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Welcome! I am using this blog to share our family's homeschooling thoughts and experiences.

THIS SCHOOL YEAR (2016-2017): We will be using a variety of different curriculum this year, with Notgrass' Uncle Sam and You as our main History, Bible and Literature focus. Our oldest, EL, is in 12th grade this year, but has special learning needs due to autism. JJ is our youngest, an active boy with Tourette Syndrome. He is in the 8th grade.

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Friday, December 24, 2010

Review of the Past Couple of Weeks

In the past couple of weeks, our Geography lessons (ECC week #14) took us to France.

For Science, we  learned about how different animals defend themselves, how they adapt to their surroundings, and we used You Tube to tour a couple of different caves.

For Bible, we are still reading through the book of Matthew (using You Tube to watch the Visual Bible), and also learned about Menno Simons, a Roman Catholic priest who changed his views and became a leader of the anabaptist churches.

For Music, we learned some new songs from European countries, started a new chapter in our music workbooks from Christian Light Education, and watched some Christmas videos on You Tube. (If you haven't figured it out by now, we LOVE You Tube!)

Physical Education was done in various ways as the kids ran around outside, played in the snow, danced to music, and went bowling.

Art hasn't been anything especially fancy lately. They either colored a Christmas picture, added features to a paper snowman, or learned how to draw an animal (such as a tiger or reindeer).

For Math, we continue with Mastering Mathematics by Letz Farmer. Both kids are currently in the Attacking Addition workbook. They are learning how to carry, and also how to add dollars and cents. Road Runner is concentrating on memorizing her addition facts, while Coyote mainly counts in his head without memorizing.

Language Arts, Spelling, and Handwriting have continued on as usual.

Last Friday, we all went on a field trip to tour a local radio station, as well as a printing factory. See photos below....




For Home Economics, the kids helped me in the kitchen as we made some Christmas goodies to take around to our friends and neighbors. This is a yearly tradition that we all enjoy.

Today is Christmas Eve and we are taking a break from school for awhile. We look forward to the time off as we celebrate the birth of our Lord.

Merry Christmas to you all!

Saturday, December 11, 2010

Our Week of Events

First of all, we had a really nice Thanksgiving week, as we took some time off of our regular studies and focused on some Thanksgiving activities. The following week, it was hard to get back into the routine of things, especially since I had come down with a pretty bad cold and didn't feel much like concentrating. So, we took it easy that week as well. Then, this past week, we were finally able to return to our regular studies, but kept getting side-tracked with one thing or another. Even so, I think we accomplished what needed to be accomplished, for the most part. But, anyway, here are a few photos of some of the activites we did together this past week....

Last Saturday, we all took a trip to Home Depot for the Kids Workshop. They hold these workshops on the first Saturday of each month, and they are totally FREE. The kids get to make something and take it home. At this workshop, the kids made a wooden picture frame. They still haven't been painted and decorated, but we DO have the paint, and will hopefully be doing that soon!


On Sunday afternoon, we decorated Christmas cookies to help celebrate a friend's birthday.


On Monday, we began our week with a "trip" to Norway (ECC Week #13). Then, in the afternoon, we made Cool Whip Cookies for a cookie swap. With the leftover dough, Coyote made a snowman, and he also helped Road Runner make a dog (Its kinda hard to tell what it is in the picture, but at least the kids know what it is. LOL.)


Tuesday was interesting, since we had NO HEAT! Our furnace went out on Monday night and the temperature dropped down to the lower 50's inside the house. We all slept in the same room on Monday night, with lots of blankets and a space heater. Then, in the morning, we called the furnace guy to come out and fix it, but he didn't arrive until Noon. So, for the morning, the kids and I huddled together in the family room, sitting next to the space heater. It was too cold to do any writing, but we did spend some time reading. Here you can see Coyote reading one of his Hooked On Phonics books to me and Road Runner.


We left for Road Runner's Speech class right after lunch and spent some time warming up there. Then, we were able to come back to a warmer house, as the furnace guy was just finishing up. Boy... times like that sure do make one appreciate heat!

The rest of the week went pretty much as planned. Then, on Friday afternoon, we went to a homeschool day at the library. The topic there was "Christmas Around the World." It tied in nicely to our studies with ECC, since we are learning about different countries and cultures this year. We learned about different Christmas customs and traditions, including some in Norway (which we studied this week). And, then we had crafts and the kids chose to make an ornament that is traditionally made in Sweden - a star made out of straw.


We also learned ways to say "Merry Christmas" in different languages around the world. Here are a few of them . . .

Brazilian - "Boas Festas"
Chinese (Cantonese) - "Saint Dan Fai Lok"
Dutch - "Vrolijk Kerstfeest"
Filipino - "Maligayang pasko"
French - "Joyeux Noel"
German - "Froehliche Weihnachten"
Greek - "Kala Christouyenna"
Hebrew - "Mo'adim Lesimkha"
Hawaiian - "Mele Kalikimaka"
Icelandic - "Gledileg Jol"
Irish - "Nollaig Shona Dhuit"
Lithuanian - "Linksmu Kaledu"
Norwegian & Swedish - "God Jul"
Romanian - "Craciun Fericit"
Spanish - "Feliz Navidad"

And, or course, in English - MERRY CHRISTMAS!