Polar Bears

The third week in January we continued our Antarctic/Artic animal studies  with Polar Bears.  We followed a very similar plan to Penguins.

First Molly read books and worked with a CAN/HAVE/ARE graphic organizer.  I had a really hard time finding books about Polar Bears on the iPad, and actually didn’t end up buying any at all.  We used NatGeoKids and this website.  If I had had time to go to the library I would have looked for:

Polar Bears, by Gail Gibbons

MTH Polar Bear Fact Tracker

Big Fuzzy, by Caroline Castle

Tundra Animals, by Dayton

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We chose our facts and wrote them on post-its.  (I have been using JotNotPro to make copies of these for their portfolios, since we are doing them on a jumbo notepad.)  Lucy (K4) really gets into this part.  She loves contributing facts and really retains a lot of what she hears while we do this.

Then Molly picked 4 facts and wrote her report.  This week we talked a lot about the importance of a clever title to draw your reader in. 😉

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For art we did this project from that artist woman.  Hers are definitely better than ours. 😉  We also don’t have the same tempra paints that she does, so I just watered our tempra down a bit.

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Last but not least, we did the blubber glove experiment.

You need:

2 gallon baggies

shortening (I used a block)

a bowl of ice water

Put the shortening in the first bag and squish it around.  Then put the second bag inside that and try to get some of the shortening on all sides.  Let the kids put one hand in the “blubber glove” and one hand in the ice water by itself.  They will quickly discover the bennefits of blubber!  Polar bears can have up to 10 centemeters of blubber.  of course we got out the ruler and measured on our arms how far out that would go. 😉

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Here is another experiement about how Polar Bears stay warm that we didn’t do this week (I couldn’t find it!) but we will, probably this weekend.

Penguins

Just one week into our second semester we had one of those weeks.  You know the ones.  The ones where you think you have everything under control and then somehow… you don’t.  Luckily we caught up, but our Penguin unit lacked art of any kind, which always makes me sad.  It also lacked pictures.  But not ideas!

We used Nat Geo Kids, this book and this book (but paid way way way less on iBooks) as our resources.  There are of course 100 other great penguin books out there.  These are the ones I could find on my iPad, but if I’d had time we’d have gone to the library.

We’ve started using Can/Have/Are graphic organizers (there is one here, though we just made our own), which Molly really likes a lot.  She had to work on it on the fly (hence the convenience of iBooks books…) but it really helped her pull facts from the text. (if you click to zoom in you might be able to see what she is working on…)

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We then made a big chart of all the facts we knew about penguins to use to write a penguin report.  Basically we wrote a post-it note for each fact we learned.  They then chose 4 of the post-its for their report and wrote a closing sentence.  I encouraged them to make the report their own.  My hope is this is the beginning of writing to inform… not just what she learned but also what she thinks.  This process went ultra smoothly, and we are using it again for both Polar Bears and Whales later this month. (BTW- you might notice enrollment is up at Tiny Spark Academy!  With all the “snow” (really just colder-than-bleep) days we’ve been having we’ve been lucky enough to have some of our public school friends come hang with us for school.  We all love it.  Shakes things up a bit!

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We also kept on keeping on with our regular curriculum, of course.

Frozen

Are everyone else’s children as obsessed (and I mean that in every sense of the word) with the movie Frozen?  I wouldn’t even say we are a family who gets super into Disney movies, but man… this one caputured our hearts.  I think its the sisters.  🙂  Using that obsession, we kicked off our second semester with a month of all things FROZEN.

Anyway, as a New Years resolution (of which I have one… PLAN.) I sat down and planned all of January.  And seriously?  Life is so much better when I plan.  I’ll do a little post on planning soon.  For real.  Stop laughing.  I’ll do it.  You can plan on it.  (Get it?  Plan on it…. nevermind.)

So here is the January line up:

Snow

Penguins

Polar Bears

Whales

Be Awesome.

Just kidding on that last one.  But that is pretty much how it felt to have an entire month planned, with shopping list, ready to go.  BAM!

I didn’t take many snow pictures, but we did lots of fun stuff. 🙂

We read Over and Under the Snow and talked about hibernating animals and the subnivean zone.

We made these adorable snowmen.

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And this fun snow art.  (I got this idea from someone else, but I can’t remember who…)

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We tried the Borax snow crystals but it didn’t work.  We need to try again!

We talked about symmetry and drew the owl from Draw Write Now.

