Monday, April 20, 2015

Learning Log of March 2015

 Spring is here! I finally get to garden and grow some yummy food! I bought some plants because I just couldn't wait to see things grow! this year I'm growing Swiss chard, arugula, lettuce, onions from bulbs and lots of strawberry plants.
I had so many strawberry plants that I offered the kids plants for them to sell in exchange of their help in the garden. We began by cleaning the strawberry beds and transplanting plants into cups to sell. Check out the photos and links below.

Read aloud Books
 * We are still reading through the Bible with the kids. Reading Exodus but falling by the wayside.

* Just the Right Size by Nicola Davies






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!).

* DD12 is listening to  The Spiderwick Chronicles.
* DD9 is also listening to the Story of the World - Vol. I
* DD7 is listening to the Story of the World - Vol. I
* DD4 is listening to Story Nory



DD5 independent reading list:

DD5 has been asking me to learn to read, so I finally decided to work with her. We began ClicknKids Phonics program. This is a software that you download to your computer and your kids have daily lessons. There are 2 programs: a phonics and a spelling one. I used this software with my 3 oldest to remedial spelling and to help DD7 learn to read. As with all software, after a few lessons my kids get bored because the program is too repetitive or they have already mastered the skills they need to proceed on their own. Not one of my kids finished either programs.

DD5 has done lessons 1 to 10. I sit with her on my lap in front of the computer and together we do the lessons. I am also using printable lessons from BOB books free worksheets created by a diverse group of homeschooling moms. One of my favorites is Walking By the Way. I used these with DD7 when she was beginning to read. I am also using phonics books from Abeka and other books I find at the library.

She is also using Starfall website to help with the sounds of letters and practicing putting words together.


DD7 independent reading list: 

 She is also reading aloud  Read with me Bible to us all during lunch time. Also Calvin and Hobbes books are a favorite before bedtime.

* Calvin and Hobbes comics

* The Lizard Man of Crabtree County by Lucy Nolan
* Daisy Dawson and the Secret Pond by Steve Voake

* Daisy Dawson on her Way by Steve Voake
* Daisy Dawson at the Beach by Steve Voake


Read Aloud to her sibling(s):

* Nate the Great and the Fishy Prize by Marjorie Winman Sharmat
* Nate the Great and the Pillowcase by Marjorie Weinman Sharmat and Rosalind Weinman

* Khan Academy Math- 3rd grade math;
* Singapore Math 2B
* Working on memorizing her multiplication tables.
* Reading chapter books and completing a workbook on phonics, spelling, grammar, reading comprehension, etc.
Copy work as well as reading to her siblings or to me out loud as well as quietly to herself. 
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 -DS9 reads a few strips at night before falling sleep.


* The Tale of Desperaux by Kate DiCamillo - once he finished the book, we watched the movie and DS9 made comparisons between book and movie: how different they were; how much was added to the movie, etc.

* Call of the Wild by Jack London
* Hack Attack - A Trip to Wonderland by Jan Fields
* The Calm Before the Storm - A Night in Sleepy Hollow by Jan Fields

* Bugged - How Insects changed History by Sarah Albee

* The Titanic - An Interactive History Adventure by Bob Temple - You Choose Books

Read Aloud to his sibling(s):


Academic Work:
* Finished 5th grade Math on Khan Academy. Began 6th grade Math on Khan Academy.
* Also doing Life of Fred - Fractions;
* Learning Coding with Khan Academy;


* Doing Science Detective from The Critical Thinking Co. covering earth science, anatomy and biology. When he gets tired of this, he picks an Usbore Internet-Linked science book, reads and researches it online. I am letting him pick his own subjects and interests.
* Spelling and vocabulary based on the books he's reading. Mostly done orally.



DD12 independent reading list


 * Ripley's Believe it or not! - The Remarkable, Revealed. - Can be creep at times, but really interesting.

