Monday, January 28, 2013

Quarterly Evaluations

Due to the fact that I am not posting weekly updates anymore, my goal is to post quarterly updates on how the kids are doing in their different subjects. Apparently, I am not off to a great start as I am 4 weeks over-due for the 2 quarter updates. Hopefully I'll do better next quarter, right?

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Math - Treyton has learned multiplication and division by 1s, 2s, 3s, 4s, and 5s, as well as 10s. He does pretty well with these, though I wouldn't say he's mastered them quiet yet. He understands how to do all 4 types of problems (multiplying, dividing, adding and subtracting) but he doesn't always know when to use which type of problem when given a story problem, though he's improving in this area. 

Also, he is very specific in how you say what type of problem he's doing. For example, I can't say "divide" I say "put into equal groups". Of course I use both terminologies so that he develops the correlation between them, and I'm sure in time, he will get them.

Spelling - He continues to take about one step in All About Spelling a week. He is a pretty good speller - AAS is perfect for him how they work with rules and build upon that. He is an amazing rule-remember-er :) 

Reading - He read part of the second Boxcar Children, but decided he would rather start reading the book of John in the Bible. So far (week 21 he has gotten to John Chapter 4). 

Handwriting - He is continuing to learn cursive letters so far (week 21) he has completed Aa-Ss, and Uu. This week he starts on T. 

Science - We recently started earth science and he is LOVING it. Science (particularly experiments) are probably his favorite thing in school. Science is one of the only subjects I plan on posting on separately, so there will be more updates coming soon. 

Language Arts - Treyton just finished his Explode the Code book 6 and started book 7. Book 7 is the first one since book 1, that has changed it's format and it has proven to be a little tougher for Treyton. I told him he didn't have to finish the ETC books (we've only been doing them because he wanted to), but he really really wants to finish the series, which goes to book 8. The biggest struggle comes from the vocabulary focus. Vocabulary and new words has ALWAYS been a struggle for Treyton. We have decided to spend one week doing a lesson, and making vocabulary cards for the new words. We will be implementing this new system this week, so we shall see how it goes :) 

First Language Lessons, which we use for Treyton's grammar. Treyton has learned the definitions of: a noun, pronoun, verb (all 4 types), sentence, adjective and we are now working on contractions. 

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Alexa

Handwriting - finished her Kindergarten handwriting book. 

Math - She is completing simple addition and subtraction problems, can count by 2s (to 20) and 10s (to 100). She is working on place values now. 

Language Arts - She is now in Explode the Code book 2, she continues to love it and is already looking forward to getting to book 2. 

Reading - She is on Step 20 in All About Reading Level 1. She's reading simple 4-letter words. She really enjoys reading - our biggest challenge is keeping her on task, as she gets distracted easily from the story telling stories of her own. I told Tim, "Whe has a Kindergartener's reading ability and a preschooler's attention span" :) 

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Audrey is just starting to do some small school. She is color matching with file folder games and beads. She also enjoys putting the number and alphabet puzzles together with her brother and sister. She enjoys listening to stories. Though her toughest hurdle continues to be her speech, she is so smart, it's just tough for her to "get it back out". 

Tuesday, January 8, 2013

Bear Unit: Goldilocks & The Three Bears

Alexa did a unit on Goldilocks and the Three Bears & Hibernation back in November (I believe). We had a lot of fun with the unit, though I didn't manage to get any pictures of some of our activities as that was right after Titus was born, and I was (still am) a little less camera "happy". 

Go Along Books:

  • The Bear Snores
  • Good Night, Sleep Tight
  • Hibernation Station
  • Who is Sleeping?
  • Bear Has a Story to Tell

Goldilocks Puppets

One of Alexa's favorite crafts was coloring and cutting out some puppets that she used while I would read the story every day. When we were done with our story we pasted them to a piece of paper for her lap journal.

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Also on our lap journal pages we added the Scholastic Three Bears Printable Book

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From the Mommy and Me Book Club: The Bear Snores On I got the idea to make a bear hibernation paper craft.

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I also found this cute hibernation cut and paste worksheet here

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We did several other activities, none of which I can remember off the top of my head, and in complete humiliation I must admit my notes after we resumed schooling on Alexa's lesson plans are hardly readable :) LOL!! So for now, this is all that i have to post. 

Other Links:

The Virtual Vine 

Christmas Break Projects

We took two weeks off of school for Christmas Break this year. I ended up getting lots of projects done which felt great. 

The first project I worked on was getting Audrey's 1 Year Scrapbook album started and finished. Yes, you heard right, 1 year album, and yes, she will be 3 in March. Better late than never right? This project took nearly two days straight. My dear mother-in-law had offered to take a few of the kids for a couple of nights - we sent the two girls, and I was able to work on the scrap book, with the two boys. :)

I also made the older two kids new hats, Treyton wanted a Green Bay Packer one, easy enough.

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Plus I made it just in time for him to go to his first Packer game this past Saturday night!!! (Post on that coming soon!) 

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Alexa wanted a purple flower one. (I made her a hat using this pattern)

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For Titus we made a first year ornament from our Christmas Tree trunk. I got this idea from a friends post on Facebook. LOVE it! We decided to do Titus' ornament from a smaller portion of the trunk so that it could hang easily on our tree - but went ahead and cut off the bottom of our tree and burned the year on it to have for maybe a future project with our Christmas trees. 

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For Audrey, I made some leg warmers - which I would really rather made from a different type of yarn, but I went with what i had and they work okay, but I think I will be making a new pair soon. 

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For myself, I made a scarf - Tim's sister, Toni, had made me one similar to this for Christmas that was green and tan, and I loved it so much I decided I wanted another. LOVE the design, and they are pretty simple to make. 

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Our biggest project for the season was definitely the Family Birthday Boards we made. My sister-in-law, Tami had told me about at our family Christmas on the 22nd. We had all three of them done (ours, Tim's mom's and my mom's) by the following weekend!! They were a little labor intensive but the finished project was TOTALLY worth it. 

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My mom's 

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Tim's Mom's

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and finally ours 

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Each of them are color-coded by family, they are WAY cool (if I do say so myself). 

Finally, Alexa and Audrey needed somewhere to hang all of their necklaces, as they had grown out of Alexa's jewelry box. So we had the idea to have Alexa paint on a canvas (that I had drawn on), and attach hooks to it to hang them on. It turned out really cute, and I love the idea of using something that she made. 

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The colors aren't showing up real well on the pictures, but it's way cute, and I love that she made it herself. 
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Overall, we had a very productive break, now it's time to get back to school!! We are exactly halfway through our school year and looking forward to what's to come!!