Homeschool Wrap-Up November & December 2015 ~ 1st, 4th, 8th

Homeschool Wrap Up 1st grade, 4th grade, 8th grade Nov and Dec 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 fnally finished the 1st book and have moved on to book 2. We decided to save ink and use spiral notebooks with the kids and this was a great change!  The love their notebooks and their notes are even better!  Plus – no more printing for me! 

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Below you can see a glimpse of my prep time for book 2.  We use the Timeline Figures from Homeschool in the Woods.  I was printing, cutting and sorting {in baseball card sleeves} for our timeline notebook.

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We still love our Heroes of History books.  We are almost done with George Washington. We are still enjoying Liberty’s Kids DVDs, to help deepen our American Revolution knowledge.

 

You can see our entire World Geography plan here.  Daddy now teaches this too.  They finished all of South America and are well into North America now.  Everyone continues to enjoy this plan. Below is a peek at Daddy writing the notes on our board and that’s a picture of Ladybug’s USA page!

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1st & 4th Together Learning

Ladybug and Krash do two 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!

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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.

We played Scrambled States for the first time and they really enjoyed it!

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    We also enjoy playing Sequence States and Capitals together!  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 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. I managed to get NO photos of him doing school at all!

      He does spend a lot of time doing this, so this picture of him is totally accurate. He’d spend way more hours per day playing the guitar {or his ukelele} if he could!

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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 is currently Reading To Kill a Mockingbird.  His favorites are in bold.

      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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      #4thGradewithKrash[3]

      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. He really works hard on his two intense school days. Below he is working on one of his poems from First Language Lessons.

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      Science with Dad continues to be a favorite.  He really enjoyed making a volcano, of course!

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      I think they were exploring waves below..

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      He continues to do Life of Fred Math with Daddy, at a lower level than his Teaching Textbooks Math {he uses level 5}. We do LOF math to help him work on auditory processing skills.

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      We are almost finished reading Mighty Men together, which is a collection of short stories.

      He also reads books on his own at night and currently reading The Indian in the Cupboard.

      His reading list so far this year…

      1st Grade

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      #1stGradewithLadybug[3]

      She now does the following subjects with her Daddy: science, Growing with Gramar, & Life of Fred Math. I teach her the rest of her subejcts. Below you will see a few highlights from November and December!


      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 2 and is enjoying book 3.

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

      Hands on 1st Grade Math with Spielgaben Playful Math with Spielgaben December 2015


      Grammar

      Growing with Grammar and First Language Lessons are both wonderful and she enjoys both.  We use both because they are different, yet similar. She now does Growing with Grammar with her Dad so I don’t have any action shots!

      Here she is working on her poems from First Language Lessons{she’s using our Poem PowerPoint}.

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      Reading

      All About Reading 2 is moving along. She loves the games in the lessons. It is a GREAT fit for her!

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      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! 

      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 finished The Dragons of Blueland, the final book in the series.  She LOVED these books!  We continue to read Little House on the Prairie.


      Writing

      She has become quite the independent writer lately.  She loves her word wall folder and her try-it sheets. She uses both daily.

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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 our other posts from this year…

      Homeschool Wrap-Up The First 6 Weeks with 1st, 4th and 8th Grade[3]  Homeschool Monthly Wrap Up October 2015

       

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

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      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.

      1st-Grade-Homeschool-Curriculum-Choi[1] 4th-Grade-Homeschool-Curriculum-Choi[1] 8th-Grade-Homeschool-Curriculum-Choi

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      All Together Learning

       

      Homeschool--89183

       

      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

          Homeschool -8893  8th Grade Homeschool Curriculum Choices[3]

          #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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          #4thGradewithKrash[3]

          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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          #1stGradewithLadybug[3]

           

          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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          Linking up with Weekly Homeschool Wrap-Up



          Monthly Homeschool Wrap-Up ~ Aug. and Sept. 2015 {1st, 4th, 8th}

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

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

          1st Grade Homeschool Curriculum Choices 4th Grade Homeschool Curriculum Choices 8th Grade Homeschool Curriculum Choices

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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 has begun teaching Mystery of History which is awesome.  We are still finishing 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.

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          We still love our Heroes of History books.  We have extended our learning with the Liberty’s Kids DVDs, to help deepen our American Revolution knowledge, and the kids love it.  My oldest doesn’t sit with us to watch these but the younger 2 love them and learn a lot!  We finished up reading Ben Franklin and really took our time, discussing so many different aspects of history together.  I absolutely love this time with my kids.

