Home Art Studio Project ~ The Blue Dog

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We have been using Home Art Studio for a long time now. You can see all of the projects I have blogged about here! Home Art Studio sent us curriculum to review years ago and I bought the 2nd Grade DVD to use with my daughter this year.

Recently she completed the Blue Dog project and loved it! First, she watched Ms. Volin read a story and then explain how to do the art project.

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She likes to change things up a bit and make it her own, which I love. She often likes to do a test drawing before using her real paper which is what she is doing below.

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Then, I set her up and let her work! She is pretty independent now and loves creating. The blue mat under her is something we use a lot!

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Her finished project!

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Home Art Studio Information

Home Art Studio is an award winning DVD/ROM based art education program, taught by Lindsey Volin, designed for homeschooling families. Every fun art project teaches students experience, but who want to ensure that their children receive a well-rounded arts education.

Here are some helpful direct links:

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Graphing with Spielgaben

Graphing with Spielgaben

{We were given the Spielgaben set to review and are honored to have them as a blog sponsor.}

We have had our Spielgaben set for years now and have grown with it. This year for 2nd grade, we are using Spielgaben as an extension of our math curriculum. Spielgaben is releasing a full math program soon and we were sent a preview file of PDFs for the 2nd grade curriculum. These are the worksheets you see in this post. They are not available yet but will be soon, follow along with us and I will let you know when you can get your hands on this new math program!

I incorporate Spielgaben into her daily work. I choose 1-3 worksheets from the math program per week and have her work on them independently {if possible} or with a bit of instruction with me. Then on Friday I gather the worksheets and we bring the concepts alive with the Spielgaben pieces. Below I will share a few of the worksheets we brought to life with Spielgaben this past month!

This past month I chose to focus on graphing skills with her. I chose a couple of worksheets in particular to bring to life with our Spielgaben set. This complemented her main math curriculum and was a fabulous review and time of teaching additional concepts!

First, we used the Spielgaben board and small dots to simply recreate one of our graphs. We did tons of comparing and discussed many aspects of the graph and the worksheet itself. This was all a great review for her.

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This net worksheet presented a new graphing concept, by discussing the size of the images on a pictograph.  She had never thought about this and learned a lot!

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After we went through the worksheet together, I recreated an example for her on the board. The one on the left is showing the ‘wrong’ way since the purple diamonds look like they have the most but actually the orange triangles have the most!  I then challenged her to use the same pieces in a different way to show a more accurate pictograph according to size. She struggled at first so I assisted to get her going and then it clicked!

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Moments like that are why I love having Spielgaben as a part of our math curriculum!

 

After the lesson she begged to have some play time, so of course I said yes!

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A cat, a bird, and a white dachshund {I thought it was a bunny}.

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She loves her end of the week Spielgaben time, it has been a great addition to her math curriculum this year, providing great hands-on learning and review!


See more math fun we have had with Spielgaben!

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See version 4.0 here!

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The First Month {or so} of 2nd Grade Homeschool

2nd Grade Homeschool

In the past I have done one big wrap up post for all three of my kids. I may go back to that but for now I wanted to do a post for each grade level, since I have more to share about each of my children this year. Recently I shared our first month of 9th grade here, and our first month of 5th grade here.

Today I will be sharing about our 2nd grader. Here is the post about the curriculum choices we made for her.

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Ladybug is our avid learner who mostly enjoys school and complains little about it. She is a joy and we are thankful for her love of learning. Here’s a peek at one of her recent lesson plans from Lessontrek. All of the extras are listed on Friday but we don’t do them all that day. I spread them out throughout the week and use that list to check them off. We also don’t do them all every week {like Art and Kidstir}, but I list them to remind myself!

Note – SFS = Songs for Saplings, LOF = Life of Fred, TT = Teaching Textbooks

2nd Grade Homeschool Lessontrek

 

Math

I seriously cannot say enough fabulous things about Teaching Textbooks 3.  This is our first time using level 3, so our first kid to begin with TT. The boys use it but they started later. For the first few weeks {as she got used to the computer}, I sat at my desk with the book open to her lesson while she sat at her desk and worked.

