Tuesday, July 26, 2011

1st Grade Plans

I'm taking the easy path with the twins this year. They did not learn to read as easily and quickly as Nathan did and Explode the Code just wasn't working for them. So in an effort to save time and money I put them into k12's language arts/phonics program. Anyway here is the rest of their plans for the year:

Grammar/Writing/Language Arts/Phonics
k12 language arts/phonics for k and 1st grade

Math Mammoth 1B and 2A

Wordly Wise 1st grade
Zaner Bloser spelling
Lollipop Logic

See Nathan's 3rd grade plans

Undecided at this time

See Nathan's 3rd grade plans

Monday, July 25, 2011

Our 3rd grade plans for this year

Looks like it's that time of year when everyone is talking about their plans. I tried to talk the kids into public school this year, lol, mainly because I get tired of arguing with everyone over our schooling decisions. Funny how I never talk bad about other's choices but my choice is fair game to argue with or fight with me about. Anyhow at least for now we will  be homeschooling this upcoming year. So here are our plans:

Grammar /Writing
Growing with Grammar Level 3
Writing Tales Level 1
Sentences to Paragraphs Book 1
Exercises in English 3
Grammar Tales

Language Arts
Handwriting without tears cursive
Zaner Bloser printing
Poetry for young people
Read and understand poetry
books I'll be reading out loud
books Nathan will be reading

Math Mammoth 2B and 3A

Geography from A to Z
National Geographic Kids World Atlas
Down to Earth Geography
Map Skills for Today
Evan Moor 7 continents
10 Days in Games

a spelling book from ebay that is used in public school
Spectrum vocabulary 3
Analogies for beginners
Listen Hear!

Elemental History
SOTW medieval times
Cantering the Country


a health book from PS found on ebay
Story of the Orchestra starting with instruments then heading into composers
Evan Moor How to Teach Art to Children
Evan Moor Art for all Seasons
Monthly arts and crafts

Friday, July 22, 2011

Garden Pictures 2011

We expanded the garden this year. We now have 12 squares within which we grow food. We do grow this stuff organically and this year after a really rough start our garden looks to be the best it ever had been.
What we planted this year, everything including fruit trees and fruit bushes is grown organically:
expanded our strawberry and herb patch
apples of some sort
our grape vines are producing high amounts for the first time, we have concord and himrod
23 tomato plants
6 tomatillo plants
12 sweet pepper plants
4 hot pepper plants
rainer cherry tree (planted this year)
raspberry bushes, fall gold and a red one that I don't remember right off hand
6 cucumber plants
one peanut plant
2 pumpkin plants
4 watermelon plants
2 cantaloupe plants
3 dozen sweet onions
white corn
Chinese red beans

Already harvested and gone:
snow peas
swiss chard
brussel sprouts
kolhrabi __________________

Saturday, July 16, 2011

Language Arts Find #1

We love this book at our house. Again no need to homeschool to enjoy and broaden your child's education with this book. It's full of old American rhymes and jingles. Fun to use for memorization or even copy work. Some of the rhymes and jingles included are:
The Bear Went Over the Mountain
Lazy Mary
Yankee Doodle

The book is titled The Rooster Crows A Book of American Rhymes and Jingles by Maud and Miska Petersham

Friday, July 15, 2011

Logic Find #3

I'm one of those people who can not figure out those little logic puzzles and I hate that fact. So I have been making sure my kids get to practice this skill all the time. I stumbled across this little gem at the local DI store for $1. Inside the book (as you can see from the pictures) are all kids of puzzles. The book starts off with Hide and Seek which has mazes, picture puzzles, and eye foolers. Followed by all the following types:
Riddles- Riddles from long ago, riddles from other lands, and joke riddles of today (today being 1982).
Brain Teasers- Puzzles in which the answers are "right under your nose."
Mystery!- A mystery story about a stolen vase, for you to solve.
Shufflers- Puzzles in which you can move toothpicks, coins, and buttons to make shapes and designs.
Ponderers- Puzzles that take lots of thought.
Brain Twisters- Puzzles in which you have to sort out may clues.
Look and Think- Puzzles in which you have to see in your mind what you can't see on paper.
Wordles- Hidden words, scrambled words, and secret codes.
Arthmeticks- Number puzzles, some of which are jokes and tricks.
Brain Busters- The hardest and trickiest puzzles of all.

Never fear if your like me and can not figure them out. The answers are in the book, usually with the description of how to solve the puzzle. You don't even have to homeschool to get use out of this find. It would be fun for anyone. The name of the book is The Puzzle Book. It's put out by Childcraft and this book is part of the 1982 Childcraft Annual series.

Saturday, July 9, 2011

History Find #1

This find is not something you do at home but it would make a really fun field trip during the summer. I say during the summer because that's when the summer adventure program is run at the American West Heritage Center in Wellsville Utah. Honestly this place was way more fun then I expected when we first set out. My kids LOVED the place and have asked daily since we left if we could go back.
Mountain Men- There is tent set up where you enter and chat with a Mountain Man. He taught us all about the different furs they caught and what they traded them for. They had some of the actual furs there in the tent so you could see what real furs looked like. They also had historic items that were used in trading. Like real 1800's playing cards, canteens, guns, and so forth. At the conclusion of the the info he shared we learned how to toss tomahawks, just like the Mountain Men did at their rendezvous
Indians- Next up was the Indian village where we entered a tepee. Inside was an "Indian" who taught us a little about the Northern Shoshone and their traditions. Along with teaching us the Indian signs for various items and animals. Fun but not as interesting to the kids as it was for adults.
Pioneer Living- This was set up just as life was during pioneer times. They had a dugout and a little log cabin. My boys helped weave a rug, attempted to crochet, helped make butter, helped make cookies, made popcorn, fetched water, gathered wood and helped with the fire, washed dishes, and so many other little things the pioneers did back then. After about 45 minutes of hard labor they got to tour the dugout and learn how they caught mice and was shown how snakes sometimes shared the dugout with pioneers. Then a short tour of the one room log cabin followed by some pioneer games including tug of war.
Next up we hit the pony rides and the train ride. Both were huge hits with the kids. We stopped at the wood working place and they kids played around with kid toys and the adults got to help cut two dove tails for a chest they were making. I kicked Don's butt at this.
The final destination was the 1917 farm. The tour of the farmhouse was boring for the kids, until they saw the upstairs, but I loved it. The hit here was the outside area. My kids did several loads of laundry in the old fashion way, tubs of water with a washboard and ringer then hanging up on the clothesline to dry. They spent a very long time with doing the laundry. They fed chickens and helped look for eggs. They fed the hogs and toured the outhouse. Then we stopped by and learned how to make a horseshoe and then back for more laundry.

I had hoped this would keep us entertained for a hour or two but when all was said and done we spent almost 5 1/2 hours there. A perfect day and so much fun with learning tossed in.