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Friday, October 7, 2011

Homeschool Recap, Oct 7th (Week 5)

In my life this week...
The downside - I tweaked my neck and had to visit the chiropractor a couple of times this week.  It's doing much better than that first day, but I'm still a bit sore.  The upside - I got a new car!  Kind of.  For 2 weeks.  But it's sweet!  I'm working with The North Texas Chevy Dealers on a blogging campaign and test driving the Chevy Traverse.  We got to go to the State Fair of Texas to pick it up on Wednesday.  I can't wait to tell you (and show you!) all about my ride!  So, with a car I've been able to get around and do things - oh, how nice it is!  Lol. 
That one is mine!
Places we're going and people we're seeing...
The State Fair of Texas was fun.  We ate some deep fried pineapple upside down cake, a Belgian waffle, some foot-long corn dogs and a ton of random samples as well.  Mmm. Preston did a funhouse maze thing and went on the log ride.  The boys spent some time with both of their grandmas in the same day on Thursday since I had chiropractor appointment in the morning and then an Usborne book party with our homeschool group that evening.  And today we're going to have lunch with our friend Candi and her family!

Praying for...
Complete healing of my neck.  Complete healing of Michael's various issues.  Complete healing of Preston's allergies lately.  We love Fall, the allergies are pretty much the only thing that brings us down this time of year.

In our homeschool this week...
Our homeschooling was pretty erratic this week.  I don't think we stuck our "normal" schedule on any of the days.  But we still got everything done, so that's nice!

Tot school:  Callen has really been enjoying Preston's Melissa & Doug mailbox lately.  Guess it's time to move it to his room permanently since he always ventures in to Preston's to find it.

Bible:  Read everyday from the Hands-On Bible.  Also discussed how there were several authors of the Bible, but only ONE real author.  Our memory scripture was Proverbs 21:23 "He who guards his mouth and his tongue keeps himself from calamity."  Oh, if more of us could remember that one!  =/

Reading/Writing: Started on long vowel sounds and writing sentences in the Animal Tales booklet.
Checking out new reading set!

Math: Still focusing on counting this week, mostly skip counting 2's, 5's and 10's.  Read several fun math/counting books from the library (see below).

Science: Our theme was Trees.  We got outside and Preston did some bark rubbings of our two different kinds of trees ("bumpy" bark and "smooth" bark).  We also read a bunch of tree books, including the beautiful book from Usborne, appropriately titled Trees.  Hehe.  Preston drew a fun illustration of a tree with lots of holes for squirrels.  Then he added a stoplight in the middle of the tree because "with that many squirrels, there's probably lots of traffic in that tree!"  (Love his creative brain!!!)

Art/Music:  We looked at a landscape painting from Come Look With Me. Talked about clarinet and bass clarinet, listened to examples from youtube. In our drawing lesson, I made a bunch of duplication and matching images for Preston to do, and let him do a couple for me.  The mirrored images were a little too difficult for him at this point, he tried though!  And we went over our first hymn in Hymns for a Kid's Heart!  "Holy! Holy! Holy!"  We talked about the man who wrote the hymn, some of the words in the hymn that were new to Preston (like cherubim and seraphim), and listened to it several times.
Duplicating basic pictures.
Listening to Holy! Holy! Holy!
Spanish: Started talking about the Spanish alphabet. The concept is a little confusing for Preston, so I didn't push too much (ok, well, initially I tried to get him to "get" it, but then realized he wasn't and backed off).  The next several things in the workbook are learning parts of speech and some things that I don't think he's ready for, so we're going to skip around and cover things like colors or something for a while.

Some of the books we used this week in addition to our curriculum:

We are using My Father's World First Grade. See our curriculum here.

Blog Hoppin' with:
MFW Blog Roll The Homeschool Mother's Journal Hip Homeschool Hop Button Weird Unsocialized Homeschoolers Photobucket

*The Chevy Traverse campaign is being sponsored by the North Texas Chevy dealers. They are letting me test drive a Traverse for two weeks as well as providing me with a gas card and a spa gift card.

5 comments:

Melanie Ski said...

Found you on the friday blog hop. Homeschool Christian Mama here too, I review Christian books on my blog. www.melanieski.blogspot.com
Hope to see you over there
Melanie

Joanne said...

Wanna hear something weird? The day after you posted about hurting your neck, I tweaked MY neck. Blah... hurting right along with you. Hope you feel better soon!

Cool wheels btw, you should drop by for a visit!

Mama Bird said...

We also love the Melissa and Doug mailbox, sometimes we actually put love letters to other family members in it then deliver then in the morning.

S said...

Very cool that you get to test drive a car for two weeks! And I started drooling at the deep fried pineapple upside down cake. Sounds delicious!

Stopping by from THMJ.

Amber @JadeLouise Designs said...

Wow so sorry to hear about your neck! That is not fun; but a new car, even for 2 weeks! That is AMAZING! So cooL! Such a nice one too! Congrats!

I really admire you and all other homeschooling women. I tried to do a little "homeschooling" over the summer to keep my kids up to date..it didn't go so well. I'm so grateful for living in a sheltered community with good teachers so I don't HAVE To homeschool; but once my kids start coming home with bad habits or not learning as much; I will be facing that.

Visiting from the Friday blog hop!
www.jadelouisedesigns.com