ivey league academy: week in review!

Here's what we did last week!

Reading:  We continued in StoryTime Treasures.  Caleb finished Caps for Sale and moved on to Blueberries for Sal.

Spelling:  We did Week 29 of his spelling curriculum.

Handwriting:  We continued in his Joke Handwriting Workbook.

Vocabulary:  Our words this week were "befuddle," "chum," "demonstrate," and "grateful."

Math:  We continued in his Horizons Math workbook.  This week he learned how to "carry the 1" when adding two-digit numbers!

Bible:  We continued in Leading Little Ones to God.

Read-Aloud:  We finished Matilda and moved on to The BFG, also by Roald Dahl.  I also requested the DVD of the recent movie from the library; we're only in spot 2 or 3 in the queue, so hopefully by the time we finished The BFG we can watch the movie version and compare!

Science:  This week we learned about habitats and what plants and animals need to live in certain places.  After watching the episode of "The Magic School Bus" on habitats, we looked at a couple of library books on the subject and also completed a little habitat activity book.

U.S. Geography:  This week we learned about North Dakota and South Dakota, with special focus on Mount Rushmore.

"What's a Habitat?" Printable Book (via Teachers Pay Teachers)


ivey league academy: weeks in review!

Here's what we did over the last two weeks!

Reading:  We continued in StoryTime Treasures.  Caleb finished up Little Bear's Visit and moved on to Caps for Sale.

Spelling:  We did Weeks 27 and 28 of our spelling curriculum.

Handwriting: We continued in Caleb's joke handwriting workbook.

Vocabulary:  Our words for one week were "pity," "reduce, "jealous," and "hoarse."  Last week, our words were "abdomen," "occur," "intense," and "lack."

Math:  We continued in our Horizons Math workbook.  Caleb is getting very good at adding and subtracting numbers in his head.

Read-Aloud:  We started reading Matilda by Roald Dahl.

Science:  We studied salmon migration the first week with the help of "The Magic School Bus" and library books.  We also watched a Netflix documentary on the subject (the "Salmon Run" episode of BBC's Nature's Great Events).  To help Caleb remember the life cycle of salmon and how incredible their journey through both salt and fresh water is, we constructed an information wheel out of cardstock using a MSB printable.

During the second week, I had intended on doing deep ocean creatures, but since Caleb had developed an obsession over extinct and endangered animals, we did some informal stuff revolving around his interest.  We checked out Dinosaurs to Dodos from the library and I also found him You Can't See a Dodo at the Zoo on Ebay.  We also watched a few episodes of "Last Chance to See" on Netflix where two men (a zoologist and an actor) travel around the world to find animals on the brink of extinction.  Now, when you deal with the topic of extinction, most resources are bound to teach the theory of evolution, Old Earth, etc.  I prepared myself for this, and decided that it would be pretty difficult to find an interesting book on extinct species from an author who believed as we do, so instead I found what was available, and explained to Caleb that different people believe different ways about things.  Just because his books say a species went extinct millions of years ago doesn't mean that's what happened (like Caleb's dad said, "Were you there at the very beginning?").  I think it's important for him to learn the different theories so he'll know how to defend and explain what he believes.

U.S. Geography:  We learned about Iowa and Minnesota during these two weeks.  We learned that Charles Schulz was from Minnesota so we decided to have some Peanuts-related fun!

Magic School Bus Salmon Migration Wheel (Scholastic)


ivey league academy: week in review!

This week's chalkboard was inspired by Charlie and the Great Glass Elevator!

Reading:  We returned to Storytime Treasures and finished Little Bear as well as the activities related to it.

Spelling:  We did Week 26 of our spelling curriculum.  Caleb struggled with this week's words; most of them were of the "a-e" variety, something we'll really concentrate on in second grade.  We did extra practice and in the end, we skipped the test for this week since I knew it would only discourage him.

Handwriting:  We continued in his jokes and riddles workbook.

Vocabulary:  Our words for this week were "dwelling," "bustle," "react," and "merry."

