Friday, February 26, 2016

Homeschool Week 23

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Hi, friends! It always amazes me to see that some weeks we get really into one subject or two, and then the following week we get into those subjects we missed or didn't do too much in the previous week.  Does this happen in your homeschool as well?

Wednesday - We read in Joshua today about Jacob's 10 sons and the 2 sons of Joseph, which equaled the 12 tribes.  They divided the land up in lots and they believed these lots were designated by God.

Thursday - Today's lesson was in Judges 6-7 about Gideon becoming a warrior, and how he and 300 men defeated the Midianites.

Monday - The boys counted to 100 today by 10's, there was a review on shapes, and also learning some math fact families. (Lesson 59 in ABCmouse)

Tuesday - Tonight, we had a family game night and played Catan.  The boys are getting really good at this game, and it's become one of our favorites to play.

 My Mom with the boys the night before she flew out for a new adventure in teaching.

Friday - B's lessons today in ABCmouse were on telling time and learning more about fact families.

Social Studies:
Wednesday - Today, we looked at the bodies of water and the 12 tribes of Israel.  We learned about the formation of the camps in the desert, where the tabernacle was at the center.  It was then surrounded by the tents of Moses, Aaron, Levi, and then the outer perimeter was the tents of the 12 tribes.  It wasn't until reaching the Promised Land, that homes were set up instead of tents, and these homes were made of mud and stone in a headers and stretchers pattern.  This made the walls strong and effective against weather.  They also had no electricity or bathrooms, so they used oil lamps for light and had water heat in a jar all day if they wanted a warm bath.  Olive oil was important because it softened skin and was used as an insect repellent.  They went to the bathroom outside or in a bucket, which was then thrown into the street. (The boys thought this was really gross!)

Monday -   G's lesson in ABCmouse was on the four seasons today, and B's lesson was on spiders.  We learned that spiders have eight legs and 2 body parts, and insects have 6 legs with 3 body parts.  Both have exoskeletons but spiders make silk inside their bodies to make webs for food, protection of egg sacs, and for flying. (called ballooning)  We saw pictures of spiders such as cobalt blue tarantula, star spider, seller spider, golden orb, wolf spider, and jumping spider. Spiders are good because they eat insects, that eat crops.

Tuesday - We visited a new library, which had a beautiful entrance with an aquarium! The boys spent much time trying to identify all the fish.  We also went over Lesson 1 in Christian Kids Explore Space & Earth.  I am in love with this curriculum because Science can sometimes be a hard subject, especially for homeschool.  I like that because it is from a Christian viewpoint, I can actually read the material and not have to skim over things I don't agree with.  We covered Creation today for our first lesson. How awesome is that!

 Christian Kids Explore Space & Earth
Language Arts:
Monday - G did Lesson 18 in ABCmouse and covered a review of the letters A through L.  B's lesson covered the sight words water and them.

Tuesday - We finished half of the second audio CD of The Dragon and the Raven.  This has been a tremendous story of Vikings, battles, and morals taught with scripture.  The boys have enjoyed this story so much, that they are pretending to be some of the characters from the story when they play!

Wednesday - B did Lesson 25 in First Language Lessons and we discussed all the aunts and uncles the boys have, and how they all proper nouns because they are specific aunts and uncles and their names are capitalized.  It was also his first oral lesson on not using ain't. (This is hard when you live in the south!) Instead we are to use am not, are not, is not, has not, or have not.  G also did Lessons 16 and 17 in 100 Easy Lessons. He is flying through these lessons to try to catch up with brother and learn to read also!

Thursday - We read chapters 1 and 2 in Afternoon on the Amazon.

Friday - B's lessons in ABCmouse covered the sight word, time and words with the long a sound (ai, ay, train, tray, way, day, hay, rain).  We also did words with long e such as ea, ee, sheep, bee, beak, knee, leaf, cheese, beam, read, been, feel, beach and peach.

Wednesday - B wrote the words aunt, uncle, up,us, but, cut, fun, and run. G wrote the letters d, s, e and i.

Houghton Mifflin Spelling and Vocabulary Grade 1

Thursday - B's vocabulary words from Tapestry of Grace Primer were flax, trumpet, torch, fleece, Rahab, Ruth, Boaz, and Gideon.