Fantasy books:
*  Erak's Ransom - book 7 - Ranger's Apprentice series by John Flanagan
*  The Kings of Clonmel - book 8 - Ranger's Apprentice series by John Flanagan
* Halt's Peril - book 9 - Ranger's Apprentice series by John Flanagan

* Raising Dragons by Bryan Davis - Dragons in our Midst series - written by a Christian author; he has been compared to CS Lewis.


Historical Fiction:

* By the Big Horn Spoon! by Sid Fleischman - A Gold Rush Adventure
 * Jim Ugly by Sid Fleischman
* The Titanic - An Interactive History Adventure by Bob Temple - You Choose Books
* Island of the Blue Dolphins by Scott O'Dell


* Welcome to Kit's World - 1934 - Growing Up During America's Great Depression - American Girl book - this was a great find at our library. I highly recommend as a complement to this past of American History. The books are filled with lots of photos of the time and interesting descriptions and facts.

* A Long Way from Chicago by Richard Peck - if you like Southern humor you will enjoy this book. DD12 did!
* A Year Down Yonder by Richard Peck - the sequel to A Long Way from Chicago - even funnier than the first!

Animal books:
* Prince Rabbit by A.A. Milne
* The Anne Marie by Israel J. Parker - for the animal lover.

** Take one or two or three (i.e. reading these yet again!)
* The Hunger Games by Suzanna Collins
Read Aloud to her sibling(s):


Academic Work:

* Doing Pre-Algebra on Khan Academy 70% completed;
* She began Life of Fred: Pre-Algebra with Biology book;

* Learning Coding with Khan Academy;
* Began learning Java Script with Code Academy;

* Finished The Hunger Games study guide by Progeny Press; we began listening to the audiobook for The Bronze Bow with the intent to do a study guide on it, but she couldn't go past chapter 2.
* Working through Exploring Creation with Biology from Apologia. Reviewed modules 1-4 and took Quarterly Test on them and scored 90%.


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.

* Computer play time has increased to an hour this month.

* Spring Cleaning. We took the first week of March to declutter and clean house. School work decreased to one picked subject for about 20-30 minutes only.

* More crafts and painting projects.

* Cooking: teaching DD12 new recipes: gluten free cornbread muffins, beans, oatmeal. DD5 andDD7 are helping in the kitchen more often. We are cooking and eating vegan most every day of the week. I lost 8 pounds in a week. :)

* Cooking projects: milk kefir, vegan suppers, oat soaking and oatmeal making.


* Gardening: thinning our strawberry beds and selling the extra strawberry plants; building a new box, filling with dirt and prepping to plant;

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

* Keeping with the 2015 in 2015 challenge.

 Field Trips/ Activities Outside Home

 
* Homeschooling Meeting. The theme was animals. DD12 shared about    , DD7 talked about habitat and the series she is reading about a little girl who can talk to animals and DD5 shared all about horses that she learned while reading a book with Mom. DD9 decided to just watch this time.

* McWane Trip - they had a new exhibit called Mindbenders with lots of games and puzzles. Another opportunity to reconnect with another homeschooling family. We had a fun time.

* Game day at the library.

* Story Hour for the young ones.

* I had to renew my driver's license, so we used the opportunity to have a picnic at the park and enjoy some sunshine.


 Websites/ Links we found and used/ Apps


* BrainPop - videos on Copyright, Martin Luther King Jr.; Math games; food chain games;


* Khan Academy -

* Code Academy - DD12 is learning Java Script here for FREE. I joined her because everyone needs to learn how to program. :)

* Starfall - great website for learning to read. DD5 is using this one.

* ClicknKids - a program that teaches phonics and spelling. DD5 is using it also.

* Dance Mat Typing - a free resource that teaches kids how to type.



TV shows/ Videos/ Movies/ YouTube


Studio C - Family friendly, clean sketch comedy tv shows produced by BYUtv. Super fun on YouTube for FREE. We have spent hours watching these videos as a family.

* A Tale of Desperaux

* Planes and Rescue

* The "Drop Box" full story on YouTube - the Korean man who rescues abandoned babies tells his story of conversion and what God has done in his life.