Math:  Caleb started out the week with a test and did great!  The rest of the week's math lessons went smoothly as well.

Bible:  We continued to Leading Little Ones to God.

Read-Aloud:  We finished Charlie and the Great Glass Elevator.  Caleb really seems to enjoy Roald Dahl's writing so we're going to continue with another one of his, Matilda. 

Science:  This week we learned about coral reefs.  We watched "The Magic School Bus" episode about coral reefs and read a few books from the library.  Caleb also constructed his own coral reef using half of an egg carton, paint, pipe cleaners, pom-poms, and sea life creature stickers.  True, whales usually don't live around coral reefs (they're found in more shallow waters), but I allowed Caleb to use those stickers anyway!

U.S. Geography:  This week we learned about Nebraska.

Coral Reef Craft Inspiration (Micador)


ivey league academy: week in review!

It's been an interesting few weeks!  After my last post, we ended up taking the next week off since both boys had horrible colds and I knew whatever work I could get out of Caleb wouldn't be all that great.  Then the week after that, we got in a car accident; thankfully nothing serious, but that week of school was light since we were all sore and tired.  Then, the next week, Micah and I got a cold and we took that week off!  Here's what we got done during this odd period of time:

Reading:  We took a break from StoryTime Treasures and instead, I let Caleb pick out a book each day to read to me.  One day I also had him copy a couple of sentences from one book and illustrate.

Spelling:  We did the Week 25 spelling list in our spelling curriculum.

Handwriting:  We took a break from any formal handwriting practice.

Vocabulary:  Our words were "drowsy," "glitter," "pantomime," and "selfish."

Math:  We continued in our Horizons 1 Math workbook.

Bible:  We continued in Leading Little Ones to God.

Read-Aloud:  We continued reading Charlie and the Great Glass Elevator.

Science:  We learned about tidal zones and tide pools.  We watched the episode of "The Magic School Bus" about tide zones, and Caleb also independently tried to recreate those zones with blankets in the playroom!

We also made a tidal zones model; I had Caleb stack small rocks and pebbles in an aluminum baking dish, as well as some plastic ocean animals.  Once he was done, I slowly poured water into the dish from one end (demonstrating low tide and then high tide), and had Caleb observe what areas filled up with water first.  We discussed which animals live in which tidal zones, and what advantages and disadvantages each zone has in terms of available food, protection, etc.  We also read library books about tide zones and watched the "tidal seas" episode of the BBC documentary series "Blue Planet."

U.S. Geography:  We learned about Oklahoma and Kansas.  Caleb colored a page for each state and we read library books as well.  

Tidal Zones Model (Buggy and Buddy) 


ivey league academy: week in review!

Reading:  This week we started a literature-based curriculum called Storytime Treasures.  The student reads on-level books a little at a time, and then answers questions or does fun activities based on the book.  The first book is Little Bear.  Since it has four different "chapters," we did the first two this past week.  It's a good curriculum because it also has language arts practice; Caleb worked on punctuation and things like that.

Spelling:  We did Week 24 of his spelling curriculum.

Handwriting:  Caleb continued in his Joke Handwriting Workbook.

Vocabulary:  Our words for this week were "garment," "scowl," "prance," and "thoughtful."

Math:  We continued working in Caleb's math workbook.

Bible:  We continued in Leading Little Ones to God.

Read-Aloud:  We finished Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and decided to borrow the sequel, Charlie and the Great Glass Elevator from the library.  We're a couple of chapters in so far.

Science:  This week's topic was floating and sinking.  We watched the episode of "The Magic School Bus" and also a YouTube video from Sci Show Kids.  I made a simple experiment where Caleb predicted which household items would float and which would sink.  He was surprised by the cotton ball...it floated at first, but once it took on water it sank!