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As time has passed, she has become almost completely independent.  Although I get asked for help with the true/false questions almost daily. She lets me know if she has a question but otherwise works on her own. She hasn’t gotten below a 95 yet so I would say she is understanding it!

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She also uses the Math Drills app, which I have customized for her. This is to work on being quick with memorize math facts.

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Spielgaben is still a fun addition to our math. You can see the latest two posts by clicking on them below.

Exploring 3D Shapes with Spielgaben  Exploring Parallel Lines with Spielgaben

 

She still does Life of Fred with her daddy about twice a week, I just don’t have any photos!

Grammar

We use First Language Lessons Level 2 & Growing with Grammar 2 simply because I like both of them and neither takes too long. I do not correlate the teaching topics, we just work straight through each book, which provides some review when one book covers something at a different time. This is partly why I like using both books. She likes me to use the dry erase board for our First Language Lessons now, which you can see below.

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Spelling

All About Spelling Level 2 is a great fit, she loves writing on the dry erase board during our lessons. We do one lesson per week, using the board one day and then writing the words in her notebook the other day.

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Geography

I love our Evan-Moor Geography book! She does too! It is the perfect fit for her. You an see our full review as well as a video peek in the book here.

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We also practice US states and capitals using our wall map. She puts up a few states a day. Below she was adding the last states for this round!

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Then I had her take them all down so we could begin again!  Consistent review all year long! We love this map!

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SCIENCE

She does Apologia Swimming Creatures with her 5th grade brother and her dad.  She is VERY into this as she loves sea creatures.

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History

She also does The Mystery of History with her brother and Dad. She takes the best notes, I love seeing her learn and work!

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Bible

We are using our Songs for Saplings Questions with Answers Volume 1 printables which you can see here!  She absolutely LOVES these songs and is learning so much.

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We are also using Friends and Heroes!  We decided to stick with the Family Devotional that we reviewed here.  Even though this was written for families, I use it for her and she loves it. It’s a great way to go back through the movies with her.  We usually watch one episode per week and do one devotion and one printable activity.

She often eats lunch while watching, which she enjoys!

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Reading

My girl loves to read!  See our recent post all about what we are doing for reading this year! See her ongoing books read list here – I am trying to keep it updated! She is very into The Puppy Place series right now and zipping through them. Currently we are reading Little House on the Prairie {3rd in series} aloud together.

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Art

We are using Home Art Studio 2nd grade this year. I am aiming to do one project per month. She absolutely LOVED the watermelon painting project!

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All the Rest

KidStir has been a fun addition. She loved her first box and we are planning to order a subscription soon. 

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She is going to an enrichment class once a week with a local homeschool group. Her class is called Classic Tales and they read a book and do activities. She LOVES it!,2nd Grade -6531

 

She continues Ivy Kids Unit Studies. Our latest was Over in the Ocean!

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She recently asked to take swimming lessons because she wants to join a swim team like her biggest brother. She already knows how to swim, so we signed her up for lessons so she can learn the strokes.  She goes once a week and LOVES it!

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2nd Grade Subjects

Follow along with us on Instagram to get peeks at our homeschool life {and our life in general!}. see our 5th grade wrap-up here and our 9th grade wrap-up here.

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2nd Grade Reading ~ A Fun Year for Us!

2nd Grade Homeschool Reading Plan



We are doing a few fun things for my daughter’s 2nd grade reading curriculum this year. She reads well above her grade level so a formal curriculum was not needed for her. But, I did want some sort of a direction, so I outlined a few things we would be intentional with to continue to develop her reading skills. She LOVES to read, which is such a joy. Anything to do with reading, even her comprehension workbook, brings her joy.

Before I get into this glorious post all about how my daughter loves to read, chooses to read, reads above grade level and is a total joy with anything reading… let me assure you, my boys were NOT like this. She is one of those kids who just naturally loves books. Sure, I exposed her to loads of great things as a baby and young child, but overall I think it is just who she is. I exposed my boys too, and although they now like to read, they are nothing like her! And yes, I am super grateful to have my last child be such a natural reader, it is fun to spend time with a child who simply loves books. I am thankful for her love of books and that we can enjoy this together!

