Friday, March 11, 2011

Homeschooling - Week in Review

It must have been a long week, because I'm trying to remember the first part and my mind is blank!  Sleep deprivation must be getting to me. Alex slept a little better this week, but still has a long way to go!   Here is what I do remember (with a little help from the kids).

  • In math, Rachel and Jada have been working with place value  (Rachel learned the hundreds and Jada tens).  Josiah learned about perimeter and area this week.  Caleb continued his work with fractions.  He's struggling to remember to reduce the fractions, so we worked a little extra on that.DSC_0028
  • In grammar, both boys have been learning about pronoun usage.  Caleb got a 100% on the test over the material.
  • This week they've written poems 
  • Josiah practiced his handwriting on Sarah's stomachDSC_0013
  • In history, we continued talking about Paul Revere.  Then we learned about the Continental Congress and the writing of the Declaration of Independence
  • We watched four episodes of Liberty's Kids correlating with our history studies
  • Caleb (with a little bit of Josiah's help) made a map about Paul Revere from Interactive 3-D Maps: American History.
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  • In Science, Caleb studied the lungs and the brain.   Josiah and Rachel learned about plant cells.DSC_0030                                               Caleb learned that you can trick your brain by crossing your fingers and touching the tip of your nose.  Your brain thinks you have 2 noses!
  • DSC_0002                      Josiah's drawing of a plant cell.  He was very proud of it and wanted it posted!  For a boy that wouldn't draw anything at all earlier this year, I thought he did a great job.
  • We continued reading Carry On, Mr. Bowditch as our read-aloud
  • Josiah finished The Cabin Faced West and started Meet Thomas Jefferson .  Caleb read Phoebe the Spy.  Rachel read Little Bear Books.   Jada read and reread her Bob books and Sonlight K readers.
  • The four older kids went with Aaron to see 'Sugar Camp' and the making of maple syrup.  
  • I've been browsing Montessori and Pre-school blogs, looking for ideas to keep Sarah occupied.   I found the idea of putting q-tips in the small hole of a squeeze bottle (like a shampoo bottle).   I was shocked that it kept her occupied for over a half hour on more than one occasion. DSC_0050 
  • Jada started her first pot holder.  She says she's not sure whom to make it for  ... Nanny, Mom, Aunt Kristen, or maybe somebody at church (Sorry Aunt Gen and Aunt Megan ... I guess she didn't think you guys needed hot pads, LOL).DSC_0003
We, once again, didn't get everything in that I planned.  But, I think we still had a fairly good week!


  1. I haven't told you yet, but I'm loving this part of your blog! (and tell Jada, I'm crying) :( (but tell her the pot holder, looks great!)

  2. LOL at the handwriting practice! :) Sounds like you had a great week!

    I did something similar to the q-tips with my now 6 yo when he was 2, only with popsicle sticks and a coffee can with small holes in the lid. Kept him occupied forever!

  3. Sounds like a great week!

    Tell Jada I'm crying too!!


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