Monday, May 2, 2016

Homeschool Week 31

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This week's lessons are from April 11-16.  We are taking next week off of homeschool, so hopefully I will finally be caught up posting on here soon! Thanks for stopping by to share our week!

Happy Teacher Appreciation Week! Check the bottom of the post to see how you can help your little Explorers say thank you with creative Travel Coasters!

Bible:
Wednesday - Today, we read Daniel 3 about Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego in the fiery furnace.  They were saved because of their faith, and King Nebuchadnezzar had everyone worship God after this because God was the One who had saved them. (Our history and Bible lessons come from Tapestry of Grace: Primer unless stated otherwise)

Saturday - The boys were at soccer practice, and because it is a league held at our church they do a devotional at half time.  The story was about what we had learned this week in Daniel 3 and the fiery furnace! I am amazed at how that happens. The coaches tied it into bullying and peer pressure, but how it is always important to do what is right for God.

Math:
Monday - G worked on simple shapes today in ABCmouse, and covered circles, squares, and rectangles. B's lessons included matching coins with their corresponding amounts and names.

Wednesday - The boys did Introduction to Fractions, lesson in Math-Mini Courses from A+ Interactive Math (check out my review on this company here).  The boys learned that the ordinal numbers are used on the bottom in a fraction are called the denominator, and the top number is the numerator.  They also took the interactive quiz at the end of the lesson.

Math Mini-Courses (A+ Interactive Math)

Friday - We went to a STEAM event at our local library today, and the boys did a worksheet on counting tree rings.  They had to add and subtract the years to the specific word problems. It was fun because all the kids did this together as a group. When we got home, we played Uno.

Uno 

Saturday - We had a fun family game night of Catan.  The boys really enjoy this, and are getting good at adding the numbers on the dice and becoming quite strategic on how to win.

Catan

Social Studies:
Monday - The boys had a huge lesson on ABCmouse today. They learned about George Washington and the original 13 colonies.  He was born in Virginia on February 22, 1732 and had 5 brothers and sisters. They went to school, but also had tutors come to their house and teach them. He joined the military as an adult and married Martha.   It took 66 days to cross from from Great Britain to North America in 1774.  The colonists had to follow the laws of England and they farmed and owned shops. The colonists believed too much of their money was being sent to England. George Washington led the Revolutionary War and the original 13 colonies formed their own country of the United States of America and has put into effect, The Declaration of Independence. The 13 stripes in the flag represent each of the original colonies and the stars represented each new state. George Washington became the first President, and is known as the Father of our country.   He was also a General and Surveyor (someone who measures). His face can be found on the $1 bill, quarter and he had both a state and city named after him.

The boys also learned about some national parks and landmarks such as The Grand Canyon in Arizona, Yosemite National Park in California, Acadia National Park in Maine, Niagara Falls in New York, Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary, Yellowstone National Park in Wyoming, Badlands National Park in South Dakota, and Glacier Park National Park in Alaska.

Wednesday - Tapestry of Grace: Primer lessons today taught us about how the Hanging Towers of Babylon was one of the 7 Wonders of the World. They also learned about the importance of music in worship, even today. They also learned that the conquered peoples of the Assyrian, Babylonian, and Persian empires were allowed to follow their own customs and religion.

Friday - The boys got to meet a ranger today while at the event at the library.  They were able to touch the equipment used by rangers and listened to what the job description is. Rangers are preferred to have Biology degrees and the ranger spoke to the children about the importance and history of trees, dating back to 2000 BC. They found out the national tree is oak, and they got to ask questions about prescription burns. They learned rangers carry an emergency blanket on them that has an 85% survival rate if they get stuck in a fire. The pack they carry on their backs can weigh up to 54 pounds, and rangers carry on them a whistle, flashlight, map, goggles, gloves, notepad, helmet with face mask, chest pack, and ear plugs. They also wear clothing called Nomex clothing.

 All of the rangers equipment. 

Science:
Monday - The boys vocabulary words today were lava and volcano in ABCmouse. They also learned about whales, seals, and that manatees live in rivers and bays, and eat sea grass. They learned about brown deer that live in forests and baby deer are called fawns. They are born with spots, but disappear as they mature. The boys also learned about the bears who live in the forest, and the bison who live in the grasslands. They enjoyed hearing about the lizards and how they can survive in climates that are hot and dry.

Friday - While at the event at the library, the boys learned how to date a tree by the number of rings. They were given a tree cookie and had to fill out a worksheet answering questions on it. They also learned if the tree had a wet year, the ring was thicker. If it was a dry year, the ring was thin.

Language Arts:
Monday - We read a book that will be launching this May called The Kingdom of Thrim by: Janis Cox (review to come soon!).  The boys also had some vocabulary words on ABCmouse: achieve, courage, conflict, determined, leadership and round. They also had to match similar words together such as huge, gigantic, and big then wet, damp, and soaked to stone, rock, and boulder and finally chilly, cold and freezing.

Tuesday - We had our Read, Write, and Type adventures today. (check out my review on this company here) They learned to spell and type hand, stand, Nana, Ann, ant, can, is, disk, thin, fin, ran, and, rat, and the phonics of letter n. This has been awesome to reinforce phonics skills and also with reading words. The boys also learned that a period goes at the end of a sentence, and how to hold shift to make a capital letter.

