Friday, March 9, 2012
Math: Jake is FINALLY finished his geometry. Now again, he didn't do ALL of the books in the set, just a few. If he feels later he wants more we'll either get the rest of the set or a different curriculum. But I am pretty sure he'll never, ever want more Geometry.
English/Writing: He's getting a little further into his book and finding the exercises getting a little harder. He is not enjoying "finding such & such clauses" and all that sort of stuff. hehe His writing is still horrible, and I hate trying to read anything. He insists on writing so tiny.. *sigh*
Geography: I am REALLY hoping that by the end of April we will finally be finished with this. It was started forever ago. We did great when first starting, because we were doing this as a group with some others. Then that fizzled out and, well, it just got pushed to the bottom of our pile. Here and there I've tried to get it going again, but it fizzled out every time. But no more, it needs to be finished. So he is almost halfway through it. So if we keep at this pace, then it should be finished by the end of April if not sooner.
History: We've been jumping all over the place here. I was going to start with Ancient History using Susan Wise Bauer's The History of the Ancient World: From the Earliest Accounts to the Fall of Rome. But instead I think we are going to do a US study first using America The Story of Us book & DVD first.That won't take us long. Basically I'll have them (Amanda is doing this as well) read a Chapter sometime M-Th and on Fri we'll watch the DVD chapter and do any lessons from the Teacher's Guide. I think there are like 9 Chapters or so in the book. If they end up reading the chapter early enough in the week, we can go ahead and do 2 per week instead.
Science: We are changing this, yet again. Not sure what I am going to pull of the shelf, but something Biology. And I think we'll do Chemistry at the same time, using The Joy of Chemistry: The Amazing Science of Familiar Things
Amanda's been really into artsy stuff lately; working in her sketchbook, crafts of one sort or another, etc. We've made pom-flowers:
Notebook paper t-shirt:
And we had a failed attempt at an altered t-shirt, which then become a cleaning rag. LOL So no picture of that one. ;) Oh, and I finally finished my tiles I made the beginning of Feb.
Monday, February 6, 2012
So here is the menu for this week:
Monday - Crispy Cheddar Chicken (This is in the oven as I type!) with Slow Cooker Scalloped Potatoes and green beans
Tuesday - Taco Stuffed Shells and corn
Wednesday - Lazy Lasagna with garlic bread and a veggie
Thursday -Wild Rice and Chicken Soup with cheddar garlic biscuits
Friday - Pizza or leftovers
Sunday, February 5, 2012
I let him slack a bit on math so he could get caught back up with some other subjects: writing, grammar & geography. So really there isn't much to report. Next week we'll get back into ALL subjects, including science. We're doing some biology work and we'll get into our chemistry work soon. I finally got my order placed and should have all the materials needed by Wednesday. I think this week we'll get our solutions made up that we'll be needing for the first few chapters. The weather is supposed to be decent, so we can head outside to mix our noxious chemicals up without worrying about ventilation. lol Should be fun. :)
I've been finding some fun things on Pinterest lately. I've been doing good about not getting too sucked into it, but I can spend WAY too much time looking around.
I had a Mom's Night Out (MNO) craft party last week. Several friends from our homeschool group came over and we made tile coasters. It was a fun evening. I didn't get pictures of everyone's tiles (bad me), sadly. They all looked wonderful though. Here are the set I made.
I want to make some more, plus have a few ideas for other things to do with the tiles. It was fun and easy.
So anyways, short update. Hope to have more to tell next week. :)
Friday, January 27, 2012
Jake's doing pretty decent at getting caught up on his math. He in finally on book 3 of the Key to Geometry. He HATES Geometry. He HATES using the compass. But I wanted him to do a little bit of the work, which is why I didn't order ALL of the Geometry books and just the first 3. If the time comes and he needs or wants (HAHA) more, we can get the rest or find something else. He has no problem with the Algebra, so I shortened his work on that. Basically he just has to do half of the problems on each page. As long as he isn't struggling, we'll continue this way for now. He does make careless mistakes, but when I say "hey fix this answer" he knows exactly what he did wrong as soon as he double checks it.
He is WAY behind on Grammar and his writing. So I need to get him moving there. I know he hates the grammar as well (must be something with G's.. grammar, geometry and geography, he hates 'em all) but seriously it takes 5-10 minutes for each day.