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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 have had fun learning about Brazil, Argentina, Peru, Chile and Venezuela so far.

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          We have several Little Passports packages that we haven’t opened {I save them for when we study the country}.  I pulled Argentina and we had a blast!  The little 2 loved the dinosaur fossil!

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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 Georgia and they each have a beautiful notebook for review!


          8th Grade

          Homeschool -8893  8th Grade Homeschool Curriculum Choices

          #8thGradeWithPacMan

          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! As you can see, he often has little faces watching him as he works on his experiments.

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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.  So far this year he has read more books than he read during the entire year last year!  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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          #4thGradewithKrash

          This young man continues to amaze me with his dedication to his love in life – gymnastics.  He has homeschool practice days that occupy him 3 days of the week, leaving him only 2 full days at home with us.  In order to stay committed to his sport he doubles up on his schoolwork on those 2 days so he can be free to practice the other 3 days. This is not a schedule we ever thought we would have but it is working, thanks to his determination to make it work. 

          He does have a couple of subjects he does 5 days a week, getting them done in the morning hours before heading to practice.  He is moving along with Teaching Textbooks 5, which is his main 5 day a week subject. He also does history with us in the mornings before practice.

          On his intense 2 school days, he works with both Daddy and me.  Daddy teaches him science and Life of Fred math {a supplemental review for him to help work on auditory processing skills}. He is loving science and we are both happy with our choice of Evan Moor for him. Below they were learning about muscles and made an arm model.

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          I teach all of his other subjects, below you can see him working on Write Shop D, and First Language Lessons 2. He is using the Poem PowerPoint to work on memorizing his poem, The Goops.

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          Growing with Grammar is a great fit for us.  He does well with the format and is learning a lot.  He has taken 2 tests so far and did very well. 

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          We are almost done reading our first novel together, Robinson Crusoe.  He loves this book!  We rotate me reading to him, him reading aloud to me, and him reading on his own. 

          He also reads books on his own at night and currently really enjoyed 2 books from the I Survived series {The Shark Attacks of 1916 and The Sinking of the Titanic 1912}

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          1st Grade

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          #1stGradewithLadybug

           

          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.

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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


          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.  She particularly loved the shadow picture she made recently! You can see a video of her telling you about her project here!

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          After reviewing The Curious Kid’s Science Book we decided to add it into our curriculum.  She chooses one project to do with Daddy per week.  Here she was exploring how different liquids reacted with baking soda. Here is a video clip of her working on this project with her Daddy.

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          I have been letting her choose an animal to study which has been really fun.  We completed our OWL unit and are now almost done with FROGS.  I will share a full post with all of our frog fun soon!

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          Handwriting

          Surprisingly handwriting has become a joy!  She struggled to get the hang of things early on but with the addition of the Handiwriter grip helper, she has now finally corrected her grip and holds her pencil correctly.  She was holding ALL of her fingers on the pencil at one time and I had tried many things.  I ordered this as a last try and it worked!  Within less than 2 weeks of using it, she is grip-corrector free and naturally holds her pencil better!

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          We are using Logic of English Cursive.  We begin by introducing each letter in the salt tray, she loves this!

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          We use our own handwriting paper now instead of the papers that come with LOE {some we have left over from a friend who gave it to us years ago}. I use a highlighter for her to trace a few samples.

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          Here’s a little video from Instagram showing her writing and making a joke. Winking smile

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          My favorite part is an idea she came up with all on her own!  She makes a little card after we learn each letter by turning the letter into some sort of shape!

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          Here’s her collection so far!

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          Math

          We do a few different things for math and our combination is working beautifully for her.  She LOVES Life of Fred and is one chapter away from completing the first book!

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          Mathseeds has been a great fit for her, she has advanced beyond what I ever expected!

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          I don’t always follow along with what she does in Mathseeds but when she struggles I bring in some hands on help, like these 3D shapes we had!

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          Spielgaben rounds out our math resources, and we do about 2-3 lessons per week, mostly using the worksheets.  See our recent posts here…

          Exploring 3D Shapes with Spielgaben  Playful Learning with Spielgaben September 2015


          Grammar

          Growing with Grammar has been a great fit for her and she is breezing through. We do one simple lesson a day and I like the easy workbook approach. There is also a cyclical review included which I also love.  I had a sappy mom moment the day my baby learned subjects and predicates.  Such big words. Such a big girl.

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          First Language Lessons is also a great fit for her.  We use both because they are different, yet similar.  Both are very short lessons and I think compliment each other really well.

