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So... I'm thinking about combining our blogs (cooking, gardening, homesteading, survival, storage, homeschooling, etc.) into one. I would eventually move posts to the new and combined blog.
We have a lot of readers, and I value your opinion. Thoughts?
My kid has struggled with basic math. Still uses his fingers to add and subtract. Two weeks ago he started on decimals and fractions with common denominators, and got it right away. This week he started on geometry (using the "basic skills series - math topics - grade 5 workbook) and again, got it right away. He insisted on using an algebra equation to figure out the missing angle of a parallelagram!
I hope this isn't temporary!
Hopefully, we'll find the books this weekend as we do a little rearranging and unpacking.
On a good note, he's suddenly great with adding and subtracting fractions! Believe me, that is beyond thrilling!
Now we might close today so that means our school schedule is completely messed up because I'd planned on being in our new place by now, schoolwork unpacked and ready to settle back in.
Soon. Hoping.... soon.
Not that I like all of this chaos at my advanced age, but still.
Time to make the final push to close on this house, move to our next home, unpack, and start a life of normalcy again.
So... we're 5 weeks into the 7th Grade. Already read Diary of Anne Frank and are working on Journey to the Center of the Earth. Working on getting better at division, and did great with the intro to geometry. Studying American History... so far, the First World War, the time right after with the Jazz Age and Prohibition, and beginning Second World War and Depression next week. Science includes studying cells and atoms - loves it!
We don't have the time right now to do the regular speaking videos and posting them on YouTube. Maybe when 8th grade starts in January.
That's just a quick note about what we're doing!
Our state requires 4 years of language arts / English. Year 1 is usage and practice, Year 2 is writing, Year 3 is poetry and Year 4 is analysis of literature. I found some great books for Years 1 and 2, but am having trouble for the poetry and literature analysis.
I'd love recommendations! Anyone?
- How many heads does Fluffy the dog have? Three
- What feathers were used to make Voldemort's wand? Phoenix
- In Harry's first Quidditch game, who tried to knock him off his broom? Professor Quirrel
- How does Harry catch the Snitch in his first Quidditch match? Mouth
- How did Hagrid transport infant Harry to the Dursley household? Flying Motorcycle
- True or False: Professor Dumbledore's watch has twelve hands and no numbers. True
- What Quidditch position does Harry play? _X_ Seeker, __Bludger, __Snitch
- Who of the following is NOT one of Malfoy's friends? __Goyle, _X_Granger, __Crabbe
- Which is not a Hogwarts House? __Gryffindor, _X_Dragonbreath, __Hufflepuff
- True or False: Harry was raised by Muggles. True
- What are three things that are different from the book compared to the movie? Answers will vary.
- How many heads does Fluffy the dog have?
- What feathers were used to make Voldemort's wand?
- In Harry's first Quidditch game, who tried to knock him off his broom?
- How does Harry catch the Snitch in his first Quidditch match?
- How did Hagrid transport infant Harry to the Dursley household?
- True or False: Professor Dumbledore's watch has twelve hands and no numbers.
- What Quidditch position does Harry play? __ Seeker, __Bludger, __Snitch
- Who of the following is NOT one of Malfoy's friends? __Goyle, __Granger, __Crabbe
- Which is not a Hogwarts House? __Gryffindor, __Dragonbreath, __Hufflepuff
- True or False: Harry was raised by Muggles.
- What are three things that are different from the book compared to the movie?
1. How many dwarves accompanied Bilbo Baggins on the journey? 13
2. What is the name of the wizard who helps the dwarves in their quest? Gandalf
3. How do the dwarves know which hobbit hole Bilbo lives in when they start their journey? Gandalf carved a marking on Bilbo's door.
4. What does Gandalf tell the dwarves that Bilbo is, and that Bilbo will be critical to their mission in this role? Burglar
5. How does Bilbo try to get away from Gollum? They have a contest of answering riddles.
6. Bilbo finds a ring. What magic does the ring do? Provides invisibility to whoever wears it.
7. Who or what is Smaug? He is the dragon that took up residence in the dwarves mountain.
8. What is the name of the archer who kills Smaug? Bard
9. An arrow strikes Smaug and kills him. Where does that arrow strike? In the chest where there was a missing "plate".
10. What did you like best about the book? Answers will vary.
1. How many dwarves accompanied Bilbo Baggins on the journey?
2. What is the name of the wizard who helps the dwarves in their quest?
3. How do the dwarves know which hobbit hole Bilbo lives in when they start their journey?
4. What does Gandalf tell the dwarves that Bilbo is, and that Bilbo will be critical to their mission in this role?
5. How does Bilbo try to get away from Gollum?
6. Bilbo finds a ring. What magic does the ring do?
7. Who or what is Smaug?
8. What is the name of the archer who kills Smaug?
9. An arrow strikes Smaug and kills him. Where does that arrow strike?
10. What did you like best about the book?
Answers to follow.
