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Monday, 22 September 2008
Newsletter 2
Topic: Newsletters and Journal

Newsletter 2

                       Week 3-Summer 2008

This was our third week and we had so much fun! We started more structured week this week, as we added Bible lessons to the mix.  P.S. I am making these newsletters also for my benefit as a record keeping tool for the kids’ portfolios in case anyone ever needs to see their progress.  Hence, some detail that may seem unnecessary.

Theme: Nutrition-junk food vs. good food, food pyramid and food groups, manners, food safety (wash hands, etc.), exercise and water; Bible theme-Creation, Bible verse for week-Genesis 1:1, “In the beginning, God made the heavens and the earth.”  Note: This is part one in a two part nutrition unit.  We will do part two in Nov.

Journals ( 2 ): “Dear God, thank you for making…(favorite food); My favorite pasta...

Books: “Gregory the Terrible Eater”, “Each Orange Had 8 Slices” (a math counting book-really cute), “Eating the Alphabet”, “The Edible Pyramid”, “Growing Vegetable Soup”, “Good Enough to Eat”

*We did a 5 day week, this week

Day 1: (after Bible study, concentrated on junk food vs. good food, pasta, fruit and vegetables)

Bible Study (Bible study, writing practice, memory practice): Read from a kids’ devotion magazine, “More” about telling people about Jesus (Matthew 4:23), Read the story of creation from Genesis, wrote our memory verse for the week in our memory verse notebook* (Genesis 1:1)-Kate writes this after I write it on a separate piece of paper for her to look at, I write in Dominic’s journal for him and he traces it.  Then, led in to our nutrition unit by reading Genesis 1:29 about God made food…

Reading (reading, comprehension, brainstorming, sequence of events, sorting-grouping): Read, “Gregory the Terrible Eater”, discussed-what is junk food, looked over a food pyramid and discussed the food groups.  Then we did a worksheet page where the kids had to X out junk foods and color in good foods from several pictures shown.  Finally, we retold the story and practiced the sequence of events by taping a picture of Gregory on a paper bag, cutting out several of the food he ate, and retold the story to each other while “feeding” Gregory (the paper bag).

Math, Reading and Writing (counting, reading; sorting, patterns): We read, “Each Orange Had 8 Slices”.  Then, we switched our focus to pasta as we sorted colored pasta noodles, made a pattern with the different noodles and filled in a journal entry (attached)-My favorite pasta…Pasta belongs to the ___food group…etc.

Language: We finished by reading food poems-“Way down in the garden, two orange carrots sat.  Growing, growing, growing until they were fat.  Way down in the garden, three red tomatoes sat. Growing, growing, growing until they were fat.” Etc.

*No read aloud today     *No basic skills work today

Day 2:  Started day by reviewing our calendar (month, day of week)Bible Study (Bible study, writing practice, memory practice): Read from a kids’ devotion magazine, “More” about telling kids about Jesus (inviting a friend to church).  Traced memory verse in notebook(Dominic), practiced verse (Kate), Journaled-“Thank you God for…” (favorite food) (Kate answered peanut butter crackers and Dom answered kiwi fruit).

Reading (reading, science): Read “Eating the Alphabet” and played nutrition bingo (kids had bingo cards with various foods, I called out – “Cover a grain, cover a fruit, cover a veg., etc.”  The kids used raisins as their bingo markers.

Math (shapes, colors): Read  A “Pooh” book where the kids had to identify shapes.

Language: Read a poem about nutrition (again)- -“Way down in the garden, two orange carrots sat.  Growing, growing, growing until they were fat.  Way down in the garden, three red tomatoes sat. Growing, growing, growing until they were fat.” Etc.

Math (number identification, adding and subtracting): Did a worksheet on matching foods with the number amount of the food, then played with pasta to add and subtract.

Writing: Started a food diary for the week; then Kate did a worksheet on descriptive words: “The pumpkin is____.  The peas are_____. And had to pick from a descriptive word bank to fill them in (big, small, green, etc.)(Early adjective work).

Art: The kids colored food pyramids and food group worksheets.

Computer time: We have a Blue’s Clue’s computer game.  It has a “Supermarket” section where the kids “shop” for food.  They have to follow directions like –“Put the brown vegetable above the peas in my basket.”  They have to identify: color, vegetable, direction.  Very cool and it focuses on several Preschool/Kindergarten basic skills (following directions, direction, color, etc.)

*No read aloud today     *No basic skills work today

Day 3: Started day by looking over our calendar for the month and day of the week.