We also did paper snowflakes, again talking about symmetry.

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We read Snowflake Bently and talked about the uniqueness of snowflakes, why they would be hard to photograph and their structures (all snowflakes have 6 “legs”).  We also looked at this website and watched the short movie.

We drew a big snowman on the chalkboard and filled it in with adjectives for snow.

We did the life cycle of a snow man.  I don’t think they’ll ever forget the states of matter.  (solid, liquid, gas)  They had a blast singing about Olaf from Frozen while we did this.  😉

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2013 Wrap Up

When I started this blog I knew I would need to be gentle with myself.  I know that if I don’t have to be at a computer I will avoid it at all costs.  I know that I don’t have the time to mess around with the layout to get it to look exactly as I want and that that alone will suck motivation out of me to get on here.  But, I also know that each time I write an activity in my planner or read a homeschool blog that speaks to my heart (because goodness knows I don’t mind being on my iPhone…) I am grateful that someone sat down and put the time into recording their journey so that it makes my own just a little bit easier.  Because I can’t go back and fill in all of our first semester of this year, and because I have an unhealthy love of bullet points, I’ll attempt to recap September-December of 2013.

September

We decided our first few months were going to be literature heavy.  So we took our time studying Charlotte’s Web.

After that, we did a unit on Africa.

Then, frankly, our lives started to get rocky.  Our oldest was scheduled for open heart surgery, and I’m not going to lie… some weeks we did the (very bare) minimum.  My head wasn’t in the game.  It was elsewhere.  There were lots, and lots and lots of doctors appointments.   My heart ached and I was so distracted that most days I just let them play.  Because, every time I thought about interupting them, I thought “I just want them to enjoy each other”.  And so that is what we did.

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October

Molly’s surgery was scheduled for October 8th.  Until in the last week of September she came down with a cold and it was rescheduled.  So, for a couple weeks in October I was able to pull myself together and decided we were not going to take the entire month off, and we dove into a study of insects and James and The Giant Peach.  While I wanted to get things done, I was still really looking for “crutches” and used a lot of TPT materials those weeks.  Here is what we used:

James and the Giant Peach Study – great vocab cards in this

Insect Unit – this was awesome.  I would totally, 100% buy more stuff from her.

Molly had her surgery on October 24th.  She rocked it.  We were home on October 29th.  This crazy trio was back in action within an hour of walking in the door.

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November

We took a week or two off in November.  I honestly don’t remember exactly.  But I felt like we all deserved a little time to relax.  breathe.  sleep.  smile.  laugh.  live.  Well, as much living as you can do when you aren’t allowed to leave the house.

We started back to school slowly.  We listened to/read The Secret Garden and did some math, grammar, spelling.  Nothing too crazy, but a good lovely way to ease back into life.

We got a puppy.  Because why wouldn’t you?

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We had a PARTY.  Because we could.  Because she could.  Because we needed to celebrate the people in our lives who held our hands through the last 6 months.  Because.  (It was obviously a Woodland Theme).

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After that, we studied Thanksgiving, reviewed math concepts, worked on handwriting, finished up the Grammar Bundle books.  A good short week that was closer to our normal schedule.

DECEMBER 

In November a town very near to us was quite literally demolished by a tornado.  Lives were altered forever.  Molly heard us talking about it a lot, and wanted to know more.  So our first week of December was dedicated to weather.  We did a lot of reading, but a few projects most from this unit as well.

We did rainbow mosiacs and tied in figurative language because that was our Grammar Bundle for the week.  We reviewed the water cycle, made shaving cream clouds, did the ivory in the microwave experiement, and cloud in a jar.

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(Guess what?  I’m running out of steam to want to explain these things.  Let me know if anyone needs clarification.  I think all of 0 people look at this blog anyway… unless its for the pumpkin muffin recipe.  People are loco for pumpkin!)

Lucy got to pick the next unit and she picked baby animals.  We got some books on life cycles, and one cool book of 101 baby animal facts.  Molly was required to pick one animal a day and write a few facts about it.  Lucy spent some time learning the names of baby animals.  It was a fun unit, but admitedly I was a bit lost for ideas.  Life cycles really saved me this week!  We also broke out the Hot Dots for some math review.

