Tuesday, June 12, 2012

June 12-15, 2012

Science -- Sea World camp!!!  Studied various animals and their senses.

Sunday, June 10, 2012

June 7-10, 2012

Math (RS) -- Counting by 2s; adding 10s

Phonics (ETC) -- 'wor' and 'war'

Many books, grade level 2

Wednesday, June 6, 2012

June 5 & 6, 2012

Phonics (ETC) -- more 'ir', 'er', 'or'

Math (RS) -- counting with dimes to $2; counting by 10s to 200; counting by 2s to 50; word problem addition with tens

1. Henry and Mudge
2. Zack's Alligator
3..... Others

Monday, June 4, 2012

June 4, 2012

Phonics (ETC) -- More 'er' 'ir' 'ur'

Comics, readers.... lots, but she holes up in her room and I can't tell what she's read.

Sunday, June 3, 2012

June 2&3, 2012

Phonics (ETC) -- Finished 'or', started 'er, ir, ur'

Math (RS) -- Completed 100 chart

1. Happy Pig Day by Mo Willems
2. Can I Play Too by Mo Willems
..... more

Friday, June 1, 2012

May 31 and June 1, 2012

Phonics (ETC) -- 'or' workbook pages

Math (RS) -- Counting by 10s and starting to write out a 100 chart

I can't even keep track any more.  She's reading 1.5-2 hours a day.  These are the ones I tracked for June 1; there were more on May 31.
1. Wake Me in Spring, James Preller
2. Join the Rebels, Catherine Saunders
3. Slower Than a Snail, Anna Schreiber
4. Buzz and the Bubble Planet, Judy Katschke
5. Frog and Toad Are Friends, Arnold Lobel
6. The Case of the Sticky Sticks
7. I Broke My Trunk, Mo Willems
8. Can I Play Too?, Mo Willems
9. Happy Pig Day, Mo Willems
10. Mixed Up Colors, Ellie O Ryan
11. A Mothers Love, Melissa Lagonegro

Wednesday, May 30, 2012

May 30, 2012

Handwriting -- Thank you note

Math (RS) -- Adding tens and ones worksheet

1. "Henry and Mudge on a Goosechase"
2. All of "Frog and Toad are Friends"
3. All of "Frog and Toad Together"
4. Two or three "Elephant and Piggie" books
.... and more

Monday, May 28, 2012

May 28, 2012

Phonics (ETC) -- Continued 'ar'

Math (RS) -- Introduced building-10 game Old Main; adding tens and ones

1. Chapter 4 of "Flat Stanley"
2. Part of "Frog and Toad Are Friends"
3. "The Fat Cat Sat on the Mat"

Sunday, May 27, 2012

May 27, 2012

Math (RS) -- Hundreds problems, review of whole-part circles

Phonics (ETC) -- More 'ar'

LOTS of books, over 2 hours of reading
1. Comics
2. Frog and Toad Are Friends
3. There is a Bird on your Head
4. The Pinkeriffic Playdate
5. I Can Jump Higher
6. Chapters 1-3 of Flat Stanley
7.... and more

Saturday, May 26, 2012

May 25-26, 2012

Still searching for a good phonics that will hit Nugget where she is.  After a tour of the FPEA homeschool conference, I settled on Explode the Code level 6.

Phonics (ETC) -- Pages 1, 2, and 3 of 'ar'

Language arts -- Correct on all of Dolch 3rd grade

Math (RS) -- Introduce hundreds; Go to the Dump

Field trip -- Orlando Mini Maker Faire (robotics, rocketry, general inventiveness)

1. A Mother's Love
2. Frog and Toad Are Friends
3. The Avengers

Monday, May 21, 2012

May 21, 2012

Handwriting -- thank you note

Math (RS) -- building tens and ones worksheet

Language arts -- tested Dolch sight word lists

1. Calling All Piglets
2. Helping Out Day, Hooray!

Sunday, May 20, 2012

May 20, 2012

Science -- Released 2 monarchs; observed one emerge from the chrystalis

Handwriting -- Thank you note

Math (RS) -- Go to the Dump game

Phonics (Pathways) -- 'ar' and 'or' sounds and various spellings

Language Arts (Reading a-z) -- Read "The Busy Pond" (level D) and used visualizing and word decoding strategies

1. Caps in the Air
... various others during the day

Yes, didn't record

Saturday, May 19, 2012

May 19, 2012

Language arts (A-Z) -- I'm trying out Reading A-Z's leveled reading program.  Nugget tested around reading level G or H, but I've moved down to level D to get the benefit of the earlier language arts topics.  Today she read "Animal Tongues" and we discussed visualization, nouns, and similes.

