Thursday, February 24, 2011

Feb 24th, 100 Days! Yippee!

My Utmost for His Highest: Jesus Wants All of Me

My Utmost for His Highest, Jesus Wants all of Me
by Phil A. Smouse
Just Help Yourself: II Corinthians 12:15 “I will gladly spend and be spent for your souls.”

The True Story of Noah's Ark (with audio CD and pull-out spread)
The True Story of Noah’s Ark by Tom Dooley and Illustrated by Bill Looney.  This book is an accurate depiction of Noah’s ark, not like the precious moments version!  I love that the story is not watered down, it depicts the truth accurately and was still able to capture the girl’s interest.  Great Book. JB6 has listened through the audio cd several times now. 

“Mommy, did you know that there were thousands of people living together before the flood?” 

“Look Mom, there were dinosaurs on the ark!” 
Well… yes there were!

What Happens To Your Food? (Flip Flaps)

What Happens to Your Food? Flip-Flap by Usbornne 
We read the book, discussed how food is processed from beginning to end.  Which foods help with healing, energy, and vitamins.  Discussed importance of hygiene and food safety.  Then JB6 taught the book back to her sister!  Was very cool to listen to everything she learned. They both got a good laugh when the book ended in the bathroom!

Math: Lesson 17
Get Set for the Code: Pg. 38 to 39

Reading and Phonics: Lesson 39, consonant blends lk, lt, lf, ft
Outloud Reader: The Fair from The Fox in the Box
Spelling: Lesson 28
Math: Addition Flash Cards
Lesson 53, Number Order, fractions, subtraction and less than and greater than

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Feb 23, 99 days down!

MOPPETS today!  The girls learned about Abraham and Sarah.  JB6 informed me that “Abraham lied and said that his wife Sarah was his sister so that the people would not try to kill him and take Sarah from him.”  Guess she understood the lesson!  She also informed me that lying was not the right thing to do! Both girls had music, art/craft, games, and social time today!  School with Ms. Morgan is their favorite! 


Tuesday, February 22, 2011

98 Days down!

30 minutes of “Signing Time”

Reading- check!  JB6 is now reading through books smoothly and with ease.  Even her brother and sister enjoy listening to her now!

In her free time today, JB6 studied the different types of animals in Antarctica. She particularly liked the Elephant Seal, the Harp Seal,  and especially the Weddell Seal which we learned can remain under water for up to 40 minutes and can also break through the ice from underwater.

We read Freddie’s Farm, Penguins, It’s Too Soon, and 4 stories from The Complete Book of First Experiences (one of my personal favorite books to use when teaching reading skills!)


Basketball skills (taught by “Brahaw”) Girls learned and practiced the proper technique to dribbling a basketball.  AN4 LOVES Basketball!

Saturday, February 19, 2011

4 More Days makes 97 Down

These last few days of school have not been traditional, to say the least.  I willingly admit that we did not open our math book or science book or spelling book 
(well with the exception of when a friend wanted to see the curriculum that we use, oh the irony of this week). 

However we did MANY things
and I am ok with that.

In the last 4 days we:
-Attended Co-op where the teacher from a local museum came and shared about the precious stones of Maine.

-JB6 created her own window rock

-Play date with Caleigh

- Studied Sparkies sections

-Attended AWANA where JB6 had store night and purchased presents for everyone in her family with her Sparkies money.

-Read The Berenstain Bears Collective Stories

-Sleep over at Lily’s!

-Visited a local craft store and selected new crafts to do.

-Painted a Rabbit sculpture

-Painted Grand Prix Cars

-Assembled Grand Prix Cars

-Today, the girls attended the 2011 AWANA Grand Prix! JB6 placed 3rd for speed in the Sparkies category and AN4 placed 2nd in the Cubbies category.  They were both very excited!

JB6 informed her Sparkies teacher before the race today that “it doesn’t matter if I get a trophy, its just fun to race.”  I was so pleased with her spirit.









Feb 15, 93 days down!

Math: Lesson 16

Get Set for the Code: pg 37

Spelling: Lesson 27

Reading and Phonics: 38, contractions

Outloud Reader: Theres a Wocket in my Pocket

Math: Lesson 52, Subtraction

Ballet last night: Created a Ballet Poster

JB6 spent a great deal of time “organizing” her dolls to look just right! 
She took this picture herself.

Monday, February 14, 2011

Feb 14th, 92 days down!


ABC Devotions: “L” Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven.” Matthew 5:16

ART, CRAFT, SCIENCE:  The girls each drew a design for a AWANA Grand Prix car.  They traced the design onto the block of wood and then watched daddy cut out the shape with his band saw.  Next they began painting their cars!  Tomorrow: Finish painting and begin the assembly of the wheels.  Will have to make sure that the car is balanced and drives smoothly!  Very exciting for everyone!


Math: Lesson 15

Get Set for the Code: pg 36, letter “N”

Spelling: Lesson 26

Math: Addition Flash Cards
Lessons 50 and 51

Reading and Phonics: Beginning Consonant Blends:
pr, tr, fr, and sn

Outloud Reader: Fred’s Lesson from The Fox in the Box

Saturday, February 12, 2011

Saturday School Science Fun! Feb 12th, 91 days down!

