Monday, February 20, 2012

Last week in school

So remember awhile back when I said I was going to try to document what we were doing each week in school? Well I totally feel behind doing that, but I am going to try to get back. I love reading what other homeschoolers are doing. I love gathering ideas and inspiration, and I like writing what we are doing...both for a record for myself, and maybe I can give a little ideas or inspirations to others. So anyway, without further ado...here is what we did last week in school, or at least what I took pics of! LOL

Swim
Right now we are having homeschool swim lessons twice a week. We have 3 lessons left, but I am thinking about having a teen we know who is on swim team continue lessons for her after since they are not offered again till fall.
A is loving it.

Spelling
We are almost done with our 2nd grade spelling book. This week we worked on long O words.

Math
We have been using Aleks math for the past 2 weeks and we LOVE it. For those who don't know it is a full online math curriculum for grades 3 through college. They have a free 2 month trial for homeschoolers so we decided to try it out while we are trying to figure out what we will be doing for math next year when we get funding from the state, and I am pretty sure I we have found it,

We are a little over 1/3 of the way through level 3, and A asks for it everyday. She signs on and starts to work....

but I still like to do some hands on stuff, so we do that to. Here's some other math we did through out the week...
probability practice

A little bit of money practice



Adding and Subtracting money and some more greater than/less than practice.

Reading
A has been devoring books as usual. This week she finished up Who Stole the Wizard of Oz and The Pain and the Great One: Going, Going, Gone, read another Franny K Stein: Mad Scientist book, started Pippi Longstocking, and read George Washington, Young Leader.


Writing
As I mentioned before, I wanted to help A get more comfortable with writing since that was the one thing she really asked to work on this year. So each week, she choses an animal from her poster book, reads the information about the animal and writes a short report.
I ask her to pretend she is writing to me about it and I know nothing of this animal. The we brainstorm what sort of things she thinks I would need to know and I write those ideas down, ie...what kind of animal is it, what it looks like, where it lives, what it eats, etc. She then works on her report. This is a favorite way to end her week.
This week she chose a cougar.



We also finished up our study on habitats and adaptation, and are starting on the human body this week. I am sure that will take up numerous weeks here for my future little ortho surgeon! LOL

So that's our school week in a nutshell.

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