Monday, June 17, 2019

State Studies Begin, A Visitor for the Week, Summer Reading Activities and Just So Busy.....



Another week of Zoo Teen Activities.   Between her assignments we explored the new Museum of Science that was opened last week.





Brayden and Lydia both worked on Monday at the library in the am.  They have beautiful tea rose bushes around the library, and it had rained.  Just pretty.



Then we headed to Indiana to watch our niece play softball.  Her team won again!





Our nephew "stow-awayed" and came home with us for the week.  Monday night we used binoculars to look at Jupiter and its moons.  We could not see exact details, but we were able to see them.  That was pretty cool.



We also examined the moon.



Tuesday was a cooking day.  Now that we have started our "New School Year", sort of....we have switched from World Geography to State Geography.  I just decided to randomly do in Alphabetical Order.  



I made our Geography meal for the state of Alabama.   I should say I made fried chicken, potatoes/gravy, and biscuits.  Caty made a sweet potato pie recipe from the geography book we were reading.







That afternoon our local library sponsored a no-bake cookie recipe.  Now the pie above was made lower carb/sugar.  But the cookies were NOT.  So she made a very small batch, and it still affected her.  But she had fun making them, and we are going to re-work the recipe to make it more diabetic friendly.





Tuesday gave us a few hours in the am to play and work on schoolwork.  We are working a few days a week on schoolwork between activities and camps.  I want them to work on things they are behind on.  Keep their forward momentum going.  Caty is working on the Matific app here.  Watch for our upcoming review of this fun, all ages Math app/online program.



Lydia needs to finish her 4H projects.  She's still experimenting with the pet food from this project in Veterinary Sciences.



I found these Road to Writing books for Caty.  This was one of her projects this week.  I couldn't have put it better.



Lydia had a volleyball game Tuesday night.  She has been practicing her serving and can get it over the net most times.  She plays on the modified team and is starting to move around much better on the court.  At practice she was doing pretty well.



On Wednesday, Robbie and I made Peanut butter chocolate chip cookies for National Peanut Butter Cookie Day.


Brayden had two shifts at the library this week.  His second shift was more Game Time.  He also worked two days at his regular job this week too.  Next week he starts a 3 week employment camp.



While Brayden was at work at the library, I enjoyed the sunshine outside.  I worked in the park by the library.  I had been on the go all day. 



Lydia worked at the zoo all day on Wednesday.  She said she did various things including the tiger game cart, watched kids at the Splash stream, and the guinea pig hutch.



The great people at Joey's Dayhab set up a model building station for Joey to work at.  They put a label on his table.



On Thursday after I dropped the boys off at work, I took these three bowling to a new-to-us bowling alley.  They all had fun.



Joey and I took a friend's little ones to our story time downtown.  I was sitting and listening and suddenly realized that Joey wasn't with me.  I found him all relaxed in the furniture area...lol


Friday morning while working on some other projects, we got the opportunity to see the Hot Rod Power Tour 2019 as it traveled through our area.  There are approximately 6,000 cars that traveled through our area.  We got to see so many great cars that were reconditioned and fixed up.  It was great!  Some of them even threw toys, candy and flags at the kids too.








Friday night after a brief 4H meeting, the girls cheered with our County Squad at our County's Relay for Life.  They cheered the Survivor Lap.  This is such a heart-wrenching event.  There are very few people who have not been touched in some way by cancer.






Saturday was a busy day.  The boys had a class about relationships that they attended in the morning.  I cut up enough fruit for 5 bowls of fruit salad before I left to take the boys to class.  Then we headed to my nephew's graduation party.  It was a fun and busy evening with friends.


Hope everyone had a great week!!  I need to desperately find a week where I can just do nothing.  This week is a slight view at how much time I am spending on the road and trying to keep the kids caught up or get caught up in areas where they are struggling. But there is not going to be a break anytime soon....but maybe in August I can find a few days!