Friday, May 18, 2012

May 12-16, 2012

We took a driving trip to Asheville, NC.

Geography -- observed and discussed the change as we moved from the flat, tropical landscape of Florida up into the cool mountains of North Carolina.

Science -- toured the Western North Carolina Nature Center where we saw numerous native animals and plants; completed their "Wild Child" badge by doing 3 activities (compass navigation; water/soil/air temperature; observing, identifying, and drawing a caterpillar).

Read a tremendous number of books, ranging from level 1 to level 3 and including working on an early chapter book.

Thursday, May 10, 2012

May 7-10, 2012

Science -- Continued observation of our monarchs.  5 are in chrystalises, 2 are about to form them.  

Handwriting -- Thank you notes

Math (RS) -- Review of tens and ones

Phonics (Pathways) -- Posessives

Multiple readers, ranging from level 1 to an early chapter book.  She easily read the last reader in the Hooked on Phonics grade 1 set.  Her comfort level seems to fall around late 1st/early 2nd, although she pushes higher with help.  For instance, today she read half a chapter of a "Ready, Freddie" book, rated at GLE 3.2.  She wasn't smooth and needed help with about a word every paragraph or two, but she made significant progress.

Yes, didn't record

Sunday, May 6, 2012

May 6, 2012

Science: Magnetized a needle and built a floating compass; observed how the the compass always  returns to N-S orientation after being disturbed; compared with the display on an electronic compass; used the floating compass to identify the orientation of a room (thanks, Pop-pop!).

1. Ten Apples Up on Top
2. The Bike Lesson
3. The Cat in the Hat
4. The Best Nest

Saturday, May 5, 2012

May 5, 2012

Social -- Joann's pompom making class (2 hours)

Math (RS) -- Go to the Dump game

1. Bubble Trouble
2. Drive Along
3. Hop on Pop

Yes, didn't record

Friday, May 4, 2012

May 1-4, 2012

Again, a house guest has kept me from recording our homeschool, but we continued to have PJ homeschool each evening.

Science -- continued observation and recording of caterpillars, including watching them form their hanging-silk, move into a J-shaped hanging position, and turn into a chrysalis (we watched 2 of them during their transformation).

Handwriting (HWoT) -- completed the kindergarten workbook.

(She later caught and fixed the missing 'f')

Handwriting -- writing thank you notes for her birthday party.

Math (RS) -- Go to the Dump game

Reading (including but not limited to):
1. Biscuit Wins a Prize
2. Puppy Mudge Takes a Bath
3. Pinkalicious School Rules
4. Baker, Baker, Cookie Maker
5. Assorted high-level Bob books
6. Lots of environmental print (parts of her High Five magazine, the back of a milk carton, etc)

Yes, many, didn't record

Monday, April 30, 2012

April 30, 2012

Science -- continued observation of monarch caterpillars as well as the milkweed plants and fire ants.

Handwriting (HWoT) -- number '9'

Phonics (Pathways) -- Multi-syllable words ending in '-ic'

Math (RS) -- Go to the Dump game

1. Mooses Go Walking
2. I'm Mighty
3. Biscuit and the Baby
4. Pinkalicious Pink at the Rink

Yes, didn't record

Saturday, April 28, 2012

April 28, 2012

Science -- Continued observation of monarch caterpillars, including an up-close molting

Handwriting (HWoT) -- Number '8'

Phonics (Pathways) -- Introduce multi-syllabic words

Math (RS) -- Go to the Dump game (add to 10)

1. Outside My Window
2. Hog and Dog
3. Rip's Secret Spot
4. Toy to Toy

Yes, didn't record

Friday, April 27, 2012

April 23-27, 2012

(Summary post; we had visitors so, although we did do homeschool every evening, I didn't have the opportunity to record it.)

Science -- Continued observation of caterpillars, including eating, molting, and pooping.

