Friday, March 6, 2015

Learning Log of January 2015

 
 January began cold and soon we had cabin fever. After getting over the colds in December we were ready for some action.
We played lots of games at home; did lots of crafts and science experiments; attempted new cooking and baking recipes and even went on a field trip to the a Science Museum close by.
DD11 turned 12 years old and 2015 here we come!!

 

  
Read aloud Books

* We are reading through the Bible with the children at night, we began at Genesis.

*I, Galileo by Bonnie Christensen
* Alex The parrot - NO Ordinary Bird - A True Story by Stephanie Spinner
* Saving Animals from Hurricanes by Stephen Person
* No Monkeys, No Chocolate by Melissa Stewart and Allen Young
* Mary's First Thanksgiving by Kathy-Jo Wargin
* Thanksgiving at Obaachan's by Janet Mitsui Brown

* Weird Sea Creatures by Erich Hoyt
* My Librarian Is a Camel - How Books are Brought to Children Around the World by Margriet Ruurs
* Stronger than Steel - Spider Silk DNA and the Quest for Better Bullet proof vests, sutures, and parachute rope. by Bridget Heos - Really cool book about scientific research and how new discoveries come about by utilizing what God has already given us. I read pieces and parts to the kids. Unfortunately not everyone was as interested in the subject as I - I read the whole book.

Audio Books

* My kids, one time or another have the files below in their mp5s to which they listen to every night at their choosing: Fairy tales and classic stories , worship music, Story Hour files, The Piano Guys, Jonathan Park and The Brinkman Adventures, The Chronicles of Narnia and Story Nory (lots and lots of FREE audio goodness: Bible stories, Classics, educational stories even ones for non-English speakers wanting to improve their English. We love this website!).

All kids listened to the books below:

* A Christmas Memory by Truman Capote - with CD read aloud book.
* Skippyjon Jones in the Dog House with Judy Schachner - with CD - audiobook read by the author.
* Classics of Childhood - Classic Stories and Tales - Vol. I - includes Puss in the Boots; Peter Pan; Wild Swans and more.


DD7 independent reading list: 

 She is also reading aloud  Read with me Bible to us during lunch time.

* Mr Grumpy by Roger Hangreaves
* Little Miss Princess by Roger Hangreaves
* Mr Clumsy by Roger Hangreaves
* Digger and Lew by Malachy Doyle
* I Love Bugs! by Emma Dodd
* Little Miss Tidy by Roger Hangreaves
* Little Miss Star by Roger Hangreaves
* Little Miss Wise by Roger Hangreaves
* Not in the House, Newton! by Judith Heide Gilliland
* The Fisherman and His Wife - A Retelling of the Grimm's Fairy Tale by Eric Blair
* Red Sled by Lita Judge
* The Hole Book by Peter Newell
* The Tale of Ginger and Pickles by Beatrix Potter
* The Tale of Samuel Whiskers or The Roly-Poly Pudding by Beatrix Potter

Read Aloud to her sibling(s):
* Little Miss Late by Roger Hangreaves
* Little Miss Busy by Roger Hangreaves
* Bramble and Maggie - Give and Take by Jessie Haas
* Speeding Up, Slowing Down by Natalie Hyde
* Sound n Hearing by Julie Murray - Buddy Books First Science

Listening and following along books on Storyline Online.  DD4 sits in and watches with her sister. :)

Academically, DD7 began Khan Academy Math. She completely Early Math and we have now moved on to 3rd grade math. She is currently working on memorizing her multiplication tables.
We are working on phonics and spelling by completing a workbook I had at home.
Copy work as well as reading to her siblings or to me out loud as well as quietly to herself. 
Now and again she will fill out worksheets on language arts and math.
Science and History is covered by our reading alouds, documentaries, audio books or videos.
I have assigned her a list of books for her to read to cover History and Science. She gets to pick one and read during quiet or reading time.


DS9 independent reading list:  

* DS9 is reading the Action Bible on his own.

* Calvin and Hobbes -DS9 reads a few strips at night before falling sleep.

* Volcano Rising by Elizabeth Rusch - completed narration as well as watched Bill Nye Science videos on the same subject.
* A Strawbeater's Thanksgiving by Irene Smalls
* The Man Who Walked Between the Towers by Mordicai Gerstein
* A Christmas Memory by Truman Capote
 * The Hole Book by Peter Newell

* No Talking by Andrew Clements

* A Really New School by Jan Fields n Vivienne To - An Up2U Action Adventure
* Tracking Tyrannosaurs by Christopher Sloan - National Geographic Kids

* The Science of Soldiers by Lucia Raatma
* V-22 Osprey by John Hamilton - A&D Extreme - Military Aircraft Set 2
* Destroyers by John Hamilton- Military Ships
* B-52 Stratofortress by JOhn Hamilton - Military Aircraft Set 2
* UH-60 Black Hawk by John Hamilton - Military Aircraft Set 2

* Greek Soldiers - Greatest Warriors by Alex Stewart
* Roman Soldiers - Greatest Warriors by Peter Hepplewhite
* Vikings - Greatest Warriors by Philip Steele

* Greater Estimations by Bruce Goldstone

* Science Experiments with Liquid by Alex Kuskowski - More Super Simple Science - DS9 read and prepared a few experiments for us to do together. We did the ones about the different liquid densities, hot air moving water into jar and eggs in a jar with vinegar.

Read Aloud to his sibling(s):

Academic Work:
* Doing 5th grade Math on Khan Academy ;
* Learning Coding with Khan Academy;
* Working through Stories of Adventure and Survival by Globe Fearson - it covers reading comprehension, vocabulary and thinking critically.;
* Doing Science Detective from The Critical Thinking Co. covering earth science, anatomy and biology.
* Dictation and Spelling - I just use the vocabulary he's read or seen the previous days, mostly orally now;




DD12 independent reading list

The Straight A Conspiracy by Hunter Maats and Katie O'Brien

* Sent - The Missing series - book 2 -  by Margaret Peterson Haddix
* Sabotaged - The missing series - book 3 by Margaret Peterson Haddix
* Torn - The Missing series - book 4
* Caught - The Missing series - book 5
* Risked - The Missing series - book 6


* The Time Machine by H.G. Wells

* A Really New School by Jan Fields n Vivienne To - An Up2U Action Adventure
* Double-Crossed at Cactus Flats by Rich Wallace n Hazel Mitchell - An Up2U Western Adventure

* The Outcasts - Book 1 - Brotherband Chronicles by John Flanagan -
* The Invaders - Book 2 - Brotherband Chronicles by John Flanagan
* The Hunters - Book 3 - Brotherband Chronicles by John Flanagan- This author is fantastic. It's really hard to find 5 star reviews of so many readers all given to one author. This one is it! If your kid likes adventure, you got to try this Australian author.

