Secondly, something I read this week made me think about the fact that some people think blogs are used to brag about that person's life. I just wanted say that I only blog to share what we do each week to show that average moms CAN do this homeschool thing, and give ideas to those who are looking for them. Well, that and to keep us accountable!!
If you are new to this homeschooling thing, just know that if I can do this, anyone can!! Good luck on your journey!!
With that....we had a so, so, week. We actually learned a lot, but MAN those late nights watching the Olympics really put a wrench in my routine! We ended up staying up later, getting up later, starting school later, getting done later....you see the trend, right?? We don't usually watch the TV at night and now I am sure that won't start!! That's also why my post is 2 days later then I try to post, and school is being trimmed back this next week-I am behind in my school planning!
The Olympics were, once again, our major theme for the week. Just one more day and we will be moving on. It's been a great series of lessons, though!
We finished up our A Journey Through Learning Olympics lapbook. I LOVE how each day there was a little bit of information to read, and then Mustang would have just a few questions or thoughts to write about. We also finished up Hour of the Olympics. I'll be honest that *I* found it a little dull, but my 6 year old LOVED it. He has now determined that he is going to read every Magic Treehouse book ever, so it was well worth the little time we spent reading it each day.
Each day we went through the medal standings. This took a LOT of time, but was well worth it. I had Mustang and Charger take turns finding the country by flag and on the globe. I am quite sure they really remembered some of these!! I know I couldn't find the Ukraine when *I* was 6 years old...oh wait, it didn't exist. Oh well. We got the medal standing book (Free) from Enchanted Homeschooling Mom.
Our lapbook lesson mentioned that this year's Olympics were being held in Russia for the very first time. Before, it was held in the USSR. Me, being the pack rat I am, I still had this book (that's actually very cool and useful) that showed USSR as one country. So, we were able to compare the current globe and the map from 1990 in my book. We also looked at the old Yugoslavia. Turns out, the book was very helpful!
Thanks to an awesome (FREE) printable pack from Every Star is Different, we were able to take our Olympics theme into other areas of our learning. I present each activity to both of them, together, and then add the work to their workplans. The one on the left is matching time. On the right is labeling grammar in sentences.
Once again, we have continued with our daily dose of Black History month. These calendar cards are from 1+1+1=1 and I can't say enough about them. This week we talked about Mary McLeod Bethune, Dr. Carter G. Woodson, Garrett Morgan, Thurgood Marshall, Rosa Parks, Jesse Owens, Jackie Robinson and Shirley Chisholm. Yes, that's more then 5, but we covered some weekend people.
We also read about Harriet Tubman.
We discussed President James Polk this week, and Mustang chose to work on her booklet about him.
They both finished their first subtraction strip board books. I appreciate that, while they may already understand the concept, the boards allow them to 'play' while memorizing the facts.
Charger chose to complete lesson 16 in his All About Spelling book. He learned about choosing letter k or c at the beginning of a word.
And, like I mentioned before, we watched LOTS AND LOTS of Olympics!!
This next week will probably be a slower week, finishing up our Olympic medal books, and Black History month. I am looking forward to spending more time with the Montessori materials and less on 'themes' :).
I hope you all have a great week!!!
BTW, I have 2 giveaways going right now if you like to enter that sort of thing. My Warner Bros. DVD giveaway ends tonight. (2/23) and my Del Monte Prize pack (coupons and $25 Walmart Card) ends Wed 2/26.