Handwriting (HWoT) -- Numbers up to 7

Phonics (Pathways) -- Single/double letter ending with suffixes

Math (RS) -- Addition-to-10 memory game and Go To the Dump (addition to 10) game

Various level 1 and level 2 readers


Sunday, April 22, 2012

April 22, 2012

Science -- Continued observation and recording of caterpillar development

Handwriting (HWoT) -- Number '4'

Phonics (Pathways) -- Suffixes on long vowel words

Math (RS) -- Add to Ten game

1. Butterfly Colors
2. Fox in Socks
3. Butterfly Garden
4. Star Wars: Blast off

Yes, didn't record

Friday, April 20, 2012

April 20, 2012

Science -- Continued observation and recording of caterpillars.

Handwriting (HWoT) -- Number '3'

Phonics (Pathways) -- '-er' endings; review '-er', '-ed', '-ing'

Math (RS) -- Add to Ten game

1. Flik's Perfect Gift

Yup, a ton, didn't record

Thursday, April 19, 2012

April 19, 2012

Science -- Observed the hatching of 3 monarch caterpillars (including eating themselves out of the eggs and newly hatched behavior) and located multiple new eggs on the outdoor milkweed. Recorded observations.

Handwriting (HWoT) -- Number '2'

Math (RS) -- Adding 1 and ways to make 10 worksheet

1. Amelia Bedelia
2. Flik's Gift
... others

Yes, didn't record

April 18, 2012

Field trip -- Kennedy Space Center

Numerous books in the back of the car

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

April 17, 2012

Field trip -- Orlando Science Center

Handwriting (HWoT) -- Review '1'

Math (RS) -- Ways to break up 10

Phonics (Pathways) -- Different sounds of '-ed'

Science -- Continued observation of milkweed and monarch eggs

1. The Fat Cat Sat on the Mat
2. Butterfly Garden

Yes, didn't record

Monday, April 16, 2012

April 16, 2012

Science -- Continued observation of milkweed plants and monarch eggs; review of butterfly life cycle with 3-part cards and models; identify parts of a butterfly with a puzzle and 3-part cards.

Math (RS) -- More addition worksheets, this time with smaller addend first and +1 problems.

Phonics (Pathways) -- Doubling the ending consonant to add a suffix.

Handwriting (HWoT) -- Lowercase review with monarch-related terms.

1. Butterfly Colors
2. Polar Animals
.... more

Yes, didn't record

Sunday, April 15, 2012

April 15, 2012

Field trip/Science -- Lukas Nursery and Butterfly Encounter.  Nugget observed butterflies, flowers, and birds, fed a butterfly on her finger, and looked for monarch eggs on milkweed.

When we got home, we planted the milkweed plants and removed one of the leaves holding a butterfly egg for closer observation.

Nugget is recording her observations by drawing in her nature journal. (In this picture, she's drawn it inside the terrarium and on the paper towel.)

Handwriting (HWoT) -- Mystery magic 'c' game (turn the "magic c" into a, c, d, g, o, or q).

Math (RS) -- Addition worksheet.  Because it was the end of a long day and she was getting tired, I had her stamp her answers instead of taking the time to hand-write them.  Nugget did all of these in her head except 7+3, for which she used an abacus.  I asked her how she solved some, and it was quite interesting -- if the question involved adding 2, she chose the next even or odd number (whichever was appropriate).  For 4+3, she mentally moved one from the 3 to the 4 to make it 5+2.  1+0 was the only one that gave her trouble -- she wanted to write 10 until I suggested she use the abacus to check her work.

Phonics (Pathways) -- Long-o and long-i exceptions ('find', 'old', etc).

1. Butterfly Eggs
2. Barbie: A Pet Vet

Yes, including some Aesop's Fables

Saturday, April 14, 2012

April 14, 2012

Field trip -- Winter Garden flower festival (butterflies, plants, various animals [farm and swamp]).

Handwriting (HWoT) -- Punctuation, review with dotted-line format

Phonics (Pathways) -- Review all previous long-vowel sounds and spellings

1. The Cat in the Hat
2. Kat's Maps

Yes, didn't record

Friday, April 13, 2012

April 13, 2012

Handwriting (HWoT) -- Review

Phonics (Pathways) -- Long-e as 'ee' and 'ea'

Math (RS) -- Addition with tally marks (she had no trouble with the addition, but lots of trouble writing the numbers)

1. Ants
2. Butterfly eggs

Yes, didn't record

Thursday, April 12, 2012

April 12, 2012

Social --  SLHE co-op

Handwriting (HWoT) -- Introduce 'z', review

Phonics (Pathways) -- Long 'u'

Math (RS) -- Review "middle" and presence only in odd numbers

1. Bumblees

Yes, didn't record

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

April 11, 2012

Handwriting (HWoT) -- Introduce 'x'