U.S. Geography:  This week we learned about Louisiana and Texas.  Caleb colored pages for each state and we read books from the library.  For Louisiana, we learned about Trombone Shorty, a musician from New Orleans.  We listened to some of his music on YouTube and Caleb was hooked!  We also learned that Trombone Shorty provided the "wah wah" sounds for the grown-ups in The Peanuts Movie, so that was a fun fact.  For Texas, we read about cowboys, and Caleb became very interested in Billy the Kid.  I think he was amazed that a teenager could commit so much crime!  We looked up more about Billy the Kid online.


Homeschool Group:  On Friday we were at the center, and our topic was nocturnal animals.  We sorted diurnal and nocturnal animal cards, listened to nocturnal animals sounds, played an echolocation game to learn how bats find food in the dark, made firefly art, and dissected owl pellets!



ivey league homeschool: weeks in review!

The last three weeks of school have been a bit crazy, honestly.  We had great momentum going and then my youngest decided to try toilet training!  We tried to do a little school but in the end we had to take a few days off to really be consistent.  During that time Caleb suddenly got really into "Charlie and the Chocolate Factory."  He used to be afraid of the movie because when he was smaller he saw the part where Violet Beauregarde turns into a blueberry and it freaked him out!  But Micah chose it as a movie to watch while we were training and Caleb loved it.  So over the last three weeks, we've gotten probably the equivalent of a week or week and a half's worth of work done.  Thankfully we're right on schedule still.

Reading:  We went through Caleb's language arts workbook some more.  I skipped some parts that were too easy, as well as some parts that were really heavy on writing since I'm more concerned with Caleb learned basic stuff for now.  One fun thing at the end was ABC order!  Caleb knew a little about it but got much better at it after practicing it in his workbook.  After that there were a few other "research skills" activities, and Caleb wanted to see them...one was using the table of contents, which I informed him he already knows how to do, since that's how he finds what page we're on in his reader!  He finished his workbook and his King on a Swing reader, so on Monday we're going to start our Storytime Treasures curriculum.

Spelling:  We continued with our K12 Reader spelling lists.  Caleb's doing well, but I think he's still going more by sight than by sounding out words.  On his recent test, he spelled the word chop as "cohp," yet spelled shop correctly.  We're going to see this curriculum out to the end and then I'll figure out if it's worth using again in second grade or if we need to try something different.

Handwriting:  Caleb continued in his Joke Handwriting workbook.  He really enjoys copying down the joke of the day and as long as I remind him to focus and take his time, his handwriting comes out very neat.

Vocabulary:  Our words were "vehicle," "horrible," "peer," and "wealthy" (learned over the course of two weeks because of breaks), and then "yelp," "swift," "cluster," and "gnaw."

Math:  We continued in his Horizons Math workbook.  He had a test a few days ago and did very well.

Bible:  We read from Leading Little Ones to God and used Caleb's study bible for the verses. 

Read-Aloud:  Caleb requested Charlie and the Chocolate Factory by Roald Dahl after he realized he liked the movie!  He's finding it really funny (though I do have to edit just a bit as a read...Wonka says "silly ass" at one point and I'm not sure I want my seven-year-old or three-year-old saying that!).

Science:  Over this period we learned about honeybees, butterflies, and then the water cycle, all with accompanying "Magic School Bus" episodes and books borrowed from the library.  Because of our weird schedule we didn't always get to read the books we checked out, but those are more supplemental anyway; as long as we get to watch MSB and do an activity or two I'm satisfied! 

For the bees lesson, we did a fun pollination activity using Doritos as the "pollen" (Cheetos were recommended but we were lucky to even have Doritos in the pantry!).  I printed out flowers on cardstock, glued a muffin paper liner to the centers, and placed a few Doritos in each one.  I had Caleb put on one of the bee puppets and eat the Doritos without wiping off or licking his fingers.  Sure enough, he left "Dorito dust" on some of the petals as he ate!

For the butterflies, we learned about how a lot of butterflies use camouflage to hide from predators.  I printed and cut out paper butterflies; I glued on to a striped piece of paper and then colored the butterfly in to match its surroundings.  Caleb decided to do a yellow butterfly to blend in with our kitchen and living room walls!  We also watched "The Flight of the Butterflies" documentary on Netflix, which features the migratory patterns of monarch butterflies, and how up until the 1970s it was a mystery to everyone regarding where the butterflies went each year!

