ivey league academy: weeks in review!

It's been a looooong time since I updated this blog so let's just look at the highlights from the past month!

Anatomy:  We covered the urinary system one week.  We made a "kidney" using a mixture of corn syrup and water, plus mini marshmallows and sprinkles to represent the items that are filtered out by the kidney.  We also did a scientific demonstration with a balloon and water to show that the bladder can expand as it fills with liquid, but then returns to its original size once emptied

We also learned about genetics and DNA.  This was a more complicated subject so we kept it simple.  Caleb learned about the double helix and how DNA are the building blocks of life.  We also discussed different traits he and his brother had inherited from his parents (i.e., the ability to roll his tongue, detached earlobes, slight widow's peak, etc.).

And we also learned about the immune system.  Caleb learned about the different types of white blood cells and how they protect the body by attacking viruses and bacteria.  For our experiment, I mixed up unflavored gelatin with water and sugar, then carefully poured a tiny amount into disposable cups with lids (we didn't have petri dishes!).  Using Q-tips, Caleb carefully swabbed several different household objects and then rubbed each one on the gelatin (obviously using a clean Q-tip for every sample).  I labeled the lids and placed them in a dark kitchen cabinet so we'll see what we get!

Countries:  We studied Japan and attempted origami dogs!

We also studied Egypt.  For our activity, we just watched "Prince of Egypt." :)

And we studied Morocco.  We did a fun "henna hands" craft using a simple hand outline printable and also tried Moroccan mint tea; Caleb doesn't really like warm tea (we found that out when we studied England!), so I made a cold brew batch in the fridge using a big sprig of mint plus 5 green tea bags.  I didn't add sweetener so Caleb didn't really like it but I think it tastes great with the mint!

Read-Alouds:  We read the sixth and final book in the Frank Einstein series!  Caleb loves them and has gone back to check the earlier ones out with his own library card.  After that, we read Centerburg Tales, the sequel to Homer Price.  Right now we're about two-thirds of the way through The Vanderbeekers of 141st Street by Karina Yan Glaser.  I kept seeing it pop up on Instagram (I follow a lot of homeschoolers on there!) and it really is an entertaining read.

For the rest of our subjects, we're plugging away.  We're almost done with the first half of our spelling curriculum (since we switched late in the fall), so I told Caleb we could do the second half when he starts third grade.  We'll still do Word Ladders as practice, and maybe even a little Explode the Code till then.  He's just made so much progress with spelling that I would hate to see it slide during the summer break!  He's doing great in English and math as well.

Germ Collection Project (Homeschool Den)
Origami Dog Instructions (DIY is Fun)


ivey league academy: weeks in review!

Here's what we did the week of 3/12-3/16!

Reading:  Caleb chose a book to either read to himself or out loud as he works toward his next Pizza Hut Book-It prize.

English:  We finished Chapter 11 and had a test.  Caleb did very well!  We also did a cumulative review before moving on to the next chapter.

Spelling:  Caleb continued with his daily Word Ladders and his Spelling You See curriculum.

Math:  Caleb continued with his Horizons 2 Math workbook.

Word of the Week/Journal:  We didn't get to our word of the week so we saved it for the following week!

Anatomy:  This week we learned about muscles and muscular contractions.  Caleb picked up things of various weights and watched how his arm muscles moved!

Countries:  This week we studied China.  I heated up some chicken egg rolls and Caleb loved them!  We also tried our chopstick skills with yarn noodles.

Read-Aloud:  We finished the fifth book in the Frank Einstein series.  There is a sixth one but I think it was very recently published so the public library has it listed as "on order."  I reserved it though so as soon as they have a copy we should be first in line to check it out!

Here's what we did the week of 3/19-3/23!

Reading:  Caleb kept reading toward his Book-It prize.  He's really been enjoying the Nate the Great detective series so I've been putting those on hold at the library a couple at a time.

English:  We started a new chapter this week, which focuses on how to write a brief fictional story.  We read a couple of sample stories and learned that every fictional story has a problem that needs to be solved.  Caleb planned out his own story, including the main character, the setting, the problem/solution, and the story map (beginning/middle/end).

Spelling:  We continued with Word Ladders and Spelling You See.

Word of the Week/Journal:  This week's word was "fiasco."

Math:  We continued in his math workbook.

Anatomy:  This week we learned about the digestive system!  We learned about the teeth, the esophagus, the stomach, and the intestines.  For the demonstration, we put some saltines in a Ziploc bag, closed it, and then crushed them up (like how the teeth chew and crush the food).  Then, I poured a little soda in there, closed it again, and we worked it around with our fingers (the acid in the soda broke down the crackers into a paste, like what happens to our food in the stomach).

Countries:  This week we studied Thailand.  We read some great books from the library, including The Umbrella Queen, in which a little girl learns how to paint umbrellas like all the women in her village in Thailand.  We didn't paint umbrellas, but the boys did paint on some posterboard!  For our snack, I got "pocky sticks" from Target.  They're basically very thin cookie sticks dipped in chocolate or other flavors.  The boys liked them!