Here's his latest to help fulfill his Speaking Requirement, and to help him overcome stuttering and nervous tics. The subject is one of his favorite things to eat: fruit!
Unfortunately, I'm STILL having huge problems uploading the video to this blog posting. I'm giving up!
Please check it out through YouTube at: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SgAlI9m__Fg
Be sure to leave a comment there for him! Thanks!
hold on ... troubles downloading video... need to reboot and try again after we run out and pick up some strawberry plants... come back in a couple of hours!
Meanwhile, I have a cough and aches and am going to the doctor this afternoon (but I **know** it's not the swine flu so don't worry!).
- Why did Jesse get up early every Summer morning? To practice running to be the fastest kid.
- What was the most favorite thing that Jesse loved doing? Drawing
- Why did Jesse like Fridays? Miss Edmunds, the music teacher, was wonderful.
- Why did the boys stop running during recess? Because Leslie won all of the races she ran, and girls weren't even supposed to participate.
- Who was Janice? A mean, big bully
- What was Terabithia? A make-believe play-place where Leslie and Jesse went to play. It was in the woods.
- What did Jesse get Leslie for Christmas? A free puppy named Prince Terrien. What did Leslie get Jesse? A box of watercolors with 24 tubes of color, 3 brushes and a pad of heavy art paper - paint or art supplies.
- How did Leslie die? She tried to swing over the swollen river to get to Terabithia by herself, and the rope snapped, fell, and hit her head on a rock.
- Why do you think it was so important for Jesse and Leslie to create Terabithia? Tween said" Because they wanted a place of their own. To get away from their nonsense." More details: Jesse had problems at home, where he wasn't listened to, ignored, and felt he had too much responsibility compared to his sisters. Leslie was new in town, away from her friends and what she was familiar with. Creating an imaginery land was a wonderful exercise for their imaginations and bodies, building it and so on.
- What was your favorite part of the book? Tween answered: the creating of Terabithia.... it was cool to use their imagination.
Tween answered all but question number 3 correctly.
I just wish he's practiced a little more, and had more to say about the Blue Moon, and what it actually is.
Thanks for visiting!
Wednesday was our first video, which he talked about his favorite breakfast: vanilla goat yogurt. We filmed it in the dining room, with an old green sheet covering some things. He did kinda ok, was really nervous and the twitching and nervous habits are obvious. Here it is below:
We shot his second video today - about his favorite drink: Blue Machine by Naked Juice. We filmed it in the living room; in the background were the stairs going up to the bedroom level. I'm surprised the dog didn't enter the screen! He didn't stutter nearly as much, and the nervous habits seem to be a little less but that could be a coincidence! He did ramble on a bit. Here's the link on youtube for this second vid: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K8GXuvZTqa4 - be sure to watch it, leave a comment, and mark it as a favorite. Pass along the link, too. I feel sure that will help boost his self-esteem.
Thank you for your support in our project!
Updated April 28 2009: Welcome to the Carnival of Homeschooling!
I thought people visiting this site would benefit from seeing how I plan our kid's schoolwork for the year:
- I mentioned in a previous posting, I use "Home Learning Year by Year" as my bible for planning the kid's curriculum. Working with that book, I start out by looking to see where we are, and where we need to be by the end of the school year.
- Looking at the calendar, I mark out all of the holidays as "no school" days, and also mark out where I think we'll take a vacation, or where it would be a good "semester" break. I figure out how many days of school we have left, and how many our state requires. This calendar becomes our assignment book. In the assignment book, I write:
- Monday: History, Reading, Language Arts Basics (LAB), and Math.
- Tuesday: Science, Reading, LAB, and Math.
- Wednesday: History, Reading, LAB, and Math.
- Thursday: Science, Reading, LAB, and Math
- Friday: either "Test", or "Art, Music, Foreign Language", or "Write a Report/Poem/Story"
- Our state requires 172 minimum days at 4 hours of contact per day. Required basic education includes communication skills (reading, writing, speaking), mathematics, history, civics/government, literature, and science.
- Then I start gathering materials. My kid loves workbooks and reading, so I find a good school supply store and start browsing. Once home, I take all of the books (including literature and reference material, workbooks, etc.) and separate according to subject.
- I start with the easiest first: literature. I write the list of fiction he needs to read. This year was: Mystery of the Cupboard, James and the Giant Peach, Red Badge of Courage... all the way to Little House on the Prairie, Prince and the Pauper, Bridge to Terabithia, The Hobbit and Harry Potter's Sorceror's Stone. I start with the easiest, figuring a few chapters a day, and write the book and chapter numbers in the assignment book. Each day I note which chapters until it's done. The next day I write "test" and make sure I have one ready. I might give him a couple of days before he starts the next book. And so on.
