Friday, March 16, 2012

Spring is here, or is it. Week in review.



While last year we had so much snowpack, this year has just not been as much.  We popped some Amish Popcorn and ate it.  The kids were a little disappointed that it didn’t taste like salt and butter.  It was a fun experiment to do.
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In Math: 
Emily is just entering Pre-Algebra.  She has been learning about linear functions this week.  Graphing an equation and basic concepts right now.  She made a simple elevator using an activity from Aims Looking at Lines.  (Review coming soon).   She was able to graph and solve the equation as to where the passenger car was and where the counterweight was.  P1010471

In Katey’s math we have really been focusing on place value. We have been using File Folder games as well as our Math U See blocks.
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Tommy has been working on square roots, the Pythagorean Theorem  and right triangles.  He does know how to solve square roots, however I am letting him use a calculator to check his work. 

For our Literature and Language Arts:
We have still been listening to The Cay as a family.  We are still using Progeny Press Literature Guide with that. 
Katey has been learning two new phonics sounds, “le” as in purple and “ph” as in phone.  She also finished reading a Little Bear book to me.  She is becoming quite the little reader.  I purchased Sight Word Superstars and she has been practicing those lists and she has really enjoyed earning stickers for her star. 

Emily and Tommy have both been working on verb and subject tense agreement at different levels.  Emily has had to practice writing some letters this week as well.  She wrote a request letter to a production company and asked for an audition.  She did mail it and has already heard back from them regarding auditions.  She is very excited about that.   She also had to write a letter of complaint.  She wrote one to me that I separated the bananas so they would ripen slower and she wanted a banana but it wasn’t ripe yet.  I am just glad that is the only thing she could complain about me. 

For Science and History

Emily is learning about the first presidents and how our government was formed especially that not everyone agreed.   Her science has been about different states of matter.  We had some fun experiments with that involving chocolate. 
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Tommy is focusing on our state’s history.  His just finished up an Interdependent unit in science.  How different life forms are interdependent on others.  He made a very intricate food web.

Katey is still working on animal science and her history has been the Bible stories of The Exodus, Moses parting the Red Sea and David and Goliath. 

We have put art and music on the back burner this week for some outdoor fun.
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We went to some hills right near our house twice this week and went hiking and bike riding and the boys took their remote control cars.   
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We tried to have a campfire for dinner.  It ended up being just too windy both nights.  We came home and roasted our hotdogs and marshmallows on the Camp Chef in our garage. 

It all worked out.  We have been loving this Spring weather.  This next week we are projected rain so we will have to do some rainy day fun activities. 

This is linked to Weekly Wrap Up

3 comments:

B. Martin said...

What a busy week. We are just beginning this homeschooling journey and can't yet imagine what it'll be like to school different grades.
The outdoor pictures are great!! It has been a lovely spring here to.

B. Martin said...

What a busy week. We are just beginning this homeschooling journey and can't yet imagine what it'll be like to school different grades.
The outdoor pictures are great!! It has been a lovely spring here to.

Our Side of the Mountain said...

Any experiments with CHOCOLATE are a success in my book! LOL ;)

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