Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Learning Log of April 2015



Here we go again, it's almost June and only now I am finally posting the Learning Log for April. Here are the news...

Minecrafting was becoming a point of conflict in our house. While I wanted to get rid of it completely, it just did not seem reasonable since the kids really benefit from all the building and learning skills they glean from it. I had to figure out a way that it wouldn't be such an addiction but a tool in our school day. So we began incorporating their building time into our hands-on school. After a history lesson, the kids have 30 minutes to build something related to the lesson. If they cooperated during school, they get extra playing time during free time. So far, it's working out without any of the fights and meltdowns of before. 





Read aloud Books
 * We are still reading through the Bible with the kids. Reading Exodus with the kids in a really slow pace. It's hit and miss. :(
* During the day I began doing a devotional with the kids: Jesus Calling 365 Devotions for kids.

* Part-Time Princess. Girl by Day. Princess by Night by Deborah Underwood
* Grandma's Attic Story- reading a chapter at a time to the younger girls.
* Not much reading aloud: lots of work outside and computer time.

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  listened to The Spiderwick Chronicles vol 1-5 on audiobook; Bless This Mouse by Lois Lowry; Jonathan Park episodes, The Swiss Family Robinson
* DD9 is listening to Story Nory - Rikki Tikki Tavi and Sparkle Stories.
* DD7 is listening to Jonathan Park episodes
* DD4 is listening to Story Nory

Gardening season is here.

DD5 independent reading list:

Still tackling reading with DD5. She's doing  ClicknKids Phonics program on the computer. 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 remedy spelling and to help DD7 learn to read. As with all software, after a few lessons my kids get bored either 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 finished about 7 lessons and covered short vowel sounds for A and O as well as sight words. We also incorporating 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 the Starfall website.

* 1001 Things to Spot on Vacation - Usborne book
* The Usborne Big Book of Thinks to Spot


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

* Daisy Dawson and the Big Freeze by Steve Voake
* Mercy Watson to the Rescue by Kate DiCamillo
* Sofia Martinez - The Marigold Mess by Jacqueline Jules

* Wonder Woman - An Origin Story by Sazaklis and Vecchio
* Green Lantern -  An Origin Story by Manning and Vecchio
* Batman - An Origin Story by Sazaklis and Vecchio
* Superman - An Origin Story by Manning and Vecchio
 
* Clobbered by Clayface! by Fisch Burchett Davis - Batman The Brave and the Bold series
* That Holiday Feeling by Fisch Burchett Davis - Batman The Brave and the Bold series
* Bottle of the Planets by Fisch Burchett Davis - Batman The Brave and the Bold series
* Manhandled by Manhunters! by Fisch Burchett Davis - Batman The Brave and the Bold series

* Service Dogs by Jessica Rudolph
* Therapy Dogs by Joyce Markovics
* Search-and-rescue Dogs by Jessica Rudolph
* Sled Dogs by Joyce Markovics
* Guide Dogs by Jessica Rudolph
* Explore the Ocean by Kay Jackson - Fact Finders

* Billie B. Brown - The Bad Butterfly by Sally Rippin
* Billie B. Brown - The Big Sister by Sally Rippin
* Billie B. Brown - The Birthday Mix-Up by Sally Rippin
* Billie B. Brown - The Soccer Star by Sally Rippin

* The Playground Problem by Sally Rippin - Hey Jack! series (Jack is a friend of Billie, so sometimes she shows up on his books and sometimes he shows up on her books. Really cool!)
* The Crazy Cousins by Sally Rippin - Hey Jack! series
* The Best Party Ever by Sally Rippin - Hey Jack! series
* The Circus Lesson by Sally Rippin - Hey Jack! series

Read Aloud to her sibling(s):
* Golden Eagles by Melissa Hill
* Bird - DK Eye Know
* Red Foxes by Nicole Orr - Backyard Jungle Safari
* Children of the Earth and Sky - Five stories about Native American children by Stephen Krensky - we read this together as part of a History lesson and DD7 created a Native American house in Minecraft.
* Explore the Tropical Rain Forest by Linda Tagliaferro - FactFinders
* Billie B. Brown - The Extra-Special Helper by Sally Rippin