* On programming videos:

* The Amoeba Sisters on YouTube - science videos.  DD12 using it to complement her HS Biology curriculum. She watched the videos on Osmosis,

* Big Hero 6 - the bomb!!!

* Encounters at the End of the World - very liberal film with very interesting images.


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


* What Women Fear by Angie Smith

*Leota's Garden by Francine Rivers - audiobook

* Timothy Keller - Prodigal God mp3 files.

* Bought - movie about vaccines

* Positive Parenting Solutions

* The Pleasure Trap - Ted Talk. Want to find out why you eat so much and of the wrong things? Watch this short talk and begin a new healthy journey in your life.

* The Starch Solution by John McDougall MD - begin with this talk and if you got health issues purchase the book by the same name.

* Prevent and Reverse Heart Disease by Dr Caldwell Esselstyn - Amazing results and research to show for it too.

Blessings,
Tereza Crump


Saturday, April 18, 2015

Learning Log of February 2015


I know we are in April but I'm still trying to catch up with my learning logs. Hopefully next week I will post March and then we are all catched up! You won't be seeing snow photos in Spring. :)

February brought snow and lots of indoors activities. We don't usually have snow where we live, but this winter we had a little over 1 foot of it and it lasted about 3 days. So the kids enjoyed 3 days of playing in the snow, building forts and snowmen, eating snow ice cream, snowball fights and lots of wet and cold body parts. :) Other than that, we stayed indoors and cooked, played, crafted and even had "the school experience".

Read aloud Books
 * We are still reading through the Bible with the kids. We finished Genesis and we are now tackling Exodus.

* Pompeii Lost and Found by Mary Pope Orborne

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!).

* The Christmas Miracle of Jonathan Toomey by Susan Wojciechowski

* DD12 is listening to  Jonathan Park episodes.
* DD9 is also listening to the Story of the World - Vol. I and Story Nory
* DD7 is listening to the Story of the World - Vol. I
* DD4 is listening to Story Nory


DD7 independent reading list: 

 She is also reading aloud  Read with me Bible to us all during lunch time. Also Calvin and Hobbes books are a favorite before bedtime.

* First Science Book: Color by Julie Murray
* First Science Book: Sound and Hearing by Julie Murray
* The House on the Maple Street by Bonnie Pryor
* Annie and Snowball and the Thankful Friends  by Cynthia Rylant
* My First Ballet book by Kate Castle
* Nate the Great and the Big Sniff by Marjorie Weinman Sharmat and Mitchell Sharmat
* Nate the Great and the Tardy Tortoise by Marjories Weinmann Sharmat and Craig Sharmat

Read Aloud to her sibling(s):

* Stellar  Stargazer! Fancy Nancy book by Jane O'Connor
* I Know and Old Lady edited Ann Owen
* Ariel's Painting Party - Little Mermaid's Treasure Chest
* A Slippery Deck -  Little Mermaid's Treasure Chest
* Detective Sebastian - Little Mermaid's Treasure Chest
* Nate the Great by Marjorie Weinman Sharmat
* Angelina Ballerina by Katharine Holabird


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

* Khan Academy Math- 3rd grade math;
* Singapore Math 2B
* Working on memorizing her multiplication tables.
* Reading chapter books and completing a workbook on phonics, spelling, grammar, reading comprehension, etc.
Copy work as well as reading to her siblings or to me out loud as well as quietly to herself. 

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.

* Frindle by Andrew Clements - finished the book and answered a batch of questions related to the book.
* The Illustrated Encyclopedia of Firearms by Ian V. Hogg
* Bodies from the Ash - Life and Death in Ancient Pompeii by James M. Deem
* The Tale of Desperaux by Kate DiCamillo

Read Aloud to his sibling(s):

Academic Work:
* Doing 5th grade Math on Khan Academy - 80% completed ;
* Learning Coding with Khan Academy;
* Finished Stories of Adventure and Survival by Globe Fearson. We moved on to classics and other chapter books.
* Doing Science Detective from The Critical Thinking Co. covering earth science, anatomy and biology.
* Spelling and vocabulary based on what he's reading. Mostly done orally.