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We did a few Christmas activities, but now I can’t even remember what.  That’s terrible.  It was last year, people.  😉

It’s Bloody Good Fun

Our science lab this week was all about blood (this lab can be found in our science curriculum, R.E.A.L. Science Odyssey).  Molly has been eagerly anticipating this one for 2 weeks, while I kept forgetting to pick up lentils so we could complete it.  Finally, this week, we had all the supplies… it. was. on.

First, we discussed the 4 main blood parts:  Red Blood Cells, White Blood Cells, Plasma and Platelets, and their jobs:  carry oxygen to the body, eat bacteria/fight infection, carries food and keeps things moving, and clots blood to stop bleeding.  There are lab pages with the curriculum that include a drop of blood drawing, with clues for the student to use to identify each part in the drawing.  She then colored it and labeled it.

Now it is time to mix up the blood!  Supplies needed:

1/2 karo syrup

1/2 c red hot candies

5 lima beans

1 tablespoon lentils

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First measure and pour the karo syrup into a wide mouth jar and idetify it as the plasma part of the blood.  This is what keeps blood viscous.  Next add the red hots, which are representing the red blood cells (RBC).  Then the lima beans, which represent white blood cells (WBC), and the lentils, which are acting as our platelets.  Stir!

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Molly really enjoyed this and learned the 4 parts, no questions asked (I know because I told her I was writing this and forgot them… thank goodness for her help.  😉 )  While the model doesn’t do anything exciting, I think the hands on experience and reviewing what each thing was as we dumped it in really provided a fun way to learn.  Afterwards there was a lab sheet to fill in and also a space for her to draw the lab.  She has since made me promise we could keep the model until my birthday.  I’m calling this one a success!

 

We’re Breeding Executives

Duh.  Our children are beyond brilliant and will run companies.  That’s what we mean when we say we are working on “executive skills”, right?  Not so much.  Though I do think they are brilliant.  😉  I’d like to share what I’ve learned about executive skills.  I am in no way an expert (or even close to it), but I think the information is incredibly important for all parents (not just homeschoolers).

After coming across the book Smart But Scattered  (which appealed to me for obvious reasons), I realized that not just for kids with attention issues, but for ALL kids, executive skills are something that are easily ignored, but perhaps at a major disservice.  We all know the joke about the helicopter mom:  the one who does everything for their kid and can’t just sit back and let them try things and make mistakes.  It is so easy to do, and frankly, I am definitely a helicopter mom in some ways.  I will always hover, to be sure my children are being polite, kind and respectful individuals.  I will always scoop them up to give them hugs when the get hurt, physically or otherwise.  And I will always be willing to help and to scaffold whatever it is they are doing.  I won’t always be willing to make their beds, do their laundry, and make sure they work up to their potential.  There are things I need and want them to know, in the core of themselves, and knowing they can take care of themselves and do their best work possible are some of them.

At this point you may be asking yourself “That’s all great, but what in the world are executive skills?”.  Since I am so nice I will save you a Google search.

Executive skills cover two major areas:  response inhibition and working memory.  Essentially kids (and adults) need to be able to think before they act, make a plan and then hold the plan in their mind long enough to execute it.  That is the most basic of basic ways I can think to explain it.  Essentially if you say “Excuse me, dearest of dear children of mine, please go put that sock in the drawer” (that’s how we all talk, right?) and your adorable lovey walks up the stairs without the sock and begins playing legos… That sweet little pumpkin head is lacking executive skills.  And you may get the most teensy-bit-angry and wonder “Will this child ever listen?!” and the answer is that they can learn to listen.  Just as they can learn to walk and talk, they can learn  to listen to directions and think them through.  But when your child was 9 months old, did you just start demanding he/she started walking?  No!  You put them in a device to help them strengthen their legs.  You bounced them on your lap and giggled as they “jumped”.  You held on to their chubby little fingers while they toddled between your spread out legs.  You helped and encouraged their learning!  And that’s what we are trying to do with executive skills.

A list of Executive Skills:

Response inhibition

Working memory

Emotional control

Sustained attention

Task initiation

Planning and prioritizing

Organization

Time management

Flexibility (the ability to revise plans)

Goal directed persistence

Metacognition (the ability to self evaluate)

(I pulled this list from here.)

So, if you are like me, you want to run and pin your kids down and start building these skills rightthisveryminute.  But if you follow the teachings of Charlotte Mason at all, you know the best way to attack a list like this is to pick one (or a skill set) and focus on it for 6 weeks.  At the end of that 6 weeks, the hope is that they have developed a habit.   So look at the list and pick one, and then you are ready to begin.  Good luck!