Math (RS) -- Adding by regrouping

Phonics (Pathways) -- Work with long-o and short-o; review sounds

1. "Tired Trucks"
2. "Drive Along"
3. "Up Up and Away"
4 - 7. Readers from Hooked on Phonics grade 1 ("Whacky Jack", "Skip & Spin Swim with Dolphins", "Slam & Dunk Go to the Moon", "Slam & Dunk In the Dark")

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

April 10, 2012

Handwriting -- wrote birthday invitations

Handwriting (HWoT) -- Introduce 'q'

Phonics (Pathways) -- Work with short-i and long-i

Math (RS) -- Addition and whole/part circles (Lesson 36a)

1. Buzz Went the Bee
2. Meet Trouble
... others

Yes.  A lot.

Sunday, April 8, 2012

April 8, 2012

Handwriting (HWoT) -- Review

Phonics (Pathways) -- Switching short-a for long-a

Math (RS) -- Writing equations with tally marks

1. Buzz Said the Bee
2. Take a Dip

Lots, didn't record

April 7, 2012

TONS of reading!

Friday, April 6, 2012

April 6, 2012

Handwriting -- Multiple "thank you" notes

1. Wake Up, Sun!
2. The Fat Cat Sat on the Mat
.... more

Not noted

Thursday, April 5, 2012

April 5, 2012

Handwriting (HWoT) -- Introduce 'f'

Phonics (Pathways) -- Review sounds and blends

Math (RS) -- Adding with tally marks, writing equations (Lesson 35)

1. I Can Jump Higher by Paul Mann
2. Can You Tell Me How to Get to Sesame Street? by Eleanor Hudson
3. A Pony for a Princess by Andrea Posner-Sanchez
4. Flik's Perfect Gift by Judy Katschke
5. Wake Up, Sun! by David Harrison
6. Many BoB books

1. Clifford the Small Red Puppy by Norman Bridwell
2. It's Not Easy Being Big! by Stephanie St. Pierre
3. Dumpy the Dump Truck by Julie Andrews Edwards and Emma Hamilton
4. If You Were an Astronaut by Dinah Moche
5. Hop! Plop! by Corey Rosen Schwartz and Tali Klein

Wednesday, April 4, 2012

April 4, 2012

Science (BFSU) -- Introduce biological, natural non-biological, manmade (Lesson B-2)

Handwriting (HWoT) -- Introduce 'b'

Phonics (Pathways) -- Introduce '-ang', '-ing', '-ong',  '-ung'

Math (RS) -- Making prices with pennies, nickels, and dimes (Lesson 34)

1. Ten Apples Up on Top by Theo LeSeig
2. finished "Bert & Ernie Busy Bakers"

1. I'm Dirty by Kate and Jim McMullan
2. Thomas and the Tigers by Christopher Awdry
3. James and the Balloons by Christopher Awdry
4. Dumpy the Dump Truck by Julie Andrews Edwards & Emma Walton Hamilton
5. The Princess and the Potty

April 3, 2012

Social -- SWO co-op

Handwriting (HWoT) -- Introduce 'h'

Logic (LL) -- Various worksheets

Phonics (Pathways) -- Review '-sh', '-th', '-ch', and '-tch'

1. "Disney/Pixar Cars Roadwork"
2. "Calling all Piglets"
3. part of "Bert & Ernie Busy Bakers"
4. "Brain Freeze"
... and others

Forgot to record

Monday, April 2, 2012

April 2, 2012

Social -- Library storytime

Phonics (Pathways) -- Introduce 'y' suffix as long-e sound

Math (RS) -- Introduce "dozen"; grouping/counting by 5s (Lesson 33)

Handwriting (HWoT) -- Review

1. Bear Hugs by Alyssa Capucilli
2. Horse Show Champ by Jessie Parker
3. Biscuit's New Trick by Alyssa Capucilli
4. Look for the Lorax by Tish Rabe
5. Finding Nemo: Best Dad in the Sea by Amy Tyler
6. Various BoB books
From Brand New Readers by David Martin:
7. Piggy's Bath
8. Piggy's Pictures
9. Piggy's Sandwich
10. Piggy's Bedtime
11. Monkey the Mummy
12. Monkey, Where are You?
13. Happy Birthday
14. Monkey's Loose Tooth

