Saturday, November 17, 2012

Blog Break

Most likely, I will not be posting for quite a while on this blog while adjusting to a newborn.  I will be on blog break probably until February 2013.  However, if I get a quiet, easy baby (grant it Jesus! LOL).....I may be back sooner - who knows.  Just FYI.  You can sign up below to get updates in your email as to when I post next if you wish:


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Tuesday, September 4, 2012

3rd Grade "Fun" Book List

  1. The Mouse and the Motorcycle
  2. Pocahontas - Rookie Biography
  3. Thanksgiving on Thursday - Magic Tree House
  4. Bunnicula
  5. Man in the Iron Mask

3rd Grade History and Literature Read-Aloud List

  1. The Sad Night - Mathews
  2. Lost Treasure of the Inca - Lourie (just skimmed photos)
  3. Usborne Book of Treasure Hunting - pg. 60-61
  4. The Legend of El Dorado - Vidal/Laan
  5. Always Room for One More - Leodhas
  6. Katje the Windmill Cat - Woelfle
  7. Don Quixote and the Windmills - Kimmel
  8. The Flying Canoe; A Christmas Story - Kimmel
  9. Three Samurai Cats - Kimmel
  10. Japan ABCs - Heiman
  11. Our Colonial Year - Harness
  12. Colonial Crafts - Kalman
  13. An Early American Christmas - dePaola
  14. The First Thanksgiving - Whitehurst
  15. Sarah Morton's Day - Waters
  16. In the Time of Drums - Siegelson
  17. Little Mouse and Elephant - Yolen
  18. Turkey - O'Shea
  19. The Boy of the Three-Year Nap - Snyder
  20. Hokusai: The Man Who Painted a Mountain - Ray
  21. Liang and the Magic Paintbrush - Demi
  22. Rapunzel - Zelinsky
  23. Ancient China - DK
  24. The Hero of Bremen - Hodges
  25. The Paper Dragon - Davol
  26. Taj Mahal - Mann
  27. The Cat Who Walked Across France - Banks
  28. Look What Came From France - Harvey
  29. Crepes by Suzette - Wellington
  30. The King's Day : Louis XIV of France - Aliki
  31. Seven at One Blow: A Tale from the Brothers Grimm -  Kimmel
  32. The Wampanoags - True Book
  33. The Iroquois - True Book
  34. The Story of William Penn - Aliki
  35. Colonial Home - Kalman
  36. Isaac Newton and the Laws of Motion - Gianopoulos
  37. Galileo's Leaning Tower Experiment - Macdonald
  38. Farm: Eyewitness book
  39. A Farm Through Time - Wickes
  40. India - True book
  41. Welcome to Russia - Schemenauer
  42. Russia: Eyewitness book
  43. The Language of Birds - Martin
  44. Lives of the Pirates - Krull (only read story on Barbarossa Brothers)
  45. A Weave of Words: An Armenian Tale - San Souci
  46. The Fool of the World and The Flying Ship: A Russian Tale - Ransome
  47. The Contest - Hogrogian
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Continuing list in 4th grade but applies to Story of the World 3 history/literature list:
http://www.cambridgeshireacademy.com/2014/01/4th-grade-history-and-literature-read.html

Thursday, August 23, 2012

Daily Schedule - Free Printable

I made a blank daily schedule for homeschool and/or homekeeping, enjoy!

Daily Schedule Blank

Wednesday, August 22, 2012

History Notebook Cover Page - Free Printable

I made these for Katie's history notebook that will eventually contain all 4 years of her narrations, maps and activity pages:



History Notebook Cover Page History Notebook Side

Understanding Washington Homeschooling Law

I've had a lot of questions about laws concerning homeschooling in Washington state and now feel qualified to answer them as I took a certifying course covering the law.  The course was offered from a local university and created by a woman who was actually there and part of the law when it was first created.  As a law-abiding citizen, we should follow these laws and especially since we don't have to "prove" we did, we should for own conscience's sake and for the protection of our homeschooling freedoms.

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Reporting Age = Washington law states that the compulsory attendance age for children is 8-18 years of age.  This simply means that children aren't required to attend school until they are 8 years old, or in this case, start homeschooling.  Attempts to change this age to 6 have been made but so far the law hasn't been changed.

Days of Instruction = Under the home school statute (which means you are entirely on your own and not under a private school or public school), you are required to school for 180 days every year OR meet an annual average of 1,000 hours.