*Started the day with a special-Kate made a story from pictures, she told her brothers and I this story, we videotaped it. (She printed a bunch of princess pictures form the computer, then told us a story by looking at the pictures.)

Reading: Read “Growing Vegetable Soup” and “The Edible Pyramid”.

Bible: Read from our “More” devotion about missionary Kids in other countries.  Sang a song about the 6 days of creation.  We made a book on the days of creation and reviewed our Bible verse for the week (Gen. 1:1).

Math: We played nutrition bingo again.

Basic Skills: Kate- Kate copied her 10’s (10, 20, 30, 40 etc.)-she can count them really well out loud, but she needs practice writing them.  Then she and I reviewed money-practiced writing the cents sign, Kate read a money poem, and then she and I worked on adding money.

Dominic- He worked in his “Horizons” math workbook.  He did pages in which he had to copy numbers 1-7, write them himself, identify rectangles, follow directions from left to right and finally, count pennies.

Read Aloud: We finished reading “Meet Molly” today!!

Day 4: We started the day by reading, “Good Enough to Eat” and looked over August calendar (month, day of week)

Bible: “More” devotion, Oral test on Genesis 1: 1

Science and Math: Showed that food comes in several forms (canned peaches, fresh peach; canned corn, frozen corn; string cheese, block cheese, shredded cheese; etc.)  We estimated how many seeds were in our apple, then cut it open and counted them.  We wrote our estimations and findings on a worksheet.  “Fruity Math” W.S.  Finally, we stressed the importance of water (8 glasses a day).

P.E. : We stressed the importance of exercise and played a charades game in which the children acted out action words: run, skip, bat a ball, catch a ball (acting them all out).

Basic Skills: Kate worked on adding multiple coins; Dominic did a w.s. Kate made for him about shapes J, and his Horizons math workbook-direction (left, middle, right), tracing and writing numbers 1-10.

Day 5: Just a day to sum up the unit.  We started the lesson by going over calendar work (day of week and month).

Bible: We reviewed our memory verse for the week (Gen 1:1) by coloring in a summary sheet.

Language Arts (brainstorm): We brainstormed and listed table manners and food safety.

 

 

 


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Newsletter 1
Topic: Newsletters and Journal

Our first two weeks of school! Summer 2008 -Newsletter 1

The kids and I started our school year at the end of July, as we will be taking a month off when the baby is born.  We have had a lot of fun so far.  Here is what we have been up to:

Journals: We keep journal binders of the kids’ writing progress.

Week 1 (5 journals): Strawberry taste test (applied 5 senses), Ice Cream taste test (applied 5 senses), Lemons taste test (applied 5 senses and compared to limes), Coconut taste test (applied 5 senses and liked or disliked it because…), “Our day at the Beach…”,

 Week 2 (4 journals): “Our favorite family vacation…” (Kate answered Germany, Dom answered Loch Ness, Grant answered Italy-each drew a picture and Kate wrote “Germany”; “If I were a frog I could…If I were a fish I could…But I am glad I am me because…” (we discussed animals we would encounter while camping, swimming or picnicking-hence the animal choices in the journal); “Summer Sunshine” (journaled favorite thing to do in summer and Kate had to see what words she could make out of the letters in: ‘Summer Sunshine’-she came up with 10); “To go on a picnic I would need to pack…If I were camping I would bring…Animals I may see while camping are…”

*When we journal, Kate writes her own words, invented or phonetic spelling is allowed (free writing), Dom dictates to me as I write for him, then I make him copy one or two of the words off to the side, they both illustrate what they wrote most journals.  We keep our journals in a binder so we can see our writing progress over time.

Books: “Gregory the Terrible Eater”, “On Our Way to the Beach”, “Chicka Chicka Boom Boom”, “Arthur’s Family Vacation”, “One Hundred Hungry Ants”. “I Like Bugs”, “Summertime in the Big Woods”, Read aloud- “Meet Molly” from “American Girls” series

*When I say “read aloud”, I mean a book that the kids just listen to me read to them, mostly chapter books with no pictures.  Read alouds are purposely a few levels above the kids’ reading level, as children can comprehend books about 3 levels higher than they can read themselves. SO, since Kate reads at a first grade level (6 years old), I am reading her a book for grade level 3 or 4-“Meet Molly” from the “American Girls” series.  It is about a little girl living in the 1940’s.

