Friday

FIELD TRIP TO CRYSTAL CAVE!! After attending the ERCLC’s Cave Activity on Tuesday, we headed out to the real deal on Friday on a school field trip to Crystal Cave in Sequoia National Park. This is a trip we’d been wanting to make for years with the kids (especially Adam), but just hadn’t gotten around to. It was really exciting […]

Thursday

LANGUAGE ARTS: Handwriting w/o Tears (K): pgs 12-14 (P, B, R) Teach Your Child to Read in 100 Easy Lessons: #22 Read: Bob Book (Mat) Watched Word Girl Bedtime story MATH: Right Start Math A: #5 (after which Mommy decided to move to R.S. B, since A was too slow for him) SCIENCE: Watched Wild Kratts Watched Peep in the […]

Wednesday

SCIENCE: At Fresno Pacific University, at a virtual class with a ranger at a park in another part of the state. REALLY COOL!! Tyr is bottom right, sitting with his best buddy, Keizo. Learned about Anza Berrego Desert State Park, its flora/fauna/geology/etc, from a ranger there. LANGUAGE ARTS: Played Jumpstart (1st grade) Bedtime story MATH: Played Jumpstart (1st grade) P.E.: […]

Wednesday

SCIENCE: Learned about Anza Berrego Desert State Park, its flora/fauna/geology/etc, from a At Fresno Pacific University, at a virtual class with a ranger at a park in another part of the state. REALLY COOL!! Maeve is right up front in pink with braids.ranger there. Worked on refilling bird feeder Observed and attempted to feed our resident praying mantis P.E.: Went […]

Tuesday

SCIENCE: Attended ERCLC‘s Family Activity on Caves…learned about: Cave animals, watersheds (water filtered through pollution/rocks/sand/sink holes), rocks (dissolvability, what rocks are best in the making of caves & why & how), geology (looked at examples of different kinds of rocks), Crystal Cave (heard presentation about the cave from ranger.)     Pictures Maeven took at the Geology table:

Tuesday

SCIENCE: Attended ERCLC‘s Family Activity on Caves…learned about: Cave animals, watersheds (water filtered through pollution/rocks/sand/sink holes), rocks (dissolvability, what rocks are best in the making of caves & why & how), geology (looked at examples of different kinds of rocks), Crystal Cave (heard presentation about the cave from ranger.) Played “Where’s My Water“ Played “Rail Maze“ MATH: Played Jumpstart (1st […]

Monday

SOCIAL STUDIES: [openbook booknumber=”ISBN:0195095065″ templatenumber=”1″]Book 1, Ch 9 & 10       SCIENCE: Attended our first Currclick Lego Club (virtual class). Listening to/watching the instructor streaming live on her dad’s computer: The instructor sent a list of supplies to have on hand, then we logged into the online classroom at the specified time and watched a short lecture about […]

Monday

LANGUAGE ARTS: Handwriting Without Tears, Kindergarten, p. 11 (D) Read to (picture books) Teach Your Child to Read in 100 Easy Lessons, #21 SCIENCE: Watched Dinosaur Train Watched Cat in the Hat Knows a Lot about That Buried a dead bird (we found it the night before, floundering on our doorstep…started a discussion about life/death. We put a box over […]

BOOK REVIEW: Positive Discipline

This is the book we used at the high quality preschool I used to teach at, years ago. I HIGHLY recommend this form of discipline because I’ve seen it work. The main concept in this discipline is RESPECT. Not just children respecting parents, but parents respecting children! Also check out the Positive Discipline website. This philosophy uses age appropriate expectations […]

Sunday

SCIENCE: Watched Nature (hummingbirds) Found a praying mantis, looked up on the internet to find out that they rarely bite humans, so she felt safe to pick it up: MATH: Played Where’s My Water (iPhone app) LANGUAGE ARTS: Heard more of: [openbook booknumber=”ISBN:043935806X” templatenumber=”1″]

Multi-generational education

Since enrolling my kids in a homeschool charter at the beginning of this school year (just about a month ago)…I’ve had a chance to see what I now strongly believe education SHOULD look like. Multi-generational. NOT segregating specific age groups and having them in a classroom with just one or 2 adults…but the WHOLE FAMILY being involved! My kids now […]

Friday

SCIENCE: Helped fill and move bird feeders to new location (haven’t been used in months, and we decided to move outside Maeven’s bedroom window.)  Helped Maeven pick grapes from neighbors grapevines that encroach in our yard.  Explored slides with microscopes: MATH: Played Winomino Played the coins game (pennies & nickels only, will add dimes/quarters later…roll dice, take that many cents, […]

Friday

SOCIAL STUDIES: [openbook booknumber=”ISBN:0195095065″ templatenumber=”1″]Book 1, Ch 7 & 8       SCIENCE: Filled the bird feeders and helped move them to a new location, outside her bedroom window The feeders have been empty/unused for months…We decided it was time to fill them up again! The freshly filled feeders outside Maeven’s bedroom window. The pink/purple one she made from […]

Thursday

SCIENCE: Science Class at ERCLC Catching water balloons (trying not to break them) in science class at ERCLC. LANGUAGE ARTS: Academic Adventures Class at ERCLC Making pictures for the school map they’re making in “Academic Adventures” class. Bedtime Story

Wednesday

LANGUAGE ARTS: Heard more of: Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix   SCIENCE & SOCIAL STUDIES: Worked on her Minecraft Project PHYSICAL EDUCATION: Swimming with friends HOME ECONOMICS: Chores MATH: Played Math Blaster with Tyren (computer game borrowed from ERCLC) Tyren was having a hard time figuring out the Math Blaster computer game we checked out from ERCLC, so […]

Wednesday

SCIENCE: Read a book about chickens and explored a raw chicken egg: Showing the membrane of the chicken egg we cracked open to look at. Getting down and dirty with a chicken egg…Hands-on learning! He was very impressed with being allowed to squish it around in his fingers since typically I am trying to encourage NOT breaking the yolk (when […]