Thursday, September 29, 2011
Today we worked with 16 words that start with P.
I dictated the words and made sure that
at least half of them were "new words".
(we first folded the paper so as to mark 16 squares)
After writing the words, he cut out the squares and starting organizing.
He had to go as far as the fourth letter with some words.
He put them in groups
by second letter,
arranged each group individually
and then put all the groups together.
Besides learning how to order words alphabetically, he learned new words and practiced handwriting, cutting, problem-solving, organizing, and task completion.
Sunday, September 25, 2011
Hadn't thought about it for a while until just now that I am putting together a course on World Story for homeschool, when it suddenly dawns on me.
Even stayed up until 2:30am a few times (complete wreck the next day).
My husband thinks its funny - he's never really seen me study.
He's been fully supportive (all-around awesome dude).
I'm putting together a timeline with Photoshop. It's looking good. Feeling proud of my homework.
I've been so busy during the last decade and a half that I haven't studied anything. Not to say I haven't been learning - I have. But it's been all about learning how to deal with all the stuff adult life throws at you, all at the same time - stuff you have to learn quickly to: maintain your business, maintain your house, be in a committed relationship, change diapers, make money, keep up with technology, expand... Sure there are all those things, but it's different to really set out to learn something specific, something special.
So, to my son:
Thank you for the inspiration and motivation to study again.
Your curiosity and fascination for the world around you have sparked mine.
He specifically said that he wanted to "improvise". Here are the results:
Blue cornflour apple-banana cake!
I have started cooking butt loads of food on Sundays, and freezing, for the week's meals.
As much as I love fresh cooked meals, there's just no time for it every day.
I now have in the freezer and ready to go:
1 meal spaghetti sauce, 3 meals lentils, 2 meals lasagna,
a tub-full of steamed cauliflower and broccoli,
and 2 meals seafood stew.
Thursday, September 22, 2011
My library is now stocked with Calculus, Biology, Geometry, Algebra, Physics, Chemistry and a bunch more.
Most of the textbooks come with a Teacher's edition as well.
I'm so psyched.
And I got it all for FREE!!!
We are so fortunate to have good people, like these folks, who put together quality educational resources and make them accessible to all.
That's how the sharing of knowledge should be!
Between CK12 and Khan Academy (my hero), I think we've got it down.
Save - Organize - Archive - Share
and help other seekers by spreading the wealth
Wednesday, September 21, 2011
Subtraction with Regrouping Across Two Zeros
Uuugh says me! Thank goodness for the math wiz of the house.
He was very happy with his 86%!
In times of empty pockets, left-overs for Snack!
3 shrimps from last night, mashed potatoes from Saturday,
and one meatball and some lentils from Sunday.
And yes, this is just mid-morning snack.Mr. Meatball Head doesn't have the best table manners.
His parents don't really give a monkey's about etiquette.
Monday, September 19, 2011
On Wednesday afternoon we had a meltdown that ended in me saying something along the lines of: "You have two options - you can learn by yourself or you can learn with me in a happy and enjoyable way, but I will not spend my life days* fighting with you." I then got up and started for the door.
Saturday, September 17, 2011
Monday, September 12, 2011
I found a little sponge world globe ball
for geography class.
As a warm-up, we start out
throwing the ball back and forth,
and calling out the name
of the first country we see.
Then comes the more challenging part.
I throw him the ball
and call out the name of a country.
He catches it and finds the country as fast as he can, and then throws it back.
After a decade of working in social development, I consider grant-writing an important skill to have, especially for creative people. So, today we worked on proposals. The first steps were to make a list of several projects that he'd like to do, we talked about the different ideas and evaluated the logistics - resources, space, time, parent availability... I told him that he could either do one big project, or several smaller ones. He narrowed it down to three projects: making a book about the Saber Tooth Tiger, writing and composing a song on his guitar, making an elaborate painting and framing it. Next, we worked on making a schedule and distributing time among the three projects. This was a good exercise in time administration. I filled in certain times on the schedule because I do want to keep two hours a day for straight-up grammar and math, and a few other specialty classes that he only has once a week - like third language and soccer. The rest of the time was up to him to play with. He got a bit flustered with so much information on the weekly table, so we worked through it together. We'll spend the rest of September working on mission statements, objectives, and methodology for each project.
