
Math: Gabe learned his numbers through 10!
Seeing if the number 7 is bigger or smaller than 8.
Putting the numbers in order.
Extra Cuteness!
On Wednesday, I registered my kids for Awana for this coming year.  Gabe is so excited to be a "Big Kid" and move up to Sparks!  He wore his Sparks vest all day Thursday and looked through his book any spare moment he had!
Job - TotSchool
Job is a man constantly in motion.  He really does not sit still for long.  Usually you can find him running around outside being all boy while I'm doing school with the older kids.  He loves to come in and watch a YouTube video with us.  He's been looking for tadpoles every day since we talked about the frog life cycle.  We find lots of frogs in our back yard, but we're not close to any water where the tadpoles would be. He thinks they could live in puddles! ;)
I try to have hands on stuff out for him to play with during school time.  One day, he actually sat still and played with his Wok and Roll game.  Yay for some motor skills work!

Together Time
The kids are loving our Grapevine Bible Study.  We started at Creation and are now through the creation of Adam & Eve.  The kids love drawing along with what I'm reading from the Bible.  We have some good discussion afterward.  Jadyn told me that she didn't realize that God breathed into Adam the breath of life. She was excited to learn that.
Our Road Trip USA study has taken us this week to New Hampshire and New Jersey.  We enjoyed pancakes for dinner the one night to celebrate New Hampshire's syrup making! =)
I love these moments where I find all the kids playing nicely together.  I wish it happened more, but I'll take what I can get.
We did it! 6 weeks down and now we get a 1 week break!!! Yay!!!!
Check out what other homeschoolers are doing at Weekly Wrap Up.

1 comment:

Megan Russell said...

I feel the same way about my 7th grader having no pictures! Most of her work in independent, also, and she thinks she is too old to have pictures taken with her school work. LOL. Looks like you had a great week this week.

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