Required Subjects = You are required to teach 11 subjects every year in Washington state and they are: occupational education, science, math, language, social studies, history, health, reading, writing, spelling and art/music.  These are not optional, you have to include each one every year starting at age 8.

Requirements of the Parent Teacher = To teach your child(ren) under the home school statute, you must meet ONE of the following, if both parents are teaching, they must both meet one of the following:

  1. Supervised by a certificated person, which has contact with the child one hour per week and evaluates the child.  This "certificated" person must be a current, licensed WA state teacher.
  2. Have 45 college credits or the equivalent in semester credits
  3. Certified under a home-based education course from a college
  4. Deemed sufficiently qualified by the superintendent
*I meet the third one as I've completed and been certified by a college course on home-based education.

Reporting = You must file a Declaration of Intent (DOI) every year to your local school district by Sept. 15th or within 2 weeks of the start of the public school quarter, trimester or semester.  You can mail these in.  You only need to start filing these when the child turns 8 and from then on every year.  By law, you only have to give them your child's(ren's) name and age - nothing else besides your signature and address.

Testing = You must do one of the following every year after the child turns 8 and KEEP the results in the child's permanent records.
  1. Standardized test administered by testing official - you can not administer these yourself, the child either goes to the local school district to take the test during the annual testing time or you can pay a local test administrator who is qualified to give the test.  The scores you keep to yourself, you don't have to turn them in to anyone!
  2. Have a current, certified WA state teacher evaluate your child.
*I do the second one from a local teacher and then retain the records as proof we completed one of the two testing options.

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In a nutshell what I had to do to homeschool on my 'own' is this: complete a certifying course before my daughter was 8 and file a DOI on her birthday and every Sept. thereafter.  Teach the 11 subjects every year for 180 days or 1,000 hours and have her evaluated at the end of every school year by a certified WA state teacher and retain the records of all this.

Here is an example of what can meet the 11 required subjects:

  1. Occupational education - "marketable" skills such as domestic/homekeeping, car/bike maintenance, cooking, keyboarding, employment, volunteer work, etc.
  2. Science - life science, earth science, physics, biology, nature study, etc.
  3. Math - mathematical concepts and procedures
  4. Language - proper speech/grammar, vocabulary, etc.
  5. Social studies - geography, religion, government, map skills, etc.
  6. History - US history, world and religious history
  7. Health - nutrition, physical education, safety, etc.
  8. Reading - phonics, comprehension, etc.
  9. Writing - copywork, dictation, essays, reports, etc.
  10. Spelling - learning to spell words
  11. Art & Music - appreciation/exposure to art and music

I also recommend joining the Home School Legal Defense Association yearly for legal protection in the case of the truancy officer showing up at your door or CPS.  If they do happen to show up at your door, you simply ask them to hold on, grab the phone, call your lawyers at HSLDA and they will walk you through the process and/or talk to the officer or social worker.  Know your rights and know the law or you could find yourself in trouble!

Saturday, August 18, 2012

Chemistry Notebook Cover Page - Free Printable

Katie chose a red notebook for this year's science: chemistry.  I designed a simple cover page and side strip for her notebook and you can download it for free if you would like to use it as well.



Chemistry Notebook Cover Page
Chemistry Notebook Side Strip

Chemistry Definitions Page - Free Printable

I made a free printable for the definitions in 3rd grade chemistry according to the layout in "The Well Trained Mind."  Enjoy!  This also prints easily for duplex printing (front/back).

Chemistry Definitions Page DUPLEX Printing

Experiment Page - Free Printable

For those that are doing science as laid out in "The Well Trained Mind," I had already created a 2nd grade experiment page here.  However, I discovered when making one for 3rd grade, that she recommends using the same questions as in 2nd grade experiments.  So this experiment page will work for both 2nd and 3rd grade sciences, enjoy!  This prints easily for duplex (front/back) printing as well.

Experiment Page DUPLEX Printing

Friday, August 10, 2012

Completed 2nd Grade Reading Book List

These are the morning and evening books that Katie read independently, followed by the history and literature we read to her (read-alouds) for 2nd grade.