Friday, September 9, 2011
Wednesday, September 7, 2011
We recently gave Greek Mythology a whole hour of its own on our schedule. We read one story a week from the beloved book, which is getting so old that I had to put it in the "untouchables" box of our homeschool library, for fear of it completely disintegrating from too much handling. After reading, he sight-copies one of the illustrations and writes a short summary.
The illustrations are dreamy. The English is ancient and full of new, old words to learn. He is fascinated by the stories, which seem even more magical when read from the worn, yellowed pages.
The preface (though severely politically incorrect) does a fantastic job of explaining how these stories might have been born by observing nature, and gave for a wonderful discussion on how we have always been looking for the answers to who we are, where we come from and how we got here.
Here is one of my favorite finds from this week:
Check out Math Angle for really cool interactive games in math, language arts and geography.
Monday, September 5, 2011
20 minutes of ReadAloud - usually from Dr. Seuss
20 minutes of Spelling/Dictation with BlendPhonics
20 minutes of Grammar - one SuperTeacher worksheet
It works really well and makes a great start to our day!
What's your first morning activity?
Saturday, September 3, 2011
I am a schedule junkie, always have been.
By age seven I had myself on a min-by-min.
My son also likes having a plan and being mentally prepared for the day.
Problem is, our schedule is schizo.
Every time we have a not-so-great day, I spend an hour drawing up a new one.
A tweak here, a tweak there. Different colors for each subject, on pretty paper,
to hang on the wall for a week at most.
But, I think we might be on to something that could work for a while.
So I am posting our new schedule to commit to it for at least three months.
|August 22 - December 16, 2011|
|8:00-8:15||Read Aloud Phonics Spelling Grammar||Read Aloud Phonics Spelling Grammar||Room Tidy||Read Aloud Phonics Spelling Grammar||Read Aloud Phonics Spelling Grammar|
|9:00-9:15||Math Workbook||Math Practice||Math Workbook||Math Practice||Math Practice|
|10:00-10:30||Snack and Break|
|10:30-10:45||Soccer||Writing Spanish||Greek Mythology||Third Language Mayan Kakchikel||Writing Spanish|
|12:00-12:15||Grammar Scott Foresman||Interactive Vocabulary Games||Grammar Scott Foresman||Spanish Spell Check||Grammar Scott Foresman|
|1:00-2:30||Lunch and Break|
|2:30-2:45||Art Program||Art Program|
|5:15-5:30||Reading Magic Treehouse Chapter Books||Reading Magic Treehouse Chapter Books||Reading Magic Treehouse Chapter Books||Reading Magic Treehouse Chapter Books||Reading Magic Treehouse Chapter Books|
Friday, September 2, 2011
Escoge el nivel de tu hija/o
¡descárgalo gratis, e imprímelo!
Aquí les va - http://www.cimt.plymouth.ac.uk/projects/mepres/primary/spanish/default.htm
Gracias a Elena por compartirlo. Si te interesa unirte al grupo donde Elena y yo compartimos material educativo con otras familias hispanohablantes en Secular HS: házte miembro de SecularHomeschool.com (es gratis), e ingresa a la comunidad "Escuela en Casa". Allí te esperamos para compartir recursos e ideas.
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Maggie's Earth - sitio interactivo de gramática, matemática y más, cada juego tiene la opción de inglés o español.
We do math every day and I've been looking for free interactive online math games that aren't too stressful or too obnoxious. Here are two that we tried today and that my son really enjoyed. We use them as supplements for our daily math lessons and only if written work is finished.
fun math games