Monday, December 29, 2008
Saturday, December 27, 2008
Friday, December 19, 2008
Tuesday, December 16, 2008
I feel to a certain degree I am doing parts of what he learned over again, but it's helping me to learn what he knows already, what he wants to learn more of, and plant the foundations for where we are going next. We started the Singapore math book today and this is a good example, as it starts with having you identify what numbers are in the thousands, hundreds, tens and ones columns. Plus, we're continuing the multiplication facts in the mathscore program. So, while it's review, it isn't hurting and he did ten pages with out prompting! I ran to switch laundry, fold it, etc and when I came back, he had finished the first two lessons. So to make up for the astronomy where I didn't get as far as I wanted, he completed two lessons in a book where I thought we'd do one. :-)
The other thing he asked me to do is what I was giving him for grades. I have a great excel spreadsheet where I keep track of everything and he sees me update this from time to time. Each sheet gets a grade, usually it works like this - each question is worth from one point up to five, depending on what it is. So math is straight forward, right or wrong, and mathscore even gives me his percentages. So anyhow, his grades are based on how well he answers each question, if it's right or wrong, etc, just like at his old school. I think he's discovering that Mom isn't necessarily going to be easier than his old teacher. :-)
Thursday, December 11, 2008
Anyhow, I like math score for the drilling, but in terms of explaining, I like to have paper to hold in my hand and show him. So, having known a family that worked with the Singapore program before, I decided that I want to try it. I'd been using a Spectrum math book, but felt like it jumped through things too quickly. Luckily, the store we were at carries Singapore, so I was able to get the books I wanted w/o having to order them. I also picked up the first K book for Luca, since I'll be starting w/him in January.
I found a coloring book on the Lewis and Clark Expedition too. So picked that up as well, it was in the used section. In history, I like the set up of the book I'm using with the vocabulary, short lessons w/q&a afterwards, but there's a lot left out too. So I figure I'll supplement with other things I find. The L&C book will be later, but it was such a good deal, I couldnt' pass it up! I found information on the 13 colonies at CurrClick that I'm thinking of getting. It also has a copy book to practice handwriting, which my little leftie seriously needs. LOL!
Niles has been playing the games on spelling city and I think it's about time to move on to lesson 3 next week. The final things I picked up were a grammar book and a book on health to work through. I figure we can do that on the days he has TKD too - working in some health lesson to go w/the exercise.
Tuesday, December 9, 2008
One morning Templeton was looking for food. Then Wilber walked up and said what are you doing? Shooting lazers out of my eyes!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
OOOOOOOOOOOOOOOWWWWWWWW said Wilber.
Then a beam of light destroyed the barn and the marines were attracted to the exploshen.
Then the marines launched a jet and shoot at Templeton. Then he shoots back at them. Back to Wilber, his mouth feel off and hit the ground.
Friday, December 5, 2008
Tuesday, December 2, 2008
He also worked on the kids astronomy, completing assignment 2 and most of assignment 3. Before Religious School, he had to go with me to the Doctor for a mole removal and read the Biography of Squanto, which he thought was cool. He's decided that he wants to go to a shooting range and is lobbying hard for that for Hanukkah. I'm not sure if I'm mortified or surprised it's taken this long, or both. Niles has always been fascinated with weapons, not just the shooting, but how they are made, watching things hit targets, etc. He loves the shows Myth Busters, How It's Made and the one about the weapons, whose name currently escapes me. Not sure we're going there anytime soon, but he's so very into helping set what he gets too study...military history is a part of early American history mom. And I can study how fast bullets go in math. And then we can take pictures and make a collage of the targets for art.....
Speaking of math, I really like the math score program a lot. It is really forcing him to practice what he doesn't know. I can see him improving a little each day. :-)
Sunday, November 30, 2008
May the great Name of God be exalted and sanctified, throughout the world, which he has created according to his will. May his Kingship be established in your lifetime and in your days, and in the lifetime of the entire household of Israel, swiftly and in the near future; and say, Amen.
May his great name be blessed, forever and ever.
Blessed, praised, glorified, exalted, extolled, honored elevated and lauded be the Name of the holy one, Blessed is he- above and beyond any blessings and hymns, Praises and consolations which are uttered in the world; and say Amen. May there be abundant peace from Heaven, and life, upon us and upon all Israel; and say, Amen.
He who makes peace in his high holy places, may he bring peace upon us, and upon all Israel; and say Amen.
