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)


ivey league academy: weeks in review!

Here's what we did for our last two weeks of school in 2016!

Reading:  We made great progress in Caleb's language arts workbook; he's learning that every sentence should begin with a capital letter, end with a period/question mark, etc.  We also learned about the "naming" and "telling" parts of a sentence.  He is also doing well with his King on a Swing reader.  We only have a couple of sections left in there, so once we finish I have Story Time Treasures by Memoria Press to carry us through till the end of first grade.  I'm interested to see how Caleb will do with a literature-based program so if it's a good fit I might consider more of it for second grade!

Spelling:  Caleb continues to do well in spelling now that we have hands-on activities for practice.  He enjoys using our Scrabble tiles and a salt tray!  He still practices writing each word too.

Handwriting:  Caleb continued in his joke workbook.  We weren't consistent with it, but on the days we left it out, it was usually because Caleb had lots of handwriting in another area, like with language arts.

Vocabulary:  Our words over the last two weeks were "hobby," "rustle," "appreciate," "nutritious," "sample," "dazzle," "flutter," and "sensible."

Math:  We continued in our Horizons Math workbook and ended our fall semester with Test 10.  Caleb got everything right and is excited that we made it to Lesson 100.

Bible:  We switched gears once we hit December 1st in order to do something more advent-related.  I downloaded the ebook The Truth in the Tinsel with the intention that we'd do each day's ornament and read the Scripture/lesson that accompanies it.  Caleb likes crafts and enjoys it.  We haven't been consistent but he's liked what we've done so far.  If we don't finish every day this year (it was doubtful since we'll be out of town a few days before Christmas anyway), we could always do it next year and maybe by then Micah will want to participate too.

Days 1 and 2:  Jesus is the Light of the World (candle) and He will rule forever (crown).

Days 3 and 4:  Zechariah and Gabriel.

Read-Aloud:  We finished The Wonderful Wizard of Oz.  Caleb really enjoyed it.  We'll read The Best Christmas Pageant Ever within the next week as a special Christmas read-aloud!

Science:  Last week we learned about eggs using The Magic School Bus and library books.  We also did MSB's suggested experiment where Caleb cracked an egg and we tried to identify all of the parts.

This past week we studied reptiles.  We mostly read about them, truthfully.  Caleb knows a lot of reptile facts (and animal facts in general!) from shows like "Wild Kratts" so he found it a lot of fun.  I did print out a reptile fact sheet and told Caleb he could draw in the reptiles at his own pace.

U.S. Geography:  Last week we studied Wisconsin and made fun paper "cheesehead" hats!

This week we studied Illinois.  We read a few library books about Illinois (I found one or two more ebooks using my Epic app), and also specifically about Chicago.  We also looked up pictures of some of Chicago's famous buildings.

We'll take the rest of December off, but will continue our read-aloud for the next week at least.  We will also try to make more ornaments, but again, if it doesn't happen this year we can always do it next year.  I also told Caleb to keep reading on his own...he claims he hates reading but I think what he really hates is making mistakes.  I "caught" him reading a book to Micah this morning and he did great.  He tried to sound out words he didn't know, and if he still couldn't figure it out he'd shrug and tell Micah he didn't know what that word was, and then just move on.  So I think he's just being dramatic when it comes time to read for school!  :)

The Truth in the Tinsel ebook information (Not Consumed)
Magic School Bus Egg Printable (Scholastic)
Reptiles Fact Sheet Printable (Little Miss Glamour Goes to Kindergarten)
States Coloring Pages (USA Printables)


ivey league academy: week in review!

Here's what we did last week!

Reading:  We continued in our language arts workbook and A King on a Swing reader.  Caleb is just about halfway through the reader!

Spelling:  Caleb did Week 18 of our spelling curriculum and got 7 out of 8 correct on his test!

Handwriting:  We started a fun workbook this week since Caleb was getting a bit bored with the other one.  This new one has the student copy a joke or riddle every day as a way to practice better penmanship.  It definitely holds his attention better!

Vocabulary:  Our words for this week were "sniff," "collection," "wander," and "flabbergasted."  I tracked down an old Sesame Street clip on YouTube that has a song about the word "flabbergasted"....I remembered watching it as a child so it was fun to find it and show my own child!

Math:  We continued in his math workbook.  Caleb had a test this week and only missed one point!

Bible:  We continued in our His Mighty Warrior devotional.  We're a little more than halfway through this one, and I think when we finish we'll move on to Leading Little Ones to God.  Several moms have recommended this classic and I found a copy at Goodwill awhile back.  :)

Read-Aloud:  We continued reading The Wonderful Wizard of Oz.  The chapters are short, so we usually get through two a day.

Science:  We mixed things up this week by not using our "Magic School Bus" curriculum.  Caleb had asked if we could learn about birds, and since there wasn't an episode that dealt specifically with birds, we made up our own stuff.  I found several books about birds at the library (including a fun one about bird-watching with kids!), a cool BBC documentary about birds on Netflix, and a fun activity comparing and contrasting bird beaks.  Caleb loved the last activity; we used pom-poms to represent bugs, small fish, and nuts/seeds, and twist ties to represent worms.  He used chopsticks, needlenose pliers, regular pliers, and a big spoon as his different "beaks" to try to pick up the "food" (the big spoon is similar to what a pelican has).  We also turned his Halloween pumpkin into a bird feeder; he saw something similar on the PBS cartoon "Nature Cat," and I found lots of tutorials online.  We haven't had any visitors yet, but hopefully soon!  If not we'll put out a different bird feeder in the spring.

U.S. Geography:  This week we learned about Michigan.  We learned that the main part of the state is shaped like a mitten, as well as about the Great Lakes and Detroit, where many of the earlier cars were manufactured.

Homeschool Group:  This week was at the center.  The kids did a turkey activity where they discussed what they were thankful for, as well as a nature scavenger hunt outside.  Everyone brought in their favorite snack to share, so we had our own little "feast" just like the Pilgrims and Native Americans.

Bird Beak Activity (Pink Stripey Socks)
Pumpkin Bird Feeder Instructions (Kitchen Counter Chronicles)
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