* Secret of the Lost Settlement - The Duty of Warriors by John J. Horn

* Inkheart by Cornelia Funke


On the Kindle:
* nothing I took note.

** Take one or two or three (i.e. reading these yet again!)

* How to Train a Dragon - book 1 by Cressida Cowell
* How To Cheat a Dragon's Curse - book 4 by Cressida Cowell
* Half Magic by Eward Eager
* The Lego Ideas Book - Unlock Your Imagination
* The Lego Book - DK
 
Read Aloud to her sibling(s):
* nothing I took note.

Academic Work:

* Doing Pre-Algebra on Khan Academy 64% completed;

* Learning Coding with Khan Academy;
* No longer doing Science Detective from The Critical Thinking Co. It's below her knowledge level and just repetitive.
* We stopped Dictation and Spelling this month. I noticed her spelling improved 400% just by taking notes on her Science book and doing her study guide on Hunger Games.

* Working on Hunger Games study guide by Progeny Press.
* Working through Exploring Creation with Biology from Apologia. Finished module 2 and 3. Scored 70% on both tests. I plan to work on module 4 with her and help her note taking skills.
* Copywork - nothing this month.

Activities at Home

* Quiet time everyday. This time is for reading or doing an activity on their own. Time for thinking, resting and learning to entertain oneself. It's also QUIET time for Mom. Time for me to recharge.

* DD11 turned DD12 this month. We spent her bday at a Science Museum with friends. On her atual day we had another set of friends come over and play.

* Computer play time this month has increased slightly to 2 hours a day. On the warm sunny days we are keeping below 1 hour. I can't wait for Spring!


* Playing princesses, tea party, store, library, board games. Listening to audio books, crafting and watching videos inside.

* Science experiments. Trying to incorporate once a week science experiments. Still hit and miss project. Getting DS9 to be in charge of the experiments we are going to try. Science experiments accomplished: different liquid densities, hot air moving water into jar and transforming eggs into bouncy balls.

* Cooking and crafting. DD4 is constantly asking to help in the kitchen and to paint. So once a week, we bake together and then the next day as a family we do a craft/ art time together.

* Cooking projects: bone broth, homemade yogurt, cookies, cupcakes, banana bread

* Lots of texting with family through WhatsApp. It's been good to keep in touch with so many relatives in Brazil.

* DD12 is teaching DD7 how to play the tin whistle. She is playing the song theme for The Hobbit.

* A friend gave us some old games and we have been playing: battleship; mouse trap; card games; trivia and knowledge flash card games; magnetic building;

* DS9 is helping DD7 memorize her multiplication tables 1 to 5.

* Working with Dad outside cleaning the leaves off the yard. Driving lawn mower and tending to fires.
* I began Spring Cleaning already. The kids are helping me complete 2015 in 2015 challenge. We are almost at 200 items in less than a month.

 Field Trips/ Activities Outside Home

* Homeschooling Meeting. The theme was hobbies.

* Visit to the McWane Center with another homeschooling family to celebrate DD12 birthday.

* DD12 and I are participating in a Sunday School class called A Case for a Creator by Lee Strobel. We are doing this in preparation for DD12 to be in classroom style learning, participating in discussions, and asking questions.

 Websites/ Links we found and used/ Apps

* Brain Pop Jr - DD7 watched videos on Classifying Animals;

* SheppardSoftware - DD7 and DD4 together are using the science and art section. DD4 learned about food chain.

* Khan Academy - DD12 and DS9 are using this site to learn Algebra. We watched videos on Number Sets; multiplication as scaling; we took a break from mathematical reasoning books and they are now using Khan Academy to master all pre-algebra skills.


TV shows/ Videos/ Movies/ YouTube


* Friends and Heroes episodes on IAMflix

* Babies - we have watched this movie many times but it's always a joy to do it again.

* Bill Nye the Science Guy episodes on YouTube - Motion; Friction; Light; Volcanoes; Chemical Reactions

* Prager University videos:

* Cave of Forgotten Dreams - Humanity's Lost Masterpiece

* Barbie - A Christmas Carol
* Minecraft videos on YouTube, Artforkids website; 


Books, blogs and other things I am reading...




* The Straight A Conspiracy by Hunter Maats and Katie O'Brien - the authors are genius. They simply repackaged all the most current scientific information about the brain and learning and wrote it for kids. The goal? To motivate students that they can do anything they put their minds to; they have got themselves entangled in a conspiracy that are cutting their dreams short.

* And Now I Choose: A story for those who believe they have no choice by Tam Hodge
* ReAlign: Finding God's Purpose for Your Money by
* Your Mind is What Your Brain Does for a Living: Learn How to Make it Work for You by

* Timothy Keller books samples, sermons on YouTube and free downloadable mp4 files.

* Among the Impostors - book # 2 - Shadow Children series by Margaret Peterson Haddix - I preview read this series for DD12 and unfortunately I think the content is not appropriate for her age. Check out my review HERE if you like.
* Among the Betrayed - book #3- Shadow Children series by Margaret Peterson Haddix

After lithotripsy, my DH was finally able to expel the kidney stones that tormented him in 2014.

Did 2015 greet you in a warm and friendly way??

Blessings,

Tereza

Thursday, January 29, 2015

Learning Log of December 2014

I am still trying to catch up with November and December logs. Be sure to check the November one below this one just posted a couple of days ago.

December was more laid back. We still did school but I didn't keep up with the reading for the younger ones. I sprouted a lemon tree in my kitchen and it's so joyous to see it grow in the midst of the grayish winter. See photo to the left. 

Some fun recipes and crafts videos on YouTube. Check out the links!

