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Week 11/Day4 {2012~2013}

Thursday, November 29, 2012

Not sure why I'm so tired today when it was my Sweets who had trouble falling asleep this time. Maybe it was because I didn't have my morning cup of java.


Today I had Princess J as well as Ducky. Princess J had a temperature at school yesterday and came home early, so today I watched her for her mama! She loved attending Homeschooling6! She completed almost a weeks worth of Ready2Read. If only my Lance was that eager. Maybe it's a girl thing with all the coloring, cutting and pasting.

Below they are putting a dot on the word that they pick-up from the pile. Princess J had lots of fun with this.
 I think Lance really enjoyed having his cousin over. I had them do the same work. He kept getting competitive though.
Princess J making a picture for her mama.
 Both Princess J and Lance did a page from Read it, Trace it, Paste it.
 Lance cutting.
 Can you tell which one Princess J did? Her's is the neater one at the top. Tell ya, Lance kept racing with her.
 Making words.


 Lance is making as many words as he can with the 'ad' family. He also completed a page from Spelling Mechanics and Word Study (I need to take a picture).
 Completing a few math pages from Mathematical Reasoning from the Critical Thinking Co.
Lance wanted in on the picture and I was happy to oblige. I like photos of their work but love it when their face is in it too.

Ethan did night school today. I was busy with Princess J today, like I mentioned she just wanted schoolwork to do all day and kept me hopping with trying to find stuff.

Ethan is sorting words. This is part of Spelling Mechanics and Word Study program that I'm reviewing.
 He is sorting words by their short vowel sounds. I like that he finding patterns within the words and having to sort them as such. When doing this he is also reading the words as well. You know me, anything to get him reading more words a day.
After he sorted the word I had him turn the word card upside down and then he wrote the word in his spelling notebook.
 After he checked to see if he spelled it correctly.
 I love his writing, so I took a close-up of his composition book.
 After spelling we worked on his English  I love how he is holding in a smile. I'm so thankful to the Lord that Ethan is letting me take pictures of him again. For a while he was camera shy.

In English he is learning about the simple subject and simple predicate. He too like Caleb and Brent, is learning to diagram sentences. It's funny because it's like teaching the same thing twice almost. Earlier I was teaching Caleb and Brent about compound sentences with simple subjects and predicates.
Ethan also completed a Teaching Textbook 4 lesson. He scored an 82%. He's having trouble with place value.

Proof that my children absolutely, positively, love audio books! I found Brent like this during our quiet/nap time.

 Later during nap time all I could see was his monkey hat sticking out of the blanket.
Brent diagramming a compound simple subject sentence.
Caleb's turn.

 Brent working on his school work late. 
 He's filling in the timeline in his History Notebook.

Joshua trying to get all his school work in before the end of the day. In this picture it's right before dinner time.
 Here he is studying his Spanish words. He has a quiz tomorrow and there are ten words that needs to be memorized.
Both Josh and Annette were happy that they completed ALL their work. Annette finished her IEW writing assignment right before bed.

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Week 11/Day 3 {2012~2013}

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

It was chilly this morning. I guess Ethan felt it because he was in our bed on Lupe's side (thankfully). My Sweets said he got punched a few times by him. I'm not sure when Ethan crawled in considering I didn't fall asleep until about 3:00 a.m.

Today was another good busy day. I started with Joshua. On Monday he started Spelling Power. Today was his first test. I don't know why I thought this was going to be so complicated. I guess when you see over 40 pages you have to read before getting started...but with the Quick Start Dvd, that's a huge blessing. After I watched it I new exactly where to go in the Spelling Power book and I was ready to start the next day.

Later I'd like to purchase the Activity Task Cards. If you register your Spelling Power book you get free shipping, I thought that was a nice little bonus!

Once done with Josh, I started with Caleb and Brent. Yesterday I didn't get to our poetry box, so we did that today. We painted a background with some rocks. Tomorrow we'll finish it. I also started a new spelling program with Caleb, Brent, and Ethan. I know I just purchased Rod and Staff.

I am reviewing Spelling Mechanics and Word Study. With the five younger children all other spelling programs will be put aside for this review. I'll be blogging more about this as we use it.

After we completed Spelling Mechanics and Word Study, I let Caleb and Brent take a 10 minute break. Once the ten minutes where up, it was time for Rod and Staff English. I am really enjoying this program. I spend about 15 minutes teaching the new concept and reviewing previous lessons (it can take a little longer depending on how chatty I am that morning), then they are off to finish the assignment.

My nephew Ducky kept me busy. He loves his school time. Thankfully I have printed lots of stuff for him. His main schooling is Letter of the Week and I am going to teach him some sight words using You Can Read. He will attend public school next year so I want to get him ready. I watch him during the day for my Sis-in-law.

Occasionally Ducky's face shows up on my blog but I try not to post too many pictures of children that aren't mine ;) but you know how much I love to blog with pictures, so (I know long winded sentence) I decided to take pictures of his cute, chubby, hands. Below he is matching the different color apples and pasting them.

 Coloring his sight word, 'and'.
 Sorting apples from largest to smallest. Later I'll have him paste them.
 Here I found Ducky searching for his blanket. Reminds me of the never ending Mary Poppins bag.

Lance did a few pages from his Ready2Read unit. Below he is circling the correct word for each picture.
 Here he read the question, copied and then will paste it. I know this probably seems like busy work to some but hey, I like busy. Keeps my Little Hearts from getting into trouble.

 Here is Lance doing his Color by Sight Word page.
 The only sight word he keeps having trouble with is 'you'.
 Lance loved using the ice cream theme~word family. I had him sort them, read, and copy some of the words into his composition book.
 Lance trying to eat his Word Family words.

 Below Lance is completing a lesson from Spelling Mechanics. It's the Matching Page, where he matches the words with the pictures. He is studying the word families of 'ad' in this lesson.
 Also from Spelling Mechanics and Word Study. In this picture he is practicing his Personal Words. I chose the words from his Ready2Read sight words, one cvc word and his name. He knows how to spell his name but he usually puts a capital letter in the middle of his name. This will give him practice to write it neatly and correctly.
 I wrote the words and he copied them. Because the words, 'can, look, you' are part of his curriculum he will study them daily.
 My priceless picture of Lance reading to his dad.
He was reading Snow.
My plan with Lance is to get him reading by the end of this school year. I want to excelerate him through all three levels of Ready2Read, be consistent with Spelling Mechanics and Word Study, and have him read daily from Phonics Pathways and real books to his dad.

Here is my Girl completing Analytical Grammar. This was taken last night.

 Brent and Caleb completing their Spelling Mechanics worksheet.
 Ethan's Color by Sight Word sheet. He did this Monday but I forgot to take a picture.




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