We still haven't started our chemistry. That's my fault though. I still need a few supplies and I've been dragging my feet on getting things in order. We WILL get started on it in Feb. though, I swear! I had expected to do some simple & fun biology work this month. I ordered one of Janice VanCleave's biology books from Paperback swap earlier this month. It, of course, has not shown up yet. I have 1 more day before I can, hopefully, cancel it and order from someone else. I just wanted it to do some simple, quick experiments.
Mrs. Mitchell's Virtual School I haven't looked around this site much yet, but it seems there are links for most grades.
Life Hacker U Free, online university level courses.
Periodic Table Printables of the elements in words or pictures.
Human Body coloring pages From Crayola.
Biology coloring pages Printable pages.
Biographies and activities On a site called Teachers pay Teachers. This is a free download, you just have to make an account.
Famous Musicians Pages For notebooking.
Wednesday, January 18, 2012
Recently, a lot of lapbooking pins have been popping up. We've never done much along the lapbooking lines, but I wanted to share these resources anyways. So here ya go!
Lewis and Clark- - http://dynamic2moms.webs.com/lewisandclark.htm
Vikings - http://dynamic2moms.webs.com/vikings.htm
Renaissance 1400-1600 - http://dynamic2moms.webs.com/renaissance.htm
Westward Ho! - http://dynamic2moms.webs.com/westwardhooooo.htm
Ancient Civilizations - http://dynamic2moms.webs.com/ancientcivilizations.htm
American Revolution 1775-1783 - http://dynamic2moms.webs.com/americanrevolution.htm
War Between the States 1861-1865 - http://dynamic2moms.webs.com/warbetweenthestates.htm
Tuesday, January 10, 2012
1. Blog more
2. Geocache more
3. Use the crock pot more often
4. Walk more often
5. Knit &
9. Learn to bake bread
15. Do the local walking tours (from newspaper a year or 2 ago)
16. Walking tour of Philly
18. Go to a stargazing event at Antietam
19. Visit the planetarium at least once
20. Go to the Baltimore Aquarium
21. Rewatch Lost :)
22. Knit Jake's Slytherin scarf
24. Do more science-y things
26. Eat more local foods
27. Visit more local places (shops, restaurants, historical places, etc)
29. Help Amanda with her craft list
30. Update home décor
32. Use my cookbooks more often
34. Do some non-vandalizing street art, such as http://isaacgracelily.blogspot.com/2011/03/rock-on.html
35. Have a harry Potter party
37. Go to a comedy club/show
39. Visit the Hager House
42. Take a carriage ride
43. Go to a drive-in theater
44. Send a message in a bottle
45. Release a helium-filled balloon with a message in it
47. Go to Brookside Gardens in the Spring or Summer
48. Visit the DC Zoo
50. Organize photos
51. Hike up to Cunningham Falls
52. Picnic at more MD State Parks
53. Hike on the AT
54. See all the Bridges of Washington County
55. Make a late night run to Krumpe's Donuts
57. Visit a winery
58. Go to maple Syrup making demo at Cunningham Falls
62. Pick strawberries
64. Play disc golf
65. Go on a ghost tour (no matter how lame it may be lol)
67. Watch a Quidditch game
68. Learn to cook some Greek foods
69. Visit College Park Aviation Museum (use CertifiKid coupon)
70. Visit State Museum of Pennsylvania (Use Groupon coupon)
71. Take more pictures
72. Organize recipe binders
74. Buy a new couch
75. Celebrate Christmas in July (just for something different)
76. Wordless Wednesday (on my blog)
77. Menu plan every week
78. Some sort of community service/volunteer work (hopefully not court-ordered hehe)
79. Play a game of pinball at the arcade
80. Go to the Great Frederick Fair this year
82. Have a water balloon fight
83. See a movie in 3D (just to confirm that I do in fact hate 3D movies)
85. Go to a concert
86. Make candy
88. Get my passport
89. Watch all of John Hughes movies
90. Go on a scavenger hunt
91. Have a swap party
92. Eat at an Indian restaurant
93. Have dessert for supper
94. Grill pizza
95. Visit the Goddard Space center
96. Go to Dinosaur Land
97. Visit the Poe Museum and Poe's gravesite
98. Go on a train ride
100. Visit the Rural Heritage Museum