Morning/Challenging Book List
  1. Beowulf - Osborne
  2. Sir Gawain and the Green Knight - Osborne
  3. The Sword and the Stone - Osborne
  4. Saint George and the Dragon - Hodges
  5. Hamlet for Kids - Burdett
  6. Macbeth - Burdett 
  7. The Song of Roland - Osborne
  8. A Midsummer Night's Dream - Burdett
  9. Romeo and Juliet - Burdett
  10. Finn Maccoul - Osborne
  11. Island of the Lost Children - Osborne
  12. Chanticleer and the Fox - Chaucer
  13. The Kitchen Knight: A Tale of King Arthur - Hodges
  14. The Fly on the Ceiling - Glass 
Evening/Fun Book List
  1. My Father's Dragon
  2. The Courage of Sarah Noble
  3. James and the Giant Peach
  4. Magic School Bus: Inside the Earth
  5. Lion to Guard Us
  6. The Reluctant Dragon
  7. Magic Tree House - Knights & Castles
  8. A Bear Called Paddington
  9. The Apple and the Arrow
  10. Meet Christopher Columbus
  11. The Story of Chocolate
  12. Good Queen Bess
  13. Starry Messenger
History/Literature Parent Read-Aloud Book List
  1. The Warlord's Puzzle - Pilegar
  2. Yeh-Shen: A Cinderella Story from China - Louie
  3. Two of Everything - Hong
  4. Little Red Riding Hood - Ziefert
  5. The Beautiful Butterfly: A Folktale from Spain - Sierra
  6. Three Golden Oranges - Ada
  7. Puss in Boots - Perrault
  8. Count Your Way Through the Arab World - Haskins
  9. Macbeth - Coville
  10. Midsummer's Night Dream - Coville
  11. Hamlet - Coville
  12. A Medieval Feast - Aliki
  13. Leif the Lucky - D'Aulaire
  14. The Inch-High Samurai - McCarthy
  15. Three Samurai Cats - A Story from Japan - Kimmel
  16. Saint Francis - Wildsmith
  17. Raisel's Riddle - Silverman
  18. Liang and the Magic Paintbrush - Demi
  19. Sir Cumference and The First Round Table: A Math Adventure - Neuschwander
  20. The Hunter: A Chinese Folktale - Casanova
  21. Adventures in the Middle Ages - Bailey
  22. Little Johnny Buttermilk - Wahl
  23. Dragon Prince: A Chinese Beauty & the Beast Tale - Yep
  24. Baboushka and the Three Kings - Robbins
  25. The Littlest Matryoshka - Bliss
  26. The Golden Sandal: A Middle Eastern Cinderella - Hickox
  27. The Empty Pot - Demi
  28. Baba Yoga and Vasilisa the Brave - Mayer
  29. Turkey - Festivals of the World
  30. The Duchess Bakes a Cake - Kahl
  31. Blacksmith - Lilly
  32. The Toy Brother - Steig
  33. The Adventures of Tom Thumb - Mayer
  34. The Red Balloon - Lamorisse
  35. Three Sacks of Truth - Kimmel
  36. The Traveling Man - Rumford
  37. Cuckoo - Ehlert

Homeschool Planner Free Printables & Video


I did a short video today of what my homeschool planner is looking like so far.  I showed a lot of free printables and listed where to get them below, plus some more that I haven't used yet.  The main one was free at one time, or at least I got it free somehow (maybe a giveaway or something?), but now she charges $20 for the planner.  I LOVE it because it was almost like the ones I was using that I made myself, but it allows you to prefill and save on the computer and then print.

Free monthly menu planner
http://www.noordinarymomentsblog.com/2012/01/monthly-menu-planner-editable-pdf.html

Free Yearly School Calendar (one you can highlight/label)
http://fivejs.com/free-printable-school-calendar-2012-2013/

Free Homeschool Planner Printables
http://highland.hitcho.com.au/Forms.htm
http://homeschoolcreations.com/index.html
http://fivejs.com/category/homeschooling/free-study-charts-worksheets/homeschool-planning-free-study-charts-worksheets/
http://donnayoung.org/forms/
http://www.thehomeschoolmom.com/gettingorganized/printable_planner.php#.UCVqpqNmOSo

