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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, October 28, 2011

Combination of CTG Weeks 5, 6, and 7

We've been busy, and I haven't had a whole lot of time to post about our school work. So, here's a brief update on some of the things we've been doing these past 3 weeks...

We took two field trips to a nature center, not too far from us. The first time, we went as a family on a Saturday afternoon. The center had "Outdoor Days," so we spent a beautiful Fall afternoon outdoors. While there, David helped Coyote shoot a BB gun for the first time. It took him several tries, but he was very excited to hear a balloon pop when he finally figured out how to aim.


The second trip was on a Friday afternoon with our homeschool group. That time, we spent another beautiful day, going on a nature hike. We saw all sorts of neat things, including a baby water snake and a large snapping turtle. 

For Biblical History, we've been learning about the stories of Job & Abraham. We watched a couple different videos for children to help the kids visualize what might have happened.

For Science, we've been learning more about Dinosaurs and when they were created. We watched a video about that as well, and listened to a couple different songs that talk about dinosaurs on a CD by Buddy Davis. You can find the CD on the ANSWERS IN GENESIS website. Its a great CD with lots of fun songs on it. We bought it when we went to the Creation Museum last year.

We also continued learning about pyramids and did an experiment with clay to see how much more sturdy a pyramid shape is compared to a square block. While tilting a paper plate (simulating an earthquake), the block fell off before the pyramid.


We also learned about heiroroglyphics used in ancient Egypt, and the kids tried to write their names with the various shapes.


Another Science experiment was about air and water, and showed the kids how everything takes up space. Even air has mass. We put a piece of paper into a clear plastic cup, turned it upside down into a bowl of water and the paper did not get wet because the air was filling the cup. As we released the air little by little, the water began to fill the cup.


For Math, the kids are practicing addition skills. Coyote likes to use the white board, so I will write problems for him on the board, just like what was done on the chalkboards when I was in school.


For Music, we've been listening to The Four Seasons by Vivaldi and, this week, the kids drew a Summer picture as they listened to the "Summer" section of the music. That covered Art class as well.


We also took a trip to visit my parents last weekend. The guys went to play golf (a fundraiser for Brookes Bible Institute in St. Louis) while Mom & I went shopping with the kids. During shopping, the kids helped pick out items to put into our shoeboxes for Operation Christmas Child Shoebox Ministry. We also took the kids to the park and enjoyed another beautiful Fall day.


So, that's about it! We finished our first 9 weeks of school already. Time is flying by....

3 comments:

  1. It looks like you have been busy with fun and learning these past few weeks. Thanks for linking up!

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  2. Love this! There are so many interesting ideas here & I love the pictures (so much more interesting to see than just read)!

    I just saw your blog at the Homeschool Blog Awards and decided to come check you out. I am your newest follower and would love for you to follow me back, if you want to =-)
    Beth

    www.livinglifeintentionally.blogspot.com

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  3. Thanks, Beth! I am following your blog now, too.

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