- When he reads a book that's been made into a movie, I assign watching that movie a few days after he finishes reading the book, and require a report comparing the book to the movie, and asking him to note any differences.
- Workbooks for various topics: I assign a couple of pages a day, noting which workbook he needs to work in. When he finished one workbook, the next day might be a free day on the subject, then he'll start the next workbook.
- I write his assignments in pencil. You never know what might happen! However, he has, at one point, erased what I wrote because he didn't like the number of pages I assigned. Keep a close eye on your assignment book!
- When he's sick, he makes up all missed work on the next school day/days. We need that attendance in case we're ever audited.
- Math is usually several workbook pages. Every once in a while I'll print out a sheet (or 4!) of math equations from one of the many websites. My favorite is: http://www.homeschoolmath.net/worksheets/ - grades up thru fifth, from addition to division, fractions, telling time, Roman numerals, and much more.
- Language Arts Basics (LAB) is often several different kinds of workbooks: from spelling to writing, handwriting, grammar and more.
- When it comes to the reading requirement, he reads aloud his history and science assignments, as well as any biographical and reference information. But more importantly, I make a list of classic fiction books he needs to get through by the end of the school year. This takes care of both the "reading" requirement, and the "literature".
- When it comes to fulfilling the speaking requirement, once a month or so I have him give a report to write and present orally to me or Hubby.
- History often includes world and U.S. history, geography and civics/government. We especially use local (and national) elections to help discuss civics.
- There are days when I assign him to listen to his math cd's, or the cd for spanish or french. I might also assign him to paint a picture or draw an anniversary or birthday card for his art assignment.
- Music might be listening to a classical music station and hum some of a piece, or make up a song to sing to us before dinner.
- I keep a separate red binder for assignments like reports or poems he writes. I keep them in order by section (writing, math, history, etc.) and then chronological.
- There's still another binder with reference material broken down by subject: roman numerals, math calculations, etc.
- I take advantage of school supply sales in August, stocking up on lots of pencils, erasers, lined paper, rulers, glue sticks and more.
- His days of attendance are tracked in the assignment book/calendar. I note on each day how much time it took for him to complete his work (including his fidgeting time) and at the end of the week, I bring down his total from last week and add this week's. I also track the days. We are usually quite a bit more than required, because we don't do school for just 9 months.... we do it year round because his brain goes to sleep when he has more than a couple of weeks off at a time!
I hope this makes schooling-at-home more clear.
1. Define "limerick". 1. A light humorous, nonsensical, or bawdy verse of five anapestic lines usually with the rhyme scheme aabba. 2. a form of comic verse consisting of five lines [allegedly from will you come up to Limerick? a refrain sung between nonsense verses at a party]
2. Write a limerick about a spider, apple tree, or blanket. Answers will vary.
3. Define "haiku". 1. A Japanese lyric verse form having three unrhymed lines of five, seven, and five syllables, traditionally invoking an aspect of nature or the seasons.
2. A poem written in this form.
4. Write a haiku poem about anything. You choose. Answers will vary.
Answer the following. Definitions will be noted in the next post.
1. Define "limerick".
2. Write a limerick about a spider, apple tree, or blanket.
3. Define "haiku".
4. Write a haiku about anything. You choose.
What school-type assignments would you like to see on this blog?
1. Define "simile". Definition: a form of expression using `like' or `as', in which one thing is compared to another which it only resembles in one or a small number of ways... 'Her hair was like silk' is a simile.
2. Write a sentence showing a "simile". Answers will vary.
3. Define "metaphor". Definition: a form of expression (not using `like' or `as') in which a quality or characteristic is given to a person or thing by using a name, image, adjective etc normally used of something else which has similar qualities etc 'He's a tiger when he's angry' is an example of (a) metaphor.
4. Write a sentence showing a "metaphor". Answers will vary.
5. Define "onomatopoeia". Definition: The formation or use of words such as buzz or murmur that imitate the sounds associated with the objects or actions they refer to.
6. Write a sentence showing an "onomatopoeia". Answers will vary.
7. Define "hyperbole". Definitions:
1. an obvious and intentional exaggeration.
2. an extravagant statement or figure of speech not intended to be taken literally, as “She’s as big as a house.”
8. Write a sentence showing a "hyperbole". Answers will vary.
9. Define "personification". Definitions:
1. The act of personifying.
2. A person or thing typifying a certain quality or idea; an embodiment or exemplification: "He's invisible, a walking personification of the Negative" Ralph Ellison.
3. A figure of speech in which inanimate objects or abstractions are endowed with human qualities or are represented as possessing human form, as in Hunger sat shivering on the road or Flowers danced about the lawn. Also called prosopopeia.