Other Free Homeschool Planner Printables I haven't used
http://moneysavingmom.com/2011/07/free-downloadable-homeschool-planners.html
http://carianthony.blogspot.com/2011/07/free-homeschool-daily-planner.html
http://home.comcast.net/~askpauline/hs/homeschoolforms.html
http://oklahomahomeschool.com/forms.html
http://www.printablehomeschool.com/
http://www.hslaunch.com/mypage/files?csearch=Organizational
http://homeschooling.about.com/od/schedulingforms/Homeschool_Scheduling_Forms.htm
http://homeschooling.about.com/cs/recordkeeping/qt/reckeep.htm
http://www.holdthatthought.com/free.php
http://freehomeschoolresources.info/free-resources/printable-homeschool-forms/
http://peacecreekontheprairie.com/large-family-homeschool-forms
http://eclectichomeschool.org/resources/downloads/default.asp
http://new-bintexas.webs.com/freecurriculumplanner.htm
http://www.quickstarthomeschool.com/freebies/homeschool-forms/
http://thelifeinbloom.wordpress.com/printables-3/

Online Free Homeschool Planners
http://www.homeschooltracker.com/tracker_basic.aspx
http://www.homeschoolskedtra

Monday, August 6, 2012

3rd Grade Curriculum Index of Posts


I did several posts of the subjects we will be doing with pictures of our curriculum and kits, etc., this is the index of the posts.  Simply click on the link for each subject to see that post:

Bible
Grammar, Writing, Spelling, Latin and Math
Science - Chemistry
History
Art, Home Economics and Music

3rd Grade Art, Home Economics and Music

For art, we do lots of crafts, lapbooking and various kits but we also want to go back and finish the first book of "Artistic Pursuits" that teaches art history, concepts and various projects:


For home economics, other than teaching Katie as I clean and cook, we plan on going back to level one of "Pearables Home Economics" and also hoping to start and possibly finish level two:



Lastly, for music, I plan on utilizing "Beethoven Who?" music teaching guide, "Stories of the Great Composers" book 1 with the audio cd, and Katie has been doing piano and violin lessons for over a year now and will continue with both.  I also have various printables, such as instrument flash cards that I will be using and an assortment of online games to do with the orchestra and instruments.




Sunday, August 5, 2012

3rd Grade History

We are continuing on with "The Story of the World Volume 3: Early Modern Times."  We got the book along with the activity guide that comes with the questions, sample narrations, maps, book lists and various activities to go along with each chapter.  I also got the audio cd as my daughter loves to listen to it and we, as a family, listen to them on long drives or vacations.  Then, I also got the tests, which we do orally most of the time, though this year I might let Katie fill them out.


Volume 3 covers the years 1600-1850 which is a lot of early American history and I got a few books and paper dolls to go along with this time period:




I also got a few model kits that go along with this time period:

3rd Grade Science - Chemistry

We will be spending the entire 3rd grade year on Chemistry!  We are both excited because who doesn't love to mix things and see what happens?  Each week we will be doing 2 experiments, looking up definitions and studying the science encyclopedia.  I also bought some extra things to play around with and may even get more kits halfway through the year if Katie really enjoys chemistry.  We also got a few games, an audio album with songs about chemistry and some posters/charts for the homeschool room.

For our science encyclopedias, we will be using Usborne's Internet-Linked First Encyclopedia of Science and Usborne's Science Encyclopedia with Internet Links:


For the experiments and definitions, we will be using Book 1 & 2 of Adventures with Atoms and Molecules:


For some extra fun, I got a few kits



We got a chemistry board game and a game using flashcards for the periodic table:



Since Katie is mostly a kinesthetic (hands-on) learner, we also got a molecule set for her to play around with.  It really helps create a visual and understanding in chemistry:


Katie loves catchy songs that help her learn and I found an awesome audio album for kids about chemistry!  I've listened to some of the beginnings of the songs and they are all good, they cover hypothesis, atoms/molecules, compounds, being a chemist, solids/liquids/gases and on and on.  It is from Twin Sisters and contains 12 songs:




Lastly, here are the posters or charts we will be hanging in the homeschool room this year to go along with chemistry:



3rd Grade Grammar, Writing, Spelling, Latin and Math

We will using First Language Lessons Level 3 for grammar:


 Writing With Ease Level 3 for writing:


For cursive, we are continuing on with Memoria Press' New American Cursive book 2, she will also be doing cursive in Latin, which I will post with the Latin curriculum below:


For spelling we are using 2 different curriculums: Spelling Workout C & D and All About Spelling Levels 3, 4 & 5:





Katie begins Latin this year with Memoria Press' Prima Latina.  We are also using the DVD teacher to free me up some time.  I got the New American Cursive book that goes along with the Prima Latina lessons to give Katie extra practice in writing cursive and Latin.  Other than the teacher and student book, we also have a lesson cd and flashcards for drills.


