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Yesterday and Today
The lad was bored. MOM! Do you have a water science experiment?
So I did a quick google search and came up with this one. Bending water.
The lad thought this was cool. And I have to admit, it was neat to see the water bend around the comb.
He then did some experiments on his own with a knife, a water bottle and some determination. At one point I was helping him and my finger got stuck in the bottle. He thought that hilarous but then needed to do some thinking about WHY it got stuck. He came up with some good reasoning.
The lad has a cold. We'll be spending the bulk of the day at home.
We're going to start doing a few new things in our homeschooling journey this week.
I've organized regular you must do stuff for him in folders. We'll continue daily reading, and I"m going to add a bible and music component to our day. I'm hopeful to get everything into our folders just to make it easier to accomplish some tasks. I'm finding since I'm currently often not feeling well that having some assistance in schooling to be a useful thing.
We're going to start with a FOUNDATIONS bible study course. I've written up about it on my other blog, Fish and Cans, and I don't feel a huge need to duplicate those efforts. So GO HERE to read about it. His copy sheet for the first week is found here.
the hen with the curly hair. today we read a tall tale about how a hen got curly hair and how it changed her. it made the lad laugh. :) it was a good discussion story,
today we learned about African explorers. Most of the reading was about Dr. Livingstone. This lead me to this page at Practical Pages. I downloaded a page on David Livingstone.
A freebie for Today only
Simple Schooling has a gingerbread unit study.
Math, sight words, and a few other things. The lad found this change a bit difficult. :)
Mountains, Math and Reading
We continue to work on our globe. Today we added mountains and the snow caps. This was a combined effort since our white paint was being uncooperative today (seemed too thin).
We went to this site called Mountains of the World for inspiration.
we started reading from another book on Canada. We practiced saying the Canadian provinces and territories, we learned about the capital cities and about the great lakes.
We read from our normal books today. Most of the stories today were short. In history we learned about Captain Cook.
The lad practiced with Xtramath.
Also did some math worksheets. Worked on addition and subtraction and word problems.
I've been testing out e-tap. I like their program. One of things I like about it, is how it sets things out logically. Today I pulled up information on maps/geography. Good pdf files for downloading. Nice to have resources that can be so helpful. :)
There is a cost to it, so while it's free (for a while) I'll be using it to add to what we are learning. There is a video component, but I haven't figured out how or even if I can use that with the free trial.
we watched some videos. In the one below he used our small globe to point to some of the things the man was talking about. He didn't understand "key" until we watched the second video.
the lad enjoyed following the instructions in this video.
We are continuing our quest for supplies to make our our long house for First Nations study, so we'll be out for a walk today to see if we can find some birch bark. A friend asked while we were out to look for pine cones as well. :)
We started off the day with an impromptu math lesson.
I was looking at a program on-line about doing up timelines. It looked good until I started adding it up and I mentioned that to the lad. He said..but mom.. it's only $11.
And I said yes...this part IS only $11 but look at what it will add up to if you like the whole program.
We ended up at $309 not including taxes or shipping.
Then the lad got inspired and said look mom, see how much it will cost if you did a class.
So we got in a small lesson on doing multiplication as well.
He was quite surprised by it all.
Good lesson in economics as well I think. :)
he also worked on XtraMath.
Every night the lad and I read a book before bed. last night I gave him a book and asked him to read it while I finished my supper. He read MOST of it by himself. he continues to struggle with some sight words, but overall he is learning to read okay. He has a goal in mind of earning a book called "Bad Kitty" (he love the series). He is getting mighty close to getting it. It's very cool to watch him gaining some confidence though he thinks he fails if he can't read ALL the words (even if some of them are tough).
The lad had fun watching some of the videos over at the Human Body Detectives Site this morning.
we are preparing to do a worksheet that I made up of for the First Nations people of Canada. To that end we spent a good deal of time learning about them over at this site called Canada's First People.
This afternoon the lad has swimming lessons at the Y in Stratford with the HOPE group.
Homeschool Art Program
Museum London does a quarterly art program for students.
Yesterday the children built a castle.
It was not the most organized event but the children achieved their objective...they built a castle cooperatively.
I will upload pictures later.
So I've been looking over the E-tap program on the computer. And I have to say, I like it. I don't want to buy it since it's out of my price range, but I like the program and wish it was cheaper. :)
E-Tap is a e teaching assistance program. So it's designed to help you teach your student. eTAP gives you K-12 Math, English, Science, and History, as well as SAT/GED/ASVAB test preparation, all on a single easy-to-use website!
Since it's completely on-line you can study anywhere you want to. :) You can use it for your whole family, which means if you have lots of children it's well worth it, but for one child...I can't justify $400. I just can't do it. :)
Most of the reviews are for their highschool curriculum and I didn't really look that over since my son isn't in highschool (nor close to it). They offer a 10 day trial and are easy about extending it if the need is there.
The world and more
Today the lad painted his earth. All the continents have been put into place. It's not a totally accurate representation which he's not pleased about, but since mom drew the basic outlines he's more or less okay with it (as then it's MY fault that it's not totally accurate). Silly lad he is.
We also got to page 7 in the continents and oceans study from The Simple Homeschool. This can be found on Currclick for 99 cents right now. Don't know how long the sale lasts.
The lad did good work this morning on XtraMath. He continues to add to his chart all the math he knows in three seconds (basically instant recall) and the math that he knows within 10 seconds. It is good to see.
We plan to do some reading today yet, but are needing to accommodate dad and his sore need and the ability to get around the house on crutches. We'll read from the normal four books we have.
Listening and Doing
The lad helped to make Canadian Fluffy Pancakes this morning. :) Then we ate them for breakfast. The lad needed to listen carefully to instructions, he needed to both watch and do.
Science - the Human Body
Jenny Wren, Math and A Play
The lad started off his homeschooling day working on XtraMath. He seems to have gotten some more confidence overnight and enjoyed doing the exercises this morning. he was like Mom LOOK! I have more green!!! and look at all my smiles!
We are continuing to read the story of Peter Rabbit and Jenny Wren. With this book we can also learn about some the animals in the story by going to the burgess bird book companion. we found these resources through Satori Smiles.
reading about the birds and how their tails went up in the air inspired the lad to draw some creative versions of birds and their tails. Through that I was able to talk to him about some of the different types of tails birds have. From the long tails of the quetzel to the short tails of sparrows and so on.
This afternoon we are off to London to go see the show Water Under the Bridge.
Water under the bridge was a whole lot of fun. It was based on the War of 1812. It had children from the audience participating. The lad got to have a hand in it as well.
So the story was inspired by a town which had the border run through it, and chose NOT to fight in the was as it would mean fighting family and friends.
Full of laughter and moments of sadness. It was a great play to take children too and I would heartily recommend folks checking them out. Done by the carousel players. You can go here to check out some of the scenes in video. It's rather neat, they even give study guides!
The wonder book of Chemistry
A mom mentioned this to me at swimming today.
And I said...ooh... I wonder if that book is on-line at all, and she asked if I found if I could let her know.
SO I did! I found it. woot woot!
here it is: The wonder book of chemistry.
confusion and amazement
It amazes and confuses me.
The lad... can do math in his head quite handily.
Ask him to do it on paper and he struggles.
I don't know why.
Lately we are using Xtramath to help him nail down some of those math facts.
He's getting better at reading.
Every night he helps me read. I'm fairly deliberate about choosing books that are somewhat repetitive.
Right now we are using a bible story book geared for 5 year olds but it's written for a parent to read it, and tonight he read a couple of lines completely independently. It was like WOOT WOOT!
The first thing out of his mouth when I congratulated him was ... can I get that bad kitty book yet mom? i Said soon buddy, soon that book will be all yours. :)
We are continuing to read from our regular four books. it took us a few days to get through "the white seal" but it was a good read. The lad enjoyed it and thought it interesting how the white seal had to beat up the other seals before they would take him seriously...but then again, seals only take seriously the seals that are the biggest and the strongest.
Sight words in context
The lad isn't real keen on just learning sounds, so we've been working on learning sounds inside of words. Today we practiced the PH.... I said it sounds like "FFFFF". he had a hoot with that. :) Not sure why, but he found it very funny.
BUT on some site, I think it was through pinterest but it could have been a link through another site which sends me freebies I found some sight words that are in sentences. The sentences are simple like "my dog is funny". He knows my dog is...but doesn't know Funny, so this way I can just say.. you know these three words buddy... now let me teach you this one. NOW.. see how it looks, listen to how it sounds and then I make a point of letting him read it somewhere else. These words tend to be fairly common so it's really not hard to find them. Gives him that confidence boost that he needs. ah just looked it up, comes from the moffat girls.
we do try to get in some phys ed regularly. NOT as good at this as we should be, but we're working on it. Lately my health has been a factor. Today the lad had swimming lessons. He thoroughly enjoyed himself today and even independently went down the big slide. I am hoping Hubby can come along next week to see how much he has progressed.
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