 

The basics…

  • She reads chapter books on her own.
  • I read chapter books aloud to her.
  • We have picture book reading time together, she and I both read aloud.
  • She has a reading comprehension workbook.
  • We go to the library together at least every 2 weeks.
  • She reads a LOT in her free time, by choice.

One portion of her reading plan is independent chapter book reading!  She mostly does this at night before bed. She reads a variety of books, and is keeping a record of all of the chapter books she reads this year. I started a post on my School Tools blog here to share the books she completes, the most recent 4 will be at the top of the post.

I am typing up her reading record to keep with her school records this year, you can see it here! Want a blank reading record like hers?  There’s one in this 5th grade book list post!

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Below is a photo I took a couple of weeks ago of the books she has read so far this year. The stack is much taller now!

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This is her shelf above her bed, you can see her 2 current nightly reads laying in front. I read the Little House book aloud at night and she reads the other one independently.

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Reading aloud to her is another aspect of her reading plan. I read aloud from Little House most nights, and we are also reading Mrs. Piggle Wiggle during the school day.  Sometimes she chooses for me to read picture books aloud and that’s fine.

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She also reads aloud to me!  I let her choose one book each school day and we snuggle up on my bed together.  She reads with such amazing fluency and animation, I rarely have to guide her at all. Her favorites to read aloud right now are the Pigeon books by Mo Willems, she is hilarious!

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Picture books are still a huge part of our reading plan! She goes to the library with me about twice a month and we stay as long as we can! We always bring home a huge stack, I try to remember to share her favorites on Instagram with the hashtag #ladybugslibraryfavs.

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One of her favorite free-time activities is to grab a stack of books and snuggle on my bed and read, sometimes for hours.

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Another portion of her reading plan is a simple comprehension workbook. She flies through this, but I like giving her some experience with test-taking skills. She does not complain about this at all since she loves any kind of reading.

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Stay tuned for our wrap-up post coming soon, sharing all about her first month of 2nd grade! I have posts for my boys {5th and 9th} coming soon too!

See our Book Lists Pinterest board here!



Extending Math Curriculum with Spielgaben

Exploring Parallel Lines with Spielgaben

{We were given the Spielgaben set to review and are honored to have them as a blog sponsor.}

We have had our Spielgaben set for years now and have grown with it. This year for 2nd grade, we are using Spielgaben as an extension of our math curriculum. Spielgaben is releasing a full math program soon and we were sent a preview file of PDFs for the 2nd grade curriculum. These are the worksheets you see in this post. They are not available yet but will be soon, follow along with us and I will let you know when you can get your hands on this new math program!

We recently began our official school year and I developed a way to incorporate Spielgaben into her daily work. I choose 1-3 worksheets from the math program per week and have her work on them independently {if possible} or with a bit of instruction with me. Then on Friday I gather the worksheets and we bring the concepts alive with the Spielgaben pieces.

For her first week I chose 2 different worksheets, the first was one reviewing halves. This was a good review, she had forgotten exactly what it meant and the worksheet was a bit of a challenge.  All of the photos are from the hands-on portion we did together on Friday.  Below you can see her recreating some of the problems that were on the worksheet and talking me through them.

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The next worksheet focused on parallel lines, which was a new concept for her.  She REALLY struggled with the worksheet but when we reviewed it on Friday with the pieces – WOW, it clicked!

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We added Lego guys to our playground as we playfully discussed parallel lines while we created them.

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After one week I am certain that the decision to continue incorporating Spielgaben into her math is a good idea. I plan to also pull concepts out of her main math curriculum, Teaching Textbooks, to reinforce with Spielgaben. Stay tuned to see how 2nd grade unfolds! We will continue with our monthly Spielgaben updates so you can see how we continue to use our set!

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See more math fun we have had with Spielgaben!

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See version 4.0 here!

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