Child, wife, mother, daughter, sister, friend

My photo
I love the Lord as much as a broken person can; love and loved by my husband; blessed by 5 amazing little people who have helped me to learn much about me; grateful to serve even more as God gives them to me; blessed every day to be a home school teacher; college student; I hope to change the world by loving as many people as possible, because there is nothing greater than loving another.

Thursday, April 22, 2010

Week in Review April 19--23

I never got around to last weeks, WIR, so I thought I'd better get started a day early for this one!

We learned about Texas and The Alamo, Davy Crockett (some great stories add to the flavor of this Statesman), and also enjoyed the movie, The Alamo. Boy, what a brave group of people. To stay with certain doom impending! WOW!  It was a real pleasure for me, a girl who grew up in San Antonio, to study this as an adult -- makes all the difference in the world!

The 2nd term of Andrew Jackson and the discussions on the character of Andrew Jackson were fascinating. Old Hickory was both amazing and repulsive. Incredible story, great addition to our Constitution Unit Study.  I wonder if we'll be facing a similar circumstance with our current president and Supreme Court decisions...interesting.

The Trail of Tears, what a travesty.  I can't imagine the audacity of Jackson in making the Natives walk away. Wow. I know history is basically, come, conquer, kick out, but my heart was sad for the people. So sad. We enjoyed many stories from Native Americans this week.The little guys always enjoy them b/c they so often are about animals.A Boy Called Slow was the weeks favorite.

All the revolutionary action going on in Europe at about the same time. I loved the quote, "When France sneezes, Europe catches a cold." -Baron von Metternich How true. I really paid attention to the timeline this week with my Logic Stage children, as I wanted them to see the connection of the Spirit of Revolution, how easy political ties change and how so much can happen at one time! What an amazing period of history! And how incredible that there are so many power hungry individuals over history...and today.

In TOG literature we focused on learning some plot terminology as the children have kept track of plot of The Island of the Blue Dolphins over the last 3 weeks. I loved this when I was young....I still do!  We also read the Ugly Duckling and talked about scripture and using our tongues well. That is always a timely lesson!

Geography brought Texas and a couple more states to our US project. We're starting to get 100% on our US maps :) I love !

In science this week, the Elders all focused on non-metals and finished up 4 experiements in Chem. lab. They are really completing some great notebooks! The Little League discovered Carbon and Oxygen. We even made some carbon dioxide bubbles. They were thrilled. We also tanked on an experiment...we're going to try it again next week. I was kinda glad. It will be nice for them to see science is a work in progress and that scientists must be diligent.

We're describing a food this week in Write Shop....the papers made me hungry at 10pm when I was grading them....I chose carrot sticks P)  This program is really adding to our school year. I am so thankful for it! I will post some of their writing soon.

Moving along in math for everyone. We're so close to finishing!  We also are moving on in Life of Fred with Darling. We are both enjoying it tremendously. I never knew math could be entertaining. Praise the Lord! This book is right down D's alley. We actually have to unschool ourselves to answer the questions. You get so used to boring math, that when you see it presented in real world context, with humor, you almost don't know what to do.

Had a solid week in electives...nothing special, but I am very pleased with my new Latin DVD's. I finally bit the bullet and bought them. I'm so glad. It's nice for someone else to do the Latin teaching for a change! I am so pleased with The Latin Road. They are learning so much and their grades are GREAT!

In Phonics Road, the Little League got through prepositions and have begun possessive nouns. I love the song for 's! Such great stuff from Mrs. Beers. We have finished Week 22 spelling. As a teacher, the Rule Tunes and order of the spelling list provide such a great, continual review. For those who often question if PR has enough writing, try this on for size. This week in PR2, week 22 ends with a 2 day writing assignment. Part one, research characteristics of Uncle George, what he looks like, what he's like, and what he does. We outlined each of those (3 in 2 sections of an outline, 5 in the final), then on Day two, we took our outline and transformed it into a paragraph. Yep. A 2nd grade curriculum that teaches outlining and paragraph formation. I'd say the writing is just fine :)

In PR3, we're still getting off the ground and finishing up the mega spelling review. Almost there! We're reviewing compound words, contractions, abbreviations and writing everything in cursive. Darling's cursive is coming along very nicely. I am also pleased that she hasn't missed a single word on the spelling review. GO Darling, yet Diva!

Just since I haven't mentioned it in a while...Daily Grams. What a treat for me! A 10-min. review, daily of grammar! Fast, easy, effective! We're using it with The Elders and Darling. I think we'll continue next year too. It's a very nice compliment to PR and LR, even though both hit grammar hard, Daily Grams touch on little pieces of grammar daily, reminding us about quotations and other punctuation and other little things we may take for granted otherwise. I'm very pleased with DG :)

That's about it. We'll go to the beach tomorrow evening with our dear friends, the Radford's. We LOVE summer time Friday nights....beach and sangria (shhh) fun! Have a wonderful weekend everyone.

Thursday, April 15, 2010

What does your organizational binder look like?

Here's mine :)

in the front pocket, paper full of little bullet boxes I can check off with every subject we have:
Days of the week (across top in columns)
subjects (1st column) boxes for each day.
I use this to quickly have daily meetings just to mark off what I know is finished.

In rings:
pouch with general supplies (pens, highlighter, mini staple, paper clips, tissue, etc.)

In sleeves:

  1. cover/emergency page - hand written
  2. annual calendar
  3. passwords to websites, etc
  4. "Person to Person" things I need to remember that I loan or need to say
  5. auto maintenance record
  6. favorite poems, words of encouragement, etc.
  7. reminders on personal behavioral goals89
  8. daily chore and personal routine
  9. children's daily chores and personal routines
  10. cleaning zones - areas for daily cleaning beyond general chores
  11. hot spots - those places where we tend to pile out stuff
  12. specific chores for each zone (5 pages)
  13. a spiral notebook for my to do lists
  14. page with schooling decisions that are different from our usual schedule
  15. dividers for each day of the month with a double page spread to include all daily subjects I teach and space to write the specific assignments (I created the template from a DonnaYoung idea, tweaked to my pleasure)There is one template for 4 days of the week and a different one for our electives day (currently Wed) when I block teach The Elders.
  16. Yellow Pages of numbers I frequently need
  17. White Pages
  18. Pocket folder of stamps and labels and things I like to include in letters or cards (comics, poetry, pretty shaped paper)
  19. Homeschool Directory of all the phone numbers of people we have ever co-oped with.
  20. Remember These Things: Important physical or spiritual things I should always or temporarily remember
  21. BSA (Boy Scouts of America) - emails with info I will need eventually
  22. ROM - our sports league - emails with info I will need eventually
  23. Back pocket with extra planning pages in case something runs over my space (rarely happens)
Email me and I can send templates if you'd like


Related Posts with Thumbnails

Swidget 1.0

Search & Win