Friday, October 8, 2010

Week Five Weekly Wrap Up-ish

This post is linked up at Weird Unsocialized Homeschoolers!

This week was a complete hodgepodge. We had moments of brilliance - and a whole lot of 'we'll get to that later'.


The deer have returned to our field. There were two beautiful does in the field this morning and they stayed still long enough for a good look before loping into the tall grass.

The birds have returned to our feeders! This has made our cat Jasper VERY happy - as the feeder is right outside his window! Wrens, sparrows, red-winged blackbirds and lots of pigeons so far.

We had a wonderful nature and art day at the park drawing and observing ducks and geese!

There was also great times with visiting relatives, letters to sponsored 'sisters', and another football game.

Driving through the neighborhoods we've observed changing trees, squirrels and other critters starting to gather food, and have discussed why we have daylight savings time.

Em started two new books, did some math, grammar, science, and spelling.

Home Ec day with grandma was spent putting together a gingerbread house, doing some beading, chocolate chip cooking making, and puppy-sitting!

Next week will focus more heavily on academics - but I think life lessons are important too!


Saturday, October 2, 2010

Teacher's Planning Day

Here's a quick look at our week five:

Math: Daily multiplication review, chapter one review, moving on to chapter two.

Spelling: Lesson 5 in our spelling book,

Cursive: Daily cursive pages

Reading: New read-aloud, "The BFG", Em will finish up her current book, and we will read lesson 4 in her reading book.

Grammar: Doing chapter one review and moving on to chapter two.

Religion: Week 3 at Hearts of Wisdom - Cain and Abel. New notebooking pages.

Science: Reviewing chapter one, moving on to chapter two!

Nature: This week's focus is horses. Now I have to figure out where we can go and see one!
We're still working on our nocturnal animals unit study. This week we'll color a few pictures and do a Raccoon lapbook.

Social Studies/Art: Preserving historic places

Art: We will start our study on Degas. We will also learn how to draw a cat.

Socialization: We have a birthday party, art class, and church activities.

1st Birthday

This is my nephew Caleb - and he turned one today! He really enjoyed his cake!
He also loved his little laptop that Auntie bought for him! His favorite gift :)

I caught Emme off guard with this one. She rarely allows photos!

Caleb was all worn out after his big day!


Friday, October 1, 2010

Weekly Wrap Up: Week Four

I'm linking up to Weird, Unsocialized Homeschool's Weekly Wrap Up!

MATH: We did a chapter review in our new math book and Emme did well, 90%. The rest of the week we continued with multiplication review with math rockets, worksheets, and flash cards.

SPELLING: Once again Em did outstanding in spelling. She received a 100% on her quiz at Spelling City. I love how you can print out the results or even a certificate of achievement at that site!

HISTORY/SOCIAL STUDIES: I'm sorry to say it remained boring this week. *sigh* Just finished up the first chapter, all about government. Definitely have to make the next chapter more exciting!

CURSIVE: Did several pages from Mastering Cursive 5th Grade - definitely improving.

GRAMMAR: We practiced run-on sentences and did a full chapter review and quiz. Emme got a 93%.

RELIGION: Finished up week 2 of Hearts of Wisdom study - did another 2 interactive notebook pages.

SCIENCE: Read in the CLP Nature Reader 5 all about how the tongue and teeth aids in digestion, both in humans and in animals. In our science book we read about how plants help with pollution and oil spills. Since it is such a timely subject, I think I will take the time to do a one-week unit study on oil spills. I found wonderful resources at the Tug At Nature blog.

NATURE: Lots of nature talk this week with the change of seasons. We started an Autumn Leaf unit study and worked more on our Fall notebooking pages. Went for a walk on a local Nature Trail. Did some drawing in our nature books of tall grasses, trees losing their green color (not yet colorful, just getting more drab) fall wildflowers, and cat tails. We sounds thousands for crickets and three types of butterflies. We got to observe some "talking" crows (they were communicating between a telephone pole and a tree) and watched some cute little sparrows eating berries and chatting happily in a small tree. Will work over the weekend on finding some ducks and geese so we can work on the Handbook of Nature Study Blog's week 2 challenge.

HOME EC & ARTS & CRAFTS W/ GRANDMA: Em stays over my Mom's house every Thursday while I work. This week they baked and decorated Halloween cookies. Emme did everything aside from using the oven. She made a Halloween craft, colored a felt picture with markers, and did a craft of a cat with plastic bead art. Oh - and did a beaded necklace as well. I think the time she spends with my Mom is invaluable and one of the most important parts of her homeschooling!

READING: Finished up "The Witches" and she is almost finished with "Poppy" - next week we will start a new read-a-loud and a new book for Em to read as well. In her free time she is reading fairy books - but I think the next book I will have her read is "Bunnicula"!

Em went to another of her brother's football games this week! Even after how bored she was last week. Even if neither of them act like it, I am sure he appreciates her support!

I hope everyone has an exciting and enriching week of homeschooling!