Friday, January 13, 2012

A week in the life of homeschoolers - Week 24

We have officially been homeschooling for112 days. Wow time flies.

Week 24: 
Well we had a great week again packed with lots of learning. I really love how much I am learning as well with the kids. We started our mornings with some homeschool PE by Family Time Fitness (keep an eye out I will be having a review and giveaway soon). Gwyns favorite exercise is popcorn and Rowyns is angel arms. We continued our Penguin and Antarctica study. Gwyn is still working on reading with her Bob Books. She can read 1-4 of set one on her own but we haven't moved on because I want her to really master the words and comprehend them. So she has been doing flash cards and word searches this week to expand on the books. We also found the audio cds for set 1 at the library so she has been listening to those on her MP3 player. For math she has been working on money and we started with pennies. We are also covering some history with our money lessons because we taking time to learn about the symbols on the penny, etc. We did some worksheets, played store and are working on a lapbook. Rowyn is still enjoying  writing his name, he so so proud and so am I. He also worked on letter E and number 1 this week.We looked at boogies under a microscope, yup boogies! We started learning about Martin Luther King today and we will continue learning about him on Monday as well. Monday we have the opportunity to try out a Founder Academy online class called Happy Birthday MLK. It only costs $5 so if you don't have anything planned yet sign up now the class starts at 4 pm EST. 

Gwyn and I finished reading Felicity Learns a Lesson for her American Girl Club which is offered for FREE though CurrClick each month. She is now working on the Felicity craft which is sewing a hand muff. She is having a great time and has been doing all of the sewing herself.

FREE Resources for Money, Bob Books and a few more Antarctica/Penguin:
-Memory/describing Penguin cards - I am planning to use these to have Gwyn dictate some stories to me.
-Arctic and Antarctic ideas
-Snow paint - we made this concoction this week and it worked wonderfully. It also felt really cool after it dried.
-Money worksheets - here, here, here and here
-Martin Luther King worksheets - here, here and here
-Scholastic MLK resources
-Well they won't arrive in time for MLK day this year but you can always use them later. We got ours today and they are wonderful resources to have on hand. National and Community Service
-MLK video on Brain Pop
-The US Mint - lots of free worksheets, games
-Federal Reserve - while your there order some of their awesome publications FREE we just got Symbols on American Money, The First Bank of the US, Benjamin Franklin and the birth of a paper money economy. There is also a student workbook called My Money.
-Bob Books- 3 part cards, reading checklist, teaching Bob Books, Bob Books Blog
-Mazes -  another one of Gwyns favorite things to do

Books and DVDs we checked out from the library (most of them we have read and watched already):
-Find Your ABC's - Richard Scarry's
-Martin Luther King Jr Day - by Margaret McNamara
-Erin and Her New Pet - The Sound of Short E - by Joanne Meier and Cecilia Minden
-Money, Money, Honey Bunny - by Marilyn Sadler
-I Can Add Bills and Coins - by Rebecca Wingard-Nelson
-Counting Money- Julie Dalton
-Just Saving My Money - by Mercer Mayer
-A Penguin for Pinkerton - by Steven Kellogg
-Little Penguin The Emperor of Antarctica - by Jonathan London - this was a wonderful book
-A Cup for Everyone - by Yusuke Yonezu
-If You Were A Penguin - by Wendell Minor
-Penguin - by Polly Dunbar

New ideas have been added to my board. These are some of the things we are doing for our January units. Check out my other boards on Pinterest for ABC, 123, Art, etc ideas.

  This is our January YouTube playlist keep checking back because I will be adding videos each week. It includes the various videos we will be using throughout January. Some people don't like YouTube because of the unpleasing content that can pop up. First off there is a filter option which does help with that. Scroll down to the bottom of YouTube and click on safety to change your settings. If you want some alternative educational video sites check out Hippo Campus and Neo12.

I hope you find these resources useful. If you ever have any questions feel free to leave me a comment or email me. Also be sure to follow my FB page where I post Freebie things daily.

Thanks for stopping by.

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Mary Prather said...

Kathy ~ don't ever doubt your abilities as a homeschool mom! Look at all of the wonderful things you are doing! I love all of the suggestions and links for free stuff, too.

Aren't you glad you chose to do this?? :-)

Thanks for linking!

DSLA said...

Wow! Thanks for sharing and linking up with Brag Time Thursday!

Chestnut Grove Academy said...

yeah I couldn't tell you what week or day we are on! lol ;) Thanks for linking up to BTT and all the great resources, off to check them out now!!

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