We love Saxon math and will be using Saxon math 3:


3rd Grade Bible Curriculum

We are still going through Memoria Press' Christian Studies 1 again, we had gone through it in K but decided to put it away until Katie was older and could do the questions, studies and tests.  We started it a few months ago and take about a week per lesson because we read the KJV Bible instead of the children's bible for the lesson. 


We plan on putting together a model of the tabernacle to learn about how God had them set it up and what it was for.  We plan on using this kit along with a workbook on the tabernacle.



After we finish up Christian Studies 1, we plan on going right into Christian Studies 2:


The model I chose to go with this book is Solomon's Temple here.

Saturday, August 4, 2012

3rd Grade Daily Subjects Schedule & School Times

I wanted to show you all how I plan what we do each day, how many days we do each subject and the estimated times for the school day.  You can view our yearly schedule and how I laid out the 36 weeks and time off here: http://www.cambridgeshireacademy.com/2012/07/3rd-grade-yearly-schedule.html

First, I plan how many days of what subject we need to do each week.  This is all according to how many lessons were in each book and then doing the math to figure out what we needed to do to finish within 36 weeks.

Days per Week per Subject
Bible - daily
Reading - daily
Spelling - 4 days
Grammar - 3 days
Writing - 4 days
Cursive - 3 days
Latin - 3 days
Math - 4 days
History - 2 days
Science - 2 days
Art - 1 day
Music - daily practice; 1 day of composer/orchestra/instrument study
Home Economics - 1 day


Then, I sort them into a daily plan:


Daily Subject Plan
Monday - Bible, Reading, Grammar, Writing, Cursive, Spelling (both), Latin, Math, History and Music practice

Tuesday - Bible, Reading, Grammar, Writing, Cursive, Spelling (both), Latin, Math, Science and Music practice

Wednesday - Bible, Reading, Grammar, Writing, Cursive, Spelling (both), Latin, Math, History and Music practice

Thursday - Bible, Reading, Writing, Spelling (AAS only), Math, Science and Music practice

Friday - Bible, Reading, Art, Home Economics, Music, Projects and Music Practice



Katie's heavy days will be Mon.-Wed.  Thursday is lighter but she has music lessons that day, so really it is full as well.  Friday is more of a fun day with art, crafts, home economics and history projects.  However, every weekday she will be doing bible, reading and music practice.  The weekends are free days or occasionally we will use Saturday to make up for a day we may have took off during the week due to appointments, sickness, etc.

As you can see, we only need to do grammar, Latin, spelling (Spelling Workout), and cursive 3 days a week.  We do writing and math 4 times per week and then history and science twice per week, alternating days.  You may notice that some days say we do both spellings, this is because we do 2 spelling programs: Spelling Workout and All About Spelling.  We can't seem to let go of either, so we just work them in.  We plan on finishing all the levels of All About Spelling by the end of 4th grade, and then we will continue on only with Spelling Workout from then on out.

Next, I plan in time per subject needed.  These are estimates as I don't know yet how fast or slow Katie will work in these new curriculums.


Estimated Times per Subject per day
Bible - 15m
Music Practice - 25m

Reading - 30m morning/60m evening = 90m
Spelling - 30m; 20m on AAS only day
Grammar - 20m
Writing - 15m
Cursive - 10m
Latin - 30m

Math - 30m

History - 90m
Science - 90m

Art - 60m
Music study - 20m
Home Economics - 30m


Finally, to get a daily time estimate, I plug in these estimated times per subject above into each day to estimate those days school time:


Daily School Time Estimates
Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday - 5hr 45m
Thursday - 4hr 45m
Friday - 4hr 20m + any project times


We will be pretty much aligned with the estimated times in "The Well Trained Mind" for 3rd grade, which is 4hr 52m per day.  Those times DO include reading, an hour of which is done in the evening after dinner. 

Thursday, July 26, 2012

New Video Channel

Since Viddler has started charging for their services, I had to switch to youtube for my videos.  I finished uploading most of the videos. 

Here is my new channel, feel free to subscribe:
http://www.youtube.com/user/HomeEducated

Free Printable Homeschool Subject Weekly Planner

I've used these for years and had them on another blog, but realized I hadn't put them on here.  I also uploaded them to my Scribd page.  It is a simple weekly planner that has room to include up to 9 subjects.

