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What We Wonder and Where We Are

Racer 1/30

Math: continued working on math facts to 20.

Grammar: FLL 1.

Art: drew vehicles with his co-op class.

Reading: HOP 1st grade.

Geography: Evan Moor Daily Geography.

Biology: made cell mobile, continued learning about DNA and made a DNA model snack based on whether the child had blue eyes or brown eyes.

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Blazer 4/30

Math: adding whole numbers & money, subtracting whole numbers & money, fact families, multiplying whole numbers & money, dividing whole numbers & money, missing numbers in addition, missing numbers in subtraction, missing numbers in division and missing numbers in multiplication.

Grammar: worked on identifying indirect & direct objects using Shurley English Grammar 4. Wrote a persuasive essay titled “Why I Should Have My Own Computer”.

Art: worked on understanding and using depth.

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Realistic self portrait.

Realistic self portrait.

Abstract self portrait.

Abstract self portrait.

Silly self portrait.

Silly self portrait.

History: studied Martin Luther & the beginning of the reformation. Continued reading Thunderstorm in Church.

Literature: continued reading Twenty-One Balloons.

Bible: learned about Ezra’s return to Judah.

Latin: The future tense.

 

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Artist Study: Toulouse-Latrec

We met up with our homeschool group to study Toulouse-Latrec since his art was being featured at a local art museum. Miss C was so excited to get ready and did all the buttons on her shirt by herself.
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Usually, Sundays are a dead day at the art museum. They were running some different promotions on the day we picked though, so it was packed! We were still able to find a little square to learn some information about the artist.

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Then, we went to the exhibit to look at his art. The kids were all looking for a specific piece that they also had a coloring page of to encourage them to slow down and look.

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We sat in front of the piece we were looking for and let the kids color. We had lots of people think it was so cool to see kids there and interested in the art. We tried to stay out of everyone’s way!

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Racer's piece.

Racer’s piece.

 

Miss C's.

Miss C’s.

After we looked around the exhibit for a little while, we went downstairs to the kids play area. They had re-done it from the time we were there before and the kids had a great time! It’s more of a forest theme instead of an animal theme. Racer loved the dress up costumes and Blazer enjoyed the shadow screen. Miss C didn’t leave the story puzzle board the entire time we were there!

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IMG_20140518_145820The following day, we met up with the same group to learn about printing and to make our own advertisements.

The kids liked making shadow puppets on the screen.

The kids liked making shadow puppets on the screen.

Time to sit down and get to work!

Time to sit down and get to work!

Racer made an advertisement for batman.

Racer made an advertisement for batman.

Blazer wanted to advertise for Minecraft.

Blazer wanted to advertise for Minecraft.

 

 

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Racer 1/29

Math: took a week off the workbook to practice math facts. He’s mastered answers to 5 and started working on facts to 10.

Grammar: FLL1.

Art: no art this week.

Reading: HOP 1st grade.

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Geography: Learned Mexico song and worked on Daily Geography.

Bible: continued reading through the Jesus Storybook Bible.

Biology: We merged 2 weeks into 1 this week. We studied cells, organelles and DNA. The kids made some paper models, a cell snack and wrote in their science journals.

Jello is the cell, twizzler the cell membrane, Tidbit is the nucleus and then the chocolate chips are rhibosomes.

Jello is the cell, twizzler the cell membrane, Tidbit is the nucleus and then the chocolate chips are rhibosomes.

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BFIAR: The Carrot Seed

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This was such a cute book! All the kids were charmed by it and it’s illustrated by the same guy that did Harold & the Purple Crayon. As soon as we finished reading it, they wanted me to read it two more times and then a third time while they acted it out. It was such a fun time!

In addition to reading the book, we also did some fun activities. We made a flower pot with Miss C’s name & letters on craft sticks. She loved decorating the pot, applying all the flower stickers and then creating her name.

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She also glued orange foam triangles to the letter “C” and then turning the triangles into carrots by adding green stems. She was so proud!

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IMG_20140519_105956I picked up a butterfly mosaic at the craft store and was so impressed since Miss C was able to unstick all the squares on her own (I did the first one per color to help out) and also match each number to the correct color (again, I showed her the first one).

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She also made a fairy headband (since fairies clearly live in gardens!)

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She decorated and planted a Princess Garden terrarium, which isn’t very photogenic at the moment since we’re waiting for the seeds to grow..and helped to make a garden cake.

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Blazer 4/29

Math: dividing by a decimal number, multiplying mixed numbers and tessellations. This completes the 4th grade math book. Next week he’ll start Saxon 7/6.

Grammar: worked on writing a rough draft for glaciers, Shurley English chapter 15.

Art: worked on depth.

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History: studied The Inquisition. Finished The Mixed-Up Files and started reading Thunderstorm in Church.

Literature: started reading Twenty-One Balloons. I hadn’t read this one before, but we’re both loving it!

Bible: learned how Esther saved the Jews.

Physics: Wrote a report on gravity.

Latin: continued learning about imperfect tense.

 

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Racer 1/28

Math: measuring & drawing line segments using centimeters and multiplying by five.

Grammar: continued with FLL 1.

Art: created some paper crafts with co-op.

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Geography: learned the songs for Central America. Also started using Evan-Moor Daily Geography.

Bible: continued reading through Jesus Storybook Bible.

Reading: continued with HOP 1st grade.

Biology: continued learning about the human body. Created a digestion poster, swallow model and made the digestive track with twizzlers & other snacks.

Racer wanted is poster to be bloody red.

Racer wanted is poster to be bloody red.

Miss C's snack model.

Miss C’s snack model.

Racer's esophogus connecting to the stomach. The cashews are the kidneys, the tidbit is the pancreas, the pull & peel is the small intestine and the other twizzler is the large intestine.

Racer’s esophogus connecting to the stomach. The cashews are the kidneys, the tidbit is the pancreas, the pull & peel is the small intestine and the other twizzler is the large intestine.

Squishy body parts game was a huge hit!

Squishy body parts game was a huge hit!

 

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Wordless Wednesday: Happy 7th Birthday Racer Edition

Racer's new drum set from his Great-Uncle & Great-Aunt!

Racer’s new drum set from his Great-Uncle & Great-Aunt!

Giant spiderman cake.

Giant spiderman cake.

Fake mustaches make the party more lively.

Fake mustaches make the party more lively.

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Blazer 4/28

This was a weird week of school for us. Last Monday night, my father-in-law suffered a major stroke. While Papa Bear & I were spending the majority of our days at the hospital, my brother basically moved in for the week and graciously kept school going for me!

Math: test 22, finding common denominators to add, subtract & compare fractions, dividing a decimal by a whole number and using zero as a placeholder.

Grammar: Blazer’s writing has much improved by taking a break to do Writing with Ease & First Language Lessons. But, we both felt he was able to continue with Shurley English now, so he finished chapter 14 and started outlining for an essay on glaciers.

Art: worked on overlap.

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History: studied The Renaissance. Continued reading The Mixed-Up Files.

Literature: finished reading Leepike Ridge.

Bible: learned about Haman’s plot against the Jews.

Latin: studied imperfect tense.

 

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Racer 1/27

Math: identifying geometric solids and adding three two-digit numbers with a sum greater than 100.

Grammar: FLL1.

Art: made butterflies & silhouettes.

Geography: learned the countries of South America.

Reading: continued HOP 1.

Bible: continued reading through The Jesus Storybook Bible.

Biology: Made a circulation wheel and discovered how long everyone’s small intestine is. You measure the person 3.5 times and that’s how long it is! For snack, we had a birthday so had birthday cupcakes.

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