Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Huckleberry Finn

I'm still trying to play catch up on a few activities from the last school year. It's long overdue, but here's a short post on our Huck Finn unit.

Capt. N read this abridged version of Huckleberry Finn. I thought he would really enjoy the adventures in this story, but he only thought the book was ok.

Instead of a lapbook, I purchased a unit study from CurrClick. It had a fun newspaper theme. So, I turned the back of a door into a gigantic newspaper. Capt. N had to write things like an editorial, travel info and a comic. 

We also added a map of the Mississippi River from the Scholastic book Interactive 3D Maps.

Capt. N wanted to build a raft like Huck's. I know he was hoping to build one that he could sit on, but this small one he made will have to do for now.


Monday, July 30, 2012

First Day of School

Today was the first day of school for the 2012/13 school year. This is over 6 weeks earlier than the public schools start around here. But, I'm hoping to make our Christmas & Spring breaks slightly longer & to be finished by Memorial Day.

To be honest, I could have used a few more weeks of summer break. But, I really wanted to start this week. So start, we did. The biggest change this year is that I will also be homeschooling my middle child. Although it will give me more work than last year, I'm excited that Capt. N will have a school mate. They will be doing a few things together, as well as their own reading, math, etc. I'm also hoping to include Princess K in our morning meeting/circle time.

My awesome white board artwork welcoming the kids to their first day.

Half the fun of the first day is getting new school supplies, so I set each of the kids up with a pencil box filled with goodies. The nice thing was we were able to reuse Mr. T's box from last year & Princess K had an empty box laying around, so I only had to buy one new box.

Thanks to pinterest I could quickly put together a fun welcome goodie. My owls are a quick version of the ones I saw at Teach With Me.

When I introduced their new reading program I gave them each a new bookmark I made thanks to pinterest & Come Together Kids. As many kids are, my kids are collectors. So, I gave them each an envelope to decorate that will hold the bookmarks they collect throughout the year.


Here we go on our 2nd year of homeschooling adventure.

Thursday, July 26, 2012

Farmer Boy Lapbook

At the beginning of the last school year, Capt. N read Farmer Boy & did a few activities relating to the book, including making this lapbook.

Capt. N read from the Farmer Boy book my mom gave me when I was a kid.

I scanned the cover & used the print out for the front of the lapbook.

On the left & right pages are the hands on activities: popcorn in milk experiment, baking bread & making candles.
The middle section shows the Wilder farm & where New York is located.

On the left is a character sketch of Almanzo & on the right is a blueprint of the Wilder Farm. These two ideas came from Homeschool Share. They have a pretty good Farmer Boy unit worth checking out.

We were also studying animal classification at the time. So, Capt. N did a worksheet on classifying the animals on the Wilder Farm. The coloring sheet came from the Cheryl Harness website.

This was the first lapbook Capt. N completed for school. He loved it.


Thursday, July 19, 2012

Voting Lapbook

This past school year we did a short unit on government. To go along with it, Capt. N made a lapbook on voting. As usual, most of the pics & information came from Homeschool Share & Enchanted Learning.

Front Cover





Monday, July 16, 2012

Government Unit

During the last school year we did a 6 week unit on the US Government. I know Capt. N thought part of it was boring, but I also know he learned a few things. I'm not sure I knew anything about our government in 3rd grade. I was in 8th or 9th when I had to take my first real class on government. I had a hard time understanding it, therefor I didn't enjoy the class. Hopefully, by making Capt. N at least a little aware of some things will keep him interested in government.

This would be what he thought was boring. Me reading out of these books & him answering questions.

I don't think this is a book Capt. N loved and he surely wouldn't have picked it himself. But, it was a good book & most importantly he learned about our current president.

A book about the founders of our country. My kids absolutely love it.

Capt. N also read the Magic Tree House books Revolutionary War on Wednesday and Civil War on Sunday. These were great books for him. We didn't really study the Revolutionary or Civil War, but he enjoyed these books & still will refer to them occasionally.

Capt. N made a Voting Lapbook


Making these models from Paper Toys was probably one of Capt. N's all time favorite activities from the year. He likes putting things together so these models were perfect for him.

We didn't actually use this book during the government unit, but we could have. There are many great periods in our history highlighted in this book.


Thursday, July 12, 2012

Weather Lapbook

The first half of the school year Capt. N worked on a weather lapbook. I'm not sure why I'm just now getting around to posting about it. But, better late than never. Right? It is a fairly big lapbook with many flips & folds. Most things for the lapbook were either something I whipped up or came from Enchanted Learning or Homeschool Share. The book we used to go along with our weather unit was DK's Weather Watcher.

Front Cover
This pic shows a variety of information on climate, atmosphere, wind & tornadoes.


Information on clouds, air & snow.
The Cloud Song is from Super Teacher Worksheets. For a few days I asked Capt. N to keep an eye on the clouds & when he saw a new type of cloud he took a picture of it.
We did a few experiments with snow. You can read about them here.
On the left: What Make the Weather & Air Pressure
Middle: Experiments: Warm Air Rises & Measuring Air Pressure
Right: Experiments: Suck an Egg into a Bottle & Make a Tornado


Tracking a Hurricane & the Water Cycle
A book and a couple jokes about hurricanes.
Rain
Weather Forecast


Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Build Your Own Volcano Kit

Over the last couple years each of my boys have received the same Build Your Own Volcano Book & Kit. Why have I been letting them sit in my closet for so long? I don't know. But, after visiting Mt. St. Helens I decided now was the perfect time to make the volcanoes.

The kit comes with all these goodies, including a decent book on the makings of a real volcano.

The first step was to add water to the mix & glop it onto the cone form.

I thought the mix was plaster of paris. And maybe it was, but it seemed to take a longer time to dry.

The next day the kids painted the volcanoes. Mr. T & Princess K painted this one.

Capt. N painted this volcano.

After the paint dries, the real fun begins. There is vinegar, a squirt of dish soap, and a few drops of red food coloring in the bottles. Baking soda is waiting in the crater of the volcano.

Squeeze the bottle and the lava flows out the hole at the top of the volcano.

The baking soda & vinegar mix together making a bubbly mess. Keep the mess contained by putting your volcano in a box or in the sink.

Cool!


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