Just kidding.  (See!  No one likes a lack of direction and information!)

Again, I am no expert, and I can only share our journey as we try to teach our children these important skills.

Here’s one of my dirtiest secrets:  I lack some of these skills myself.  Before I had kids, I was a super organized person.  I knew what I was eating for the day before I woke up.  I have planners in my basement filled with deadlines, details, reminders, etc.  I had a file folder for everything.  After having kids I spend more time feeling like I’m running around like a chicken with my head cut off.  Please, please tell me you feel the same.  And if you have more kids than I do and manage to keep it all in check, spill it!  I applaud you and want to know your tricks!  Anyway, I do still keep a planner (paper, please!) and Molly noticed and asked for one of her own.  This sparked the idea of supplementing our normal “calendar” time (which is really more for her little sister, anyway) with a more “grown up” version of calendar time, which would really provide some good practice for planning and prioritizing.  So each Monday, Molly takes our her planner and writes all of her activities for the week.  She has already filled in her friends’ birthdays, so she can be sure to be considerate and call them that day.  The rest of the week, our first task of the day is to take our her planner and review what is coming up.  Sometimes she may have conflicts and we’ll talk about how we should settle them.  Skip an activity?  Let them know she’ll be late?  Whatever the case, she is in on it.  In the next few weeks, I’d like to back off a bit on helping her fill it in, and let her see what she can do from memory (piano on Mondays, ballet on Wednesdays…) so the task is almost complete in her circle of responsibility.  She really enjoys using her planner, and lo and behold, her 3 year old sister wants to start using one, too.  I do remind her to use neat handwriting, but the fact of the matter is that this is HER planner.  I wouldn’t appreciate someone telling me how to use mine!  If she writes sloppily and runs out of room or can’t read it later, that is a good lesson for her, too.  I’m all about natural consequences. 😉

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About 6 weeks ago, we started the rule that before they come down stairs they need to get dressed and make their beds.  That was modified a bit to “after breakfast, get dressed and make beds” because it drove me crazy to have food on their clothes before we even started their day.  😉  However, Molly struggles with making her bed.  She has a really hard time remembering to pull up her sheet, and so it is usually hanging, sloppily out at the bottom of her bed.  What to do?!  I don’t want to hover and critique her every move,  but I *do* want her to learn to do it properly.  Peg Dawson (author of Smart but Scattered) suggests making lists and having them available for kids to see (with words or picture cues), as well as staying in the room to provide support for staying on task and providing encouragement along the way at first, and helping to solve any problems that arise.  We made a picture card map for cleaning her bedroom awhile ago, and it does seem to help, so I made one for making her bed, too.  I simply whipped one up in Photoshop (a word processing doc will do just fine),  laminated it and stuck it to the wall rightnexttoherbed, so when she tells me “I don’t know hooooooowwwww”, I can tell her, “oh yes, you do.”  😉  Because this is in very clear, direct and numbered steps, she also has a very clear guideline of when her task has been completed.  Peg Dawson is a huge advocate for forms of any kind (check lists, tables, charts, etc) to give kiddos visual cues and provide clear plan making guidelines.  There are lots of reproducibles in the book, however I think you could easily make them custom for your specific circumstances.  We have several lists around the house, including our school day in the order it will be done, so that she knows exactly what comes next.

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That’s all I’ve got for this huge undertaking so far.  I’d love to hear how other parents are attacking teaching these skills.  We’ve dabbled a bit with making plans (“can you please draw a picture of what you are going to do with your free-time today?”), but I think that is our next step.  We definitely need to practice our forward thinking around here!

Nomads and the First Farmers

We needed a day to catch up on some of our “fun” subjects (history, music and science!).  For history we are using a combination of both Ancients from History Odyssey  and Story of the World.

We have been studying the first people, or nomads, and also the first farmers who settled in the Fertile Crescent.  After doing our readings from Story of the World and A Child’s History of the World we colored the Tigris and Euphrates rivers, the Fertile Crescent and some of the first cities (Jericho and Catal Huyuk).  There are maps provided with both curriculums, though you could find one on your own with a quick google search.

We learned in our readings about the first farm machine, the shaduf.  A shaduf is a lever with a bucket attached to one end.  The farmers would dig canals from the Tigris and Euphrates rivers that extended onto their farm land.  The would then use the shaduf to scoop water out of the canal and onto their farm land.  After coloring a picture of a farmer using one, we decided to build our own.

