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

Our Spelling Program

Spelling has been a trial and error kind of thing for us.  We have been using ACE Word Building for spelling, but she has about 50 words per book.  Its just too much for her. A couple of weeks ago, I started trying something on our own which has worked pretty well.  I found the concept at Unique Teaching Resources , this is a great site.  I’ve used some of her book report templates and Abby and Kristin have really enjoyed them.  Getting back to spelling, her philosophy is to build your own spelling word list.  You get 7 words from the most commonly used words in our language, 7 words from the most commonly misspelled words in our language, and 7 words from a spelling rule.  So you only have 21 words per week.  For Abby that has been more manageable.  I had to look up the basic spelling rules, but from there it has been easy.

I am going to try another program also with Abby.  Its called Sequential Spelling.  They have a website if you would like to check them out.  I think this program will help Abby start from the easiest words and work up.  I also think it will help her gain some confidence with her spelling.  I’m hoping to use this program with both the girls.  It has a pretty good remedial tract, if the student needs more help. I’ll post on how it’s going as we work through each program.

Blessings!

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