Archive | October, 2011

Alphabetical Order

8 Oct

Today we worked with 16 words that start with P.
I dictated the words and made sure that at least half of them were “new words”.

(we first folded the paper so as to mark 16 squares)

After writing the words, he cut out the squares and starting organizing.
He had to go as far as the fourth letter with some words.

He put them in groups by second letter,
arranged each group individually
and then put all the groups together.

Besides learning how to order words alphabetically,
he learned new words and practiced handwriting,
cutting, problem-solving, organizing, and task completion.


Independent October

7 Oct
We’ve been working really hard for the last six months,
so we decided to take October as Independent Projects Month.
He chose three projects to work on alone – zero mom interference.
This was our first week and it’s gone great.
He chose a drawing project using a “How to draw cartoons” book.
Here are some of my favorites:

He also chose to work on choreographing his own dance piece.His third project is a research report on the Saber Tooth Tiger,
inspired by this Saber Tooth fossil given to him by an uncle.I found some sites for him to get information.
He’ll be putting a book together with his findings.

This week, we also: found a scary spider in our kitchenpicked lots of jocotes – a fruit specific to Central America (I think)
There are Jocote Trees everywhere here, and the kids go crazy for them in October.First, you gotta get your pole ready.
You need to smooth it with a machete and fix the end to catch the jocote.
You stick the pole way up in the tree and try to get the fruit into the catch.
It takes patience and aim to manage this, but he’s a pro.

With the extra time that Independent Projects Month is giving me,
I get to spend more time with my other kids –
This is the youth group that trains at our art center in the mornings.
They haven’t seen much of me since we started homeschooling,
even though they’re just downstairs.

This is a project that I started 10yrs ago and have been full-time directing since.
This year, the project is being run by one of our graduated students.
It’s been hard to let go and delegate, but it’s allowed me to homeschool,
and he’s doing a great job as junior director.

Video Collage of what we’ve been doing in our Art Classes

2 Oct

6 Months!!!!!!

2 Oct

We are celebrating 6 wonderful months of homeschooling!

This was our very first day
we painted, mostly because I didn’t know what else to do.

This was our very first project –
we learned all about the Mesozoic Era,
fossils, extinction and the age of the Earth.

We learned about continents and oceans,
and know all the countries of our continent.

We did SO much writing –
creative writing, summaries, poems…
we learned about the parts of speech,
did lots of spelling lists and worked on composition.

We did loads of math and science,
and felt a strong attraction to these subjects.

We did our second big project on
The Solar System
Tomorrow is the gran debut of The Pluto Monologues!

We did ballet once a week with a friend.

Dance, circus, arts&crafts and music
every Tuesday and Friday at our
Art Center

We started our most recent project on
Greek Mythology

We had kittens!
Played soccer with the cat?

We built a new bedroom
bringing an end to 8 years of co-sleeping
(mama’s still having difficulties with this one)

Took our first big family trip

Survived another hurricane season
in the tropics

Welcomed our river back,
built dams

and had lots of picnics

I still managed to put on a few performances
and get some creative outlet

DH and I celebrated our 7yr anniversary

Bought a new mac with this silly photo program

started this blog, met lots of awesome people in the hs communities,
and finally figured out what “dh”, “dd”, “ds”, etc. mean after
months of guessing because I was too shy
to ask on the forums.

We love homeschooling!