The First Day of School–2014 Edition

Here’ s peek into our first day of school. We did a lot of the basics (religion, language arts, math, and our latest read-aloud, The Hobbit), but we also had a lot of fun!

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One of our first day of school traditions is that the children always make a new cover sheet for their binders. Chickadee doesn’t have a binder yet, but that didn’t stop her from joining in the coloring fun!

They take their work very seriously!

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As an extra fun project, I got the Lego Sydney Opera House (the Lego Architecture set, not the newer, huge set), for them to build. I’m hopeful that Lego will make enough of these sets that we can have one from every continent (excluding Antarctica, of course), someday. So far, we have North America, Europe (several times over), and Oceania covered!

I think we got the 2014-15 school year off to a great start…looking forward to many more fun days of learning!

2013-14 School Year–Week Thirty-Two

The 2013-14 school year is over!

We didn’t have a lot to do this week. Everyone finished their math lessons, with just a tiny bit of new information for Turkey and Bunny…range, mean, mode, and median. Of course, there was one last test of the year, for both grades, and this one was a long test! I think it’s safe to say that everybody mastered the information in their books this year.

We finished Scottish history, with Georges III and IV. I have really enjoyed our trek through both English and Scottish history over the last year, and I’m really going to miss it. I’m glad that we took some time to learn about the histories of countries that aren’t America, and next year, we’re going to continue learning about the British Empire with Our Empire Story. If there were books that were on the caliber of Our Island Story and Scotland’s Story for other countries (especially, say, Germany), we’d totally read those, too.

We continued on with our botany lessons in science. There was obviously no way we were going to finish that text, since we just started it a few weeks ago. We have finished the first two chapters though, and started a fun germination project that we’ll be measuring for a few weeks…we placed seeds in a sunlit window, the refrigerator, and a cabinet. We’ll be studying which ones sprout, and how much they grow. We’re going to add botany to our baseball summer school lessons, too, so we’ll get through some (but not all), of the book before next school year.

We also finished Mr. Popper’s Penguins this week. It really is a great book…I’m glad we read it again! I’m hoping to get through a few more read-alouds over the summer, but we’ll see how they fit in with our summer school, plus all of the other plans I have for the summer.

For our fun, end-of-the-year activity, we built the Lego Architecture Eiffel Tower. The children have been looking forward to this ever since they heard it was coming out, and even though we didn’t learn about France this year, you can never go wrong with such an iconic building! I’m hoping to buy and build the Trevi Fountain sometime in the next year, as well…we already have landmarks from England, Germany, France, and U.S. on display in our schoolroom, so an addition from Italy will be nice.

After we take a break for a few weeks, it will be time for our annual viewing of Liberty’s Kids…all of the children are already asking when we can start watching it again! And after that, it will be time for summer school. I’m really excited about looking at the history of baseball as it relates to American history this summer…I have a feeling that our special summer school units’ days are short, at least with Turkey and Bunny, and I really want to enjoy it while it lasts!

2012-13 School Year–Week Thirty-Three

That’s a wrap!

After approximately 186 days of school (probably a few more…I sometimes forget to record field trip days!), we have finished the 2012-13 school year!

We did a lot of work this week (unlike, say, the public school, which appears to have been on vacation for the last two weeks of classes!). We had to finish up American history from Nixon to the present (a lot of fun stuff to explain in there!). We had math lessons to complete, and reading lessons for Ladybug, who finally made it through the whole alphabet, and all 27 of her “Fun Tales” readers! Turkey and Bunny also finished their spelling books, and one last writing assignment. We haven’t finished our read-aloud, but we can continue reading that for fun every day!

We also had some fun this week! On Thursday, Bunny, Ladybug, and I went strawberry-picking at Eckert’s, which seemed fitting since we went apple picking during our first week of the school year. Turkey, unfortunately, was sick, but he wanted us to go anyway, which was very kind of him. We had a fun time in the strawberry fields…it was the first time any of us had picked strawberries!

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Today, after our last two tests of the year, we had a tea party for Pentecost. We were supposed to have it on Pentecost itself, but I ran out of time, and since it’s still Pentecost week, I figured I could still use red as a theme!

P1270178We also built the Lego Brandenburg Gate, a special project to tie into our studies of WWII and the Cold War/fall of the Berlin Wall. Since we waited until this afternoon to work on it, Moose got to join in, too! I love the Lego Architecture series, and can’t wait to see what other Landmarks they may come up with that I can use for school!

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It’s been a great school year. There were tough times, trying to figure out how to balance three students in two grades, with an infant (and then toddler!), besides. There were challenges as I had to look for new materials to use for Ladybug when some of the things I used for Turkey and Bunny didn’t work for her. There was the difficulty of trying to teach long division! But the good times and the successes and fun events far outweighed any problems we came across. We’ve finished five years of homeschooling, and I’m already looking forward to year six…see you in August!

The First Day of Third Grade

Today Turkey and Bunny went “back to school.”

For today, anyway, the school room is organized, books are on the shelves where they belong, the table is free of clutter–a week from now, it’ll probably be a completely different story, but today it looks good!

Turkey and Bunny are very excited about the things they’ll be learning this year, especially American History and writing in cursive. Here’s a brief rundown of our daily schedule:

In addition to all of that, we also have elective Fridays, where we’ll be learning about musical instruments, (we’ll be going through Those Amazing Musical Instruments, plus a coloring book), and composers, (we’re still using the Classical Kids Collection volumes¬†one and two¬†CDs), as well as horses, with Beautiful Feet’s History of the Horse. Plus we’ll use Fridays for playing educational games, such as Reading Roadway USA and the Scrambled States of America, and even the occasional Lego building activity, like the Lego White House from the Architecture series.

It’s going to be another great year–I’m so excited to get started!