Tuesday, September 30, 2014

September Homeschool Review

I wasn't sure what would happen in September with our trip and review and other activities. I guess overall I'm pretty happy with where we are so far. My record keeping system is going well for me, although I think I want to change our daily worklist. It is taking up too much time for me each evening.

Math
  • KhanAcademy - kids are mostly working through this on their own
  • Calculadder - Jack is still on Level 4, Kate on Level 10
  • Life of Fred - finished Farming, started Goldfish
  • MathUSee - late getting going, Kate is through Delta Unit 3 (long division sucks!), Jack is still reviewing lessons from last year
Language Arts 
  • Scribblers online writing class (Kate) - yup
  • Tutoring (Jack) - yup
  • Increasing Fluency (Jack) - nope
  • First Language Lessons Level 4 - started just last week, through Lesson 8 already
  • SpellingUSee - I think I started both kids a little too low, so we've been working through lessons pretty quickly. Kate is on week 6 already and Jack is on week 3
  • AlphaBetter drills - Jack is on Level 4, Kate is on Level 6
  • Using Picture Books to Teach Writing With Traits - finished Chapter one
  • Reading - Kate read 8 chapter books last month (Spirit Animals #2, Summer of the Monkeys, Spirit Animals #3 Blood Ties, Wolf Stalker, Guardians of Ga'Hoole The Journey, Spirit Animals #4 Fire and Ice, Esperanza Rising and Number the Stars); Jack read 4 Magic Tree House books plus some shorter independent reads that I assigned him
  • Gratitude Journal - eh, we are doing it here and there. At least once a week.
History/Social Studies/Geography/Biography/Religion/Literature/Art
  • Story of the World Vol I - through ch 24
  • The Old Testament - through the patriarchs
  • Wild West - skipped this since we skipped visiting Cody, WY. Have thoughts of going back up there in the spring, but we'll see how that pans out...
  • EHM's Storybook Artists - Quentin Blake - didn't even start
  • Rascal audiobook- Done
  • Summer of the Monkeys Kate finished this but we never started the RA to Jack. Waiting for it to become available from the library again
  • Listen to Call of the Wild audiobook as a family on trip - started but haven't finished. Will finish on upcoming road trip
Science - I have discovered that I am mostly an unschooler when it comes to science (and even history). There is so much I don't record. So many books we read. We pretty much study whatever comes up, so that means we get off plan an awful lot...
  • Physics - finish What's Physics All About? book, continue to work through experiments in physics workbook - nope!
  • Planet Earth test worksheets from Enchanted Homeschool Mom that we started last year - nope!
  • Wolves - we now know A LOT about wolves. Especially their reintroduction to Yellowstone. 
  • Photosynthesis, geysers, bison, elk, all things Yellowstone
Other 
  • Speech therapy (Jack) - yup
  • Keyboarding Without Tears - Level 3 - going well
  • The Story of Stuff curriculum program - saving for later
  • HTML programming class online - almost done with this
  • Cursive Without Tears (Jack) - eh...
  • Latin (Kate) - through Lesson 7
  • Homeschool Enrichment Program - weekly
  • Swim Team - yup
  • Volleyball - Kate - yup
  • Lego Class - Jack - yup
  • C25K program - nope!
  • Field Trips - Grand Teton NP, Yellowstone NP, Jackson Hole WY, Cody WY, McAllister House, Trolley Museum, Elk viewing
  • CNN Student news - started this just last week. I was nervous that the subject matter might be too advanced, but the kids love it!
  • Wonderoplis.org - a website I came across that has new info and a short quiz every day. Kids really like this, so it has become part of our daily routine

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