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My old Google account reached its' limit, so I lost a lot of images for my blog that were saved there when I deleted it. I'm actively working to replace all my images to each post starting from most recent and working my way back. I also hope to update bad links if time permits. Currently I've restored years 2014-present, I still have yet to do 2013 and back but hope to have them restored by the end of 2020.

Sunday, October 25, 2020

2nd Grade History, Geography, Social Studies & Civics

We were supposed to do Story of the World for history but Z just can't pay attention long enough to remember or learn anything because he said it's boring - and believe me, I've tried a lot of different ways since 1st grade!  So I decided to try something else and create my own blend of social studies/civics/geography and so far, so good!
 
Here are the topics we have learned about so far with books we own, library books and videos from YouTube:
 
Social Studies/Civics:
 
American symbols, landmarks, holidays, White House, 3 branches of government, Washington D.C., the Constitution, Bill of Rights, Declaration of Independence, laws, rights, local government departments, citizenship, voting, mailman, police, paramedics, firefighters, emergency vehicles, military branches, construction workers, doctors, libraries, producers/consumers, resources, society, community, urban/suburban/rural, towns and cities


 
*Some great YouTube channels we used were Homeschool Pop, Kids Academy, A Kid Explains History
 

Geography/Culture:

50 states & capitals, continents, countries, maps, physical geography, more to come...





*We are blending in our geography study with Earth Science that we are currently doing in science.  We also have several geography games that we play frequently and they are the easiest way to learn states and countries!
 

History:

Biographies - Christopher Columbus, Benjamin Franklin, George Washington, Inventors, history and patriotic songs, more to come...


Saturday, October 24, 2020

Magic School Bus Rides Again by Science Subject

I have a printout someone made for the original Magic School Bus video series that divided the episodes into subjects to make it easier to know which one to watch for what science topic.  I couldn't find one for the new series, Magic School Bus Rides Again, so I created my own:

Season 1

Episodes
  1. Ecosystems
  2. Wind
  3. Fish
  4. Rocks
  5. Magnetism
  6. Sickness
  7. Camouflage in Nature
  8. Solid, Liquid, Gas
  9. Space
  10. Glaciers
  11. Robot
  12. Alternative Power
  13. Ocean - Submarine
Season 2
 
Episodes
  1. Fossils
  2. Birds
  3. Farm
  4. Computers
  5. Animals
  6. Space
  7. Simple Machines
  8. Clouds
  9. Physics
  10. Insects
  11. Compost
  12. DNA
  13. Sun

Thursday, October 1, 2020

Z's 2nd Grade Fun Book List

Z just finished up his 1st Grade Fun Book List and now we are starting his 2nd Grade list of fun books.  These are books that he reads for fun in the evening that are below his reading level.  I will be adding to this list throughout the year.

*Update - Z is now reading about 3 of the easy readers in 30 minutes, so we go through a lot a week!  He will be adding on some harder books after he finishes the easy readers.

  1. Olivia Sharp (Nate the Great's Cousin) - The Pizza Monster
  2. Oliva Sharp 4-book audiobook set
  3. Amelia Bedelia
  4. Thank you, Amelia Bedelia
  5. Come Back, Amelia Bedelia
  6. Play Ball, Amelia Bedelia
  7. Good Work, Amelia Bedelia
  8. Teach Us, Amelia Bedelia
  9. Amelia Bedelia Helps Out
  10. Amelia Bedelia and the Baby
  11. Amelia Bedelia Goes Camping
  12. Merry Christmas, Amelia Bedelia
  13. Amelia Bedelia's Family Album
  14. Balto
  15. George the Drummer Boy
  16. George and Martha
  17. The Long Way to a New Land
  18. The Horse in Harry's Room
  19. Daniel's Duck
  20. A Bargain for Frances
  21. Bread and Jam for Frances
  22. A Baby Sister for Frances
  23. The Carrot Seed
  24. Bedtime for Frances
  25. A Birthday for Frances
  26. Sammy the Seal
  27. Chester
  28. The Littlest Leaguer
  29. Sam the Minuteman
  30. The Josefina Story Quilt
  31. Julius
  32. Mrs. Brice's Mice
  33. A New Coat for Anna
  34. Granny and the Desperadoes
  35. George Washington's Mother
  36. Clara and the Bookwagon
  37. The Long Way Westward
  38. Prairie School
  39. Keep the Lights Burning Abbie
  40. Finding Providence
  41. First Flight: The Story of Tom Tate and the Wright Brothers
  42. Abigail Takes the Wheel
  43. The Battle for St. Michaels
  44. Night Noises and the Other Mole and Troll Stories
  45. Albert the Albatross
  46. The Lighthouse Children
  47. Barney's Horse
  48. Danny and the Dinosaur
  49. Danny and the Dinosaur Go to Camp
  50. Oliver
  51. Stanley
  52. Grizzwold
  53. Wagon Wheels
  54. Dinosaur Hunter
  55. Buffalo Bill and the Pony Express
  56. The 18 Penny Goose
  57. The First Thanksgiving
  58. Christopher Columbus
  59. George Washington: The First President
  60. George Washington and the General's Dog
  61. Chang's Paper Pony
  62. Kick, Pass, Run
  63. Hockey at Home
  64. Arthur's Funny Money
  65. Thomas Edison: Lighting the Way
  66. Ben Franklin Thinks Big
  67. Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day
  68. Always Room for One More
  69. Amos and Boris
  70. Brave Irene
  71. C D C?
  72. And To Think That I Saw it on Mulberry Street
  73. Andy and the Lion
  74. Angus and the Ducks
  75. The Animals of Farmer Jones