Homeschool Weekly Subject Planner Printable Page

3rd Grade Yearly Schedule

This is just an idea of what I'm aiming for this year, but I doubt we will stick to this entirely as I have a baby coming by the end of November.  Having a newborn with an almost 9-yr old homeschooling will be a whole new world to me, so I'm giving myself a few months after the baby comes to adjust before we resume homeschooling.

My plan is to school in 12-week blocks with a break between.  We also are only doing 4 days a week of the basics and using Friday for art, crafts and history projects and/or field trips.

36 weeks of schooling - 4 days a week = 144 days +36 Fridays of art/projects = 180 school days


Aug. 20 - Nov. 9 = 1st Trimester 12-week block
3-Month break for new baby
Feb. 4 - April 26 = 2nd Trimester 12-week block
1-week Spring Break
May 6 - July 26 = 3rd Trimester 12-week block
Summer Break


I like to school in 12-week blocks, just makes it easier for me to plan. The average homeschooler schools 36 weeks per year, which divided by 12, gives us 3, 12-week periods. Once you have settled on how many weeks you want to school, you can then go through your curriculum and take how many lessons there are and do the math, to figure out what you need to do per week and day to finish in time. I've included our daily subject schedules and school times in another post:


Even though we are taking roughly 3 months off for the baby, my daughter will still be doing bible, reading, music practice and math fact cards a few times a week to keep them fresh.

Saturday, July 7, 2012

3rd Grade Independent Assigned Reading List

This list will consist of the books Katie has read in 3rd grade in her morning, independent, assigned reading time, which is 30 minutes daily (Mon-Fri).  I will add the books as she reads them:
  1. Robinson Crusoe - Dover Children's Classics
  2. Gulliver's Travels - Stepping Stone
  3. Magic Tree House Research Guide: Pilgrims
  4. The Hunchback of Notre Dame - Stepping Stone
  5. Les Miserables - Stepping Stone
  6. The Three Musketeers - Stepping Stone  
  7. Pied Piper of Hamelin - Browning
  8. Grimm's Fairy Tales - Classic Starts
  9. Little Pilgrim's Progress - Taylor
  10. Great Expectations - Stepping Stone
  11. Oliver Twist - Stepping Stone series
  12. The Adventures of Tom Sawyer - Stepping Stone
  13. 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea - Stepping Stone
  14. A Christmas Carol - Dickens (abridged by French)
  15. Alice in Wonderland - Carroll - Classic Starts
  16. The Last of the Mohicans - Classic Starts
  17. Moby Dick - Classic Starts
  18. East of the Sun and West of the Moon (Norwegian Folk Tales) - Asbjørnsen

Thursday, June 28, 2012

2nd Grade Completion Planning Update

It has been a fight to finish 2nd grade after many setbacks with this pregnancy but we are nearing the end!  We finished up Saxon Math 2 last week and are taking a break from math until August.  I decided to do a quick update to show our estimated completion dates for each subject leftover:

First Language Lessons 2 - this Saturday or Monday
All About Spelling 2 - July 10
Writing With Ease 2 - July 18 or if I do it on Saturdays, we will be done by July 14

With science, we will keep doing it through the summer and starting chemistry in September.  With history, we have anywhere from 18-30 days left, depending on if we want to expand the chapters, do crafts or if we miss some days.  I think we will spend more time on history and science once the above subjects are all done and complete.

With Katie's reading lists, she only has one more book to read on her 2nd grade morning reading list and then a few left on the evening list and she will probably finish both lists by August and start the 3rd grade lists then.  We have loads of parent read-a-louds we are reading and plan on reading, so we won't finish that list until possibly mid-August to close the book on 2nd grade.

*Here is Katie's list of all the books she read in the morning assigned reading time, books that were at or above her reading level: http://www.cambridgeshireacademy.com/2011/09/2nd-grade-independent-assigned-reading.html

Tuesday, May 8, 2012

2nd Grade Completion Planning

Since I found out I was pregnant, we decided to forgo our plan to start 3rd grade in January 2013 and go ahead and start it as soon as possible.  That way, I will have time when the baby comes around Thanksgiving to take off about 3 months.  We had a schedule of completion for 2nd grade by the end of June, with most things completed by the end of May but since I was on bed rest for about 5 days and just now regaining my strength, we didn't do full homeschool for the past week and a half.  So, today, I re-evaluated and came up with new completion dates, we do plan taking off a week in late June for my freezer cooking.