Science Sunday

Air Power!  Science with a rocket balloon! 
You need:
-long piece of thread
-long balloon
-sticky tape
-peg (clothes pin)
Thread the string through the straw.  Then tie the string between two chairs (we used the window valance and then secured the bottom to the couch with tape so that the “rocket” could shoot “up!”) Blow the balloon up and peg the end with the clothes pin to keep the air from coming out. Tape the straw to the balloon.   From The Usborne Book of Science Activities Volume Two

The <em>Usborne Book of Science Activities</em>, <em>Volume Two</em> [<em>Book</em>]

The tapped air will rush out and propel the balloon forward.  The balloon will flatten as it moves along and the air is displaced. 


Thursday, February 10, 2011

Feb 10th, 90 days down!

ABC Devotions: Letter K, “Keep your tongue from evil.” Psalm 34:13

Insisted on playing our computer Caillou game in Spanish today!  That must be educational in some way?! She is had fun repeating the words and laughing!

Math: Lesson 14: Pennies and counting to 15

Get Set for the Code: pg. 33-35

AWANA tonight

AWANA tonight

Spending the afternoon at a friend’s house for a play date.

Reviewed Sparkies Lessons

Math: Drill completed, improved time to 60 seconds! Math Test #5 completed, 100%!

Reading and Phonics: Lesson 36, Words with x
Outloud Reader: Fox in the Box

Spelling: Introduced new spelling words (lessons 26-30) like, hide, time, pie, tie, eye, mile, find, mix, my, mine, was, were.  Practiced writing the new words.

Life Skills: Discussed what a budget is and how to manage an allowance.  We may begin giving her an allowance soon!

Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Feb 9th, 89 days down!

“Here birdie, birdie!”
Our homemade birdfeeder


Co-op Today!  What fun they had creating paper machete volcanoes!  Next week, they will be ready to erupt!  Looking forward to co-op next Wednesday!


Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Feb 8th, 88 days down

This was a random school day!  We spent a large portion of the day traveling and doing school in the car.  Got to love the flexibility of homeschooling!  We reviewed Sparkies sessions, did outloud readers, ABC Devotions, "Jesus said to him, 'I am the way, the truth, and the life...'" John 14:6, and then back at home we had a very educational session with "Dig it! Games: Roman Town"  It compiled history, geography, critical thinking and a lot of reading for a 6 year old.  I was actually quite impressed with the quality of this game.  Check out an official TOS Crew Review of "Dig it! Games: Roman Town."

Saturday, February 5, 2011

Feb 5th, 2011 87 days down

Art Time Saturday!

There was a little bit of contesting by my 6 year old today when the mention of school came up.  Apparently she has become wise to the ways of “regular school” as she calls it.  “But its Saturday” she announced, like that matters in homeschool!  But I felt some degree of sympathy and so we compromised on having Art-Time.  We studied the American artist, Robert Vonnoh’s work, "In Flanders Field-Where Soldiers Sleep and Poppies Grow." In Flanders Field-Where Soldiers Sleep and Poppies Grow

Artistic Pursuits Lesson 3:
Artists Look: Observe things in the world.  Without looking we made a list of things the girls could see from their bedroom window.  Then we went to their room and observed some of the details we missed by memory.  We then completed our list.

We watched Jean-Michel Cousteau: Ocean Adventures, the girls each chose a nature scene from the movie.  We paused the movie and then the girls painted a picture using the image and details from Ocean Adventures. 

Ocean Adventures with Watercolor Crayons


Feb 4th, 2011 86 days down, 89 to go!

JB6 and AN4
ABC Devotions: “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.” Phillipians 4:13

Bible: Began Takeoff section of the Wing Runner Frequent Flyer Extra Credit Cards
Luke 2:1-2

Spelling: Spelling Test Completed, 100%

Reading and Phonics: Lesson 35, Reviewed Consonant Digraphs gn, hn, kn, wh, wr, ch

Outloud Reader: The Wrong Sign from
The Fox in the Box

Math: Fractions- one fourth

Math: Lesson 13
Get Set for the Code: Pg. 29-31

Friday, February 4, 2011

Feb 3rd, 2011- 85 days down, 90 days to go!

JB6 and AN4
ABC Devotions: “Honor your father and mother.” Exodus 20:12

AWANA: Completed her Sparkies book reviewtonight, completing her book for a second time!  She has now moved on to the Sparkies Wing Runner Frequent Flyer Extra Credit Cards. 
Reading and Phonics: Lesson 34, Digraph wr
Outloud Reader: The Wrong Present from Fox in the Box

Lesson 47, Word Numbers, Eleven to Twenty
Lesson 48, Money-Nickels
Addition Flash Cards

Math: Lesson 12
Get Set for the Code: pg 26

February 2, 2011- 84 days down, 91 to go!

The groundhog did not see his shadow; 
Early spring is on its way!

JB6 and AN4

ABC Devotions: “Go into all the world and preach the gospel to every creature.” Mark 16:15

Spelling: Lesson 24 “Write a story about the picture”

Reading and Phonics: Lesson 33, Consonant Digraph wh, Blends pl, sl, sm

Outloud Reader: Jan’s Wheel from Fox in the Box

Math: Lesson 46, show your skills
Addition Flash Cards

Math: Lesson 11
Get Set for the Code: pg 25

Tuesday, February 1, 2011

February 1, 2011 83/175, 92 days to go!

Friday was a very big day! 
JB6 lost her very first tooth!


Reading and Phonics:
Lesson 32, Consonant Blends sc and scr

Lesson 23, Spotlight on Spelling

Lesson 45, Addition with Three Numbers
Addition Flash Cards

Craft Time:
Using a hat ring, JB6 knitted a hat for her doll. 
This was her first solo hat! 
She was very excited and yes,
we did start school in our pj's today!