Homeschool Wrap-up

This week in our homeschool we did get some things accomplished.  We have been working on starting our timeline to go along with our History.   We are using The Story of the World this year and we are really loving it.  We are also doing a lapbook that I found at The Chronicle of the Earth. Here a couple of pictures of our timeline.

       

And here a of picture of our lapbook.  This shows chapter 1 – 9.

In English and in Math we are using ACE.  In English she is working on Subjective and Objective verbs and in Math she is working on long division and reducing fractions.  I seem to have to reteach both these skills every week.

In Science we are using a science curriculum I found for free on the internet.  It is not bad.  The only cost is the printing.  I guess she could read the lessons on the computer, but I usually print it out.  There are questions, puzzles and activites to go along with each lesson.  The website for this curriculum is Classic Science. 

In spelling, I made up my own curriculum.  I found a series word lists and I’m using those as a base list.  I do change the “academic words” to correspond with our science curriculum.

We are using Writing Strands for Creative Writing.  It is slow going but she is learning a lot.

We are also doing a Geography curriculum that I wrote.  You can read about it at Geography Curriculum Script, the post was on Jan. 4th, 2012.

In the curriculum you use a large wall map like this one.

And then you put together a report on the state which includes state information, a fmaous person sheet and much more.

                   

On the last day you put a sticker in the passport and choose the next state.

            

I have this curriculum for sale for $10.50.

This week we have been working hard to get our work done.  On Friday we go to a co-op from 8 – 11 am and then eat lunch with the other families. My daughter is taking three classes at the co-op.  They are:  The Young PeaceMaker, Book Club, and Sign Language.  We really enjoy going to co-op.  Being the only child left at home, this is a time for her to be with her friends.

I hope you enjoyed our “Homeschool Wrap-up”

Blessings,

Colette

Creative Writing

I have been looking  for a good  creative writing program for my daughter.  At the homeschool convention I looked into a couple of programs, but both were expensive.  I started looking on the internet to see what I could find.  I did find a couple of things, and Abby and I started one yesterday.  This is one of the activities we have decided to do.  She picks four numbers, each one between 1 and 10.  The first is the character, the second is the setting, the third is the time period, and the last is the situation.  I made cards to correspond to each number.  For example: the character cards are #1 – an older lady, #2 – a photographer, #3 – an alien from outer space, etc.  After she picked her cards, we made a sentence to go with the cards she picked.  Her sentence turned out to be:  A photographer was at a shopping mall after a thunderstorm has just passed and someone had just reached an important goal.  After some whinning about it, she actually did a great job.  She will work on this story for about a week.  We will then proofread, rewrite and publish her work.  I’ve been thinking about how to publish her writing.  I know I’m going to allow her to type her story, but then I think I might try and find a website that publishes students’ writing.  I’ve seen a couple of these sites, I just need to research them and find a good one.  If anyone knows of a good site please let me know.  When we do publish her story, I’ll post where you can read it.

Next time I will tell you about the spelling program we have started. 

Until next time.

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