Read aloud Books

* The Great Thanksgiving Escape by Mark Fearing - the cutest! Definitely a kid book!! haha!
* Thanksgiving for Emily Ann by Teresa Johnston
* The Thanksgiving Bowl by Virginia Kroll
* How Do Dinosaurs say I'm Mad? by Jane Yolen and Mark Teague
* On a Beam of Light - A Story of Albert Einstein by Jennifer Berne
* Millions, Billions and Trillions - Understanding Big Numbers by DAvid A. Adler

Christmas Books:
1) The Christmas Box by JoAnne Stewart Wetzel
2) Lighthouse Christmas by Toni Buzzeo
3) Uncle Si The Christmas Elf - Work Hard, Nap Hard by Si Robertson and Ashley Howard Nelson
4) And Then Comes Christmas by Tom Brenner
5) A Chick 'n' Pug Christmas by Jennifer Sattler
6) A Christmas Memory by Truman Capote - One of my favorite books. You can see the movie here.
7) The Christmas Show by REbecca Patterson
8) Shooting at the Stars - The Christmas Truce of 1914 by John Hendrix
9) The Sparkle Box by Jill Hardie
10) The First Christmas by Jan Pienkowski
11) Sam's Christmas Wish by George D. Durrant


Audio Books

* My kids, one time or another have the files below in their mp5s to which they listen to every night at their choosing: Fairy tales and classic stories , worship music, Story Hour files, The Piano Guys, Jonathan Park and The Brinkman Adventures, The Chronicles of Narnia and Story Nory (lots and lots of FREE audio goodness: Bible stories, Classics, educational stories even ones for non-English speakers wanting to improve their English. We love this website!).

* We all heard Your Story Hour Christmas stories on the birth of Jesus.

* DD11 is listening to  Jonathan Park volume X and Novarupta.


DD7 independent reading list: 

 She is also reading aloud  Read with me Bible to us all during lunch time.

* Shellfish Aren't Fish by Allan Fowler

Read Aloud to her sibling(s):

* Thanksgiving Treat by Catherine Stock
* Merry Christmas, Davy! by Brigitte Weninger and Eve Tharlet
* A House for Hermit Crab by Eric Carle
* Happy Pig Day! by Mo Willems

 

Listening and following along books on Storyline Online.  DD4 sits in and watches with her sister. :)

Academically: Math - Singapore Math 2A/2B books. We are covering multiplication right now. She is doing copy work, reading to her siblings and to me out loud, and to herself. Science and History are covered by our reading alouds, documentaries, audio books or videos. Using some 2nd/ 3rd grade workbooks I have at home to cover phonics, spelling and grammar. On her own she goes to EAsy Peasy website and reads/ watches videos and plays games for 3rd grade level.


DS9 independent reading list:  

* DS9 is reading the Action Bible on his own.

* Calvin and Hobbes -DS9 reads a few strips at night before falling sleep.

* Handel Who Knew What He Liked by M.T. Anderson and Kevin Hawkes

* The Surprise Attack of Jabba The Puppet - An Origami Yoda Book by Tom Angleberger - Book 4
Read Aloud to his sibling(s):

* Thank You for Thanksgiving by Danci Daley Mackall
* Seeing Symmetry by Loreen Leedy
* Uncle Si the Christmas Elf - Work Hard, Nap Hard by Si Robertson and Ashley Howard Nelson 

Academic Work:
* Mathematical Reasoning - Level E - grade 4, as well as another math workbook for grade 5;
* Watching videos on Algebra; doing 5th grade level math on Khan Academy ;
* Learning Coding with Khan Academy;
* Working through Stories of Adventure and Survival by Globe Fearson - it covers reading comprehension, vocabulary and thinking critically.;
* Doing Science Detective from The Critical Thinking Co. covering earth science, anatomy and biology.
* Dictation and Spelling 3 times a week. I just use the vocabulary he's read or seen the previous days;
* Finished The Adventures of Tom Sawyer by Mark Twain for Book Club



DD11 independent reading list

* Hunger Games
* The Boy Colonel - A Soldier Without a Name by John J. Horn
* The Map Trap by Andrew Clements

* Storm Runners by Roland Smith - book 1
* Storm Runners - The Surge by Roland Smith - book 2
* Storm Runners - Eruption by Roland Smith - book 3

* The Strange Case of Origami Yoda by Tom Angleberger - Book 1
* The Secret of the Fortune Wookiee - An Origami Yoda Book by Tom Angleberger - Book 3
* The Surprise Attack of Jabba The Puppet - An Origami Yoda Book by Tom Angleberger - Book 4

* Found - The Missing series - book 1 by Margaret Peterson Haddix

* The Penderwicks by Jeanne Birdsall
* The Penderwicks on Gardam Street by Jeanne Birdsall
* The Penderwicks at Point Mouette by Jeanne Birdsall


* Drawing Made Easy series - Lifelike Heads by Lance Richlin
* Drawing Made Easy series - Colored Pencil by Eileen Sorg
* Drawing Made Easy series - Dragons & Fantasy by Kythera of Anevern
* Drawing Made Easy series - Lifelike Animals by Linda Weil

On the Kindle:

** Take one or two or three (i.e. reading these yet again!)
 
Read Aloud to her sibling(s):
* Ocean Sunlight - How Tiny Plants Feed the Seas by Molly Bang and Penny Chisholm


Academic Work:
* Mathematical Reasoning - Level F - grade 5 - she's not working on this book this month;
* Watching videos on Algebra; doing Pre-Algebra on Khan Academy 46% completed;
* Began Algebra I Saxon book - completed the first 4 chapters and then we decided to go with the Khan Academy program because her work can be more independent;
* Learning Coding with Khan Academy;
* Doing Science Detective from The Critical Thinking Co.; watching videos on Biology on YouTube
* Dictation and Spelling 3 times a week. I just use the words/ vocabulary we have seen the previous days and were spelled incorrectly.
* Read/ listened to The Adventures of Tom Sawyer by Mark Twain for Book Club and completed the Study Guide by Progeny Press.
* Began another study guide by Progeny Press: The Hunger Games
* Began Exploring Creation with Biology from Apologia. She has a schedule and she's studying on her own and doing all the work required. At the end of each module, I will give her a test. She had her first test just before Christmas and scored 70% on it. This has been good practice to learn how to express herself through writing as well as test taking skills. Until now, I haven't given her tests or graded her for any of her school work.
* Copywork based on The Hobbit. Goal was to practice her cursive handwriting and spelling.

