Monthly Homeschool Wrap-Up October 2015 {1st, 4th, 8th}

Homeschool Monthly Wrap Up October 2015

You can see our detailed curriculum posts by clicking on the graphics below.

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All Together Learning

 

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We do 3 subjects all together and really enjoy our time with our kids all together {most of the time}.

Daddy teaches Mystery of History which is awesome.  We are almost finished with the 1st book and will move on to part 2 when we are done. My kids use the notebooking pages, and my daughter colors the coloring page.  Daddy teaches and I write notes on our board to help guide the kids with their note taking. I love our timeline notebook which is shown below…

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We still love our Heroes of History books.  We finished up reading Ben Franklin and are well into George Washington now. We are still enjoying Liberty’s Kids DVDs, to help deepen our American Revolution knowledge. 

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You can see our entire World Geography plan here.  We are LOVING this so far.  We have been focusing on South America and are finishing up the last few countries! Here’s a peek inside of their notebooks…

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1st & 4th Together Learning

Ladybug and Krash do 2 subjects together and it is working well!  We do Picture Smart Bible {K-3 Old Testament} and US Geography twice a week.

They absolutely love US Geography and I think it’s because they both really love coloring and they love birds.  Seeing the bird for each state is very exciting for them! We have completed states through Maryland and they each have a beautiful notebook for review!

You can see Ladybug flipping through her notebook in the video below…

We review all the states we have learned each day we do a new one, we use our USA Geography PowerPoint for this.  The PowerPoint show is a favorite and is really great for review.

We have added in a couple more resources to expand our US Geography learning.   The kids absolutely LOVE the awesome USA States song/video by Readeez

You can see a bit of it in action in the video below

 

My kids LOVE this and we listen to it daily now! You can also see Krash playing Stack the States on our iPad.  This is too advanced for Ladybug but she likes to watch. 

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    We enjoyed playing Sequence States and Capitals together and will be using this game much more!  If you don’t own this game and are working on states and capitals, I highly recommend it!

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      We are enjoying Picture Smart Bible together and have completed through Numbers and are working on Deuteronomy/Joshua.

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      8th Grade

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      #8thGradeWithPacMan[3]

      Pac is by far my least photographed child because a majority of his schooling is done independently or with his Dad.  All of my photos of his are usually taken during his science experiments, since that’s the most exciting thing to photograph of an 8th grader’s homeschooling!

      He is awesome about including his siblings when possible. 

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      He is a pretty easy student and we are thankful.  Sure, we have issues, but overall he does what he is supposed to do. His dad oversees his math, spelling and science completely.  I oversee everything else.  Writing is the only subject I am still teaching directly.

      One of my favorite portions of his homeschooling is his reading.  He recently finished Elijah of Buxton.  His favorites are in bold, with Peace Child being the absolute favorite so far.

      Here’s his completed list…

      All of his other subjects are going well, we are pleased with our choices for him this year.


      4th Grade

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      In order to stay committed to his gymnastics he doubles up on his schoolwork 2 days a week so he can be free to practice the other 3 days. I have recently been coming to the gym for an hour on his break to do a few subjects.   

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      I am WAY low on photos of him during school!  Nothing has really changed, we continue to be pleased with his progress.

      We finished our first novel together, Robinson Crusoe which he loved! We were both sad when the book was finished, it was a perfect fit for him.  We are now reading Mighty Men together, which is a collection of short stories. 

      He also reads books on his own at night and currently reading Revolutionary War on Wednesday.

      His reading list so far this year…

      1st Grade

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      I continue to use Lessontrek for her weekly planning and then build her daily work grid from my lesson plan.  She chooses the order of her subjects each day.  She likes to come with me to the gym when I teach Krash so she does some work there too. 

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      In no particular order, here’s a recap of her past month.  You can see her very first week of 1st grade in our post here.

      First Week of 1st Grade Homeschool FB[4]


      Science

        We have been enjoying her science together.  On a whim I decided to use an Evan-Moor science book and I love it!  It is simple, and has a project at the end of each chapter. One of her favorite topics this past month was leaves.  Here’s she was working on her leaf rubbings, which we turned into leaf friends and a leaf family tree.
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      After reviewing The Curious Kid’s Science Book we decided to add it into our curriculum and continue to love it.  She chooses one project to do with Daddy per week.  Here she was exploring how different liquids melted.

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      Below you can see a peek into a really fun paper flower project.

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      I have been letting her choose an animal to study which has been really fun. We finished our fun unit all about FROGS.

      Exploring Frogs Unit Study and Lapbook


      Handwriting

      Handwriting is one of her favorite subjects now and she begs to learn more cursive letters! 

      We are using Logic of English Cursive.  We begin by introducing each letter in the salt tray, she loves this!  We also use the salt tray for review, which is fun and low stress for her since she can easily erase a mistake.

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      Here’s a video clip of a review time…

       

      She started writing words recently and LOVED this!

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      She makes a little card after we learn each letter by turning the letter into some sort of shape!  This is our collection recently…

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      Math

      We do a few different things for math and our combination is working beautifully for her.  She continues to LOVE Life of Fred and is finished with book 1 and well into book 2.

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      Spielgaben is a great fit for her and we do about 2-3 lessons per week, mostly using the worksheets.  See our recent post here…

      Hands on Math with Spielgaben


      Grammar

      Growing with Grammar and First Language Lessons are both wonderful and she enjoys both.  We use both because they are different, yet similar. 

      Here’s a video clip of her working on her second poem she memorized, Work {she’s using our Poem PowerPoint}.


      Reading

      All About Reading 2 is moving along completed through lesson 24. She is moving along as a reader at a pretty rapid pace now, it’s exciting! She loves the games in the lessons.

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      Here’s a video peek of her reading her level 2 reader aloud.  She LOVES these stories!

      Ways we supplement reading development…

      We go to the library at least twice a month, sometimes more! Her library books are read daily both independently and aloud!

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      Before we take books back I ask her to set out her very favorites and I snap a photo and share on Instagram.  These are some recent favorite stacks…

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      We are almost finished with The Dragons of Blueland, the final book in the series.  She LOVES these books!  We also started the first Little House on the Prairie book, MUCH to my JOY!!!

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      We recently got the Life of Fred Beginning Readers for review and she LOVES them!

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      We Choose Virtues has been awesome, we are finishing up our last virtue currently!  She talks about them a lot and loves our display!

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      Whew!  I think that’s it! It takes me forever to write these posts but they are my favorite to look back on!

      Here’s last month’s post…

      Homeschool Wrap-Up The First 6 Weeks with 1st, 4th and 8th Grade[3]

       

      You can also see much of our everyday homeschool life on Instagram!

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