1. Marvin K. Mooney Will You Please Go Now! by Dr. Seuss
2. Goodnight, Goodnight, Construction Site by Sherri Duskey Rinker and Tom Lichtenheld
3. Tip Tip Dig Dig by Emma Garcia
4. Franklin's Blanket by Paulette Bourgeois
5. Thomas and the Tiger by Christopher Awdry
6. Thomas and the Birthday Party by Christopher Awdry
7. James and the Balloons by Christopher Awdry
8. Lego City: Fight This Fire! by Michael Anthony Steele
9. Disney's Mulan by Katherine Poindexter
10. Dozer's Wild Adventure by Karl Gude
11. Just Me and My Puppy by Mercer Mayer
12. Racing Cars by Jim Pipe
13. What Happens at a Firehouse? by Kathleen Pohl
14. Hooper Humperdink...? Not Him! by Theo LeSeig
15. Hop! Plop! by Corey Rosen Schwartz and Tali Klein
16. Go, Go, Cars!
17. Something To Do by David Lucas
18. Going to a Party by Anne Civardi
19. Spacebusters: The Race to the Moon by Philip Wilkinson

Sunday, April 1, 2012

April 1, 2012

Phonics (Plaid) -- Blending short vowels a, i (pages 87 & 88)

Phonics (Pathways) -- 4 letter words (page 47)

Handwriting (HWoT) -- Introduce 'm'

Math (RS) -- More on dividing a set into half

Reading -- Read all of "Bert & Ernie's The Pirate Map", "Tip Tip Dig Dig", multiple BoB books

1. A Day in the Life of a Builder by Linda Hayward
2. DC Superfriends Brain Freeze! by J. E. Bright
3. The Very Fairy Princess Takes the Stage by Julie Andrews and Emma Walton Hamilton
4. Truck Driver Tom by Monica Wellington
5. The Biggest, Best Snowman by Margery Cuyler
6. Goodnight, Goodnight, Construction Site by Sherri Duskey Rinker and Tom Lichtenheld
7. Bringing the Rain to Kapiti Plain by Verna Aardema
8. Sesame Street Insects by Karma Einhorn
9. A First Look at Animal: Animal Homes by Diane James and Sara Lynn

Friday, March 30, 2012

March 30, 2012

Phys Ed -- Swimming lessons

Math (RS) -- Review coins w/ abacus; introduce half of a set

Reading -- Read "The Snowball"

Thursday, March 29, 2012

March 29, 2012

Phys Ed -- Swimming lessons

Social -- SLHE co-op

Handwriting (HWoT) -- Review

Phonics (Pathways) -- Review previous sounds, introduce 4-letter words and 's' as 'z' sound.

Phonics (Plaid) -- More short-i (pages 85 & 86)

Math (RS) -- Coin combinations with pennies, nickels, and dimes (i.e., make 38 cents) (Lesson 31 & 32).

Reading -- Read "Up, Up, Up", "Look for the Lorax", "Finding Nemo: Best Dad in the Sea"

Yes, but forgot to record

Wednesday, March 28, 2012

March 28, 2012

Phys Ed -- Swimming lesson

Handwriting (HWoT) -- Introduce 'n'

Phonics (Plaid) -- Start short-i sound (pages 83-84)

Reading -- Read "I Like Bugs"

Tuesday, March 27, 2012

March 27, 2012

Phys Ed -- Swimming lesson

Handwriting (HWoT) -- Introduce 'r'

Math (RS) -- Introduce estimation

Reading -- Read 'Biscuit and the Little Pup'; the remainder of 'Bert & Ernie Busy Bakers'; 'Listen to the Lorax

Monday, March 26, 2012

March 26, 2012

Phys Ed -- Swimming lessons, day 1

Phonics (Plaid) -- High frequency words

Phonics (Pathways) -- Words with 'ck'

Handwriting (HWoT) -- Review


Math (RS) -- Pennies, nickels, and dimes (Lesson 30)

Reading -- Read 3 pages of "Bert & Ernie Busy Bakers"

1. The Great Fairy Race by Tennant Redbank
2. The Fairy Berry Bake-Off
3. Brain Freeze! by J. E. Bright
4. The Magic School Bus in the Time of Dinosaurs by Joanna Cole
5. Roo's Big Nature Day
6. Dr. Duck
7. Animals of North America
8. Looking After Billy
9. A Game of Hide-and-Seek by Tennant Redbank
10. The Little Dump Truck by Margery Cuyler