An earwig just happened to turn up in our workshop so of course I immediately ran upstairs and grabbed the bug viewer I found at Target's Dollar Spot so we could check him out for a while:-). I also found some pages about earwigs in some of the books we were reading.
Here are some the books we are reading currently to go along with our insect studies. There are more in my Shelfari. These are our favorites.
We also had fun with Geodesic Designs in the form of marshmallow sculptures. This was our first time doing these and it was lots of fun. Hanna, Joe and I built sculptures. **All of our Science experiments this week were taken from Activities in a Bag's General Science 1--worth EVERY penny!**
Hanna finished up reading and writing her report on The Trumpeter of Krakow, she read Beowulfd wrote a paper on what makes it an epic. She also completed dates on her timeline and mapping activities in her history lessons.
Grammar is continuing to go well for Hanna. She is catching on to labeling parts of speech finally, and doing well with diagramming too. Personally, I am not fond of diagramming and find it pointless, but I do know it is on standardized tests, so for this reason I have chosen a Grammar curriculum that includes diagramming. This is our third grammar and in this case, "third time's the charm". Finally one we will stick with.
Joe is doing well with Reading. After being reminded about Progressive Phonics on my friend Jenny's blog, I decided to give it another shot. It was successful this time around. Perfect too for a little more handwriting practice each day to compliment our ETC pages. Again, I am not rushing Joe at all with reading, with anything actually. That said, he catches on to things so quickly and is doing so well in general.
Going back to Abeka Math with Joe was the right choice. It moves a bit faster and covers a little more than Singapore did and this is what he needs. Last week we worked on money and time. He caught on fast and really surprised me! I'd figured this might be where we would spend a little more time in the beginning.
Teaching textbooks is still keeping Hanna happy which keeps me happy.
Jack did do a few trays, but I got no pictures. He really needs me right beside him when he does his school work.
As far as art, we did a few things. I had each of the kids do something with watercolors. Joe and Jack painted watercolor houses on paper plates. This was quick, fun and they liked it.
bubble art. This was FUN! It looks pretty too.
I am proud of the work Hanna and Joe have done this school year. They are both working hard and putting forth so much effort. Our school year is off to such a great start and I am having so much fun with what we are studying, what we are using and just teaching them in general.
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