Finish by.........
WWE 2 - July 13
FLL 2 - June 18
Saxon Math 2 - June 6
AAS 2 - June 29
SWO C - this is on hold till we finish AAS 2

With history and science, we aren't entirely concerned about finishing those up in a hurry.  With science, we should finish Astronomy by the end of summer and start Chemistry in August.  Chemistry involves a lot of experiments, so I want to complete the majority of it before the baby arrives.  With history (SOTW 2), we will probably not start SOTW 3 until mid-August.  It will be easier for me because Katie will be reading SOTW 3 independently and can do that even during my "break" with the newborn.

Saturday, April 28, 2012

Fun Dough

My mom sent Katie 2 Easter eggs that had "fun dough" in them.  I thought it was just play-doh, but it is actually better than play-doh in my opinion.  It doesn't crumble and get all over the floor or table and it is easy to play with, build with and smoosh and restart.  Katie made all kinds of different things even though she only had 2 colors and I thought I would showcase them:


Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Cities & Towns, Natural Resources, Food Web & Pollution

Read
  1. Usborne's First Internet-Linked Encyclopedia of Our World - pgs.52-61
  2. Fossil Fuels
Experiments/Projects/Crafts
  1. None planned yet...
Interactives
  1. Energy-related animations
  2. Coal Animation
  3. Various links covering pollution, natural resources, etc.
    Videos
    1. Bill Nye - Food Web
    2. Science Clips for Kids - Using Natural Resources
    3. All About Natural Resources - Schlessinger Media
    4. Various Videos on Natural Resources
    5. Brain Pop - Food Chains
    Games
    1. Town Planning Game
    2. Energy Efficient Game
    3. Food Web Quiz
    4. Food Web Game
    5. Web of Life Game
    6. Food Chain Game
    7. Endangered Game
    8. Various Games on Pollution

      Ice & Glaciers

      Read
      1. Usborne's First Internet-Linked Encyclopedia of Our World - pgs. 48-51
      2. DK Arctic and Antarctica
      3. Polar Lands
      4. The Best Book of Polar Animals
      Experiments/Projects/Crafts
      1. Polar Regions Diorama from "Instant Habitat Dioramas"
      2. Polar Regions Double-Sided Wheel of Arctic & Antarctica from Animal Habitats
      Interactives
      1. Antarctica Crittercam
      2. Glacier Interactive
      3. Glacier Animation
        Videos
        1. Planet Earth -Ice Worlds
        2. Antarctica Videos
        3. Brain Pop - Glaciers
        4. Glaciers on Dragonfly
        5. Various videos on ice and glaciers
        Games
        1. Penguin Game

          Monday, April 16, 2012

          Asia Lapbook




          Australia Lapbook

          Katie loves doing these!  I helped her cut out the pieces but she did the answers and glued the lapbook pieces together.




          Mosaics-by-Number Wooden Butterfly Wall Art

          My daughter loves doing mosaics, she completed the mosaics castle a few months ago, and this past week completed another one - a butterfly.  This one was very nice and wooden and she gave it to a family as a gift.  You had to match the color/shape by number and it was for her small fingers because I couldn't seem to manage the pieces! 


          Monday, April 9, 2012

          Baby on the Way!

          My life has changed the past few weeks with finding out that I'm pregnant with our 2nd child!  We have waited for this day for years and I've been very tired and we also had 3 weeks off homeschool.  I'm redoing our schedule to finish up 2nd grade earlier and then start 3rd before the baby arrives by Thanksgiving.  I will update with a new schedule soon hopefully, just wanted to give an update as to why I've been missing 'round here! ;-)

          Thursday, March 15, 2012

          Sunday, March 11, 2012

          Molecular Model Set for Homeschool Chemistry

          We purchased the deluxe molecular model set from home science tools and Katie already loves it!  She is a kinesthetic learner and needs something she can touch or do to fully grasp a concept.  Since we are soon to be embarking on chemistry for the first time this fall, I wanted something that could help her understand and came upon this set.  We have already put together a few: water and oxygen and will definitely be implementing this into our chemistry plan for 3rd grade science!


          Here is water, which is 2 hydrogen and 1 oxygen or H2O:



          You can also see the video from Home Science Tools: