Monday, January 18, 2010

Home Education

Week of Jan 11th - 15th:

: Finished 4 Nephi and Mormon. Songs: Books of the Old Testament, fun songs for the little ones.

Spelling: Ky just completed lesson 52 and Bugaloo just completed lesson 13 in Word Lessons. If the lesson just contains spelling words, then they spend two days copying the words and two days writing sentences for each word. Day 5 is spent in review as needed.

Reading: We decided to do readers three times a week now on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday. At least once a week, usually twice, they read out loud to me and we work on pronunciation and reading skills. Ky read through lessons 26,27, & 28. Bugaloo read through lessons 25, 26, & 27.

Ky and Bugaloo finished their books and you can read their reviews here. Ky is now reading, May Bird among the Stars and Bugaloo is reading Matilda.

Family Read: We are
reading some stories from Sketchbook by Washington Irving. We listened to Rip Van Winkle.

Copy Work: They are continuing to copy the Articles of Faith with #10. Bugaloo has done a great job with her cursive practice. She continued with a, d, g, c, & q. She did a practice sheet for each and then did a couple of worksheets that incorporated all those letters.

Math: We have decided to work really hard on memorization of basic multiplication and so have been using flash cards, tables, tricks, and games. They have both really improved and taken hold of the methods.

History: We finished reading The Landing of the Pilgrims by James Daugherty. We started our History Scrapbook with pages about Pocahontas, John Smith, and the Jamestown Colony. We will work on this until we get caught up and then do the pages as we finish a topic or person.

Take Five: Take Five last week was about fables. How they are written and what the morals are. They were challenged to write their own fables and illustrate them. They were given the following line and asked to finish the fable.

The Elephant and the Giraffe

One day, the elephant saw his friend the giraffe eating a
bunch of plump,juicy leaves off the top of the tree.
He said to his friend, . . .


"Can you get me an apple from the tree?"

"Only if you do something for me in return," the giraffe said.

The elephant said, "Ok." So the giraffe got him the biggest, juiciest apple on the tree and the elephant went home and had a delicious supper. The next day, giraffe was stuck in a hunter's net. Just when the elephant walked by, the giraffe said, "Remember your promise. Help me out of this net." But the elephant said, "No, I have to save myself."

While the elephant said this, a hunter shot him. Giraffe was set free.

Moral: Keep your promises.


"May I have some?" said the elephant.

"No, maybe another time. They are mine." said the giraffe.

So the elephant went home hungry. The next day giraffe asked elephant if he could have some fruit. Elephant said, "No, they are mine. Find some of your own." So the giraffe left hungry.

Moral: Treat others how you want to be treated.

Music/Art Study: We continued listening to music by Henry Purcell. They worked on their piano lessons and theory and played with a new keyboard that we got that connects to the computer.

Bugaloo did our FHE for the week, worked on a topic in her Faith In God, for the new "Scripture Journal" task found in the Friend she taught her sister the 1st Article of Faith, and read in Book of Mormon scripture reader. Ky worked on a topic in her Faith in God, finished the Book of Mormon scripture reader, and helped teach her sister the 1st Article of Faith for the "Scripture Journal".

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