Then, for our water cycle lesson, we filled in a printout using fancy words like "precipitation" and "condensation."  Once I explained the terms to Caleb, he figured out what they meant and where to put them.  We also taped a ziploc bag with blue-colored water to our kitchen window to see if we could create our own little water cycle!  Nothing much happened the first day because it was really cloudy and, as we learned, you need the sun to help evaporate water faster.  Plus we figured out blue tape works better than scotch tape for attaching bags to windows!  After a few days we could definitely see condensation happening.

U.S. Geography:  We learned about Arkansas and Mississippi.  We didn't get to much except coloring our state pages and reading a few books about each state. 

Homeschool Group:  We had to skip our group's park day the first week because Micah was still getting the hang of this whole underwear-wearing thing.  The next Friday we were at the center, and we learned about weather.  Then the next Friday we took a field trip to Children's Museum of Atlanta.  Both boys had a lot of fun with all the hands-on activities.  I'm glad we got to go now, since in another year or two Caleb would probably be too old for it.

Pollination Activity (Teachers Pay Teachers, $3.50)
Butterfly Camouflage Inspiration (Ashleigh's Education Journey)
Water Cycle Printable (First Grade a la Carte)
Water Cycle in a Bag Inspiration (Playdough to Plato)


ivey league academy: week in review!

After 3 weeks off for Christmas, we jumped back into the second half of first grade!

Reading:  We continued in his language arts workbook and his King on a Swing reader.

Spelling:  We did Week 21 of his spelling curriculum and also added a custom word search for practice!  Caleb struggled with a few of the words and seems to have trouble sounding out words so I'm currently researching other curricula to use next year.

Vocabulary:  Our words for this week were "skill," "nimble," "zip," and "mighty."

Math:  We continued in our Horizons Math workbook.

Bible:  We began Leading Little Ones to God and so far Caleb seems very engaged and asks more questions than he did with other devotionals.  I read the lesson, pausing for questions or for expanding upon an idea, then we read the suggested passage out of Caleb's study Bible and talk more. 

Read-Aloud:  I chose Fantastic Mr. Fox by Roald Dahl as our read-aloud because the chapters are very short and I knew Caleb would stay interested even if we read 3 or 4 chapters in each sitting.  We would have finished the book on Friday but with homeschool group we didn't get to it!  We'll finish it next Monday and then choose something else.

Science:  We learned about ants and spiders this week.  We watched Magic School Bus for each topic and then did some activities.  For ants, I sketched out a simple life cycle for Caleb and then he used pom-poms and pipe cleaners to create the different life stages.  We did something similar for spiders, as well as a fun, quick demonstration that answers the question, "Why don't spiders stick to their own webs?"  I attached a long piece of scotch tape to a paper plate, sticky-side up, and had Caleb "walk" his fingers across.  His fingers of course stuck to the tape.  Then, I had him put a little olive oil on his fingertips and then "walk across" again.  His fingers didn't stick to the tape that time!  So we learned that spiders' legs secrete an oily substance that keeps them from sticking to their webs like their prey.  Caleb was then inspired to make his own scotch-tape web, and stuck more pom-poms on it to represent bugs!

U.S. Geography:  This week we learned about Missouri.  Caleb colored his Missouri page and we learned about the Gateway Arch!

Homeschool Group:  This week was our first time back at homeschool group since late November.  We met at the center and learned about how our body works!  The students colored body-system books, watched videos about how the lungs and heart work together and also why we need bones, and constructed a "hand" out of a rubber glove and drinking straws.

Free Word Search Generator (Super Teacher Worksheets)
Ant Life Cycle Inspiration (dead link, just picture)
Spider Life Cycle Inspiration (Schroeder Page)
Spider Tape Web Experiment (Science Matters)
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