Wednesday, January 06, 2010

Back to School

Towards the end of last term, we weren't using the workbox system very much. Ponytails knew pretty well what she had to do each day, and Crayons was working so much with me that it made more sense for me just to gather up what we'd be working on as we needed it.

This week, though, I'm glad to have the boxes back in place--and glad to have the week's work plotted out for each Squirreling. It's very nice to look at the chart each night and think "Box 1--Geography--work with Mom--need the book and the small notebook I made. Box 2--Spelling--need all the tiles and stuff. Box 3--Lassie-Come-Home--okay, we did finish that yesterday, so let's make it Play Dominoes With Mom instead. Box 4--FactsFirst on the computer--just put a copy of the site's home page in the box." And so on. I will admit that this system does save on arguments such as "you didn't tell me I had to do that." And the funny thing this week is that we keep getting done earlier than we expected. Some first-weeks-back are just the opposite--everything takes longer than it should.

We have quite a few things to review right now (for the Review Crew)--most of them are math-related, and I wasn't sure how I was going to work those in. But we're giving most of them a try along with the regular work.

There are things we'll be picking up over the next couple of weeks (like Math Tutor DVDs), as well as a couple of things we're using only for a short time (MathScore, Keyboarding for the Christian School, Kinderbach).

We're also doing reading and other work together: 101 Famous Poems, Bible stories, Mr. Pipes, The Adventures of Don Quixote, Swiss Family Robinson, The Pond on My Windowsill, composer and artist studies, and health.

Here are the schedules for this week. Crayons is doing a somewhat modified Ambleside Online Year 3. Ponytails is doing some of the work from Year 5 but incorporating seventh-grade books as well.


Week's Work for Crayons:

Monday:

Math: We played a Concentration game I made using geometry words.
Spelling: All About Spelling, Level 2, lesson 12.
Reading: Lassie-Come-Home
Math drill: FactsFirst.
History: we skipped this as when I looked at the chapter I realized we'd already covered the story.
Literature: At the Back of the North Wind; Mom reading, Crayons drawing narrations.
Keyboarding: Reviewing Keyboarding for the Christian School, Elementary level.
Extra reading list: finished Mickey Compere's Thomas Edison.

Tuesday:

Math: Played Concentration again, did a couple of Miquon pages about area and perimeter.
Tall Tales: Read about John Henry.
Reading: Lassie (finished the book).
Math drill: MathScore website.
Science: Reading to self from The Science Book for Girls.
Memory work: Picked a Carl Sandburg poem to memorize.
Handwriting: Starting Barchowsky Fluent Handwriting (working with Mom)
Music: Kinderbach on the computer. (Crayons didn't actually get this done yesterday--she seems to have lost some of her enthusiasm for the program.)
Extra reading

Wednesday:

Geography: Starting the "Rivers" section from Play Story Geography (an old textbook). The children in the story make their own "geography notebooks," and I have the Squirrelings do the same.
Spelling: next lesson.
Diversion: Play Muggins with Mom (using big foam dominoes)
Math drill: FactsFirst
Handwriting: Second pre-writing exercise
Literature: At the Back of the North Wind
Keyboarding: Lesson 2
Extra reading
Go to the library

Thursday:

Math: work with Mom
Shakespeare story
Practice the recorder
Math drill: MathScore
History: Canada's Story
Memory work
Handwriting
Kinderbach
Extra reading

Friday:

Clock flashcards
Spelling
Handwriting
Math drill: FactsFirst
Science
Literature: At the Back of the North Wind (we haven't started The Jungle Book yet but when we do, we will be alternating)
Keyboarding
Extra reading
Afternoon co-op

Ponytails' Week

Monday:

Math and science as assigned by Dad (finishing a book from Key to Geometry, doing experiments)
History: Continue Abraham Lincoln's World
Logic: The Fallacy Detective
French: working on verbs with Mom
Math drill: MathScore website
Memory work: choose poem to memorize
Extra reading list

Tuesday:

Math, science, history
Plutarch's Life of Poplicola
Practice the keyboard (musical one)
Math drill: MathScore
Keyboarding: Keyboarding for the Christian School, Lesson 1
Extra reading

Wednesday:

Math, science, history
Composition: Write with the Best, lesson on writing letters
French: practice the same verbs using a Quia activity
Math drill: MathScore
Memory work
Extra reading
Library

Thursday:

Math, science, history
Composition: continue the lesson
Analogies Book 1
Math drill: MathScore
Keyboarding
Extra reading

Friday:

Math, science, history
Composition
French
Free computer time
Memory work
Extra reading
Afternoon co-op

3 comments:

Dana said...

Sounds like a great plan. We're still easing in to getting back into the whole routine. I need to sit down and do some planning!

Michelle said...

Wow..I love your blog! I'm surprised I never found it before now. Great post.

Michelle said...

Oh and I'm linking to you :-P

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