Saturday, January 29, 2011

Friday, Jan 28

Went to Oakland Nature Preserve for a nature walk
Read A Day With No Crayons
Elle read In The Night Kitchen by Maurice Sendak
Justin worked on writing numbers and 1:1 correspondence in his Brain Quest workbook
Reviewed information about composer Igor Stravinsky in Bach to Rock book after watching Little Einsteins and the Firebird (set in Russia)

Thursday, January 27, 2011

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Wed. Jan 26

Read Clifford's First Christmas, Clifford and the Circus
Elle worked on Math U See workbook
Ballet and Bee Bop

Monday Jan. 24

Read the Cat's Quizzer by Dr. Seuss (trivia book)
Kids wrote cards to family
Playground time

Saturday, January 22, 2011

Sat. Jan. 22

Looked up information about Pompeii and Vesuvius online, viewed pictures and volcano website

Finished FIAR with Another Celebrated Dancing Bear
Discussed vocabulary related to the story, occupations, Russian culture, dancers, cities, landmarks, etc.
Read Uncle Vova's tree (Russian vocabulary and Christmas/Epiphany customs) and
Rechenka's Eggs (Russian vocabulary and Easter customs)- ties into caring for wild animals
Read the Berenstain Bears and the In-Crowd, Safe and Sound, Trouble with Commercials

Friday Jan. 21

Science Center
Justin worked on numbers and letters in his workbook
Elle worked on phonics workbook

Thursday Jan. 20

Read the Insect-Lo-Pedia and Amazing Poisonous Animals with Justin
Elle practiced journal writing
Playground time
Library time
Watched Little Einsteins and the Firebird (set in Russia)

Wednesday Jan. 19

Elle did Math U See workbook
Ballet and Bee Bop
Neighbors found baby rabbits and we discussed stewardship and how to care for wild animals
Kids helped cook dinner and we discussed boiling point of water and condensation

Tuesday Jan. 18

Playground time
Elle did Math U See workbook
Read books about Russia- customs, landmarks, peoples, geography and landscape, Kremlin, flag, dancers, art, Faberge eggs, etc

Sunday, January 16, 2011

Sunday Jan 16

FIAR with Another Celebrated Dancing Bear: talked about occupations and what the kids want to be when they grow up, discussed the freezing point of water and what happens to water when it freezes, and how it affects plants when it is colder than 32 degrees outside, did clock activity to learn to tell time on the hour and half hour
Read the Audubon Field Guide to Florida about sandhill cranes (one lives in our neighborhood)
Playground time
Elle took portrait pictures

Friday Jan. 14

Field Trip to Oakland Nature Preserve
Learned about the topography of Florida and Lake Apopka
Learned about native and non-native plants and their efforts to re-introduce native species
Enjoyed the climbing tree and trails
Got to pet a snake and see a snake and mouse interact

Thurs. Jan 13

Downtown Homeschool Enrichment Classes:
Knot Tying

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Wed. Jan 12

Watched Math U See DVD about place value, numerals, and simple addition
Played with manipulative blocks
Playground time
Ballet and Bee Bop

Tuesday Jan 11

Mad Scientist co-op
Learned about refraction and diffraction of light, looked under the microscope at salt, pepper, and numerous insects
Elle read Old Hat New Hat
Began Math U See with manipulative blocks and addition
Consumer math

Monday Jan 10

Started FIAR with Another Celebrated Dancing Bear: talked about Russian culture and matroishkas, played with a matroishka, tried to find contrasts between the two bears in illustrations, talked about the circus, friendship, etc
Read Uncle Vova's Tree and Rechenka's Eggs, both set in Russia by Patricia Polacco, who is an American from Russia
Watched Despicable Me (main character is from Russia)
Played world landmarks game after the film

Elle practiced writing

Thursday, January 6, 2011

Thursday Jan. 6

Science Center
Library time

Wednesday, Jan. 5

Elle finished phonics workbook, Justin worked on handwriting
Read Watch Out for Chicken Feet in Your Soup and Happy New Year
Ballet and Bee Bop

Tues. Jan. 4

Elle wrote thank you notes to family
Consumer math
Playground time

Monday Jan. 3

Did Little Engineers propulsion experiment and built a car
Read Amazing Poisonous Animals, Insects and Spiders, Southwestern Natural World book, and Audubon Field Guide to Florida about snakes, lizards, insects, and birds
Justin and Elle worked on Phonics workbooks
Playground time
Library time

Sunday, January 2, 2011

Sunday Jan. 2

Read Amelia Bedelia Bakes Off, Strega Nona Her Story, On Beyond Zebra, Super Scramble, Curious George goes to the Zoo, Curious George and the First Day of School, I Was So Mad by Mercer Mayer
Playground time