Another week of homeschool at Childress Academy is complete. Here's how this week panned out.
Beginnings: We took another week off from our reading book, so we were able to talk about some Fearsome Creatures. Caleb got a Fearsome Creatures sticker-book for his birthday, so we took some time to learn about some of those animals. Since he's into animals, he really enjoyed it. We also reviewed all of his reading stories. He's learned so much so far this year, and we are so proud of him.
Math: We studied more about addition. Caleb learned addition up to 6, he learned about adding "1" to a number, and he learned about vertical addition. He continues to do really well with math, too.
Bible: We added questions 26-28 to our First Catechism study. Our Bible verse for the week was Romans 6:23.
We skipped music this week because we're still behind. So, until we get caught up, I think we'll put it on the backburner.
As always, thanks for following our journey. We are headed to VA this upcoming week for Thanksgiving, so we are gladly taking a break from our normal homeschool routine. Hope everyone has a wonderful Thanksgiving holiday!
Sunday, November 23, 2008
Another week of homeschool at Childress Academy is complete. Here's how this week panned out.
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Tuesday, November 18, 2008
There are many ways computers help us. It is a wonderful way to stay in touch with family far away, “meet” other christian women around the globe, and it can be such a blessing with homeschooling.
Share some of your favorite homeschooling sites. The only “rule” for this assignment is that you have to list at least one “free” site. Many homeschooling families have made the choice to live on very little income to do what they believe is best for their children and I want everyone to be able to benefit from this assignment. If you have other sites that are “paid” sites, feel free to include these also as it might be something someone would really appreciate. If you feel led, share your curriculum choices with us. I always love to learn what is out there that I don’t already know about. Please make sure to include links to the sites you share.
Posted by Sherrie at 10:21 AM
Monday, November 17, 2008
Shell book lifted
Right flapUsing adjectives book opened
Wise man, foolish man bookSea Creatures book opened
Center flap liftedDifferent kinds of homes book opened
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Friday, November 14, 2008
I'm truly hoping that we can get caught up with homeschooling by the beginning of the week of Thanksgiving. It may mean that we double (or even triple) up on some days, but I think we can do it. Our reading lessons for the next 3 weeks (what should be 3 weeks) are just simple themes, so we can go a bit faster. With all that said, here's how this week panned out:
Beginnings: Our theme for the week was Grandpa's Farm. So, obviously, we discussed farm animals (cows, pigs, etc). We finished up reviewing the alphabet with "y" and "q." I'll admit, I'm glad we're done reviewing all the letters. Caleb already knew them, so I was ready to be done. We read new word family words that have the initial "y" and "qu". "Said" was added to our list of service words. The book for this week was A Noisy Duck. Caleb did an excellent job reading this book, and I think he really enjoyed it. We're so proud of the progress he's making in reading.
Math: We finished up our review on the calendar, and then we moved on to a more important concept...MONEY! Caleb learned the difference between a bill and a coin. He also learned the "cent" sign and that a penny is worth 1 cent. Since he's really into money, I think he's going to enjoy this chapter.
Bible: We reviewed First Catechism questions 16-22. Our Bible verses for the week were Genesis 2:7a and Genesis 2:22a. Caleb still does well in this area, and we couldn't be happier.
Music: We learned some Christmas carols and talked about the "beat" of music...ie tempo. Caleb did really well.
Art: We made mud designs by using a Q-tip to paint with brown paint. Caleb had lots of fun with this idea. He also spent lots of "extra" time (on his own initiative) working on his drawing skills. He really loves to draw, and he is doing really well.
As always, thanks for following our journey. Let us know you're reading. We'd love to see your comments.
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Thursday, November 13, 2008
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Wednesday, November 12, 2008
Wow...Caleb has soooo many interests at the moment. Because he's so young, I don't know how long any of them will last. It seems as though it changes on a weekly basis. Some of the more consistent passions of his are animals and drawing/writing.
Posted by Sherrie at 7:49 PM
Saturday, November 8, 2008
My mom called me on Friday night to let me know that my dad's sister, Aunt Rosalee, had passed away. She had breast cancer, and there was really nothing else they could do for her. The viewing is Tuesday evening, and the funeral/mass is on Wednesday. But -- since it is all up in Bethesda, Maryland, we aren't going to make the drive. We gave it lots of thought, and we were going to attempt it. But -- it's just too much for us right now. We're going to Virginia to see Brian's parents for Thanksgiving. So, two trips in one month is just not ideal. My brother Daniel, my sister Melanie, and my dad will be going up to represent our family.
I'm thankful that Caleb, Micah, and I were able to spend some time with her back in July. She and my cousin's wife and two children came down to visit everyone. Maybe she knew that would be her last trip down here...we'll never know. I'm just thankful we made the effort to visit with her then.
