Chalkboard tables and Natural History

Here’s what we were up to last week.

Language Arts:

Journal questions: Favorite tv show?, What kind of animals would you like to be?, What makes you happiest?, Favorite part of today?, Favorite drink?

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Favorite part of today? "I love swimming"

Favorite part of today? “I love swimming”

Creative Writing:  I’m just going to share my favorite answer from each lesson.

*What can you write with?: “I can write with silky stuff from the Milky Way.”

*What are your favorite words?: “Daddy, Mommy, Gramma, Papa, Cousin, and more.”

*Where would you like to fly? What do your wings look like?: “I want to fly to Antartica on wings that look like spilled milk and orange diamonds.”

Handwriting Without Tears: H, K, L, U, and V

3rd Grade Spelling: else, buzz, finish, head, summer, lift, ready, visit, fence, live, edge, nickel, hundred, and minute we also practiced unscrambling words and alphabetizing words that start with the same letter

4th Grade Reading: ‘pre-‘, writing outlines, ‘im-,”in-,’ sequencing, and non-fiction vs. fiction

K12 Language Skills: We read “The Caterpillar,” “Little Miss Muffet,” and “Yankee Doodle,” “The Island,” “Little Bo Peep,” and Humpty Dumpty”. We also acted out “Little Miss Muffet” using a spider that Brady cut out by himself, he thought it was hilarious to make me shriek and run away. These units also included vocabulary for comparison, position, emotions, and opposites.


When asked what made him sad Brady said “When people are mean to animals and then proceeded to draw a picture of a person sticking their tongue out at a giraffe.

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He cut both of these out himself. Someday I will stop being amazed at the improvement in his fine-motor skills post surgery, but that day is not today.

K12 Phonics: u, w ,x, e, y, sh, th, and short vowel review (we just test through these units)

K12 Literature: “The Grand Canyon,” “Mike Mulligan and His Steam Shovel,” “The Tale of Peter Rabbit,” “The Tale of Benjamin Bunny,” “The Tale of the Flopsy Bunnies”

I thought this little puzzle we made turned was cute.

I thought this little puzzle we made turned was cute.


Subtraction as comparison, subtraction story problems, problem solving w/ addition and subtraction, measurement, and numbers through 30 (we test through these units as well)


K12: How people are the same and different, bones, heart, brain, and muscles

All About People:  People are mammals, same and different

Health: 5 senses, ways to move your body

Brady has also begun taking “Dino 101” on


K12: France (we read “Madeline”), Ireland (“The Giant Who Acted Like a Baby”), and Germany (Brothers Grimm and “The Wolf and 7 Kids)

Our wall of flags continues to grow.

Our wall of flags continues to grow.

US: Hohokam, Anasazi, Hopewell, and Adena cultures

Maps and Geography:  placing items using cardinal directions, drawing floor plans and simple maps

Social Studies

Holidays, foods, and traditions that Americans have adopted from other cultures


Numbers 1-10


We talked about Domenico Scarlatti and listened to his “Sonata in G Major”


This week Brady and I painted the dining room table with chalkboard paint

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Somebody lost his 2nd tooth (and swallowed it while eating pizza, which is what happened to the 1st tooth I ever lost. Like mother, like son I guess lol)


“Dear tooth fairy,
I swallowed my tooth. I’m counting on you.
The child kills me dead.

And we went to Eugene on Thursday and visited the UO Natural and Cultural History Museum and the Science Factory

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How are things in your homeschool?


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