Friday, November 12, 2010

Week #13

We spent last weekend at Pokagon State Park camping with my older boys Boy Scout Troop (thus no time to post last week's review). We had a great if chilly time. We totally enjoyed their bird watching window and nature center full of interesting things to touch and lots of animals. Of course we also hiked (PE) , cooked s'mores (home ec) and played games (taking care of that negelcted socialization).

We've used this handout this week to research all the birds that come to the nature center window.

On the academic front
F-man~He finished another LU and began math 309. We started in 305 so he's moving right along and will be ready for 402 after Christmas. He also started a new LA LU. FOr reading we've been using a vintage Open Court Reader A Trip Around the World which is full of good literature bits and geography to boot. He also completed a 5 paragraph report on praying mantids. I hope to do a report on something weekly to build his shaky writing skills. He rocks the history and science so I hope to make those the topics to make the writing palatable.
Miss Mel~She finished CLE 105 math and is ready to start 106 so she's basically done with her first semester of 1st grade. She's way ahead in Learn to Read too. I think she would be bored in public school but I know she misses the kids. She goes to Daisies, Kid's Klub, HS Spanish and PE and goes to Boys&Girls club afterschool programming and she still wants more kid contact. I think unless she lived in a dorm she would feel it wasn't enough. Quite the people person Miss Mel.

History~I structured it so that this week and next we are studying the Pilgrims. Here are just some of the things we're using

Science~We've worked with the above mentioned birds and also studied insects. We've also experienced them as all the nasty Japanese Beetles have woken up in the Indian Summer we've been having. Of course that same Indian Summer has let us be outside at parks and the reservoir so I can live with a few insects.

What would first grade be without art projects too? F-man has no interest in this stuff, much preferring to go build something out of legos but Miss Mel has made turkeys galore and this pilgrim mouse and cornucopia. The mouse goes along with our viewing of The Mouse on the Mayflower.

We also went to L's Veteran's Day choir and band concert. For family viewing here's a very short video. She's the one with the dark hair right above the director's head.


Monica . . . said...

Sounds like a great week! We're breaking out all the Thanksgiving crafts and books, too!

Jennifer said...

Love all of the Thanksgiving resources! But I had no idea there was a Magic Treehouse Thanksgiving book. Good night, they must have one for everything! :)

Moonbeam said...

My ds and dd are so different in their preferences too. DS hates forced art. DD loves anything crafty.

WildIris said...

My girls are gearing up for Christmas snowflake making. I'm going to look for that Magic Tree House book you have in your photo. I like the photo of books used. I'm always interested in what people are reading. Thanks for including it.

Jesse, said...

We are just finishing Thanksgiving on Thursday! The Thanksgiving craft ideas are great, too. My little one will enjoy doing some of those!

LaughingLioness said...

I love the crafts and books! Choir is always a wonderful thing! Our kids will have thier concert in 3 weeks! hope yor're havinga great week-end!

Mandy in TN said...

Camping and Thanksgiving studies- sounds like a good week!

Helen said...

Last year my son loved Samuel Eaton's Day (and I think there is another similar one with a girl protagonist)! You were so wise to schedule these topics during this week, I have done nothing of the sort so we're studying South America as we approach Thanksgiving, LOL! Glad you had a great week!