Monday - B's lessons in ABCmouse covered the song, Itsy Bitsy Spider.

Tuesday - B colored a picture of astronauts for his lesson in  Christian Kids Explore Space & Earth.
They also played with some other kids at the library.

Christian Kids Explore Space and Earth

Wednesday - The boys colored pictures of the 12 tribes, and B also drew a picture of Sonic the Hedgehog.   



Thursday - B drew a picture of The Little Mermaid, and he also lost his second tooth today! He was a happy camper in the morning :)

That's our week! Thanks for stopping by to share it with us :)



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  1. I really admire homeschoolers. When our kids were young we had a babysitter who had been homeschooled and she was one of the smartest and sweetest gals ever. WHen she went to work in the outside world her younger sister took over for us and it was great having a young teen who was respectful as well as responsible. Your photos are terrific and the lessons sound wonderfully educational. I am happy I was able to stop by and say hello. Have a good weekend.

    1. Hi, Annesphamily! Thank you for your kind words. It is wonderful to hear about experiences with other homeschoolers, and your babysitters sound incredible. It is something that I really felt God place on my heart to do, and I feel blessed that I am able to homeschool my sons. I'm glad you stopped by to say hello and hope you have an amazing week :)

  2. WoW! That library fish tank looks amazing; what a great way to get kids excited about visiting. I too find that what topics we cover tend to go in fits and cycles; some weeks we are big into science and we forget history and geography then other weeks we're immersed in history and geography and table science for a bit. I try to make sure we do a bit of each subject every week but that isn't always possible. I figure in the long run it all evens out.

    1. Hi, Mother of 3! We were so amazed by this fish tank. It was an incredible discovery for us. I am so glad I am not the only one that has some subjects hit stronger or weaker some weeks. I think you are right though, and that it will all even out in the long run. Thanks for commenting and hope you have a wonderful week :)

  3. I can only imagine the excitement of visiting a new library! I love the book stores/libraries here in Chile, but they're in Spanish only! baah!

    (They really used olive oil to keep mosquitos away? I tot only camomile was effective!)

    Pinning to the practical mondays board:)

    1. Hi, The Practical Mom! Thanks for pinning to the board! Isn't that crazy that they used olive oil for that? Can you request to have some English books added to your library? Our local library just started to bring in some Spanish books for both children and adults! Thanks for commenting and hope you have an amazing week :)

  4. I love that the kids got to play with Grandma. That is super special. Also, the spider and insect study sounds fun. We studied arthropods back in the fall and we all enjoyed it. Thank you for sharing your beautiful week!

    1. Hi, Erin! It was so great having my Mom in town to visit. I'm not big on spiders, but I'm happy the lesson included gorgeous photos and not gross ones of the spiders. Glad to hear you all had a wonderful lesson on arthropods this year also. Thanks for commenting and hope you have an awesome week :)

  5. Just a quick history lesson - Gideon fought the Midianites, not the Mennonites. I'm a Mennonite, and we definitely did not show up until about 1625AD. Plus, we're pacifists, so we don't fight anyone - Gideon or otherwise.

    1. Hi, Claire! Thanks for the correction. Have to love spell check! I appreciate you leaving me a comment and hope you have a wonderful week :)

  6. Wow, so many wonderful learning opportunities! I have wondered about playing Catan - I should check it out because it's the type of game I enjoy.

    That entrance to the library is gorgeous!

    Thanks for sharing (and for linking up to the #SHINEbloghop).

    Wishing you a lovely weekend.

    1. Hi, Jennifer! Catan is so much fun! I hope you get a chance to play. We were amazed by the entrance as well. It was so cool getting to see all the beautiful fish. Thanks for hosting #SHINEbloghop and stopping by to leave a comment! Hope you have a lovely weekend as well :)

  7. Sound like such a fun week! We have a brand new library that just opened up near us that we really need to go to! Thanks for sharing your week!

    1. Hi, Victoria! How fun! Libraries are amazing places! Thanks for stopping by and leaving a comment! Hope you have a wonderful week :)