          Here’s a video clip of her reciting her first poem she memorized, The Caterpillar {she’s using our Poem PowerPoint}.

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          Reading

          All About Reading is a great fit for her and have completed through lesson 14. She is moving along as a reader at a pretty rapid pace now, it’s exciting!

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          Here’s a video peek at how we have been making the fluency sheets more fun!  I choose a secret drawing and draw a tiny portion for every word she reads correctly. The drawing grows as she reads and she loves this!

          Ways we supplement reading development…

          She has an easy reader Bible that she is reading independently and loving! 

          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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          We are reading the My Father’s Dragon series aloud together and she loves it!  We are just starting the 3rd book in the series. Below she is working on a knapsack craft to go along with the book.

          Below you can also see her reading aloud to her Daddy.  She reads aloud to one of us almost every day.  She struggled at first reading aloud to Dad since she was only comfortable with me.  We want our kids to be comfortable reading aloud so we encouraged her through her fear and now she reads with him too!

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          Spelling

          She is breezing through All About Spelling Level 1, we probably should have started this sooner!  She is up to lesson 15 and most of it has been a review for her so far.  I don’t even have any pictures of her working!


          Extras

          She is enjoying Home Art Studio and recently completed her weaving project

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          We Choose Virtues has been a hit!  We add one virtue per week and focus on discussing the meaning and story as she colors.  We also use the songs {see on my iPad below}. She talks about these a lot and they have really helped her grasp some concepts!

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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!

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          4th Grade Homeschool Curriculum Choices

          4th Grade Homeschool Curriculum Choices

          My middle son is 9 and going into 4th grade this year.  Below are the 4th grade homeschool curriculum choices we have made for Krash!

          Curious to see what he did in the past {since I’ve been blogging}?

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          4th Grade Subjects

          FLL 2 TT 5 GWG 3 Spectrum Vocabulary 4AAS 4 WS_Junior_D Evan Moor Science 4th PSB Elementary United States Geography Homeschool Plan for Elementary

           

          These are his required reads for the year.  We will be going through each of these together.  All are from Calvert’s 4th grade program which I used with PacMan.

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          Optional choices from the books we own are pictured below.  You can see I sticker our chapter books with an approximate grade level to help with sorting and choosing. These are the ones marked 4th grade. We will also utilize the library a lot for other books!  He usually reads at night, and that’s when he will choose his own books from our stack and our current library stack.

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          There may be more to come, or some changes, but this is our list for now and all of this has been purchased! We will see what the year holds!

          You can see our 1st Grade choices here and our 8th grade choices here.

          1st Grade Homeschool Curriculum Choices  8th Grade Homeschool Curriculum Choices

          Stick around and see our homeschool year unfold!

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          USA Geography Homeschool Plan ~ Elementary

          United States Geography Homeschool Plan for Elementary

          I didn’t focus on USA geography for the past couple of years, but we did intensely when PacMan was younger.  It’s time to bring it back as Ladybug goes into 1st grade and Krash into 4th.  It’s a great time to combine them together and I developed a plan that I think they both will enjoy!

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          I combined a few different resources together to create my plan and I will share those with you in this post, there’s a video below too!  Here’s the short list of what we are using…

          USA PowerPoint  StatePack

           

          I liked the printable pages from USA State by State and we already owned StickerUSA which came with a disk of downloads {this no longer comes with the book so you’d have to order extra stickers or make copies}.  On the disk was a printable set of state birds and state flowers, so we are using those.  We are also using the flashcards from the StickerUSA book. Rounding out our plan will be my USA Geography PowerPoint Show, which has been redone recently.

          Here’s a video I made sharing all of our resources with you and how we plan to use them.

           

          Books

          These are the books we will be using to reference during our learning time together.

          NG Kids United States Atlas   Student Atlas

           

          Goals

          • Locate state on a map
          • Know the capital
          • Know the abbreviation
          • Be familiar with – bird, flower, resources, special facts

          Weekly Plan

          My goal is to learn 2 new states per week, but I say that loosely!  I know we probably won’t do more than that, but we may only get to 1 per week.  I will do this with Krash and Ladybug at the same time.  We will go through the PowerPoint together, read from the books I chose, and fill out the notebooking page together!

          Games & More

          We have a few other great USA resources and will fit them is as time allows!

          Want access to our USA Geography PowerPoint?

          It’s a one time joining fee of $20 for lifetime access to the Members Only PowerPoint site!

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