Monday, July 21, 2014

Week Two



Schooling over breakfast.

This week we gained some new household pets. RSO Life suggests you go outside to find worms and snails for your experiments. I don't think these people expected us to be doing these experiments in July. No matter how deep I dug, no worms. No matter what we looked under, no snails. Just too dry and hot. Which leads me to what I learned this week. Did you know fishing worms are labeled "taxable grocery" at 7-11? The imagination runs wild.

So we saved some worms from a fishy grave.

 

I don't know that they are enjoying their mason jar, but I hope to move them to our old ant farm as soon as I get the chance so we can see their tunnels more clearly :)

Worms!

 

I could not find land snails for the life of me! I called a bunch of shops. Apparently they aren't profitable to sell :p Go figure. So we settled for aquatic snails which were a challenge to measure, but we did our best.


Mollusks



None of the pictures in these books held a candle to the pictures we found on pinterest. Mass printing just can't do justice to the colors!

I had planned on picking up some frozen squid to make calamari, but never got to it this week. I'm sure they wouldn't have liked it and I would have gorged. I LOVE calamari....... Probably for the better that I never got to it... I've already gained enough weight for this babe and I've got two months left!

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Week One

We started the week with a visit to the library. If you haven't signed your kids up for their summer reading program it's not too late! Tamarin had read her quota for June so she got to pick out a free book! She was so excited! So much that she finished her July quota in a little over a week because she wants to go back for another.

We picked up these books:



Science:
We did two lessons out of REAL Science Odyssey this week. Alive or not?/Animal Cell and Cnidarians.

We made life cycle models of jelly fish, but I didn't get pictures before Capuchin destroyed them while they were drying :(

We took a trip to Petco to look at the salt water fish tanks filled with anemones and sea fans. Then we perused Pinterest (I went back and pinned our favorite pictures). The girls were most impressed with the jelly fish bigger than a human :)

History:
I cut a five foot piece off of our paper roll and started our timeline. I divided this timeline as follows:
15 billion years ago Big Bang
4.5 BYA Hadean
3.8 BYA Archean
2.5 BYA Proterozoic
541 million years ago Paleozoic with space to note 300, 250, and 200 MYA
66 MYA Cenozoic with space to note 2.5-1.5 MYA

I know these dates are mostly wibbly-wobbly, but I did the best I could between the Usborne Encyclopedia of World History and their links, National Geographic, BBC Nature, and Encyclopedia Brittanica.

Basics:
We are alternating daily between the Handwriting Without Tears books and Draw Write Now which seems to keep the monotony down a bit. So far.... fingers crossed, knock on wood.

Extras:
Even though we've given up private piano lessons till sometime next year I am doing my best to keep Tamarin interested and start Lemur. I am not quite getting it done every day, but these books are simple enough I think anyone could do it.

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

2014-2015 School Year

Well, when your car keeps giving you grief and everything else around you suddenly needs repairs, summer vacation gets cut short. So much for adventuring this summer. This works out in the end since the new baby will be here in October. I'm not sure how much we will get done this fall.  Yes, that's right, for those of you who don't know six monkeys is about to become seven :)

These are our school books this year.

History



Science
 
Handwriting
      


Math


Phonics


And Teach Your Monster to Read (It's FREE!)

Geography

 Other



My plan through the end of this year (which will probably change in October if we're being perfectly honest).

July and August:
We are starting with the Big Bang and working through the phylums of the animal kingdom (Real Science Odyssey).
We are spending most of July wrapping up the workbooks we didn't finish last year.
I'm hoping to dedicate a month to Dinosaurs and the last Ice Age (mostly supplemental books from the library and the Usborne Encyclopedia of World History).

September-December:
When we get to humans we will examine the systems of the human body (Real Science Odyssey). Then we get into human history (History Odyssey Ancients) and more involved geography (Trail Guide to World Geography).
By the time we finish Real Science Odyssey our Magic Schoolbus Science Kits should start arriving. Yay!

Tamarin is reading at or above a 2nd grade level so my goal for her this year is to improve her handwriting. I'm going to try to get Lemur reading by the end of this year. I just hope I can get Howler to sit down at the table for ten minutes a day to do something. I'll call that an accomplishment and successful year :)

What do your plans look like? Please share! I'd love to hear what other people are doing!
Math


Phonics


And Teach Your Monster to Read (It's FREE!)

Geography

 Other



My plan through the end of this year (which will probably change in October if we're being perfectly honest).

July and August:
We are starting with the Big Bang and working through the phylums of the animal kingdom (Real Science Odyssey).
We are spending most of July wrapping up the workbooks we didn't finish last year.
I'm hoping to dedicate a month to Dinosaurs and the last Ice Age (mostly supplemental books from the library and the Usborne Encyclopedia of World History).

September-December:
When we get to humans we will examine the systems of the human body (Real Science Odyssey). Then we get into human history (History Odyssey Ancients) and more involved geography (Trail Guide to World Geography).
By the time we finish Real Science Odyssey our Magic Schoolbus Science Kits should start arriving. Yay!

Tamarin is reading at or above a 2nd grade level so my goal for her this year is to improve her handwriting. I'm going to try to get Lemur reading by the end of this year. I just hope I can get Howler to sit down at the table for ten minutes a day to do something. I'll call that an accomplishment and successful year :)

What do your plans look like? Please share! I'd love to hear what other people are doing!