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Monday
I had a dental appointment (just a cleaning….thank goodness!! : ) So, we just used this as our “day off” – – but, we did manage to get in some art and Brownie stuff done.
Art/Brownies-Assemble and Decorate the “Hobbies” Lapbook. Stamp Stencils. Painting Polygons.
Math-Discussed Polygons.
Personal Reading-Took a quiz for BSK: Vampires Don’t Wear Polka Dots
 

Tuesday
History-Read “The Last of the Romans” from An Island Story
Literature-Read “The Fox and the Lion” from Aesop’s Fables
Language Arts-Did copy work for “The Fox and the Lion” from Aesop’s Fables and wrote a Thank You note to Aunt Melissa.
Math-Played with Cuisenaire Rods
Poetry-Read XXV – The Wind from A Child’s Garden of Verses
Homeschool Group-Art: Color Wheel and Worksheet. Sang songs with LOTS of activity and sigh language. Cleaned a Gourd.

Wednesday
History-Read “King Alfred and the Cakes” from Fifty Famous Stories Retold
Literature-Read “The Leopard and the Fox” from Aesop’s Fables
Language Arts-Did copy work for “The Leopard and the Fox” from Aesop’s Fables and wrote a Thank You note to Uncle Edwin.
Math-Played with Cuisenaire Rods, did the “Half-Of” Game, Worksheet Pgs. A-1 to A-6, and made an Origami Butterfly.
Poetry-XXVI – Keepsake Mill from A Child’s Garden of Verses
Art-”Stained Glass” Butterfly
Geography-Sent and Received postcards from www.postcrossing.com
Science-Read about Insects – – and copied the Butterfly Venn Diagram

Thursday
History-Read “King Canute on the Seashore” from Fifty Famous Stories Retold
Literature-Read “Minerva’s Olive” from Aesop’s Fables; Listened to Stellaluna; Listened to Chapter 1 and 2 from Shiloh.
Language Arts-Did copy work for “Minerva’s Olive” from Aesop’s Fables, Deciduous Definition Quiz, took quiz for Stellaluna at www.BookAdventure.com and wrote a Thank You note to Aunt Katharina.
Math-Played with Cuisenaire Rods, Make Math sentences “True:” then, prove it!, Worksheet Pgs. A-7 to A-12.
Poetry-XXVII – Good and Bad Children from A Child’s Garden of Verses
Geography-Sent and Received postcards from www.postcrossing.com
Science-Read about Plants – – and Re-potted a plant
Personal Reading-Took a quiz for Chocolate Fever

Friday
Art/Brownies-Assemble and Decorate the “Careers” Lapbook
History-Read “The Sons of William the Conqueror” from Fifty Famous Stories Retold
Literature-Read “The Countryman and the Snake” from Aesop’s Fables; Listened to The Polar Express; Listened to Chapter 3 and 4 from Shiloh Read A Picture Book of Eleanor Roosevelt.
Language Arts-Did copy work for “The Countryman and the Snake” from Aesop’s Fables, Careers Worksheets: Autobiography and Future Jobs, took quiz for The Polar Express, and wrote a Thank You note to Grandma and Grandpa.
Math-Played with Cuisenaire Rods, Worksheet Pgs. A-13 ro A-18.
Poetry-XXVIII – Foreign Children from A Child’s Garden of Verses
Science-Unit One Exam and Leap Year Info and Quiz Worksheet

Our Week in Pictures….

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Tina at JETIHOJA Academy posted this neat quiz….I liked it so much….I needed to do it, too!! 


What type of Mother Hen Are You?
by Montessorimom.com: Educational Resource

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I was thinking that it would be really neat to share resources, by subject. It can take HOURS and HOURS to find just that right thing. Maybe this can help to eliminate some unnecessary searching time.

Audio Books

BookPals Story Online http://www.storylineonline.net/
At this time (2.22.2008), there are 21 books that are available. Most of the books appear to be short, younger kid books.

Children’s Books On-Line http://www.childrensbooksonline.org/library-audio.htm
At this time (2.22.2008), there are 15 read-aloud books that are available. Most of the books appear to be short, younger kid books.

Curiosoft http://www.curiosoft.com/news/audiobooks.php
At this time (2.22.2008), there are 13 read-aloud books that are available. Most of the books appear to be short, younger kid books.

Librivox http://librivox.org/
This site has MANY, MANY books on-line.

Lit 2 Go http://etc.usf.edu/lit2go/index.htm
This site has quite a few books on-line. Not only can you listen to the stories, but you can also read the book on-line, as well.

Story Nory http://storynory.com/
At this time (2.22.2008), there are 138 stories/poems available. Most of the books appear to be short, younger kid books.

Wired for Books http://www.wiredforbooks.org/index2.htm
At this time (2.22.2008), there are about 20 children’s stories available. There are also adult books available.

Books

Children’s Books On-Line http://www.childrensbooksonline.org/library.htm
The books are listed in reading levels based on age/interest.

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Monday
President’s Day – – We took the day off!! : )

Tuesday
We met with the homeschool group. Boo listened to a lecturer discussing Jordan.
Geography-Boo learned where Jordan is and colored their flag.
Art-Color combinations (continued lessons from last week).

Wednesday
Today is Brownies…so our focus is usually on finishing up whatever patch we are working on for the week.
Health/Brownie-Make a “Food Person” on construction paper, using food that is healthy for you.
Art/Brownie-Assemble the Lap Book for “Eat Right, Stay Healthy.”
Geography-Checked in the postcard received from Czech Republic and identified the country on the globe/google map.
History/Unit Study-Read about the historical significance of the Mayan and Aztec peoples, in relation to the Cacao Bean.
History-Watched a movie about the Mayans and Aztec’s.
History- Read “Bruce and the Spider” from Fifty Famous Stories Retold
Literature-Read “The Dog and His Shadow” from Aesop’s Fables
Language Arts-“The Dog and His Shadow” copy work from Aesop’s Fables
Poetry-Read “Escape at Bedtime” from A Child’s Garden of Verses

Thursday
History/Unit Study-Read about Chocolate and its affect in Europe (including Chocolate Houses)
Art/Unit Study-Designed and painted an advertisement for a Chocolate House
Art/Unit Study-Finished Ceremonial Cup with Maya Hieroglyphs
History- Read “Arnold Winkelried” from Fifty Famous Stories Retold
Literature-Read “The Old Man, His Son, and the Ass” from Aesop’s Fables
Language Arts-“The Old Man, His Son, and the Ass” copy work from Aesop’s Fables
Poetry-Read “Marching Song” from A Child’s Garden of Verses
Science-Read about Sugar Cane and Sugar Beets
Science-Venn Diagram about Cacao Beans and Sugar Cane/Beets
Science-Venn Diagram about Bitter vs. Sweet Cocoa
Personal Reading-Took Quiz at www.bookadventure.com about Junie B. Jones: Is (Almost) A Flower Girl

Friday
Art/Brownies-Painting using Primary Colors/Secondary Colors
History/Unit Study-Read about the Quaker/Chocolate connection and Chocolate as we know it now.
Unit Study-Final Test for Chocolate Unit
Language Arts-Chocolate Word Search
Language Arts-Copy work from Chocolate quote
Math-Used pattern/solution sheet to play with Tangram pieces
Personal Reading-Took Quiz at www.bookadventure.com about Junie B. Jones: First Grader: (At Last!)
Poetry-Read “The Cow” and “Happy Thought” from A Child’s Garden of Verses
Science/Life Skills/Unit Study-Made Chocolate Bar that Boo Designed (last week)

Check out my UPDATED FREE Chocolate Unit Study….Here is the PDF version.

Here is our week in pictures…..

 

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It is that time again….

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The Heart of the Matter is hosting their weekly Meme….this weeks topic: What is your favorite homeschool product.

 

My absolute must have is the computer and internet (high speed). I use SO many internet resources….and to have them all at my fingertips!! WOW!! Obviously, I use wordpress….then several book swap sites (www.bookmooch.com, www.paperbackswap.com, www.frugalreader.com and www.whatsonyourbookshelf.com), a similar program to Accelerated Reader (in the public school) www.bookadventure.com, a virtual bookshelf of all books read: www.shelfari.com, a fun geography and language arts connection: www.postcrossing.com  and last but certainly NOT least, is Homeschool Tracker!! 

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My next most “needed” item is our globe. Seriously, I think I was more excited when Boo got it for her birthday!! LOL! With the exception of the computer/internet….this is probably the most used item.

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Finally, I dragged my feet with Netflix – – but, I can not tell you how much I really LOVE the resource of having SO many great movies at our disposal. A couple weeks ago, Boo needed to watch two movies from another decade for her Brownie patch – – not only did Netflix make it SUPER EASY to find, but, we had the movie within days. The turn around time is really pretty darn good – – and the rate is totally worth it. (We have the 3-at-a-time unlimited plan for less than 20 dollars a month) – – we have averaged 12 movies a month!!

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I have really enjoyed reading everyone else’s lists – – and not just this week’s. Thanks for all of your great ideas!! 🙂

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Over at The Heart of the Matter, they are featuring their weekly Meme.  This week’s (well, actually last weeks) Meme is: Where do you homeschool?

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On Tuesday’s we have started going to a homeschool group.  However, when we are home, we use the whole house – – but, we spend the majority of our time in the dining room. 
Most of the time, when we read together, we do so on the living room couch.  When we listen to online stories, we will snuggle together on my bed. 
Lifeskills, cooking and science experiments are done in the kitchen. 
Our storage consists of the buffet in the dining room, the book case my Dad made (7 foot by 7 foot) and lots of plastic containers (some on rollers). 

Here’s a peek into where we do our thing…..

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Monday
Geography-Registered a postcard from www.postcrossing.com and located it on both the google map and the globe. Colored the map of Ecuador.
History-Read “The Story of a Warrior Queen” from An Island Story. Read “Dipped in Chocolate,” an article about Milton Hershey from Highlights Magazine. Watched the movie: “Milton Hershey: The Chocolate King.”
Literature-Read “The Lark and Her Young Ones” from Aesop’s Fables.
Language Arts-Copy Work from “The Lark and Her Young Ones” from Aesop’s Fables.
Math-Chocolate Fractions
Reading-Quiz from www.BookAdventure.com on the book: Bringing the Rain to Kapiti Plain by Verna Aardema
Poetry-Read XIX – “System” from A Child’s Garden of Verses
Science-Read “From Cacao Pod to Chocolate,” On-line interactive site, and Sensory Worksheet

Tuesday
Science-Field Trip to the Dentist
Brownie Patch-Dentist answered questions for Brownie Patch
Unit Study (Chocolate)-Field Trip to the Chocolate Cafe
Social Studies-Field Trip to County Courthouse
Art-Color Worksheet done while at the Homeschool Group

Wednesday
Art-Assemble “Computer Smarts” Lapbook; Assemble “Healthy Habits” Lapbook
Health/Brownies-”Smoking, a Bad Habit” Worksheet; “Calcium Counts” Worksheet
Life Skills-Field Trip to the Recycling Center
History-Read “The Story of William Tell” from Fifty Famous Stories Retold.
Literature-Read “The Wolf and the Watchdog” from Aesop’s Fables.
Language Arts-Copy Work from “The Wolf and the Watchdog” from Aesop’s Fables; “Chocolate Candy Bar” Worksheet; “Capitals Quiz” Worksheet
Poetry-Read XX – “A Good Boy” from A Child’s Garden of Verses
Science-Create Your Own Candy Bar Worksheet

Thursday
Art-Decorate Clothes for “Through the Years” Project and completed the Cacao Picture
History-Read “Be My Valentine” from A Treasury of Amazing Knowledge
Language Arts-”Valentine’s Day” Worksheet and “A History of Valentine’s Day” Worksheet
Life Skills-Follow the Directions Worksheet
Science-On-Line Website “Learn About Your Heart” (Received a Certificate of Completion)

Friday
History-Field Trip to the Heritage Center, Museum of Industrial Telephony, C.W. Parker Carousel, Eisenhower Center
Unit Study-Toured Russel Stover Candy Outlet

These are Pics from the first part of the week…….

 

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These are from the Friday Field Trip and the Weekend at Oma and Opa’s House…..

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