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This coloring page was from the Story of The World program.  I would think it would be easy enough to replicate if you can draw a bit.

This one was my idea, so these are the only directions I have for you.  We honestly made it up as we went along.  We gathered supplies, which we brain stormed while looking at the coloring page.  We decided to make the posts out of legos, use pencils for the lever parts, yarn for the string, a children’s Advil cup for the bucket, and some rocks from the yard for the weight.

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I was too busy building to take step by step photos, but first each girl built a post and measured them to be sure they were of equal size so our shaduf would be level.  Then we used the yarn to tie the pencils together.  We then wrapped the yarn around our rocks so we could tie them to one end of the lever pencil and tied up the Advil cup with yarn on the other side.  This was the trickiest part because our materials were so slippery.  We ended up cheating and using some stickers to keep the yarn from sliding off.   Because this could have proved to be an incredibly frustrating project for them to try to build themselves (with the tying and wrapping of the yarn to the objects) I mostly did the work while they gave directions.  When they got confused they’d use their picture as a guide.

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In the end we added some farm land and a farmer and used little legos as water to demonstrate how it all worked.  Molly really, really enjoyed this project and it definitely was a great demonstration of how farmers were able to get water from the rivers for their crops.

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A better picture of it all put together.

**Because this got pretty heavy it fell over a few times.  I used some sticky tack (what we use to hang things on the wall) on the bottom of the legos and that did the trick to keep it all upright.**

We went a bit out of order and address cave painting next.  We talked about how we know what life was like for nomads because of the paintings they left on the walls of the caves they stayed in.  We used the iPad to look at lots of pictures of cave paintings.  Then we made our own!  (This idea was in The Story of The World curriculum.  It is definitely the more hands on of the two.)

We crumpled up brown paper bags to make our “cave walls” and picked out oil pastels of the colors we saw in the cave paintings.  They each picked an animal (a zebra and a cow) and went to work.  I thought these turned out pretty darn cute, and they loved pretending to be cave dwellers.  (Please forgive the awful pictures.  I may be forced to get out my real camera.  But then these posts wouldn’t come to fruition…)

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I hope if you have a kiddo interested in cave dwellers or ancient history these projects will be fun for you!  We definitely had a blast doing them, and I know the shaduf is going to be a favorite thing to play with in the coming days.

Where Do You Get Your Ideas?

Molly’s Curriculum

This question is honestly the reason I decided to start this little blog.  I spend a lot of time sending out links to people who want to know about “my” ideas.  And lets be clear, next to none of them are mine, and I will always do my very very best to give credit where credit is due.  I love to share, but nothing drives me more crazy than people who take credit when it isn’t theirs to take.  So, I promise to always link back to things I’ve seen elsewhere- so expect a lot of links.  🙂

The biggest reason I love homeschooling is the ability to choose curriculum that makes sense to my kids.  What works for my kid, may not work for any other kid.  Some people love “boxed” curriculums.  I love picking and choosing.  I also love that when we get a bit run down with these selections we can take a week to explore something they are interested in, a holiday, something that coorelates with a field trip and then come back to this with fresh attitudes.  Some people may think my kids are too young for science and history and fine arts… but thats what they love to learn about.  So that is what we do.

Last summer I spent a good deal of time investigating and researching and asking opinions on curriculum.  At the time I had two friends who homeschooled (coincidentally both named Summer) who helped me greatly in sorting out all the choices.  I couldn’t ever express enough gratitude to them for listenting to be weigh out my options.  Curriculum is pricey, and I was terrified of hating everything I picked.  Luckily, that isn’t the case, for the most part.  🙂

Math:  Math U See  We really are loving this program.  It is based on manipulatives you can order from the website and a DVD that introduces each lesson.  We started Molly with Primer, though more than half of it was too easy for her, it was an excellent base, introduced skip counting, telling time and the manipulatives, which would be very important later.  She started Alpha just a few weeks after the start of school and we couldn’t be happier with it.  Lucy started Primer at the begining of the year, and really enjoys it.  In the interest of being honest, Molly is at the point where we need to practice math facts, which isn’t all that fun for anyone.  Thanks to Summer, we’ve begun using Math Drills which is amazing.  You can specify which drills you need the kids to practice and when they finish a “test” it gives them a speed in MPH, and a certificate that they can email to friends and family.  Its brilliant.  Seriously.

