Well all my planning and getting things ready didn't help this week go smoothly. First the twins are revolting at having to actually spend more than 10-30 minutes doing school work. Nathan who said he didn't want school to start and was arguing the whole week before actually dug right in and started work without complaining. Second one whole day was basically lost due to my father who is recovering from surgery having spent time at the house and us having to transport him to another town. Third one child broke his arm, which as luck would have it is the hand he writes with. Fourth being by late Thursday I just wanted to send them to school.
However looking back at what we did do, when you factor in all of the problems, is actually a lot I do feel like this wasn't a bad first week. Here's a run down on what the kids did: Nathan Charlotte's Web readers on his reading level explode the code 3 Math Mammoth grade 2 review Kumon Word Problems grade 1 (finishing this off from last year) counting book The fall of Rome working on types of sentences handwriting without tears grade 2 print Wordly Wise 3000 grade 2 (we may be dropping this very soon) spelling words with the short a sound a toy story comprehension workbook for phonics and language art (since he LOVES Toy Story) learned about our planet, did an experiment showing how the atmosphere keeps the earth warm, and learned about what's in space
Noah and Zach started to learn about South Korea started the week working on earlybird singapore math but we've now moved them on to math mammoth grade one kumon lowercase letters explore the code book a Make way for ducklings wordly wise kindergarten learned about animals habitat, migration, defense, camouflage and food. we made a food chain showing how animals eat other animals in order to get food.
The pictures at the top show the owl food chain (the owl is brown, the mouse is black, and the grain is yellow) that the twins did. Also the barbarian was from Nathan's history. The other picture is of a duck craft we did to celebrate the book Make way for Duckling.
And I think I am finally ready. A few last minute changes to the choices we made but I think we are set to go. I'm happy with our choices and can't wait to get started. Even the boys can't wait to start. Here's a rundown, sorry not providing links this time but if you want a link comment and I'll you to it.
Noah and Zachary Earlybird Singapore math Math Mammoth 1 Galloping the Globe Wordly Wise 3000 k Handwriting without tears k Kumon lowercase letters Explore the code and explode the code Elemental Science biology Elemental Science intro to science k12 science
Nathan Math Mammoth 2 Kumon Word Problems 1 and 2 Story of the World 2 Rand McNalley Maps Cantering the Country Voyages in English Zaner Blosser Spelling 2 Wordly Wise 2 Explode the code Song School Latin K12 science Elemental Science earth science Weather forecasting program
All three kids learning instruments in music Evan Moor how to teach art k-6
I discovered last year that Scholastic would allow homeschool families to register as a school and to buy books from them. Well it's the first of the year and they were offering all kinds of discounts for your first order. One discount being buy $20 worth of books get $10 to spend on any books. Second being spend $20 on books and get 10 books of their choice free. Third being double the reward points which means in the future free books or free supplies. I have three catalogs come to the house so I got the bonus things on all three catalogs. I spent $64 and received 75 books plus enough bonus points to get about $25 more in free books. I paid 85 cents each for the books. Almost as cheap as the thrift store or yard sales.
So this summer we've been having a Fun Day on Thursday's. We give the kids a choice of a few activities and we go and spend the day having fun. No getting mad at something or someone. Just pure fun. It's been a blast and we've really had fun. Some things we have done: Splash Pad, lunch, and snocones. Movie, Hungry Bear Pizza (arcade included), and ice cream. Boondocks with dinner out. Hogle Zoo with lunch. Antelope Island with lunch at Panda Express. Swimming at South Davis Recreation Center, ice skating at the same place, and dinner. Movie, lunch, and park. Bowling, food at the alley, and ice cream.
I was hoping to go to Lagoon but its more money then I want to spend. But tomorrow we are going to Cherry Hills with lunch out. Probably dinner too if its late and we are tired.
Anyway its been a great bonding experience for us. I highly recommend doing a fun day for your family.