So I’m 3 weeks behind on weekly updates already. Oops. The addition of K12 has been a bit of an adjustment, but we’ve also found lots of fun activities to do lately so updating here has been pushed down the list a bit. I do like to keep track of what we’ve done, though, and to be able to look back so here’s a gigantic catch up post that will hopefully get me back in the swing of writing here. Here’s what we’ve covered in the last few weeks.
Journal: Favorite website? Favorite place you’ve ever been? What do you want to be when you grow up? Favorite thing about Daddy? Favorite food? Favorite book? Favorite STEM game? (have you guys checked out Sesame Street’s new section, btw?) Favorite thing we did today? Favorite thing at playgroup? Something you’d like for Christmas? Favorite weather? Favorite thing about October? What do you want to do after schoolwork today? Favorite thing to do when it’s cold?
HWT: X, Y, Z, C, O, Q, G, S, A, I, T, J, c, o, s, v, w, t, a, d, g,
Creative Writing: x marks the spot; word spiral; What do you wish you could see?; What are you thankful for?;What have you never told anyone?; repetition
Spelling: goal, fail, away, most, alone, awake, chose, crayon, coach, raise, vote, scale, locate, police; high, easy, wheel, busy, smile, street, lucky, wipe, might, between, mile, area, twice, equal; cool, rule, lose, noon, true, move, mood, grew, clue, scoop, dew, root, dune, pollute
We have also discussed irregular past tense verbs, adding -y to make an adjective, dictionary guide words, and the prefix -un as part of our spelling lessons
Reading: synonyms, antonyms, fact vs opinion, homophones, guide words, using an index, summarizing, using a table of contents, -less
K12 Language Skills: “Lady Bug, Lady Bug”, “Little Boy Blue,” “Sing a Song of Sixpence,” “Hushabye, Don’t You Cry,” “Bed In Summer,” “A Bear Went Over the Mountain,” haikus, “Peter, Peter, Pumpkin Eater,” “Cat Kisses,” “Hickory, Dickory Dock,” “Teddy Bear,” “Patty-Cake, Patty-Cake,” “The Land of Counterpane,” “Johnny on the Woodpile,” various finger game rhymes, “The Three Foxes,” “A Good Play,” “Three Little Kittens,” “The Storm,” and “We’re Racing, Racing Down the Walk”
These sections also covered vocabulary having to do with: opposites, writing, manners, traffic, ordinals, sequences, growing, adults and babies, and homographs
K12 Literature: “The Velveteen Rabbit,” “Rare and Wonderful Pandas,” “The Lion and the Mouse,” “Caps For Sale,” “Emperors of the Ice,” “Make Way for Ducklings,” “The Elves and the ShoeMaker,” “Migrating Monarchs: A Butterfly Vacation,” “A Story, A Story,” “Spider and Turtle and Good Manners,” “The Wombat and the Kangaroo,” “Go, Kangaroos, Go!”, “Insects of the Rainforest,” “Tikki Tikki Timbo,” “The Story of Chicken Little,” “The Foolish Rabbit,” “Being Nosy About Smells,” “Diamonds and Toads,” “Talk,” “That’s Tasty!”, “The Story of Tom Thumb,” “Thumbellina,” “The Popcorn Book,” “Where the Wild Things Are,” “Ox-Cart Man,” “Why Mosquitoes Buzz In People’s Ears”
We finished K12 Kindergarten phonics and language and are nearly done with handwriting and literature so we should be moving up to 1st grade in language arts within a week or so.
Solid figures (the final unit for K12 Kindergarten); count (by 1s, 2s, 5s, and 10s), write, compare, and order numbers through 50 and then 100; time to the hour and 1/2 hour; direction and position words; addition in any order; plus symbol; equals symbol; writing number sentences
K12: What’s Alive?; What do plants and animals need?; growth, change, decomposition; seeds; plant structure; plants as food; trees
All About People: babies and toddlers; blood
Health: Germs and hygeine; hair; teeth
*The Netherlands: We read “The Little Hero of The Netherlands” and built a dike out of playdoh
* Russia: We watched a Reading Rainbow episode on “Rechenka’s Eggs” and Brady decorated a Fabrege-style egg printout
* Italy: We watched a video of “Strega Nona”
* China: We read “The Story of Ping” and “The Tale of Two Dragons”
*Japan: We read “How My Parents Learned to Eat” and “Momotaro, Peach Boy”
*India: We read ” The Blind Men and the Elephant”
US History: Iriquois; the importance of horses and buffalo to Plains Native Americans; Columbus; Ponce de Leon; Northwest Passage; Estevanico
Maps and Geography: symbols and keys; street maps; mapping a route
Social Studies: needs vs wants; using resources carefully
Music: Handel, Haydn, Clementi
*Homeschool group playgroup
*Theater Pub (to see “Turbo”)
*Fall leaves (paint on wax paper) in the window
and, as always, various drawings/paintings/etc on his own
And that about covers it I think. How are things going in your homeschool?