Our Homeschool Weekly Wrap-up

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This week has been a slow week for us because of illness, but I wanted to get back in the habit of doing a wrap-up.  So here I go:

Grammar – We finished PACE 1066 and she has started 1067.  We are working on adjectives and adverbs again.  This time around it seems to be easier.

Reading – In reading Abby is reading “The Spy”.  It is a little harder book, so I’m allowing her to listen to an audio version, which she of course loves.  She does have to read a chapter review and answer comprehension questions.

Writing – This week Abby is working on a descriptive essay.  She had to pick something to describe and is now going through the essay paragraph by paragraph.

Spelling – Our spelling list this week is contractions, academic words, and two sight words.

Math – We have been working on pre-algebra, fractions and decimals.  Today we did stem and leaf plots and Box and Whisker.  This was a little tedious, but it is necessary.

History – This week we started studying Ancient Rome.  We are studying architecture, battles, religion and much more.

Science – We have finishing up our study of “flying things” in the next two weeks.  This week we have been studying for chapter 10 test.

Well that’s it!!

Our Homeschool so far.

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We started school this year early, because of the trips we will be taking.  Our start date was July 15th, so we are on week 10 this week.  I’d like to review what we have accomplished thus far.

In Grammar, we have been working on verbs and their tenses.  Present, Past, Future and the participle tenses.  It has been slow, but she is getting it!

In Reading she has read some great poetry, an epic poem, and has just completed the book Penrod and Sam.  She has also just completed a book review for that book.

In writing she has written an essay on “Micro Bats”, and has submitted it online for peer review. This was a neat experience.  She submitted hers and reviewed another person’s essay.  It has really helped her to be more careful in her writing.

For Math was are using Saxon 87 and she has completed lesson 25.  We are also working on Multiplication and Division review.

In History she has been studying ancient cultures.  We have done Greece, China and the Mayans.  We are now starting to read about ancient India.  For the Mayan’s, she did a Power Point presentation and presented it to our family.  For each culture she has done a timeline including economic, social, art, music and religion.  She also takes all kinds of notes of what she has read.

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We will use these timelines to then put them together to see how these cultures overlapped.  During the section on ancient China, she made a scroll with Chinese lettering of the Buddha’s five virtues.

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In Science we have learned about birds, bats and flying reptiles.  We have completed a lapbook component, taken notes and done a crossword puzzle for each chapter.

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Some of the activities we have done have been recording what birds come to our bird feeders, we have taken some great pictures of hummingbirds, we have gone outside and measured the wingspan of several types of Pterosaurs and we have made a fossil egg.  We are about to start a chapter on insects.

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As part of our school, we attend a co-op every Friday.  Our day at co-op includes an assembly, choir practice and then three classes that change every month.  This month we have art, book club and PE.  This past Friday we had an unexpected visitor who brought along a Sugar Glider.  She was so cute!  All the children were able to pet her and watch her climb on everything.

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Abby is also learning Hindi in anticipation of her visit to India.  She is working on Hindi greetings and other phrases she might need in India.  We found a good site for conversational Hindi, Hindipod101.

I’ll try and keep a journal here of our activities as well as pictures.

Webcast – History Curriculum, Activities, and Timelines

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Today we will discuss History curriculum, activities we do with our History curriculm and how to make a timeline.  First I’d like to tell you about the curriculum that I use.  We are currently using “The Story of the World”.  I bought the soft cover book and the activity book.  I really like the review questions, the map work and the activities that are available in this book.  The activity book has both the teacher’s guide and the student workbook in it.  Every chapter has a reading portion in the book, questions, map work and activities in the activity book.  These books sell for around $12.00 for the book and $ 23.50 for the activity book.  The hardbond book runs about $16.00.

The activities that I add to this are our timeline and a lapbook.  I found the lapbook components on this website:  The Chronicle of the Earth  This is a good website by a homeschooling family.

Our timeline we made from file folders.  Here is a picture:

This is just the start of our timeline, but we are both very excited about it.  We started at Creation (4000 BC) and we have gone to about 2100 BC.  I’m not sure of some of my dates, but its fun to try and figure it out.

The other two curriculums that I have to show are “The Mystery of History”.  The curriculum begins with Biblical history and intertwines both Biblical and World history.  So you can see how things lined up.  She also has questions, activities and map work.  She also adds pretests, and tests.  This curriculum runs around $39.00 and will last an entire year.  The third curriculum is called “TruthQuest History”.  This curriculum has you reading about the history through library books.  She gives you an overview of the time period and then gives you a list of library books for you to read.  The curriculum is around $25.00.

The rest of the webcast was talking about what other curriculums were used and liked.

You can view the webcast at: Justin.tv

If there are any questions please email me at cstanley@afr.net

thanks and I’ll see you next week.

Colette