the past month of homeschooling has been a huge challenge for me, i must admit. several times i have REALLY wanted to just quit, and seriously contemplated sending sky back to school when the term started up again in the beginning of january. i know i’m a complainer by nature, but the combo of sharkey being SO demanding, and sky and i recently butting heads so much is driving me to the edge. (the edge of what, i don’t know, but the edge of something.)
but alas, school still goes on. here’s a few things we’ve been doing since the last update…
telling time, coin values, addition and subtraction, counting 2’s, 5’s, 10’s, place values, graphing, measurements, worksheets
jelly bean graphs! this was a fun one for the kids – no doubt because they got to eat a bunch of candy at 9 in the morning. i had sky divide up the jelly beans by color and count them out. then we colored in the appropriate info on a graph i made.
sky is also getting the hang of the ole’ money thang.
we’ve been playing lots of ‘store’ and other money-related games.
sharkey takes his job as cashier very
seriously. he loves saying ‘have a nice day!’ whenever he gives you the change back. it’s totally cute.
this has been one of sky’s favorite activities so far, and he got really into it. we hung laser beams on the walls (similar to the ones at his birthday party), and then i hid a bunch of number cards all around the house. he had to ‘indiana jones’ his way through the beams and find all the cards to match to his paper and copy them down. a secret treasure was waiting at the end, of course.
volume and weight, rock formations, color mixing, pressure
so, the whole diet coke and mentos thing? um, it works.
this was a simple experiment we did to make an egg float.
sky’s first ‘real’ adventure at the stovetop.
we also did a color changing experiment that was fun for both boys. i wrote a bunch of ‘recipes’ on notecards
(ie, 1/3 cup blue + 1/2 cup yellow = ____) then sky would measure out the correct amounts and we would see what happened. love the full-on bat gear.
old testament stories, american history
we tried out our own version of the early telephones when we talked about the history of communication.
unit studies, ancient eqypt (still), 50 states geography
we did an australia unit study…
…and also a dinosaur one. one day we made some dinosaurs out of plaster and then painted them.
we also made a ‘dino world’ out of this cool book my mom sent the boys.
and of course we had to measure the dino footprints.
and my little archeologists are still stuck in egypt. they had to be sure to have their explorer hats on to uncover the hidden artifacts.
hieroglyphics. still got the hat on.
reading books, handwriting, grammar, spelling, vowel sounds, worksheets
letter to santa
match ’em up vowel sounds
sharkey likes to have his own worksheets, too.
christmas decorations (december), photoshop, painting, mosaics, crafts
sky has been begging to do a mosaic project, so i bought a few old plates at goodwill he could smash up and use for it.
thanks for all the new painting supplies, grandma!
sky’s still photoshopping away at pants’ office. i am amazed how good his computer drawings are.
he’s also quite creative with pen and ink. he made this sweet little drawing for me out of my name.
i meant to post these next pictures before christmas, but didn’t get to it. along with the fateful gingerbread house
, here are a few other christmas crafts we did:
sky actually made an entire scene (angels, shepherds, etc.) and then taped it all along the wall. later i found that he added this sign, which i thought was totally precious:
and this is pretty much what our schoolroom looked like for most of december.