DS9 driving the lawn mower and picking up leaves.


Activities at Home

* We are doing quiet time everyday. That varies from 30 to 60 minutes a day depending on how busy we are. During quiet time, the children are supposed to be reading on their own or playing quietly by themselves (for DD4 that is not reading yet). No interaction between the children should be happening. Sometimes I spend this time with DD4 doing her "school" work or just reading / cuddling with her.

* I have also decreased computer/ game time to 30 minutes a day. I have noticed the children are doing so much better in terms of behavior and learning without so much Minecraft stimultation.


* Playing princesses inside. Mom got some princesses dresses on sale after Halloween and the little girls spend the day now dressed up as princesses. :)


* We had friends come visit and the kids had a great play time as well as crafting opportunity. We made Christmas cards for a nursing home.


* Cooking and crafting.

* We made Christmas decorations with items we already had at home. Teaching the kids to re-purpose things we have around the house.

* DS9 and DD11 driving the lawn mower and working with Dad picking up leaves. You know your kids are growing up when they begin driving the lawn mower and began cooking meals. :)


 Field Trips/ Activities Outside Home

* Homeschooling Meeting. The theme was homemade projects.DS9 shared his handmade shooting devices. They were a hit. DD11 shared her homemade sewing projects and DD7 shared her rubber bands jewelry.

* Our first Book Club meeting geared toward Middle aged homeschoolers. We read The Adventures of Tom Sawyer and worked on the Study Guide put out by Progeny Press.

* Visit to an older friend. We had tea, cookies and other treats. We had wonderful conversation and Christmas gifts.

* Christmas Dinner party at our church. DD11 got to play her Irish flute and perform in front of an audience for the first time. We decorated, cooked yummy food, laughed a lot and enjoyed fellowship. It was a fun night.



 Websites/ Links we found and used/ Apps

* Brain Pop Jr - DD7 watched videos on Classifying Animals;

* SheppardSoftware - DD7 and DD4 together are using the science and art section. DD4 learned about food chain.

* Khan Academy - DD11 and DS9 are using this site to learn Algebra. We watched videos on Number Sets; multiplication as scaling; we took a break from mathematical reasoning books and they are now using Khan Academy to master all pre-algebra skills.

TV shows/ Videos/ Movies/ YouTube

* Pirate Fairy
* Fly Away Home -
* Miss Potter - such a sweet movie. DD7 loves Beatrix Potter books, so the movie was extra special to her.
* Cyberchase episodes - DD7 and DD4 are watching these.
* Merlin episodes
* Hunger Games and Catching Fire - watched these with DD11 and DH.
* The Hobbit - An unexpected Journey
* The Hobbit - The Desolation of Smaug

* the best wheat recipes... the best pancake from Gemma Stafford youTube Channel. 


Books, blogs and other things I am reading...

* Lucky Girl by Mei-Ling Hopgood - Mei-Ling was adopted as baby from Taiwan and brought to the US. On whim to find out about her birth family she discovers the cultural background and beliefs that led to her adoption. A powerful insight into Asian beliefs. If you like sociology, this is an interesting biography as it uncovers the differences between people and destinies.

* The Hunger Games - book 1 - I am always late hopping onto the latest bandwagon. I kind of like to stay behind and watch for major glitches and problems. :) I think I was flipping through channels and saw parts and pieces of the first movie and decided to watch it whole. So DH and I watched the first and second movies. Then I decided to read the book. There's so many interesting points of discussion here.

* Catching Fire - Hunger Games - book 2

* Samples of Jon Acuff books - check him out if you are needing a boost in your career or thinking of changing paths.

* The Daily Connoisseur - videos on YouTube after watching her Ted Talk. Looking for a way to simplify your life or your wardrobe? Then you need to check out Jennifer's YouTube channel. Great tips from a classic girl.

* The Straight A Conspiracy by Hunter Maats and Katie O'Brien - the authors are genius. They simply repackaged all the most current scientific information about the brain and learning and wrote it for kids. The goal? To motivate students that they can do anything they put their minds to; they have got themselves entangled in a conspiracy that are cutting their dreams short.

* The HomeScholar - getting ready for high school. Have questions about High School? College? You can't go wrong listening to Lee Binz.

More fun stuff coming in January 2015. :)

Blessings,
Tereza






Monday, January 26, 2015

Learning Log of November 2014

November was a busy month. We did a lot of crafts, some Christmas decorations and sent out Christmas boxes for Operation Christmas Child. We also had guests for Thanksgiving which was so wonderful. It's so rare for us to have any of my relatives from my side of the family during the holidays here and it was such a treat to have a cousin and family come visit. The kids also enjoyed the outdoor good weather as long as possible before the winter hit. 






Read aloud Books

* Hannah's Bookmobile Christmas by Sally Derby
* Spying Out the Land - Joshua's Spies in Jericho retold by Julie Voudrie
* No Room for Sarah by Ann Greenleaf - the cutest book ever and so perfect for my kids that have tons of stuffed animals. :)
* Tyrannosaurus Tex by Betty G. Birney
* Hand Rhymes by Marc Brown
* Cranberry Thanksgiving by Wende and Harry Devlin
* Squanto's Journey - The Story of the First Thanksgiving by Joseph Bruchac - What would the Thanksgiving story be like without Squanto?
* The Man Who made Time Travel by Kathryn Lasky - Talk about persistence, perseverance, never giving up task... John Harrison was a man with a purpose and would not rest until he got it done!
* Why Would Anyone Cut a Tree Down? by Roberta Burzynski
* Molly's Pilgrim by Barbara Cohen


Audio Books

* My kids, one time or another have the files below in their mp5s to which they listen to every night at their choosing: Fairy tales and classic stories , worship music, Story Hour files, The Piano Guys, Jonathan Park and The Brinkman Adventures, The Chronicles of Narnia and Story Nory (lots and lots of FREE audio goodness: Bible stories, Classics, educational stories even ones for non-English speakers wanting to improve their English. We love this website!).