* Khan Academy Math- 3rd grade math;
* Singapore Math 2B - mental math;
* Also perusing Xtramath.org to get speed and accuracy in her operations;
* Working on memorizing her multiplication tables.
* Reading chapter books and completing a workbook on phonics, spelling, grammar, reading comprehension, etc.
* 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 Adventures of Robinson Crusoe by Daniel Defoe - Calico Illustrated Classics - adapted by jan Fields
 
* That Holiday Feeling by Fisch Burchett Davis - Batman The Brave and the Bold series
* Wonder Woman - An Origin Story by Sazaklis and Vecchio
* Green Lantern -  An Origin Story by Manning and Vecchio
* Batman - An Origin Story by Sazaklis and Vecchio
* Superman - An Origin Story by Manning and Vecchio
 
* Clobbered by Clayface! by Fisch Burchett Davis - Batman The Brave and the Bold series
* That Holiday Feeling by Fisch Burchett Davis - Batman The Brave and the Bold series
* Bottle of the Planets by Fisch Burchett Davis - Batman The Brave and the Bold series
* Manhandled by Manhunters! by Fisch Burchett Davis - Batman The Brave and the Bold series

* US Marines True Stories - Tales of Bravery by Adam Miller
* Firefighters to the Rescue by Meish Goldish
* Hotshots by Meish Goldish
* Aviation Firefighters by Nancy White
* Smokejumpers by Meish Goldish
* The World's Wackiest History by Christopher Forest - Library of Weird
* Dogs on Duty by Dorothy Hinshaw Patent - Soldiers' Best Friends on the Battlefield and Beyond
* Native American Heroes by Ann McGovern
* And Then What Happened, Paul Revere? by Jean Fritz
* Nelson Mandela by Barbara Kramer -  National Geographic Kids

Read Aloud to his sibling(s):
* George Washington by Caroline Crosson Gilpin by National Geographic Kids

Academic Work:
* Doing 6th grade Math on Khan Academy.
* Also doing Life of Fred - Fractions;
* Learning Coding with Khan Academy;
* Began learning Java Script with Code Academy;

* He stopped with Science Detective from The Critical Thinking Co. for now.
* Using Usbore Internet-Linked science and history books. He reads a topic and researches it online. I am letting him pick his own subjects and interests. 
* Used Neok12.com to watch videos on Greece History and Engineering. He also build some Greek structures on Minecraft.





DD12 independent reading list

Non-Fiction:
* "We Have conquered Pain" the Discovery of Anesthesia by Dennis Brindell Fradin
* Dragons and Fantasy by Kythera of Anevern - Drawing made Easy
* Wildlife Rehabilitators to the Rescue by Meish Goldish
 * Brave Hearts by Meish Goldish
* Gorilla Doctors - Saving Endangered Great Apes by Pamela S. Turner
* The Ultimate Puppy edited by Terry Ryan and Theresa Shipp
* The Story of The Salem Witch Trials by Zachary Kent 

Biographies:
* Markus Persson Notch  Creator of Minecraft  by Tamra Orr
* Lives of Extraordinary Women - Rulers, Rebels (and What the Neighbors Thought) by Kathleen Krull
* Cleopatra - Powerful Leader or Ruthless Pharaoh? by Peggy Caravantes -Perspectives on History

DC Comics:
* Clobbered by Clayface! by Fisch Burchett Davis - Batman The Brave and the Bold series
* That Holiday Feeling by Fisch Burchett Davis - Batman The Brave and the Bold series
* Bottle of the Planets by Fisch Burchett Davis - Batman The Brave and the Bold series
* Manhandled by Manhunters! by Fisch Burchett Davis - Batman The Brave and the Bold series

* Wonder Woman - An Origin Story by Sazaklis and Vecchio
* Green Lantern -  An Origin Story by Manning and Vecchio
* Batman - An Origin Story by Sazaklis and Vecchio
* Superman - An Origin Story by Manning and Vecchio

Classics:
* Swiss Family Robinson by 

Fantasy books:

* The Emperor of Nihon-Ja - book 10 - Ranger's Apprentice series by John Flanagan

* The Lost Stories - book 11 - Ranger's Apprentice series by John Flanagan
* The Royal Ranger - book 12 - Ranger's Apprentice series by John Flanagan - last one of the series! :(

* The Candlestone by Bryan Davis - Dragon in our Midst series - book 2

* Pockets by Jenifer Armstrong

Historical Fiction:

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Animal books: 
* The Grand Escape - The Cat Pack by Phillis Reynolds Naylor
* Polo's Mother - The Cat Pack by Phyllis Reynolds Naylor

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

* The Dragonet Prophecy by Tui T. Sutherland - Wings of Fire series - book1
* The Lost Heir by Tui T. Sutherland - Wings of Fire series - book 2
* The Hidden Kingdom by Tui T. Sutherland - Wings of Fire series - book 3
* The Brightest Night by Tui T. Sutherland - Wings of Fire series - book 5

* The Trumpet of the Swan by E.B. White

Read Aloud to her sibling(s):


Academic Work:

* Doing Pre-Algebra on Khan Academy 70% completed; she is taking a break from Khan Academy and working on Life of Fred book.
* Working through the Life of Fred: Pre-Algebra with Biology book;

* Learning Coding with Khan Academy;

* Working through Exploring Creation with Biology from Apologia. Finished module 5 and took test. Worked on module 6, reviewed and took test on first week of May.
* Began US History Detective Book 1 from Critical Thinking co. - she's doing a lesson a day. 

Activities at Home

* Trying to keep 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. We are actually incorporating MInecraft into our school.

* Spring Cleaning. Cleaning outside, garage. Gardening.

* Our first grilling of the year: hamburgers to celebrate the men of my life!!

* Strawberry Selling Project. We took a walk around our street on a Saturday morning and sold most of our strawberry plants and met most of the neighbors. The kids enjoyed the adventure. WE are now enjoying harvesting our own strawberries.

* Helping neighbor with raised beds and exchanging seeds and plants.

* We had friends come to visit and stay for supper.

* Opening the pool. Lots of playing outside. Walks in the afternoon as a family.

* Keeping with the 2015 in 2015 challenge.

 Field Trips/ Activities Outside Home

* Homeschooling Meeting. The theme was Nature. DD12 shared about Artic foxes; DS9 talked about strawberries, DD7 explained biomes in Minecraft and DD5 talked about different animals.  Afterwards we had playtime and fellowship at a friend's house.


* Lego Club

* Story Hour for DD5 and DD7.
* Game Day

 Websites/ Links we found and used/ Apps


* BrainPop - videos on Hybrid cars, blogs, google, Game up

* Xtramath - FREE website to get speed and accuracy on all 4 operations (math facts)

* SheppardSoftware -

* 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 to learn to read.

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

* Iamflix.com - watched American History series;

* Neok12 website - Ancient Greece videos;

* Tyler DeWitt channel on YouTube - great lessons on Math and Chemistry.

* D-Maps - Great website with maps of all kinds. I used this to print out a map of the 13 colonies for DD12 History lesson.
 * The Rangers Apprentice Website

TV shows/ Videos/ Movies/ YouTube


homegrown strawberry
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.


* Big Hero 6 - the bomb!!!
* The Hobbit - The Battle of the Five Armies

* Torchlighters videos on Amy Charmichael and St. Augustine on IamFlix.com
* American History series on IamFlix.com - episodes on A Century of Flight;

* The Story of Us episodes on Netflix

* Fed Up: A fantastic documentary about the SAD diet and how corporations and government are deceiving the people with regulations, labels and programs. A must see!! We watched as a family and it was a great starting point for discussions about health and nutrition. Available on Netflix.

* The Big Picture
* Dogs with Jobs - Netflix series about working dogs - episodes of season 1
* Inspector Gadge episodes

* Brain Games episodes

* Mirror Mirror

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

* The Notes - Ronald Reagan edited by Douglas Brinkley - Ronald Reagan's Private Collection of Stories and Wisdom

* The Natural Vegan Kitchen by Christine Waltermyer

* Orphan Train by Christina Bakerkline

* Ultrametabolism by Mark Hyman, MD

* Positive Parenting Solutions


*VB6 - Eat Vegan before 6:00 by Mark Bittman

* The Modern Vegetarian Kitchen by Peer Berley

Blessings,

Tereza




2 comments:

Dawn Rebekah said...

It is always a pleasure to see what you all are up too. Your strawberries look wonderful. Ours are still a few weeks from harvest time.
Blessings, Dawn

Kristina Seleshanko said...

All these beautiful photos of strawberries are making my mouth water :)