Outside: Playground twice a week (Mondays and Tuesdays)

Fun with other kids: Kids’ Church on Sundays (while Dave and I are in Church, the kids go to “Kids’ Church”- “Kids in Divine Service”.  They sing songs, learn a Bible lesson, do a craft and earn “Kids’ Cash” if they bring their Bible, etc.)

Lunches (lessons on nutrition): We are teaching the kids about nutrition informally, so at most meals, we ask which food groups they have on their plates. 

Basic skills work: Kate works in a workbook working on alphabetical order, dictionary skills and also works in a workbook where she has to read a 17 page (approx.) story and at the back of the book/workbook answers comprehension questions about the story); Dom works in two workbooks-one on letters and one on numbers-just learning the basics of which is which and how to write them; Grant is working in a workbook on colors and shapes.

Themes: Week 1-Letters, summer fun foods, our five senses

 Week 2-Summer! (family vacation, picnics, camping, beach, swimming)

Each week at a glance (we do 4 day weeks):

Week 1- Theme: Letters, summer fun foods, our five senses

Day 1-

We read: “Gregory, the Terrible Eater”, did a Strawberry taste test (applied 5 senses and journaled), kids did basic skills books (Grant, shapes; Dom, letters and numbers; Kate, Dictionary skills and reading with comp. questions), we made cookies, iced them and topped with candy letters after we spelled our names with the letters, wrote letters in whip cream (put whip cream on a plate and used our fingers to write), Dom and Grant counted beans into an egg carton while Kate and I played her homemade memory game!

Day 2-

 Ice cream taste test (applied 5 senses and journaled), kids did basic skills workbooks, did a craft project, we read, “On Our Way to the Beach” and made sand pudding (vanilla pudding with crushed graham crackers on top).

Day 3-

We read, “Chicka Chicka Boom Boom”, did a Coconut taste test (journaled) and graphed who liked it and didn’t (also tested almond joy and snowballs-talked about what was made with coconut-shredded, coconut extract-tried to crack a real coconut); sang song

Day 4-

We did a Lemon taste test (journaled), lemon and lime compare and contrast (Venn diagram), listened to “Lemonade Girl” on Starfall.com, did Free reading (Dom-“Nessie” and drew a picture of a sea monster, Grant-Sea Animals), read aloud-“Meet Molly” from the “American Girls” series, read “On Our Way to the Beach”, journaled Our Day at the Beach and ate sand pudding (vanilla pud. with crushed graham crackers).

 Week 2- Theme: Summer (picnics, camping, family vacations, beach, swimming)

Day 1-

We are starting each day this week by identifying our month and day of the week.  We check out the calendar on Starfall.com.  We read “Arthur’s Family Vacation”, brainstormed what we like to do in summer (vacation, camp, picnic, swim, beach) and read about the season of summer.  The kids then journaled about their favorite family vacation (Kate answered Germany, Dom answered Loch Ness, Grant answered Italy-each drew a picture and Kate wrote “Germany”), then we played beach ball bingo (letters then numbers) by putting the letters on our bingo cards and using little paper beach balls as our markers-I called out the letter and the kids had to cover it on their boards (Dom is REALLY learning his letters this way)-then we did the same with numbers.

Day 2-

We read, “Summertime in the Big Woods”, the kids journaled about summer animals-“If I were a frog I could…If I were a fish I could…But I am glad I am me because…” ; made letters from playdough, kids did basic skills-Kate basic skills-money review and –an and –at word families, Grant shapes, colors; we ended the day by playing beach ball toss with our alphabet and numbers.  I threw it to Kate and she said, “A”, she threw it to Dom and he said, “B”, he threw it to Grant…etc., etc. Then we did the same with numbers 1-10.

Day 3-

We read, “One Hundred Hungry Ants”, we made letters in playdough and journaled “Summer Sunshine” - favorite thing to do in summer and Kate had to see what words she could make out of the letters in: ‘Summer Sunshine’-she came up with 10 (he, sun, sum, she, etc.); and basic skills.

Day 4-

We reviewed our month and date on calendar, read “I Like Bugs”, played more beach ball bingo with letters and numbers, sang a song – “On the Shore” to the tune of “Twinkle Twinkle Little Star”, journaled “To go on a picnic I would need to pack…If I were camping I would bring…Animals I may see while camping are…”; did basic skills, Grant looked through a “Winnie the Pooh” book on shapes, and finished the day by making S’Mores.

 


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Saturday, 20 September 2008
Welcome
I am starting a homeschool journal for my friends that want to bounce ideas, etc. about homeschooling.  This is also my outlet for journaling our homeschool journey and sharing our newsletters of our progress.

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