* DD11 is listening to Cat of Bubastes 
* DD9 is also listening to Cat of Bubastes
* DD7 is listening to Jonathan Park episodes on her mp3.
* DD4 is listening to Story Nory - Aesop Fables


DD7 independent reading list: 

Continuing this month, DD7 is reading by leaps and bounds. Below her list of reading 100 books. She is also reading aloud  Read with me Bible to us all during lunch time.

91) The Magic School Bus in the Bat Cave
92) The Popcorn Book by Tomie de Paola
93) An Epic Doodle - Stickman Odyssey - book 1 by Christopher Ford
94) The Wrath of Zozimos - Stickman Oyssey - book 2 by Christopher Ford
95) Many Nations - An Alphabet of Native Americans by Josef Burchac
96) A Bad Case of Stripes by David Shannon
97) Yoko Writes Her Name by Rosemary Wells
98) Oscar and the Bat - A Book about Sound by Geoff Waring
99) Corduroy by Don Freeman
100) Henry and Mudge and the Happy Cat by Cynthia Rylant
101) Little Critter's These are My Pets by Mercer Mayer
102) Oscar and the Snail - A book about things we use by Geoff Waring
103) Gabby Douglas by Sarah Tieck
104)  Tacky the Penguin by Helen Lester

Read Aloud to her sibling(s):
* Ballet Sisters - The Duckling and the Swan by Jan Ormerod
* Fancy Nancy - Poet Extraordinaire! By Jane O'Connor
 

Listening and following along books on Storyline Online.  DD4 sits in and watches with her sister. :)

Academically, I am using Singapore Math 2A/2B books to teach DD7 math. We are covering multiplication right now. She is doing copy work as well as reading to her siblings or to me out loud as well as quietly to herself. Now and again she will fill out worksheets on language arts and math. Science and History is covered by our reading alouds, documentaries, audio books or videos.


DS9 independent reading list:  

* DS9 is reading the Action Bible on his own.

* Calvin and Hobbes - Will he ever stop reading these comics??

* The Adventures of Tom Sawyer by Mark Twain - he listened to the audio book for the Book Club.

* The Lunch Lady and the League of Librarians by Jarret J. Krosoczka - book 2
* Lunch Lady and the Bake Sale Bandit by Jarret J. Krosoczka - book 5
* Lunch Lady and the Field Trip Fiasco by Jarret J. Krosoczka - book 6
* Lunch Lady and the Mutant Mathletes by Jarret J. Krosoczka - book 7

* Don't Bug on me! by Gillian McHale
* Runny Babbit - A Billy Book by Shel Silverstein

* United Tweets of America - 50 state birds, Their Stories and Glories by Hudson Talbott
* Davy Crockett - retold by Felicity Trotman and Shirley Greenway
* Who Was Harry Houdini? by Tui T. Sutherland

Read Aloud to his sibling(s):
* Dancing Cloud - The Navajo Boy by Mary Marsh  and Conrad Buff
* The Cow That Went Oink by Bernard Most
* Oscar and the Cricket - A book about moving and rolling by Geoff Waring
* Oscar and the Frog - A book about growing by Geoff Waring

Academic Work:
* Mathematical Reasoning - Level E - grade 4;
* Watching videos on Algebra; doing 5th grade level math on Khan Academy ;
* Learning Coding with Khan Academy;
* Working through Stories of Adventure and Survival by Globe Fearson - it covers reading comprehension, vocabulary and thinking critically.;
* Doing Science Detective from The Critical Thinking Co.
* Dictation and Spelling 3 times a week. I just use the vocabulary he's read or seen the previous days;
* Listening to The Adventures of Tom Sawyer by Mark Twain for Book Club


DD11 independent reading list

* The Key to the Indian by Lynne Reid Banks

* The Lunch Lady and the League of Librarians by Jarret J. Krosoczka - book 2
* Lunch Lady and the Bake Sale Bandit by Jarret J. Krosoczka - book 5
* Lunch Lady and the Field Trip Fiasco by Jarret J. Krosoczka - book 6
* Lunch Lady and the Mutant Mathletes by Jarret J. Krosoczka - book 7

* Journey Under the Sea by R.A. Montgomery - Choose Your Own Adventure
* Space and Beyond by R.A. Montgomery - Choose Your Own Adventure


* Hidden Worlds of Wildlife - A National Geographic Society book
* United Tweets of America - 50 state birds, Their Stories and Glories by Hudson Talbott

* Who Was Harry Houdini? by Tui T. Sutherland
* Handel Who Knew What He Liked by M.T. Anderson

* Brothers at Arms - Treasure and Treachery in the Amazon by John J. Horn

* Beautiful Landscapes by Diane WRight
* Flowers and Botanicals by Diane Cardaci

On the Kindle:

* The Brainy Bunch
* Ask Jackie: Homesteading
* Ask Jackie: Gardening
* Ask Jackie: Animals
* The Story of the Candy Rabbit by Laura Lee Hope


** Take one or two or three (i.e. reading these yet again!)

* Don't Bug on me! by Gillian McHale

* Wings of Fire series - The Hidden Kingdom by Tui T. Sutherland - Book #3
* Wings of Fire series - The Dark Secret by Tui T. Sutherland - Book #4
* Wings of Fire series - The Brightest Night by Tui T. Sutherland - Book #5
 
Read Aloud to her sibling(s):

* Dancing Cloud - The Navajo Boy by Mary Marsh  and Conrad Buff
* Thanksgiving at Our House by Wendy Watson
* The Relatives Came by Cynthia Rylant


Academic Work:
* Mathematical Reasoning - Level F - grade 5;
* Watching videos on Algebra; doing Pre-Algebra on Khan Academy;
* Began Algebra I Saxon book;
* Learning Coding with Khan Academy;
* Doing Science Detective from The Critical Thinking Co.; watching videos on Biology on YouTube
* Dictation and Spelling 3 times a week. I just use the words/ vocabulary we have seen the previous days and were spelled incorrectly.
* Read/ listened to The Adventures of Tom Sawyer by Mark Twain for Book Club and completed the Study Guide.

Activities at Home

* We are doing quiet time everyday. That varies from 30 to 60 minutes a day depending on how busy we are. During quiet time, the children are supposed to be reading on their own or playing quietly by themselves (for DD4 that is not reading yet). No interaction between the children should be happening. Sometimes I spend this time with DD4 doing her "school" work or just reading / cuddling with her.

