Friday, August 17, 2012

Week 1 Friday Check In

I'm joining the trend of checking in once a week on the blog and telling how our homeschooling adventure went. I'm sure that most weeks will look the same, blah blah picture blah blah, but hey, its my blog I can do what I want to *insert neener neener smiley here*

I feel that our first week went well. I'll break down the subjects for this week only.


Kiddo is used to our math journal set up now since we started it during our summer classes. I give her an answer on Monday and throughout the week her task is to come up with 1 word problem for addition, subtraction, multiplication, division and 1 multiple operations. She still struggles when she gets down to having to come up with a division problem, but every week brings a better set of questions, definitely a win. We worked on refreshing our math skills and expanding them to include 3 digit multiplication.

Language Arts

Oh, I am having so much FUN with this subject. It has been much smoother than last year by miles. We haven't done any real writing yet though, so I may regret saying that.

Spelling:We did not do a lot of spelling last year, she is such a superb speller that I did not worry about it. I found a 4th grade list online, fairly easy but a nice refresher. Everyday she picks a spelling activity to do in her notebook and on Friday there's a test. She's enjoying being able to pick from a range of activities and especially likes putting the letters of a word in alphabetical order and then trying to say them.

Grammar: We have being using Grammarland and Youtube Schoolhouse Rock videos to solidify what she already knows while we wait for her EPGY courses to start. We have also been working on Wheeler's Graded Studies in Great Authors for dictation, its a great way to learn older poets. She does not like dictation.

Reading: We do this at the end of the day. In addition to her choice of books, we are reading Little Women together. We listen to the LibriVox recording and color, I mostly 'accidentally' fall asleep. It took her 10 chapters but she's enjoying it.


Not something we really covered last year. She has always been interested in maps but since we purchased Where in the World is Carmen San Diego she has been actively trying to learn more about the world...mostly because she wants to win, but I'll take it as enthusiasm for learning.  This month we're focusing on the United States, some of the city locations are throwing her off, but she is doing well.

Social Studies/ History

I'm infinitely more excited about this year than she is. I love California state history, I remember building a mission diorama and visiting San Juan Capistrano and it has stuck in my mind all these years. We started out great by doing a 2 week mini thematic on the Gold Rush before school even started.

Yesterday she started her relief map of California. So many projects and field trips to come! Yes it doubled into her geography lesson.


Since dad does this, I won't really be updating about it much. They both understand things on that higher level, so it works well for them to "nerd out" with it.


Another new subject. We're using the online resource of Linney's Latin Class until I can get a proper curriculum. It is a great resource, Kiddo said she liked learning how to say the words, but she is not sold on learning the grammar rules.


I try and keep Fridays fun. Only academics we do are math and spelling journals. We started following this great Artsy Friday schedule. Both of the first ones can be found on Youtube. She wants to take sewing and cooking again, so perhaps she'll start that in September. For PE we walk, bike, skate, or watch Yoga videos.

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