Friday, January 13, 2017

The Roaring 20s, Science TV and using Dictionaries

We took Monday off because Daddy had the day off.  The girls had a sleepover with a friend who just moved back to our area and also their cousin.  It was sort of last minute in a way, because we had a busy weekend with our family.  We ended up going to the mall and doing some shopping as part of their "girl" day.  NEVER again will I go to the mall the day after New Years!!  That place was nuts.  We were in Build A Bear more than an hour!  Another line was 30 minutes long to make a purchase.  It was sad how understaffed the stores all were.

Glow in the Dark Dance party

We started our school back up on Tuesday.  This is what we covered this week....


This week we learned about the Roaring 20s.  We watched some great documentaries and also watched a couple movies about this time period.

In Geography we visited Spain and Portugal.  For our meal we made Tapas, which are like little sandwiches.  The kids each picked their own toppings for lunch.

Instead of copying facts this week, I tried something different.  Each child had a suitcase that we Packed with places we visited in Spain/ Portugal.  The kids really liked this and I plan on continuing it.  It's a little more work for me, but it's one of the things that makes homeschooling more personalized for our kids.

We watched the Mythbusters from Alaska this week.  We re-created the ice boat experiment.  The kids wrapped bowls in newspaper and then we froze them to make their boats.

Then we tried to see how long they would float.

All the boats floated for 45 minutes and didn't sink.  They did lose some layers and took on water.  We could've probably kept going longer if they would've kept emptying the water out.  This was a fun experiment!

The kids were all working on multi-digit multiplication.  The older kids were working above Caty's level.  This was soooo confusing to them all.  But I think they got all the steps down.  They had to get up and show me how to solve a problem so I could see them performing each step.

Caty working on her math.

Lydia decided to try out the Spelling Bee this year.  She wanted to do it last year, but we ended up going to Florida for the month of January and should couldn't do it then.  So we have started studying her words.  Since she is really considered 5th grade, she has to study words through 8th grade.  She's not doing too bad right now.  Everyday she is studying 20-25 words.  She only has until February 7th to get her studying in before our Bee night.

In Reading, Joey read the first book in the Warriors animal series and Brayden read I Survived The Attacks of September 11, 2001.  Lydia didn't do her reading this week because I replaced that with her spelling practice.  She was also working on her Financial Dreams badge.

In Grammar, we worked on Dictionary work.  They used both a hard-copy dictionary and an online dictionary.  We also did a review of alphabetization.

Since I discovered I can eat dairy, I made a no-bake Peanut-free "Peanut butter" pie with sunflower seed butter. was sooooo yummy!!

We got Thomas up and running this week!

On Saturday, Lydia heard a thump on her window.  It was this bird hitting her window.  We brought it inside after we saw it not moving for a while.  We called a rehabilitation center and they told us what to do.  But his wings seemed to be ok by morning.  I really think as cold as it was outside that night, that he would've died.  By carefully bringing him inside it allowed him to wake him from being knocked out from flying in the window.  We were very careful.  I kept him in a fish tank with a lid on it so he couldn't get out.

This was after being inside for a couple of hours.  When she first put him in the tank, he was not moving at all.

So we released him the next morning.....You can see him flying away in the lower shot.  The puppies were enthralled with this moving object that was in the house.

We had a good week.  Got our work all done, and I think we learned a lot.  I may have finally figured out our current workload and adjustments that need to be made for each child.  It's going to be busy through this month.  So it's a little extra planning on my part to take advantage of every educational opportunity.

I hope everyone had a wonderful week!!  Linking up with other moms at Weird, Unsocialized Homeschoolers.

Weekly Wrap-Up

Thursday, January 12, 2017

I Survived The Battle of Gettysburg Reading Comprehension Guide

I love this series that has been released by Scholastic.  Each story presents actual facts and events that occurred during that time.  They are eye openers about how people were feeling and the challenges that faced them during these tragedies.  We have been using them in our home and also with Homeschool with Minecraft classes.  I thought I would share the comprehension questions that I created for each story.