Read, Write and Type

Wednesday - The boys did more Read, Write, and Type today. The lessons were on phonics of letter c, and their words were teeth, tree, cake,take, Issa, and hate.

Read, Write and Type

Electives:
Monday - We had some Kwik Stix fun today. (review and giveaway to come soon!)

Kwik Stix

Tuesday - My husband is thrilled that the boys have been watching wrestling with him lately. The boys used their imaginations today and made a wrestling ring out of shoe box, glue, and string! B also did some drawings and they went to play outside for a while.



Wednesday - The boys had choir practice today.

Saturday - We had an early soccer game this morning, and then the boys played outside with their friends when we got home.

Thanks for stopping by to share our week :)

Blessings,

Kelly



May 2-6 is Teacher Appreciation Week. Are you looking for a way to thank your favorite teacher? Little Passports has teamed up again with Andrea Mulder-Slater, artist, blogger and co-founder of KinderArt.com., to bring us this fun and functional Travel Coaster craft! Little Explorers of all ages can participate, making it a perfect way to say thank you! [We may even consider combining it with a gift card to their favorite coffee shop!] Learn to make your own Travel Coasters here!

Teacher Appreciation week is also the perfect time to let you know that Little Passports is launching a World Edition Classroom Subscription!

Now it’s easy for teachers to use a Little Passports World Edition subscription in the classroom! They can reinforce geography, reading and problem-solving skills with Little Passports' award-winning materials. Plus, the World Edition Classroom Subscription includes digital Teacher Guides that will help them integrate each month’s lesson with their curriculum. Click here to learn more about the World Edition Classroom Subscription. Share with your favorite teacher!

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22 comments:

  1. Sounds like your library has some really great class offerings for the kids. That's wonderful!

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    1. Hi, Mother of 3! We have been really blessed with our local library. The boys really enjoy going there, and it's fun getting to see them learn new things. Thanks for commenting and hope you have an amazing week :)

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  2. That sounds like an awesomely fun week! My kids would love to meet a ranger. Guess what I'll be approaching our librarian about on our visit today? :)

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    1. Very cool, Shelly! I hope they are able to get a ranger out to your library! Thanks so much for commenting and hope you have a wonderful week :)

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  3. Looks like you had a full, but great week!

    I wish our local libraries offered STEAM classes! Ours only offer special programs in the summer when public schools are out.

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    1. Hi, Emily! Homeschooling has become very popular where I live, and this is the first year our library started special STEAM classes just for homeschoolers. I think it's great your library offers the special programs in the summer! It's wonderful for the libraries to encourage how fun reading and learning can be. Thanks for commenting and hope you have an amazing week :)

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  4. History can be so fascinating when you don't have to be mugging it up for an exam! What a great week! Thanks for sharing!

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    1. Very true, Swapna! I did really well in school, but I never retained the knowledge. It's been wonderful homeschooling my sons and "re-learning" everything! Thanks so much for commenting and hope you have an amazing week :)

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  5. Your library does offers some really great activities for young children. Thanks for sharing with us at Family Joy Blog Link Up Party.

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    1. Hi, Charlene and thanks for hosting the Family Joy Blog Link Up Party! Our library and librarian are awesome! She is always finding things that the children love! Thanks so much for commenting and hope you have a wonderful week :)

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  6. Wow, your library sounds wonderful! Your kids always have such full and rich weeks of learning.

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    1. Thank you, Erin! The library is amazing. There is always such fun events going on there. Thanks so much for your kind comment, and hope you have an amazing week :)

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  7. I always enjoy reading about your busy week of learning! I especially get caught up in the history lessons :) Thanks for sharing at Together on Tuesdays!!!

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    1. Thank you, Lisa! My husband and I love history, and I hope my boys will embrace it as much as we do. Thank you for hosting and stopping by from Together on Tuesdays! Hope you have a wonderful week :)

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  8. I have little boys too, so I think it's so classic that they are shirtless in half the pictures. ha! Boys.

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    1. So true, April! My youngest runs around here shirtless and in his shorts all day! Thanks so much for commenting and hope you have a wonderful weekend :)

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  9. That wrestling ring is too funny. Sounds like another busy week at your house. Thanks for sharing on #FridayFrivolity. I hope you will party with us again sometime.

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    1. Hi, Audrey and thanks for visiting from #FridayFrivolity! I love their creativity! Thanks so much for commenting and hope you have a wonderful weekend :)

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  10. Our public library has ABCMouse for the children and they love it. Glad to hear the depth of the educational lessons on there as I usually see dinosaurs and drawing going on. : )

    PS...thanks for your sweet comment on my post about music and my mother.

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    1. Hi, Linda! I am so glad to hear your public library has access to ABCmouse. This is their first year doing a first grade unit, and it has been amazing for my oldest son! Your post on your Mom was so beautiful! I loved the joy you could see on her face in the picture. Thanks so much for commenting, and I hope you have a wonderful week :)

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  11. Sounds like another great week! Thank you for being a part of Booknificent Thursday this week.
    Tina

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    1. Hi, Tina and thanks for hosting Booknificent Thursday! Hope you have a wonderful weekend and thanks for commenting :)

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