Read-Aloud:  This week we started Homer Price by Robert McCloskey, the author of Make Way for Ducklings and Blueberries for Sal.  Caleb enjoyed when we read Beverly Cleary books about Henry Huggins, so I figured he might also find the character of Homer Price entertaining.  We're both enjoying it!  I picked up the follow-up book, Centerburg Tales, from the library for when we're done with this one.


ivey league academy: weeks in review!

Here's what we did the week of 2/26-3/2!

Reading:  Caleb continued to read everyday for his Pizza Hut Book-It prize.  We fell a little behind on our schedule but I told him it was all right!

English:  We continued in our Language Arts curriculum and learned about helping words and linking verbs.

Spelling:  Caleb continued doing a Word Ladder a day as well as a daily lesson in our Spelling You See curriculum.  The words are getting more challenging but Caleb is doing very well!

Word of the Week/Journal:  Our word of the week was "miffed."

Math:  We continued in his Horizons Math 2 workbook.

Anatomy:  This week we studied the five senses.  Caleb already knew these, but it was fun to see how they all work together (for instance, how important your sense of smell is for tasting).

Countries:  This week we studied India.  Caleb colored a picture of the Taj Mahal and we ate store-bought naan (Indian flatbread) with a little butter and cinnamon-sugar.

Taj Mahal Printable (The Crafty Classroom)

Here's what we did the week of 3/5-3/9!

We had grandparents visiting this week but still managed to get a lot done.

Reading:  Caleb continued reading and by the end of the week, his chart was full and he earned his personal pan pizza!  He was so excited and proud of himself when we had pizza for dinner that Friday night.  We'll do this again for the month of March and then we'll probably have to wait for next year since the Book-It program only runs through April.

English:  We did a few lessons in his workbook, including contractions and double negatives.

Spelling:  We continued with daily Word Ladders and Spelling You See.

Word of the Week/Journal:  Our word of the week was "concoction."

Math:  Caleb had a test this week and did great!  The workbook has introduced a few things that surprised me for second grade (such as Roman numerals and "solve for n"), but I help him more with these since I know they'll probably appear again in later grades.

Anatomy:  This week the Sassafras twins moved on to Beijing and learned about the circulatory system.  We made "blood in a jar" using corn syrup for the plasma, cinnamon candy for the red blood cells, mini marshmallows for the white blood cells, and chocolate sprinkles for the platelets.  It was fun to put together!  We also added a heart to our life-size skeleton.

Countries:  We didn't get to study a country this week because of some abbreviated school days.

Read-Aloud:  We're still reading through the Frank Einstein series for fun, and then Thoughts to Make Your Heart Sing as our devotional.

Blood in a Jar Activity (Mama of Many Blessings)


ivey league academy: week in review!

Here's what we did the week of 2/19-2/23/18!

We took ANOTHER sick day on Wednesday; I caught another cold and pretty much nothing got done that day!

Reading:  Caleb continues to read out loud in order to earn his personal pizza!  Late in the week he remembered that he has access to free ebooks on his tablet and started reading a Peanuts one.  It was very long so he continued reading it off and on through the weekend.  I told him that could count as three books because of the length, and also he didn't have to read it out loud as long as he was READING.  :)

English:  We finished Chapter 10, which ended with Caleb sending a thank-you letter (complete with heading, greeting, body, closing, and signature) to his grandparents for his tablet (he also addressed the envelope!).  He took a test on Friday and did very well; he sometimes forgets where commas go in addresses but he's doing great overall.

Spelling:  We continued in Spelling You See.  Caleb is doing so much better.  I can tell he's really listening for the letter sounds of the words I call out and I'm hoping these skills will show up in other subjects as well!

Word of the Week:  Our word for this week was "participate."

Math:  Caleb had his tenth test on Monday and then continued in his workbook.

Bible:  Our Apologia curriculum was getting pretty dry; we were just a lesson or two from finishing, but I could tell that Caleb was bored with it.  He liked listening to the stories I read aloud, and maybe one or two of the activities, but overall most of the activities are things he just doesn't enjoy (coloring, writing, etc.).  We decided to go back to basics and just read from a devotional.  We started Thoughts to Make Your Heart Sing; I read one or two pages and then we discuss.  The book has beautiful illustrations too!

Anatomy:  This week we started our study on the nervous system.  We first learned about the brain and the spinal cord.  Caleb colored a fun "brain hat" printable I found online, and then I cut and taped it together for him.  He also colored a brain to put on his skeleton (I taped a pipe cleaner on there to represent the spinal cord!).  Finally, we talked about reflexes and I tested both of the boys' reaction times to catching a ruler once I dropped it.

Countries:  We studied the nation of Israel this week.  Instead of a craft, we switched gears and did a "Dead Sea experiment."  We put one egg in a glass of tap water, and another egg in a different glass filled with salt water.  The egg in the salt water floated while the other one sank!  Caleb had already read about the Dead Sea and how it's so salty that you just float on the surface without having to tread water or anything.  He thought it was cool!  We also made cinnamon roll challah bread.  I prepped the dough in my bread machine and then Caleb help me separate it into three pieces, roll them out, spread the cinnamon filling, and then roll them up.  I helped him braid them together.  The end result was really yummy!

Brain Hat Printable (Steam Education Blog)
Dead Sea Experiment (Mess-cipes Blog)
Cinnamon Roll Challah Recipe (Jewlish)
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