I Survived The Battle of Gettysburg Reading Comprehension Guide

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Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Animal Helpers, Finishing the Great War and Science Confusion

I didn't realize that my hubby was going to have extra days off this week.  I had our school planned out, so we made a few adjustments and kept in line.  I really thought about taking the whole week off, and then knew better.  The kids are very difficult to deal with if we take full weeks off.  So I throw in an extra day every so often and reserve the full weeks off for vacation weeks.

On Monday we had school work.  I had some independent work for the older kiddos while Caty and I worked on her multiplication.  The older kids worked on practicing their multiplication.  We talked about the great battles of World War 1.  We had discussions about the amount of people who lost their lives in this Great War.  We were able to put it into perspective for them when we started comparing how many people live in our state and the states around us.  We discussed that it was like losing everyone that lived in an entire state all at the same time.  That helped Joey realize quickly how many people this equaled out to be.

 Designing a Thank you note
 History work
Math worksheets

We covered the United States entering the War and Wilson's Fourteen Point plan.

When daddy got home from his door to door activity at our Kingdom Hall, we sat down and enjoyed a movie together.  We watched Pete's Dragon.  It's definitely different from the original Disney release.  We cried, laughed, and held our breath.  It wasn't too bad of a movie.  The kids want me to buy it for them now.

Building with Legos during one of our nature shows....

Lydia started working on her Animal Helpers badge.  This required her to look at the Human-Animal connection, how animals currently help us and how they can/will be helping us in the future.  It went along great with her upcoming Empowering Women event where her group will be presenting a report on Jane Goodall.

Science this week was a lot of videos.  I didn't take the time to plan out any specific lessons, since I haven't totally decided what direction we'll be going.  The kids finished their "earth" science curriculum.  We didn't study minerals yet.  So we will do that next week, maybe.....I'm just not sure what direction to go in Science.  We may do a vote on whether to do Rocks and Minerals or Astronomy.   So this week, the boys watched Popular Mechanics for Kids and the Girls watched Sci Girls, which they absolutely now LOVE!  We also watched some Cat in the Hat Knows A Lot About That and some nature shows I recorded from PBS and Nat Geo Wild.  One of my favorites was Snow Babies.  I really like the PBS Nature series and you can watch most of them as part of your Prime Membership!!

On Tuesday though after the girls riding, we attempted to go and see Sing.  I forgot about schools not being in session, yeah we didn't get to see Sing.  We went to Barnes and Noble and looked around.  Lydia had brung a friend with us and they all wanted to go to Bath and Body Works, so we did a little shopping.  Then we came home and had created our own movie theater with butter popcorn and candy.  We watched BFG, which we all really enjoyed.   All the kids did do some review work though in the am, we just skipped history that day.

Geography this week was France.  We learned about the Eiffel Tower and various areas of tourism.  It worked out really well that we are finishing up World War 1 this week and we could mark on the maps where the trenches were dug throughout France and also discuss the impact the war made on this country.

Our french meals was Chicken and potatoes made with lavender.

Lydia took a Gun course at a local range.  She had a lot of fun and they said she did excellent.  She is quite a shot.  They jokingly called her Annie Oakley, but her targets she brought home were really good.

One day Brayden was really quiet.  Turns out he figured out how to stream the Xbox1 through his laptop in his bedroom on the TV.  He was avoiding his schoolwork to play videos games.  I'm chalking this up to Critical Thinking Skills.

We decided to really encourage the kids into new hobbies.  So we got them each a present of a new hobby to try out.  We have been working hard to encourage new foods and new hobbies.  We'll see how 2017 goes.  They were excited to open up presents.

We got Joey parts for robots and models to build.  Brayden we got some new track pieces and a slot car race track.  Lydia got a nail art set to learn nail design.  Caty got a pottery wheel and doll house to put together.  They were all very excited.

We spent New Year's Eve playing games together as a family.  It was so much fun to just go through out board games.

2016 had it's ups and downs, but we finished out the year on a pretty good note.  I pray that we keep advancing in the ways that we need physically and spiritually.  I also pray that the kids continue to improve in their life skills.  I can't wait to see what is in our future this year.

Hope everyone had a wonderful week also!