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This was the first curriculum she “completed” and she was outrageously excited to be starting Alpha.

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Both girls working on their math and sharing the blocks. They do each have their own set. The case is from Container Store (thank you, Summer!). You can also see Molly’s planner in this picture, which is the main part of our “calendar” time for her. It is very important to me to teach her executive skills. If you don’t know about them, check out the book Smart But Scattered. Its not one I would recommend buying, but it is a good read.

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Lucy *loves* math. I think it makes her feel like a big girl. 🙂

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Lucy watching Mr. Demme

Spelling:  We use All About Spelling.  I can’t say teaching spelling is my favorite thing… I just find it a little boring to teach, but so exciting to see the lessons sink in and to see her apply them at other times of the day.  This program heavily relies on manipulatives, which for some kids is great, but for others is… dangerous.  😉  After some looking around and another great suggestion from my app guru Summer, we found iSpeak Word which we now use for the most part, during the manipulative portion of the lessons.   Then, on KinderTown (A friend recommeded this and it has been so helpful.)  I found Spelling City .  This has several great free spelling practice games, as well as a test feature.  We did go ahead and subscribe for a year, and I have to say we use it a lot, not only for the spelling features (which are great, Molly loves Hang Mouse) but also for the record keeping and vocabulary portions.  I also love that its all set up for when Lucy begins spelling.  We began with Level 1, which she finished at the end of the first semester and is rocking Level 2.  The whole thing has become much less frustrating since we’ve begun using the iPad as our “manipulative”.

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iSpeak Word… I turn the sound off, or she will make it say the word each time she moves a letter and spelling will take an hour. We mostly just use this in place of the letter tiles that come with All About Spelling.

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Working on Spelling City, which we love.

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Proud to have finished Level 1!

Reading/ Language Arts:  Because Molly already knows how to read, this threw me for a bit of a loop.  I started with Explode the Code and Beyond the Code, both of which she enjoyed.  While doing some research over break we switched to First Language Lessons and Writing With Ease.  Both of which we enjoy very much.  She really has a love of literature (which I share), so these are both right up her/our alley.

Science:  Here was my one big curriculum fail.  I went with Science Fusion.  There isn’t anything wrong with it per se, but Molly couldn’t get in to it.  Nothing was hands on, the worksheets were lame and the topics were dry.  Over winter break I spent a lot of time looking for something different and finally decided on R.E.A.L. Science Odessey.

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Learning about cells and the difference between animal and plant cells

History:  As I was looking around on the Pandia Press website I came across their History program, which we’ve begun.  We’re only on the second lesson, but so far Molly is enamoured with the book A Child’s History of The World .  She loves hearing about how people long ago lived.  So far her interest in “dinos” is rivaled only by her interest in the people who first lived after them.  She loves telling people that she learned that cave people drank blood like milk.  I think she likes the shock value.  😉  We are also using some materials, readings and ideas from Story of the World.

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The main text for history is the Usbourn Internet Linked Encyclopedia of World History. Here she is looking to see what color to use for the Mayan Ruins.

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What may have been their favorite project yet: the archeology dig. A shoe box filled with coffee grinds, small things from around the house, and an archeological map. This has been requested several more times.

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Our version of Geography. Each time we come across a character or friend or relative or person of interest in history/art we add a star to our maps, which we review every day. The love it. Molly especially likes being the “teacher” and asking the questions. 🙂

Art/Music:  We’re loosely following Confession of A Homeschooler’s Greatest Artists and Greatest Composers.  We’ve enjoyed both!  Both rely on the Greatist Artist and Greatest Composers series, which you can find on Amazon.    They also love doing puzzles with Jigzo.  A friend recommended it when I was bummed that an art puzzle app that I purchased didn’t have many of the paintings I was hoping it would.  Basically I Google a work of art, screen shot it, crop it and then you can use this app to create a puzzle for it.  I do wish it would store the photos in the app so the girls could use it without me having to get the photos for them, but it works.

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Learning about Picasso with a friend

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Learning about Picasso’s blue period with Nana, our favorite art teacher.

Other ideas of course come from Pinterest.  Everyone knows I love me some Pinterest.  I hope someone finds this helpful!

Clearly we love our iPad and it is a huge part of our schooling experience.  Next I’ll do a list of our favorite apps. 🙂