Friday, May 3, 2013

Another Month Completed

How can it already be May? Only one month left of formal school. One more month of having to report on our doings to the ES (Education Specialist). But this is more or less what I reported for April.

Sophie - Math Mammoth Percents - She liked this so much more than Teaching Textbooks. She seems to actually be understanding it. She is starting Math Mammoth Ratios.
 Ian - Finished Review book for Singapore 4A and started the 4B review book.
Henry is working through Singpore 3A.

Language Arts
Finished her Online Literature Class. They read The Single Shard, discussed it, did a few projects about it. She is starting a new online class that is a month and a half long and all all about Anne of Green Gables. We are listening to this book in the car.

Ian finished up his GeoTrecker class. He might have been studying geography but he had a report to write each week on the place they were studying.

All the kids have been working on Cursive. They have gotten far enough along through the Handwriting without Tears workbooks that I have given them poems to practice writing.

I have been reading aloud stories and poems from the Book of Virtues. We memorized a few of the poems and discussed many of the stories.

Nothing formal this month. The kids have been reading tons of library books on simple machines and even electronics and computers. They love to walk down the science section in the library and look for the DK Eyewitness books. They have had their Knex set out building lots of different simple machines. And they of course have taken lots of time building and programing their Lego Mindstorms robot.

Story of the World middles ages chapters about Martin Luther and the Renaissance. We have read a lot of books about Leonardo de Vinci and Michaelangelo. We watched some videos about the Renaissance.  I really should have them write reports or notebook pages but they have had other assignments so I haven't pushed it.

All three kids have finished the 3rd book in the Simply Music program as well as the accompaniment book which teaches a lot about chords.  Henry is teaching himself Hedwigs Theme from Harry Potter and Ian is working on the Raider's march from Indiana Jones.

Sophie and Ian attend choir every week and Ian even sung a solo where they performed this month.

Sophie loved her online Spanish class and looks forward to taking the next one in the Fall. She certainly learned a lot of vocabulary and now needs to jump into some grammar.

The kids are working really hard on their plays for our co-op end of the year performance.

Henry loves his Gymnastics class
Ian got a frisbee and the kids play all sorts of games with it outside when ever they head out there.

Audio Books/ Read alouds
The Magician: The secrets of the immortal Nicholas Flamel
Harry Potter and the Order of the Pheonix ( I broke down and am letting Henry listen to them rather than read them. Ian finished the series and now Henry can't stand not knowing what happens)
The Prince and the Pauper - We listened to the unabridged version of this one and it was a difficult book for the boys to get through. They couldn't follow it as well. Sophie and I enjoyed it!
Fablehaven Grip of the Shadow Plauge - Dad read this one at bedtime.
The One and Only Ivan - This is the book that won the Newberry award this year. So far they seem to be enjoying it a lot!

There is so much more I wish were doing but I just don't know how I would squeeze much more out of these kids. And then there is also Molly who always just seems to be causing havoc and mayhem  but that is a whole different discussion!

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