Yis'ga'dal v'yis'kadash sh'may ra'bbo, b'olmo dee'vro chir'usay v'yamlich malchu'say, b'chayaychon uv'yomay'chon uv'chayay d'chol bais Yisroel, ba'agolo u'viz'man koriv; v'imru Omein.
Y'hay shmay rabbo m'vorach l'olam ul'olmay olmayo.
Yisborach v'yishtabach v'yispoar v'yisromam v'yismasay, v'yishador v'yis'aleh v'yisalal, shmay d'kudsho, brich hu, l'aylo min kl birchoso v'sheeroso, tush'bechoso v'nechemoso, da,ameeran b'olmo; vimru Omein.
Y'hay shlomo rabbo min sh'mayo, v'chayim alaynu v'al kol Yisroel; v'imru Omein.
Oseh sholom bimromov, hu ya'aseh sholom olaynu, v'al kol yisroel; vimru Omein.
We added another layer to the paper mache piggy banks yesterday. This time, the mache part turned out better and was less clumpy. They are coming along nicely and I think we'll do one more layer before painting. Niles is also working on cursive. I found a book that is specifically designed for left handed writers so that's been good. I really like the mathscore website we're using. I get a summary each day and it's adaptive so it moves him quickly through what he knows, but slower, with review of wrong answers on what he does not.
During the past two weeks, I've been talking w/people about why I've chosen to homeschool. I have been surprised by the positive responses so far. I have gotten a few, "I think you are nuts" but those have been the minority. I think people have become frustrated with the conveyer belt approach to education. At least I know that is part of our issue. They are working on math concepts that I didn't learn until much later [algebra, geometry] when the kids haven't all got down the basics yet. But they must MOVE ON because they have to reach the EOG objectives in order for the kids to pass and not lose their rating on No Child Left Behind. While the intentions behind this are good, how does this help? The kids at the top of the class get bored, the kids in the middle get lost in the shuffle if they are quiet like Niles and the ones at the bottom of the class are maybe able to get help.
Let's can the PC stuff and admit that not everyone is equal in all things. I'd rather clean toilets than do math work, let's be honest here. It is not my strength. Nate, who enjoys math, would rather clean toilets than do English! It doesn't mean that either of us will love it anymore or get any further in life because of it. It just means that we like and enjoy different things. The horror! People are different and I just said it was ok?! What's wrong with me?
And don't even get me started on why English now must be called "Language Arts". I could fill a whole post on that one....
Thursday, November 27, 2008
I wasn't planning on doing school today, but it ended up being a good day to work on the paper mache piggy bank for Charlotte's Web. So we did that for awhile. Nate decided he wanted to make one too. We're letting them dry overnight before the next layer goes on. So I'll add more pictures as we get them. Niles also took a couple shots of himself and Eliana so I've included those as well. I've also found a good math site to help w/that as well. progress!
Monday, November 24, 2008
Saturday was a big day for us. Niles tested and received his yellow belt! We also got his sparring gear too. He's very excited about that. Then we went to Native American Heritage Day at the History Museum downtown. The kids made jingle bells, like on the costumes, sassafrass tea bags for me and Nate made a bookmark. Niles enjoyed looking at the military exhibit the most though. From early American up until the Gulf War. Times sure have changed he said!
Friday, November 21, 2008
I've been reviewing basic addition and subtraction problems w/Niles to get an idea of what he knows and how confident he is in his skills. Plus, we've been doing the same thing w/multiplication problems 1-12. I'm going to wind up the lesson on add/sub with the test in the book I'm using, as I know that he's got that down pretty well. We also did a field trip w/Luca's dinosaur class to the grocery store to purchase items for the Thanksgiving soup and Backpack buddies. Niles' job was to estimate the cost for Luca and Joseph who rode with us. They each had a baggie w/$6 in it to spend.
In English, he's reading Charlotte's Web and working out of a workbook on identifying parts of sentences, incomplete sentences, etc. It's been going well so far. He has some trouble focusing during the day, but for the most part is doing well. We are going on our field trip tomorrow to the Museum of History for Native American Heritage Day and there's High White Belt Testing!
Sunday, November 16, 2008
Assignment 1 on packet 1 which is learning about 3 Astronomers and writing a paragraph about each of them. He chose Aristotle, Galileo and Jonathan Gottfried Galle.
Assignment 2 had a math problem regarding light years and for #3, he and Dad went out and found Ursa Major [aka The Big Dipper] after dark.
For reading, he read 2 chapters in Hear O Israel by Molly Cone.
Saturday, November 15, 2008
The Planets of our Solar System