Weekly Wrap-up 3/19

JD’s Week:

JD turned five on the 10th and seems to be taking his new big boy status in stride. All week he came to me to tell me it was time for him to “do school”.

We worked on his Handwriting Without Tears “Get Set For School” workbook. We practiced the letters G, S, and J. As we practice writing he reviews the phonograms for each letter. He enjoys his Mathematical Reasoning workbook from Critical Thinking company. Here he was working on writing his numbers. He really succeeded at correcting his ‘3’ and ‘5’.

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He also has been putting in a lot of time with his new Star Wars Jedi Reading game for Leapster that Aunt Kana sent for his birthday. For better or worse, video games are big around here so if we can make them educational and fun it’s a good thing.

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EJ’s Week:

Math: In Right Start, we skipped a few lessons on telling time and moved right into multiplication. To supplement he played the iPhone app Rocket Math, did some practice exercises on Khanacademy.org, and worked on some puzzles in Balance Math from the Critical Thinking Company to round out the week.

Social Studies/History: We completed our study of prehistory. This week we concentrated on human evolution from Australopithicus through Homo sapiens, ending with the advent of farming. The boys watched the BBC series Walking with Cavemen on Netflix Streaming. I really like the “Walking With…” series for making the time before people come alive.

2011-Mar-18_022 EJ finished his pre-history notebook, we added some pages on people and then finally a cover.

He started learning about U.S. Geography using the iPhone app Stacking the States. I’m impressed really at how much he is learning from this little game. It won’t replace formal geography but it seems like a great start.

Language Arts: This week we finished reading Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle. This is a cute book that I wasn’t familiar with. I enjoyed reading about all of Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle’s somewhat unconventional cures for bad childhood behavior. EJ also did some independent reading including finishing up the chapter book Wind Spell (Magic Elements 3) by Mallory Loehr

This week’s poem from Caroline Kennedy’s A Family of Poems was “First Fig” by Edna St. Vincent Millay. He memorized and did dictation for writing practice on this short four line poem. We covered some new vocabulary words from the poem, particularly the word “foes”, and discussed the meaning of the idiom “candle burns at both ends”.

Logic/Independent: This week I started writing down assignments each day for EJ to do independently in his logic book from the Critical Thinking company. I’ve discovered that he isn’t great about following directions; some days he did the wrong problems, one day he did an entirely different set of pages than I had written down. Because it’s uncovering some issues I will continue doing these assignments in preparation for more independent work next year.

Finally we finished the week with our first Science Friday after NPR’s Science Friday podcast, which I’ve nicknamed Sci-Fri. See how cute I am! I posted about that separately yesterday.

Friday was a beautiful warm spring day so the boys spent most of the afternoon playing outside with the neighborhood kids. So far today, although it’s not nearly as warm, looks to be more of the same. We are all so glad to have spring finally arriving after a snowy winter!

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One response to “Weekly Wrap-up 3/19

  1. My sister-in-law is a pubilc school teacher. She spends more of her time working on the documentation required for the state and federal government rather than direct instruction for any given student. It’s really appalling.The thing that irks me is the NEA cry about holding home schooling parents to a “higher standard.” To whom are we accountable? I think that the NEA has forgotten that THEY are accountable to US (i.e. parents), and not the other way around.I home educated my youngest through junior high. I knew exactly what she was learning and how she was progressing. I knew the qualifications of her instructors. I didn’t need standardized testing (although we did use it) or certification to be assured that her teacher was doing what she was supposed to do and was able to teach the subjects.

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