DD12 independent reading list


* Inkheart by Cornelia Funke
* Inkspell - book 2  by Cornelia Funke
* Inkdeath - book 3 by Cornelia Funke

* The Ruins of Gorlan - Book 1 - Ranger's Apprentice series by John Flanagan
* The Burning Bridge - book 2 - Ranger's Apprentice series by John Flanagan
* The Icebound Land - book 3 - Ranger's Apprentice series by John Flanagan
* The Battle for Skandia - book 4 - Ranger's Apprentice series by John Flanagan
* The Sorcerer of the North - book 5 - Ranger's Apprentice series by John Flanagan
* The Siege of Macindaw - book 6 - Ranger's Apprentice series by John Flanagan

* On the Edge of the Dark Sea of Darkness by Andrew Peterson - The Wingfeather Saga - book 1


Academic Work:

* Doing Pre-Algebra on Khan Academy 70% completed;

* Learning Coding with Khan Academy;
*Working to complete The Hunger Games study guide by Progeny Press;
* Working through Exploring Creation with Biology from Apologia. Finished Module 4 and scored 12 out of 13 on the test. This module took longer than the previous ones to study because of the extensive note taking she did, but it was worth the extra hard work for she did really well on the test and was proud of her accomplishment. There will be a quarterly test for modules 1-4.




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.

* Computer play time has increased to an hour this month.

* Ballet and dance practice at home.

* More crafts and painting projects.

* We  got a rare one snow day. WE build snowmen, sled down the hills, threw snow balls at each other and then we came in and had hot chocolate with marshmallows.  :) It was fun but I am glad it's just once a year not months on end. :)

* 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.


* 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 just 2 months.

 Field Trips/ Activities Outside Home

* Homeschooling Meeting. The theme was games. All my kids shared their love for Minecraft and DS9 shared about Clash of Clans. We got to celebrate DD4 who turned 5 y.o.

* Visit to the dentist for some baby teeth pulling.

* 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

* Ted Talks - Can we domesticate germs; How Bacteria "Talk"; What Humans can Learn from Semi-Intelligent Slimes: - these talks complemented DD12 Biology Curriculum so well.

* BrainPop - videos on Abraham Lincoln, Ada Lovelace; Math games; food chain games;

* SheppardSoftware -

* Khan Academy -


TV shows/ Videos/ Movies/ YouTube

* Indiana Jones - The Raiders of the Lost Ark

* Sherman and Mr. Peabody movie - 

* Genesis 7 - episodes from this series on IAMflix - a series about Creationism and the Universe.

* Episodes of Bill Nye the Science Guy

* Episodes of Wild Kratts; The Magic School Bus;

Studio C - Family friendly, clean sketch comedy tv shows produced by BYUtv. Super fun on YouTube for FREE. We have spent hours watching these videos as a family.

* The Great Raid - The most triumphant rescue in US military history. Based on an amazing true story during WWII on the Pacific Front. I highly recommend it. My DH and I watched, really not appropriate for kids under 14 y.o., just too much violence.

* Mom's Night Out - again! LOL

My new toy or should we call it my working tool?? :)

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


*  Message from an Unknown Chinese Mother by Xinran - the terror caused by the one child policy implemented in China as well as religious ignorance that causes baby girls to be killed as soon as they are born, or abandoned by their parents. In reality not much different from America's policy on the value of life. :(

* Timothy Keller sermons on YouTube - I really like him.

* Crystal Meth: They Call It Ice by Mary F. Holley M.D.

* Mockinjay by Suzanne Collins


* Among the hidden - Shadow Children series - book 1

* And the Shofar Blew by Francine Rivers

Blessings,

Tereza

Now that Spring is here, do you remember what your winter was like? I always forget how hard it is until it's here. :) Bring on summertime!!!



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