Thursday, October 31, 2013

October Homeschool Plan - Review

Math - I feel like I can't quite find our sweet spot for math, although we are getting close.
  • Math U See - Finished Beta, will start Gamma next week
  • Finished and Reread Life of Fred Apples and started Life of Fred Butterflies as planned
  • Times Tales - both kids are pretty proficient at both Part 1 & 2
  • More Math supplements - Khan academy, IXL, XtraMath - Didn't really use these this month
  • ADDITIONAL - worked a lot on counting change. Both kids love setting up a pretend store and working with the money
Language Arts
  • First Language Lessons Level 3 - done through lesson 25
  • Writing With Ease - finished level 2
  • Completed online poetry class and started Techniques of Creative Writing class for Kate as planned
  • Improve Reading & Writing Skills Workbook with Jack - taking this slow & steady
  • Sequential Spelling for Kate as planned, Jack gets spelling through tutor and above workbook
  • Tutoring for Jack as planned
  • Sight Words app for Jack - as planned but could do more
  • Assigned Reading: My Brother Abe (Kate) and Mr. Klutz is Nutz(Jack) then A Long Way From Chicago (both kids) - Chicago ended up being a bit of a frustrating book for Kate to read. She is such an avid reader, that I took her opinion to heart and let her stop. Jack completed the audiobook
  • Start The Sentence Family - didn't happen...
Science
  • Slowly work through What's Physics All About with additional resources from library - this has been fun, lots of books & videos from the library on Physics/Forces, lots of little experiments
  • Start Weather Lab - nope
  • Brain Study - nope
  • Praying Mantis Study - yup!

History/Social Studies
  • Continued study of Lincoln, Lewis & Clark, Chicago/Great Fire, Ulysses S. Grant, Midwest, Great Lakes - all done while traveling. Loved it.
  • Old Testament Bible Stories - nope
  • Pony Express Study - we've done some reading, have some more reading to do, Jack has been doing some activities in an activity book he got at the Pony Express Station in Gothenburg, NE, and we watched Peter Lundy and the Medicine Hat Stallion (kids loved it!)
Misc
  • Apple 1:1 - nope
  • Vision Therapy (Jack) - been pretty good, need to vary it up
  • Swim Team 2-3x/week - as planned
  • Logic (misc workbooks, games, etc) - some, not a lot
  • Keyboarding (Kate) - started, doing each lesson 2-3 times before moving forward
  • Computer programming (Jack) - have not started, might wait until after the holidays
  • Playful Learning ecourses - did Be A Peacemaker ecourse with handouts, waiting on some books from the library to finish up (Mom wasn't prepared!)
  • Baking - a little with Kate, ordered some beginner baking cookbooks to help us organize learning
  • Family Meditation - nope
  • Piano Lessons - nope
  • Horseback Riding Lessons (Kate) - nope
  • Road Trip: Chicago (Field Museum, Shedd Aquarium, Museum of Science & Industry, Water Tower, Willis Tower, Lincoln Park Zoo, Grant Park, Millenium Park), Michigan (apple picking, cider mill, beach), Iowa, Nebraska (Omaha zoo, pony express station, sod house) YUP!! 
  • Field Trips: Boo at the Zoo, Homeschool Halloween Party
  • Weekly Homeschool Program as planned
  • ADDED: Couch 2 5K running program, volleyball for Kate, soccer for Jack

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