* I have also decreased computer/ game time to 30 minutes a day. I have noticed the children are doing so much better in terms of behavior and learning without so much Minecraft stimultation.

* Canned more of our jalapeno peppers, just before the first frost. I used this recipe to make escabeche of carrots, onions and jalapenos. I also canned some more homemade hot sauce.


* We had our first frost on November 02nd. It was sad to go to the garden and find peppers and eggplants burned and dead.We did get a Thai pepper, tomato plant and a jalapeno plant in the green house. I am hoping they do well and produce some yumminess for us during the winter.

* I came up with a job list for each child that earns them money. I basically came up with a list of job/ chores/ responsibilities that they should be doing as normal routine but they have been slacking on. I am paying them money for each "job" done without any reminding. My idea is to motivate them enough that the jobs will become second nature to each child. Of course the list varies according to child. I have also assigned one child for each meal to help with before and after prep/ clean up. It's working wonders. :)
Last harvest before the frost. :(

* Plants are in the green house. Getting plants transplanted to pots to go into the green house.

* We made canjica, a Brazilian dish.

* Enjoying the warm mid days: playing basketball outside, riding bikes, playing indians, digging for treasure in the dirty (what's with dirt and kids?).

* Playing princesses inside. Mom got some princesses dresses on sale after Halloween and the little girls spend the day now dressed up as princesses. :)

* Painting and preparing Christmas Boxes for Operation Christmas Child. This is the second year we are doing this as a family project. Throughout the year we collect small toys, craft supplies, clothes and empty shoe boxes and then we paint and decorate them. We fill them up and deliver them to a collection center to be shipped to Samaritan's Purse. You can see the ones we did last year here.

* DD11 had great ideas for decorating our home for Thanksgiving and Christmas. We had some relatives come over for Thanksgiving and she decorated the kitchen with fall leaves. So pretty! We also made garlands for the fireplace in white and red and attached poinsettias to them. DD11 found Pinterest!!!



 Field Trips/ Activities Outside Home

* Homeschooling Meeting. The theme was food. Everyone brought goodies and we got to share and eat most of them. DD11 did a small talk/ comparison between butter and hydrogenated fats. DD7 and DD4 enacted The Duckling Gets a Cookie? by Mo Willems. DD7 was the pigeon and DD4 was the duckling. It was so cute! :)

* Lego Club - the kids made catapults with Legos and launched minifigs around the room.


* Our first Book Club meeting geared toward Middle aged homeschoolers. We read The Adventures of Tom Sawyer and worked on the Study Guide put out by Progeny Press.

Egg Drop soup w/ homemade chicken broth.
 Websites/ Links we found and used/ Apps

* Brain Pop Jr - DD7 watched videos on Classifying Animals;

* SheppardSoftware - DD7 and DD4 together are using the science and art section.

* Khan Academy - DD11 and DS9 are using this site to learn Algebra. We watched videos on Number Sets; multiplication as scaling

* Quizlet.com - Used this site to study vocabulary words for Singing Down the Moon. Fantastic resource for creating your own vocabulary/ spelling lists or perusing others.

* Membean - the way to learn root words, spelling and vocabulary. Fascinating!

* Neok12 - I found this website reading Generation Cedar's blog and what a find! The website is filled with videos and other resources sorted out by subjects. A great learning tool! Following on my kids' interest on space, we watched Colonizing the Moon,


* Minecraft - we got Orespawn. The kids got their Minecraft time reduced to 30 minutes a day and no more servers. Everything is going so much better. :)

* Easy Peasy Website -  We kind of have put this website to rest this month.

TV shows/ Videos/ Movies/ YouTube

* The Adventures of Tom Sawyer by Tom Sawyer - unabridged audiobook on YouTube

* Visual Bible - The Gospel of Matthew - on IamFlix

* Sugar Creek Gang episodes on Iamflix

* AFV on Netflix; National Geographic videos

* Perpetua story - animated Christian heroes on Iamflix

* Videos on Reproduction and Division of Cells: Cell Cycle, Mitosis and Meiosis - Bozeman Science videos, Crash Course on Meiosis and Crash Course on Mitosis  

* More videos on YouTube: Ancient Egypt: After Death (gods and mummification);
Collage and water color craft I did with the children. 


Books, blogs and other things I am reading...

* The Diary of Sara Nita - Dear America Diaries

* The HomeScholar - getting ready for high school. Have questions about High School? College? You can't go wrong listening to Lee Binz.

* They call me Dad by Cameron - the story how a Scot living in Alabama ends up in Romania and changes his world and the world of orphaned children. You can find out more on Stella's Voice and here you can watch one of the services he presents some of the young ladies that he rescued

* Seed Sowers Gospel Planting Adventures - I was listening to the HeduaMedia Channel on YouTube and found Gwen Toliver and the amazing book she wrote. Her personal blog, Tolivers to Texas,  is a great resource; she has lots of curriculum reviews as well as funny posts about raising 9 kids. So worth reading.


* The Turning by Davis Bunn - my first Davis Bunn book and I was really disappointed. You can read my review HERE. Now I am reading The Centurion's Wife. Will see if it's any better. So here is my review of The Centurion's Wife: it was a bit better than The Turning but I can't get hooked on romantic historical fiction anymore. It's just too gooey for my taste. :P

As you can see I am running a bit behind in posting my monthly learning log. Hope to catch up in the next few days. How's winter been treating you and your family??

Blessings,
Tereza




Thursday, November 20, 2014

Something Pretty... and how it affected our homeschooling.

As some of you may know, I scrapbook and make cards for our troops. I have taken some custom orders in the past and created some shabby chic baby keepsakes. You can see all related posts HERE as well as check on the right side bar for my most visited posts.

Now how is that related to homeschooling
Please read to the end of the post to find out. 

Last summer, I finished something pretty. J. contacted me for the first time a few years back and I made her a keepsake box to hold photos of the baby she lost. Unfortunately she went on to lose another baby after Phillips. But thanks to God she found a wonderful doctor who helped her finally get pregnant and deliver a healthy baby this past August.