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Thursday, June 13, 2019

Hewitt Homeschooling Resources - Grade 4 Lightning Literature & Composition Review




If you are looking for a good combination of grammar mixed with literature, you need to check out the latest program we had the opportunity to review ..... Grade 4 Lightning Literature & Composition set from Hewitt Homeschooling Resources.  We have loved the stories and learned so much with our review of this program.


It's harder and harder to instill a love of literature into our kids.  In this age of technology, kids are more absorbed in their apps and video games.  And there are a place for them in our lives.  But so much can be learned from a good book, whether it be fiction or non-fiction.  So it's very important start instilling this love very early.  Hewitt Homeschooling is there to help families.  The Lightning Literature series was created to get kids reading and also writing.  It is a great combination and kids do not even realize they are learning from the fun books they are exploring.

Lydia and I had the opportunity to use the Grade 4 Lightning Literature & Composition.  We received the Lightning Literature & Composition - Grade 4 Student Workbook and Teacher's Guide.  The list of literature include The Earth Dragon Awakes, Morning Girl, The One and Only Ivan, Gone Fishing, Where the Mountain Meets the Moon, Nim's Island and so many more classic titles.



This program is super easy to use.  The only material that you need besides your actual Student Workbook and Teacher's Guide is the literature book you will be using.  The first few weeks, the you will use each book over a minimum of a two week period, if you follow the exact schedule.  The nice thing is that the Teacher's Guide has all the information completely laid out.


You simply follow along with what needs to be done that day.  Each week is laid out into a 4 day schedule.


Every day you will read so many chapters with your child, or they will read them independently.


There are also lesson expansion activity suggestions.  This ranges from doing science experiments with coconuts to learning about herbal medicines.  When reading the One and Only Ivan we researched pet stores and science experiments that are done on animals and if this is ethical and moral to do.  This can easily be left off.  Lightning Literature & Composition is easily adjustable for your student's work level, so it can be used with kids who are gifted or those who may have disabilities.  You can follow the suggested schedule or speed up/slow down as needed.

In this Student Workbook, their work is all laid out daily also.  Depending on your child's level of independence, some students could easily work independently on the literature and comprehension section this program.


There is even a student checklist laid out in their workbook to help keep them organized each week.


As you can see, each day there is also some sort of grammar or writing technique worked on along with the comprehension questions.  Hewitt Homeschooling has done a great job combining the subjects of reading comprehension and grammar/writing.  As the student is reading a professionally printed story (many are classics), they are daily seeing examples of complete sentences, paragraphs and detailed writing.  This example allows them to learn more as they expand on the material.

Lydia and I spend roughly 30 minutes - 4 days a week on this program.  She has thoroughly enjoyed all of the stories that we have read so far.  The nice thing is that they are all available at our local library, but you can easily purchase them inexpensively from various online retailers also.  We bought some and borrowed others from the library.  Lydia gets very upset when we finish reading the assigned chapters daily.  She wants me to keep reading.  The books that are on this list are great choices for both male and female students.  One more thing about the books, we found that most of the books are also available on audiobook.  So we were able to borrow the audio and the book digitally from the library.  This made it easy for Lydia to read when she was having a hard day focusing.  She was able to listen to the chapters for that day, and easily answer the comprehension questions.  She absolutely LOVES this program....I do not hear any whining about getting her literature/grammar done daily!

The full-color Student Workbook covers Grammar skill topics that range from using nouns, verbs, descriptive words, editing/proofreading topics, similes/metaphors, compound subject & predicates, writing complete sentences, fragment and run-on sentences, and a heavy dose of diagramming sentences properly.



We have used Grade 8 Lightning Literature with Joey, and we loved that level.  I am so impressed with Grade 4 Lightning Literature & Composition that even though I'm mainly using it for review with Lydia, we will continue through the rest of the Middle school levels to help her get where she needs to be for her grammar/writing skills.

Several members of the Homeschool Review Crew were given the opportunity to review Lightning Literature & Composition - Grade 4 and other levels and programs created by Hewitt Homeschooling... click on the link below to see how they used these programs in their homes and what they and their families felt about all the Hewitt Homeschooling Resources has to offer.

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