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School has started up again at our house this week!
Bethany enjoyed working with her MindWare Imaginets.
As you can see in the collages below she made a giraffe and an elephant. This coincided with our discussion of African grassland animals. She also worked on a cut and paste African animal puzzle and a cut and paste African animal counting activity. We looked at You Tube videos of elephants, cheetahs, ostriches, and antelope and located Africa on a world map.
I also showed Bethany North America on the map and tried to explain that we live there. I don’t really think she can comprehend the concept of a map actually being a picture of the world that we live on. To her it is probably just a weird picture of something on a piece of paper or on the computer. But I can certainly try to explain it! If nothing else, at least I’m making her think and keeping her mind active and occupied!
Bethany enjoys cutting and pasting just about anything. Here she is working on a shape fish that I found at Totschooling!
We also played a lot of Go Fish and Go Nuts! this week!
Jeremiah is in eighth grade this year. Many of you know that other than math we have been somewhat of a radical homeschooling family. But this year I felt like it was about time to get a little more rigorous with Jerry’s academics.
For History and Geography I decided to use Around the World in 180 Days. This is just what the title says it is- a world history and geography course. It comes with a student book full of suggested activities, geography terms to look up, and questions to answer. I’m sure we won’t complete every suggested activity, but it will be a great guideline for us. We began our world study with Africa!
I decided to introduce Jerry to Shakespeare this year. We are starting with Hamlet abridged by Leon Garfield. This is an easy to understand abridged version of Hamlet. The first chapter’s description of the whole theater experience of that time period (including even the smells) was really quite interesting!
I was shocked to discover that there were actually buckets set up against the walls INSIDE the theater for people to “relieve” themselves in and only people who paid could sit in seats under an actual roof! After we read about the theater and how there was recently a new one built just like the original, we looked up Shakespeare’s Globe Theater on the internet. Very Impressive!
Jeremiah has never had a formal grammar or Language Arts lesson in his life and this year I felt that it was about time that he did! I chose Applications of Grammar Book 1: Basics for Communicating Effectively because it is for older students but it is consumable so he can write in the book. I knew that it would not go over big with him if he would be required to copy a lot of written work into notebooks.
Jeremiah does not like to read and never gets excited about any book, so this year I decided not to go crazy trying to find books that I think he’d like and just assigned him to read The Three Musketeers for this quarter.
I have been wanting to try Algebra Tiles with one of the kids for a long time and Jerry is my last chance to do so! I decided to try this inexpensive book Working with Algebra Tiles, Grades 6-12 and got these Learning Resources Algebra Tiles Student Set to go with it! We also have an Algebra Tiles app for iPad that we’ll give a try too!
I decide to go with a more formal science curriculum this year also. I chose Earth Science for Christian Schools mostly because someone gave it to us. So as not to totally overwhelm him with too much “work” right off the bat, I’m just going to have him read the book and then take the quizzes open book style to start out with.
In addition to working at the pharmacy and doing college at home online this semester, Rebekah has been keeping herself busy making Mario characters with herPerler Beads 11,000 Count-Multi-Mix to give out as Christmas presents! She finds the patterns on Pinterest of course!
In case you missed them:
Little Seizures, Anxiety, and Having Fun at Balloon Fest
What’s the Word Wednesday? #8
The China Interviews Part 2
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