Pics from the Week:
We're using Saxon Math. Since I've never homeschooled before I have nothing to compare it to, but so far I like it. Each lesson has a lot of little pieces, but that's good for Capt N's ansy-ness. It's set up to teach one lesson a day. But because of my schedule on Tuesday's & Thursday's I don't teach math on those days. I teach two lessons on both Monday & Wednesday & he does the worksheets for those two lessons the next day. Friday's we do one lesson. On the days I teach he writes the date on a calendar in his meeting book, then he checks the temperature & records it. Each lesson day he also does clock work, coin counting, number sentences, patterns & a problem of the day. Then we move on to learning the new lesson & sometimes he is to practice with flashcards or do a timed test. Then we work on the front side of the worksheets together. The next day he finishes the back side of the worksheets independently.
|His calendar. He fills in the date & the temperature.|
|The cute little thermometer he checks.|
Spelling ~Spelling is definitely not Capt. N's strong suit. Last week he only got 8 out of 12 correct on his test. So I changed things a bit to make sure he practiced his words more this week. But, he still only got 8 out of 12 correct this week. I think some weeks I'm going to take a different approach. The worksheets are set up to learn a new group of 12 words each week. Well, I really want to keep working on the words he missed the previous week. So, I think sometimes I will stick to the spelling words & worksheets, but some weeks I will do review weeks. I honestly don't know that he spelled the words any better on Friday than he did on Tuesday. The other thing I would like to try is making up my own spelling words that are significant to what we are working on in other subjects. Maybe if he has a connection to the words he will remember them better. Next week I'm going to give him the 7 continents & the 4 oceans as spelling words since we are studying them in Social Studies.
|He wrote the spelling words on these yellow laminated cards. Then we took the cards into the garage to play hopscotch with them.|
|Mr. T played hopscotch as well. His words were sight words. The boys threw their game piece then hopped to the end & back. To move to the next position, they had to spell their word correctly.|
Science ~Since Capt. N is being taught at home this year I want to take advantage of that & do as many hands-on things as we can. We continued our weather topic this week.
|Last week we tried a tornado in a bottle experiment that was just short of a flop. This weeks try went much better & it was so simple. We poured soda in a clear container & stirred hard. Waa-laa a tornado.|
|His weather lapbook is coming along nicely & he's mentioned multiple times how much he likes it.|
Here's to another good week!