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2nd Grade Week in Review February 21, 2012
Last week, all three kids started back up at their homeschool co-op classes. Jedi said he LOVED his classes! He goes once a week and takes a class on weather, gym, art around the world, and nature survival. Co-op means one less day of work at home though, so there will likely be fewer pictures–in part because of that one less day, and in part because we worked even harder to get all of the work done the rest of the week, so I didn’t always have the camera with me.
Jedi’s also been practicing his Tang Soo Do even more the past couple weeks. This weekend, he and I compete in the Region 22 Championships. Jedi is once again competing in forms and sparring. Last year, he tied for 3rd in the region for forms. 🙂
Here are some pictures from Jedi’s week in review…
Jedi also continued working on journaling and spelling–he finished All About Spelling Level 2! We do need to go back and review to make sure he remembers it all though–he does have a hard time remembering the concept even he can spell the word correctly the day we study it. (All About Spelling isn’t like a typical spelling curriculum that has a list of spelling words they study for a week. AAS teaches concepts instead.)
Montessori Monday February 20, 2012
It looks like Montessori Monday might soon be making a big change around here. Monkey has decided that she wants to start doing some kindergarten-level work. So, today, we started doing her kindergarten math lessons (from Rightstart Level A) and All About Reading Pre-1. Right now, it’s still something Bug can participate in too, so I’ll be able to keep them in the same posts, but soon I think we’ll need a Kindergarten posting category! Then, our Montessori stuff will then be focused on just Bug, which means it’s time to start all over at the beginning of the 3 year cycle. It’s hard to believe that 2 years ago, we started our first homeschooling blog with Monkey’s 3 year old lessons! Now, she’s done with a lot of the Montessori work we purchased and is ready to move on to the next step. 🙂 It’s kind of weird leaving behind Tot School with Bug and now starting Kindergarten with Monkey!
Here are some pictures from Bug and Monkey’s week in the schoolroom!
2nd grade week in review February 13, 2012
As of yesterday evening, Jedi’s completed 744 of the required 900 educational hours Ohio requires for homeschoolers (not counting his therapy hours each week, which the school district would allow us to count because it would count if he were in school. But we don’t count it as part of our required hours.). It’s amazing to think that “technically”, he is already almost done with 2nd grade. Now, we still have so much we want to do this year, so we’ll ultimately end up a couple hundred over the requirement, in large part because we do full-year school. I like that we still have a lot of wiggle room for taking breaks and time off. Jedi’s worked really hard this year! I’m proud of the transition he’s made, and the fact that he’s learned so much since June!
Here are some pictures of last week….
The girls had a busy week in the schoolroom this week. They really loved having all of the work pink and purple for Valentine’s Day. Valentine’s Day is one of those holidays that easily lends to a lot of collage making and other crafts, so the girls really enjoyed themselves.
It’s also becoming pretty clear that Monkey wants to move towards more of the kindergarten-level work. She’s been spending a lot of time choosing to focus on math, for example. She really doesn’t want to follow the the typical math sequence. In fact, she’s demanding that we give her pages of addition problems to do with the bead rack every day. She LOVES addition. On her ipod, she gravitates towards the math games (Monkey Preschool Math is a good one! It’s her favorite!). She even found the math pages in her Hello Kitty coloring book, and independently started doing all of the math problems. I think we may have a little math loving girl on our hands!
Here are some pictures from the girls’ week of school.
This past weekend was really busy. Monkey turned 5 years old on Saturday and since then, we’ve been battling various rounds of illness in the house. I’m also currently working on some curriculum development stuff for next school year (reading content standards and developing a science and geography & culture curriculum). So, unfortunately this week’s posts are kind of drive by posts…