A couple of years back, she had a stillborn baby girl and wanted an album to hold 100+ photos she had been able to get of her baby before burial. It reminded me of the beautiful box and prayer book I made for Julia. 

Today I am sharing with you the treasure I made for her. It's a comfort to us mothers that lose babies to miscarriages or other circumstances that we will one day see them again.

I have lost 3 babies myself. The last one was this past spring. I didn't share about it here because it's just so hard. Most people don't understand when mothers say that their arms feel empty and they have a house full of children. I didn't...until I miscarried this last baby. He was due this November. There should have been a brand new baby in my home right now. :(



Here is the album cover.... The album is 12x12" and filled with page protectors that hold 4x6" photos. I can't remember now but I put about 13 of them in there. There's room for 130 photos.

I added lots of details to the cover with chipboard frames, Prima flowers, rub ons and doillies.

It turned out very mixed media because I gesso the fabric cover and then used acrylic paint to create the background. I adhered a huge doilly (12") to the center and then painted over it. 

The dots were created using modeling paste. I don't own any stencils, but still I was able to create texture and interest with bubble wrap and modeling paste.








I recycled old books and corrugated cardboard to create this side of the cover.

White paint always goes a long way to make anything look shabby. :)

Lots of my favorite stamps.












Below I added the baby's name using white chipboard letters that I stamped over with a script stamp I had. Again added some white paint for the shabby look.




Inside there are photo protectors, each side has a 4x6" card that has been embellished with stamps, and images from Iralamija etsy shop. There you can find the most beautiful digital images. The 4x6" card can be used as a journaling place or just decorating the page.

Some of the digital downloads I used were Sentiment and BannersAdore TicketsSongbird Cards, Bella Rose Background, and Old Tickets
There may be others because I really love Beatriz' stuff.
Now how is this related to homeschooling?

For a week, after I lost my baby, I was basically bedridden. We don't have any family close (my parents live in Brazil) and my children and husband had to fend for themselves and take care of me while I recuperated from the miscarriage.

During this time, I was able to see how homeschooling provides the perfect environment for maturing and testing the waters within protective boundaries. My DD11 was able to cook and serve her siblings. My DS8 was able to help around the house more and read/ teach his sisters. My 2 youngest got to take care of Mommy by fetching water and bringing other items in the bedroom.

Everyone learned about what happened. We were able to talk about the preciousness of life, Heaven, Jesus, the Bible, our loving Heavenly Father. The kids got concerned about Mom. It was a lesson for us all to appreciate one another and not take for granted what we have.

I believe homeschooling is one beautiful thing in our lives.

I had wonderful friends who went grocery shopping for me; who brought meals; who prayed for me; who sent me flowers and a card; who babysat my kids so I could go to the doctor. My parents live far away, but God has provided a generous support group right here where I live.

There wasn't much desk work done that week but there was a lot of learning.

And we know that God causes all things to work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose. - Romans 8:28

As I finished J's custom order this summer, my heart healed. I still long for my baby but I know where he is. I am full of hope. As I worked on this album, joy flooded my heart again.

Have you lost a baby? How did you cope?

Blessings,

Tereza

Friday, November 7, 2014

Learning Log of October 2014

My parents went back to Brazil on the 22nd of October. The month was full of park visits, picnics, last minute doctor appointments and new discoveries.
I shared about the new math curriculum called Mathematical Reasoning that we have officially adopted.
I tried canning for the first time and put to use lots of my homegrown jalapeno peppers.
Homeschooling is hard work but it's so worth it!
 

Read aloud Books


* Down the Long Hills by Louis L'Amour - We finished our first Louis L'amour book.

* Sing Down the Moon by Scott O'Nell - We really enjoyed learning more about Navajo culture and history. This book is really worth reading. We have added some picture books about the Navajo and other Native American tribes for the little ones.

* The Skin you Live In by Michael Tyler
* Shades of People by Shelley Rotner

Audio Books

* My kids, one time or another have the files below in their mp5s to which they listen to every night at their choosing: Fairy tales and classic stories , worship music, Story Hour files, The Piano Guys, Jonathan Park and The Brinkman Adventures, The Chronicles of Narnia and Story Nory (lots and lots of FREE audio goodness: Bible stories, Classics, educational stories even ones for non-English speakers wanting to improve their English. We love this website!).


* DD11 is listening to Cat of Bubastes 
* DD9 is also listening to Cat of Bubastes
* DD7 is listening to Jonathan Park episodes on her mp3.
* DD4 is listening to Story Nory - Aesop Fables


DD7 reading to Grandpa while he eats breakfast.

DD7 independent reading list: 

DD7 did a lot of reading. She read to Grandpa and Grandma at any time there was an opportunity.
Continuing this month, DD7 is reading by leaps and bounds. Below her list of reading 100 books. She is also reading aloud  Read with me Bible to us all during lunch time.

81) Young Cam Jansen and the Lost Tooth by David A. Adler
82) Young Cam Jansen and the Baseball Mystery by David A. Adler
83) Young Cam Jansen and the Dinosaur Game by David A. Adler
84) Chickens to the Rescue by John Himmelman
85) Diary of a Worm by Doreen Cronin
86) Letters from a Desperate Dog by Eileen Christelow
87) Calvin and Hobbes comic books - DD7 found out she didn't have to read 100 books to be able to read Calvin and Hobbes. :)
88) Mildred and Sam Go To School by Sharleen Collicott
89) A Proper Little Lady by Nette Hilton

Listening and following along books on Storyline Online.  DD4 sits in and watches with her sister. :)


DD11 is conquering math with Mathematical Reasoning curriculum.

DS9 independent reading list:  

* DS9 is reading the Action Bible on his own. For a boy who likes comic books, this is as close to Heaven as you can get.

* Calvin and Hobbes - DS9 still his favorite choice to fall asleep to.

* Harry the Poisonous Centipede by Lynne Reid Banks
* Runny Bunny by Shel Silverstein
* Letters from a Desperate Dog by Eileen Christelow
* Jupiter by Elaine Landau

* Lunch Lady and the Cyborg Substitute - Book #1 by Jarret J. Krosoczka
* Sandra Boynton's Amazing Cows - the funniest book for kids.
 
