Wednesday, September 3, 2014

New to Blogging

 We've been in school for three weeks so far. I decided to start a blog.

  Our Home school was actually established in 1997 when I homeschooled my oldest son but after I had more children and the older one was already out of school, I restarted homeschooling this year with my youngest son. I also have a daughter who attends public school.

 Our daily schedule is working well for us. First, we have Bible reading time, prayer, pledges and a short story time from an online site called Odyssey Adventure Club.

 Next, we work on math. Today we did ratio's and we also brushed up on some multiplication facts.

 The third thing we usually do is English class. So far we have done spelling, handwriting, reading, definitions, vocabulary work and poetry. I plan on continuing to vary this class and use different techniques and technologies to work through various Language Arts.

 We work on Science right before we take a lunch break. In Science we are studying Life Sciences and the planet. Right now, we are doing a unit on sharks, it is very entertaining and my son is learning a lot. We also have studied Earthquakes, Volcanoes, Mountain Building,  the geography of California and have worked on taking notes and how to find things that would be noteworthy.

  Lunch is usually very simple and light.

Next classes are History, Art, Computer, Spanish and Assigned Reading. On Wednesdays we have a journaling time after reading.

 In History we are learning about Colonial America right now and we are also side studying Ancient Egypt. With Art so far, we have done painting, yarn bombing, studying Louis Prang, and George Caleb Bingham. My son enjoys abstract art more than realism and naturalism but along with learning about the actual artist Mr. Bingham, we side studied a bit about Daniel Boone and that part was very interesting to him. Mr. Bingham painted Daniel Boone through the Cumberland gap so that is why we did a bit of discussion and learning on Daniel Boone in art class.

 For Computer class, my son is on several different online sites that teach keyboarding. He is excellent at it so we spent very little time on that part after all. We have moved over to java script programming and a program called Scratch programming. He also is going to work on some minecraft mods.

 In Spanish we are learning about the Spanish speaking countries and we are learning many small starter words from the Spanish language, also working a lot on the alphabet. He is enjoying this class immensely.

 For assigned reading we are on chapter 5 of White Fang by Jack London. So far, so good. I have worksheets and tests to take that go along with each chapter, he is reading the actual book and also at times switching to the audio version and keeping place with one another and all is going well.

 On Wednesdays journaling class is a short time-frame where he has a private journal to record things in. If needed, I have prompts.

 We have a very full day but it really never ends, teaching moments appear throughout the entire day. After work, my husband comes home and has a study in the book of Jonah that he does with our son one night a week and the other nights he has a workbook and mentor guide he is going through with our son called Tek non and the Champion Warriors. 

 I hope to blog rather regularly but it depends on other priorities that may come up during the day.

  Blessings ~

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