4. Artistic representation of an abstract quality or idea as a person.
10. Write a sentence showing "personification". Answers will vary.
This is a Quick Quiz for Language Arts, Grade 4. The answers will be in a separate post.
1. Define "simile".
2. Write a sentence showing a "simile".
3. Define "metaphor".
4. Write a sentence showing a "metaphor".
5. Define "onomatopoeia".
6. Write a sentence showing an "onomatopoeia".
7. Define "hyperbole".
8. Write a sentence showing a "hyperbole".
9. Define "personification".
10. Write a sentence showing "personification".
Eight children are at a party. They formed couples (sets of 2) to dance. How many couples were there? [___]
After a while, half of the children sat down while the rest sat down. How many children sat down? [___]
How many children kept on dancing? [___]
How many couples kept on dancing? [___]
You have a brand new ten dollar bill to go to the store. You buy a gallon of milk for $2.00. You buy a loaf of bread for $.89. You buy a package of carrots for $1.85. You buy a candy bar for $1.00. How much did you spend? [___]
How much money did you get back? [___]
Bob bought 9 pizzas for his party. Each pizza is cut into eight pieces. How many pieces are there altogether? [___]
Bob has exactly enough pizza to serve himself and each of his guests three pieces of pizza. Including Bob, how many people are at the party? [___]
Bob had figured that each person at the party would drink two cans of soda pop. How many cans of soda pop did Bob buy? [___]
Bob bought three ice cream cakes. How many pieces must he cut from each cake for everyone to have a piece? [___]
One of the ice cream cakes was made with vanilla ice cream and the other two were chocolate. How many pieces of chocolate ice cream cake did Bob serve? [___]
Bob received a gift from each of his friends at the party. How many gifts did Bob get? [___]
Jane has 30 cents in her pocket. She has three coins. What coins does Jane have? [___]
John has 16 cents in his pocket. What coins does he have? [___]
Lisa has more than 3 nickels but less than 2 dimes. How much money does she have? [___]
Tim has less than 4 nickels but more than 8 pennies. How much money does he have? [___]
- 5270 − 300 = _____
- 1224 − 900 = _____
- 6185 − 600 = _____
- 8909 − 500 = _____
- 4080 − 1000 = _____
- 9798 − 600 = _____
- 4214 − 300 = _____
- 9111 − 800 = _____
- 6038 − 800 = _____
- 9742 − 400 = _____
1. Why was the cobbler late getting to the Wilder's House? He was making shoes for a wedding and it took him three weeks. Page 288.
2. Who offered Almanzo an apprenticeship? Mr. Paddock. Page 363.
3. Who covered up the stain with wallpaper? Eliza Jane, his sister. Page 226-227.
.....Why? She didn't want Almanzo to get in trouble. Page 226-227.
4. In which room did Almanzo throw the blacking brush? The parlor. Page 220.
.....Why did he throw it? Eliza Jane had been bossing Almanzo about polishing the stove, which frustrated him. Page 219-220.
5. Which of Almanzo's sisters helped to load potatoes into the basket to go into the wagon? Alice. Page 116
6. What plant did Almanzo raise on milk? Pumpkin. (It grew very large, Almanzo entered into a contest at the county fair and he won.) Page 191-192, and Page 271.
7. What did Almanzo get from the tin peddler? A tin horn painted red (whistle). Page 139.
8. Who dared Almanzo to ask his dad for a nickel? Frank. Page 181.
....What did Almanzo's father say and/or do? Almanzo's father reminded him how much work it took to earn that nickel, then he gave him a half dollar to see if Almanzo would do the right thing. Pages 181-185.
The following is a short quiz for the book "Farmer Boy" by Laura Ingalls Wilder:
1. Why was the cobbler late getting to the Wilder's House?
2. Who offered Almanzo an apprenticeship?
3. Who covered up the stain with wallpaper?
4. In which room did Almanzo throw the blacking brush?
.....Why did he throw it?
5. Which of Almanzo's sisters helped to load potatoes into the basket to go into the wagon?
6. What plant did Almanzo raise on milk?
7. What did Almanzo get from the tin peddler?
8. Who dared Almanzo to ask his dad for a nickel?
....What did Almanzo's father say and/or do?
The answers are in a separate posting!
Note: When we post a quiz (feel free to use!), we'll show the answers in a separate posting. Helps a little! If these new postings, especially the quizzes, are helpful to you at all, please let us know.
We'll work to post to this blog at least once a week, mostly concentrating on schoolwork since our days are filled to the brim these days!
It's got some good information about "indigo children" if you're still validating that term. If you'll recall from an earlier post, we believe that ALL children are special, and have a wonderful beautiful existence, whether they misbehave, read minds, or just sit on the floor, banging their heads.
What do you think?