Thursday, September 29, 2011

Clouds Unit Finished

We have been working on a Cloud Unit since week 2, meaning we have spent 2 and a half weeks on Clouds. The main idea of our unit was to learn the 3 main types of clouds and be able to identify them on a daily basis. Our "meat" of the unit was from Simple Schooling(the science curriculum you all helped me win).   

So here is a journey through picture:

 The kids watched the online video teaching session spread out of several days. Then we read several books on clouds and the water cycle.

 Next we made a mural on our wall. We labeled the entire paper from top to bottom with the 3 main cloud heights in the sky and then decorated the mural. The kids used cotton and markers to make the clouds as they would appear if your looking at the sky. 

 This was an experiment that we performed to make a cloud in a jar. First try wasn't a success however the second time worked like a charm. You can see the cloud coming out of the jar.

 Then the kid's became a Cloud Inspector
They really have enjoyed these cards that a friend made. They have used them almost daily to run outside to see what clouds they can find.

I really think they enjoyed this unit. It's the first of the year and I think our timing went well too.


Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Wordless Wednesday Week 6


Monday, September 26, 2011

Saturday Fun

DD and I finally had the blessing of having a day to ourselves! She really enjoys when its just the 2 of us girls. So knowing and being able to prepare for this was a wonderful treat for us both. First I thought of the season changing because DD loves to make items - crafting is natural to her cause I enjoy it greatly. 

So I choose a craft that I knew would make her happy. Friday while doing some errands we ran by Micheal's craft store and I asked her to pick out some flowers, She was totally confused on why in the world I was wanting that from her... Next I asked her to pick some leaves to go along. Needless to say she was overly excited on what the flowers was for.

This was her creation after she was told what I wanted from her Saturday morning.

It makes our table look wonderful. Fall is my favorite time of year and I must say I am trying to teach her to love it too!

Next was baking! Yes baking... How can you say its Fall with out a Pumpkin Pie??? 
You can't in my house!


Great day with my baby girl.


Saturday, September 24, 2011

Interesting Thought

I don't normally post on the weekends. However I ran across this looking around and wanted to share this thought with you for your weekend.


Friday, September 23, 2011

Weekly Wrap Up #5

Wow this week has been a true test of will. So on to what we accomplished.

Together This Week:
Road Trip USA & Animal Study - We learned about Connecticut. The state was torn apart through our study. We have really enjoyed this study. This is our first state however we are just getting started so hold on! We took extra time this week to learn about the American Robin which is the Connecticut state bird.


Geography A-Z - Beach & Butte (I think this is secretly their fav)

Bible Verse - I'm sorry to say I didn't do one this week. Totally forgot Monday to pick it out of our pocket, then Tuesday was group so no "real" school and so almost pointless Wednesday. So we reviewed our other 2 verses.

Read Aloud - Because of Winn Dixie & If you were there when they signed the Constitution.

Science Topic - Clouds(finished) and The American Robin. Next week Caves!!

Sign Language - Worked on ABC's of ASL. Next week moving on to numbers.

Art Vol 1 - Putting together our Picasso pieces of lapbook and looking at other painting he finished that wasn't in our book.

Documentaries - (PBS) Colonial House Disc 1. This is based on the first settlers. Goes perfect with our Road Trip USA study.

Bible Story - We learned about the 3 Wise Men and the gifts they brought to baby Jesus. We learned about obedience through this lesson too.

♥ DS1 ♥
MUS Epilson - Real books finally came so we started over just to review. 1 complete
AAS Level 3 - Step 1- 5 Reviewed
Cursive writing. Working on writing sentences.
Daily Geography(EM)
Daily Reading
Daily Writing/Story editing

♥ DD ♥
AAS Level 3 - Step 1 - 5
MUS Beta - Real books finally came so started over at 1.
Review of basic writing skills.
Daily Story writing and editing.
Reading Daily - She reads to DS2 as well.
Daily Word Problem WB
Daily Trait Writing WB 
♥ DS2 ♥
AAR Pre Level 1 - Step 23
MUS Alpha - Real books came!! Started back at Step 1.
Writing ABC's.
Reading Lessons(lesson 2, we are taking this slow) He's doing wonderful with this! I don't know how long we will stay on each lesson. We are doing AAR on M,W & F and RL on T and Th.
He is read to daily.

Homeschool Group was wonderful this week. This was our first week. I am teaching a Verbal Math class(30 mins) for ages 5-9. My 2 smallest are in this class. I am also teaching a class called "Lets Build Some Character" which again is for ages 5-9(30 min). Our group struggles to provide to my smallest ages so I tried to fill that gap for myself and the others. My smallest 2 are also in this class. All 3 kids are taking PE. DS1 is taking a Art Fundamentals class. We all had a wonderful time. The kids in my classes seem to have had a blast! 
I was a little scattered this week so pray that I be more organized and stay on task better.

Hope you had a wonderful week!!


Thursday, September 22, 2011

Wordless Wednesday Week 5

Late but better than never!!!

 All 3 of them working on scarves...

Kyle being very silly...

 Thats my babies -- Clipping coupons!!


Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Greatest Artist Study - Picasso

This year we added a wonderful artist study from Confessions of a Homeschooler to our schooling. We ordered the neat books she recommended with this unit and gathered all supplies needed. The actual curriculum is free through her site. So go on over and check her wonderful stuff out. BTW we are also using her Road Trip USA and its equally as fabulous! Erica is Amazing!! 

So the first artist was Pablo Picasso 

This book is so neat to read through. Its lively enough to keep my kids attention and that's something I worry about for my smallest. However we didn't have any issue. 

We learned many interesting facts about his life from small childhood through out his adulthood. We learned and explored his methods and even had some fun ourselves with painting and being an artist! We talked about how looking at pictures you could get a good idea of how the painter felt at the time of painting or drawing of the masterpieces. 

The kids choose "The girl in the mirror" to paint in their idea!

We are learning about history in a very fun way. My kinda way!