Read Aloud to his sisters:
* didn't record the name of the books, but there were a few. It's part of my everyday routine to make him read to his sisters 1) to keep him still for a while, 2) to practice his reading skills and 3) just to serve. :)

Show and Tell about Pets.

DD11 independent reading list

* Shadow Spinner by Susan Fletcher
* The Mystery of the Cupboard by Lynne Reid Banks - from the Indian in the Cupboard series
* The Adventures of Tom Sawyer by Mark Twain

* The Thief by Megan Whalen Turner
* Lunch Lady and the Cyborg Substitute - Book #1 by Jarret J. Krosoczka
* Sandra Boynton's Amazing Cows - the funniest book for kids.
 
Easy breakfast: cottage cheese with fruit!
On the Kindle:

* The Blue Fairy Book by Andrew Lang -  a collection of fairy tales
* The Pink Fairy Book by Andrew Lang
* The Red Fairy Book by Andrew Lang
* The Lilac Fairy Book by Andrew Lang
* The Orange Fairy Book by Andrew Lang- Can you tell she loves fairy tales??? :)


** Take one or two or three (i.e. reading these yet again!)
* The Dragon's Eye by Dugald A. Steer - Dragonology Chronicles - Vol. I
* The Dragon Diary by Dugald A. Steer - Dragonology Chronicles - Vol. II
* The Dragon's Apprentice by Dugald A. Steer - Dragonology Chronicles - Vol. III
* The Dragon's Prophecy by Dugald A. Steer - Dragonology Chronicles - Vol. IV

* Wings of Fire series - The Dragonet Prophecy by Tui T. Sutherland - Book #1
* Wings of Fire series - The Lost Heir by Tui T. Sutherland - Book #2
 
Read Aloud to her siblings:
* Dancing Cloud - The Navajo Boy by Mary Marsh  and Conrad Buff
A typical homeschooling day: everyone outside enjoying the sunshine!


Activities at Home
* First time canning our jalapeno peppers. I use this recipe to make escabeche of carrots, onions and jalapenos. I also canned homemade hot sauce.

* DD11 still playing the Irish whistle. Her repertoire has increased to Amazing Grace and one of The Hobbit's soundtrack songs.
* Playing chess with Grandpa, reading to Grandpa; playing soccer; riding bikes with Grandpa.
*Planting spinach, collards, kale, cilantro, Brussels sprouts and cabbage. Cleaning out the remains of summer crops, but we are still enjoying tomatoes, eggplants, basil, jalapeno, green beans, bell peppers and okra because I refuse to take them down until the frost comes.


* We closed our pool for the season. It's always a sad event. :(
* Prepping to put up a new green house. Getting plants transplanted to pots to go into the green house.

* WE have been busy with the Grandparents and haven't added anything new to our list of things selling on Ebay.
* Cooking lots of Brazilian dishes like tapioquinha, bolo de milho cremoso and sagu. Grandma loves her a little sugar. :)

* Playing MInecraft. Playing a lot of Minecraft.This is fixing to end as soon as the grandparents leave. :)
Picnic at the Park in the middle of the week. :)


 Field Trips/ Activities Outside Home

* Homeschooling Meeting. Presentation about Pets. Playdate at the park afterwards.

* Lunch and visit to a friends' house.
* DD11 and DS9 had their first visit to the orthodontist and I was so very pleased. Thank you Jesus for always providing above and beyond what I can think or ask for.
* Lego Club - Grandparents got to take them to this one. DH and I went on a date!
* Soccer practices and games.The kid's team participated in a soccer tournament and was out after the first game. Soccer season is over!
* Taking Grandparents to the airport. Seeing them off as they return to Brazil.
* Our first Book Club meeting geared toward Middle aged homeschoolers. We will be reading The Adventures of Tom Sawyer and using the study guide by Progeny Press. Look out for a review post coming soon!
* Playdates at the park.
* Visit to the eye doctor
Enjoying the Fall weather with other homeschoolers!

 Websites/ Links we found and used/ Apps

* Quizlet.com - Used this site to study vocabulary words for Singing Down the Moon. Fantastic resource for creating your own vocabulary/ spelling lists or perusing others.

* Inspirational Christians - Missionaries, Pastors and Christian Workers' Biographies. Short and concise biographies, perfect for a quick research or just to know more to find out if you want to read more.

GF Pumpkin Pie: no sugar, no wheat! :P
* Council of Indian Nations - a wonderful website full of information on different tribes, their culture and history. We used it to complement our reading of Sing Down the Moon by Scott O'Nell.


* Khan Academy - We watched videos on exponential numbers; long division; multiplication and division with decimal point. DD11 and DS9 are also learning code on the site.

* Minecraft - we purchased the game and the kids are now fully capacitated to create their own worlds, and play in adventure maps and servers. Will they ever do anything else but minecraft???? :(

* Easy Peasy Website -  DD11 is doing the 6th grade curriculum. DS9 is doing the 4th grade and DD7 is doing the 2nd grade one.

* Storyline online - DD7 leads the way logging on to this site to listen to a read aloud story read by actors. Everyone else will join in. Who can resist a read aloud book?

* Online Academy of Irish Music - DD11 decided to learn Irish Flute and she is using this site to learn to play. She can play Amazing Grace, Are you sleeping, Brother John? and a song from the movie The Hobbit.


The 4 y.o. artist!!!
TV shows/ Videos/ Movies/ YouTube

*MOms' Night Out!

* Rio 2

* The Boxcar Children - animated movie on Netflix

* The Little Men - episodes of the series on Netflix





Books, blogs and other things I am reading...


 * The Lost Boy - A Foster Child's Search for the Love of a Family by Dave Pelzer  

* Master Your Metabolism by Jillian Michaels

* Teaching Self Government dot com - Nicholeen Peck

* The Hidden Children by Howard Greenfeld

* The Brainy Bunch by Kip and Mona Lisa Harding - I don't agree with everything they say, BUT (and that is a huge but) if your kid is ready for High School level work why wait?? Why wait until 18 to go to college, when you could do it at 14 or maybe at 15??? Take a look. There are many YouTube videos on the family. Check them out. We will be changing the way we do school because of this book. Thank you, Harding family!

What new discoveries have you made this blessed fall?? Share in the comments below.

Blessings,

Tereza