Friday, April 23, 2010
Monday, April 19, 2010
Tuesday, April 13, 2010
Lesson 26 about Vermeer Project 26: Studio Painting
Can I just say that I'm THRILLED that I recognize all 3 of the pieces from our real life. Making time for art in our daily study is working out just fine and worth every penny the ARTISTIC PURSUITS book cost us.
Sunday, April 11, 2010
Friday, April 9, 2010
Homeschooling with Index Cards each day for each student. I bring the computer to http://www.flags.net/ and let them fill in the blanks of the page. The country, its capital and flag are already colored in on the form. We mapped major rivers, mountains and deserts. They are familiar with the oceans, seas and some lakes. Now that each page from the African section is complete we are practicing the pronunciation of country names, capital cities and any other physical feature for free at Sheppard Software.
My 3Gs used this same method to become familiar with each European continent country last school year. We continue to practice the knowledge with the fun pages at Sheppard Software. The work we did on the United States flags, state birds and capitols was the year before and not as easy to practice, but because my mom bought them a map for the car to identify license plates from differing states, they are remembering some of that knowledge. The attempt I made at familiarizing them with the Canadian provinces wasn't so successful and I hope that some day we will improve in that area.
Next year? Well, my sister is planning a fall semester in Peru. So, I believe that an attempt to familiarize the 3Gs with every country south of Texas and Florida is called for then. I have the notebook forms from Homeschooling with Index Cards and will prepare to discuss more reading selections with them as well as movies and videos. We will also practice from the Sheppard Software pages because I wouldn't know exactly how to attempt many of the pronunciations. It's a plan anyway.
Wednesday, April 7, 2010
Monday, April 5, 2010
Make believe battles go on all over this place. If it isn't the nerf guns, it is the expansion bolts pretending to be light sabers.
Sunday, April 4, 2010
Saturday, April 3, 2010
Friday, April 2, 2010
Years ago I would sit and watch Jeopardy with my Grams each weekday evening. Those people had so much useless knowledge in their brains. Or so I thought they did. Now, I'm facing the challenge to guide my 3Gs through the ancients to the break up of the Soviet Union in four years time. We aren't anywhere near on schedule. In fact, I've smashed quite a bit of history into a small time since August, we've covered half of SOTW2 and we are almost through the first half of SOTW3. Which means that we've yet to cover the second half of SOTW3 from Captain Cooke's "discovery" of Australia to SOTW4 and that fateful event when 15 republics broke apart. I have been using narration and accompanying games as well as suggested reading, but it just seems like we're whooshing through it all so fast. Will they remember any of it? I wonder how they will handle it when they approach it from a different angle during their Logic and Rhetoric years. Do they hate/love history? Have I permanently scarred them?