Our prayers go out to my uncle and the rest of the family. May God give them the strength and the comfort they need during this difficult time.
In honor of my aunt and her fight with breast cancer, I will be adding some breast cancer graphics to my page. I also encourage every woman to do a monthly self breast exam. As we all have been told time and time again, early detection is the key. So, do yourself a favor and start checking NOW!
We love you, and we'll miss you Aunt Rosalee!
Posted by Sherrie at 10:31 PM
Friday, November 7, 2008
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Thursday, November 6, 2008
Assignment: My family and I rarely do anything apart from each other. We don’t really have quality time together because all our time is together. We feel like the more special moments are when we have dinner together or when we worship God together. For this assignment, tell how you and your family spend QUALITY time together.
One of our favorite times is first thing in the morning. Both boys usually end up in our bed once they wake up. I'll typically bring Micah into our bed once he awakes for the day, and Caleb strolls in once he's up as well. During this time, we're all just laying in the bed talking, laughing, and just enjoying the little things...Micah's silly faces, Caleb's goofy dances, etc. It truly is one of my favorite things to do, and I cherish every moment.
Another thing we enjoy doing is playing games together. We play board games, computer games, video games, etc. I know some don't really care for this type of activity, but we set limits and for us it's enjoyment.
We also enjoy bowling, playing putt-putt, and going on vacations for quality time. We try to plan fun and memorable vacations. Caleb is even saving his money for our next vacation...he really enjoys getting away.
All in all, anything we do together is a blessing. We try to make the most of everything, and I think we do a good job. We hope to instill a love for family in our boys, and the best way to do that is by being a family and spending time together. So, that's what we do.
My verse for the week is the all-time favorite...Proverbs 3:5-6 "Trust the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct your path."
Here are some pictures of us doing things together as a family.
Posted by Sherrie at 10:07 AM
Monday, November 3, 2008
Wow...Micah will be 8 months old on Wednesday. It's hard to believe that much time has passed. He's growing by leaps and bounds, and he's learning all sorts of new tricks. He is now very mobile and crawling EVERYWHERE! So, the house is in need of some baby-proofing, because he is one curious little booger.
He is also able to now sit up from a lying position. He could sit up if we sat him up a while back, but now he's able to just sit up from whatever it is he's doing. We don't think it will be long before he's pulling up. He's already starting to show signs of interest in that skill...so look for that post soon.
He's now up to 6 teeth. He has both upper and lower central incisors, and he's getting one upper and lower lateral incisor as I type this. I look for the other two lateral incisors to pop through really soon.
We're starting to slowly introduce him to some table foods. He's had some pasta, some bread, some pie (bad daddy), some yogurt, and a few other things (I cannot remember for the life of me). We'll move him up to the Stage 3 foods sometime this week. I don't know how he'll do with those. Caleb really didn't like the texture of them. If Micah is the same way, then we'll just stick with the ones we know he'll eat.
Anyway, I figured he deserved a little update since Caleb is always getting blog time.
Posted by Sherrie at 5:57 PM
You know, Brian and I have always known and thought that Caleb was a very intelligent boy. Well, today, he really proved that to us. As you may remember, Caleb is in a homeschool co-op that meets every Monday. Well, he takes 3 classes and eats lunch. Here's his schedule: Fun & Games, Lunch, Reading Fun, Critical Thinking. They sound a bell, and this lets the students know it's time to change classes.
Well, evidently, our smart little guy decided he'd skip his reading class today. When I went to pick him up, his teacher (he has the same teacher for reading and critical thinking) told me that she thought he was absent today because he didn't show up for reading class. But -- he later showed up for critical thinking. When asked why he wasn't in class, he said, "I went to Fun & Games. I just wanted to play for a little bit." Can you believe the nerve of him? I tell ya...we're in for it I think. I think we will get a little payback of the grief we gave our parents. LOL! Now, don't get me started on why the Fun & Games teacher didn't notice he was in the class and not supposed to be...I don't have the answer to that one just yet.
Anyway, I thought everyone would get a kick out of our son's intelligent actions.
Posted by Sherrie at 5:50 PM
Woo-hoo...finally another week done. I tell you, something is always coming up. If it's not an illness, then it's something around the house. But -- then again, that's the flexibility of homeschooling, so we are blessed.
Here's what we did this week:
Beginnings: Our theme was "By the Pond", so we talked about frogs and turtles. We reviewed the letters "x" and "z." The service word "what" was added, and the "-ix", "-ox", and "-ess" word families were added. We also reviewed plurals. Caleb read another book that reinforced all his words, and the book this week was "The Big Mess." We could really relate to the story because Caleb always has a big mess in his playroom. LOL!
Math: Our concept this week was the calendar. We do the calendar on a daily basis, but this chapter reinforced a lot of those skills. We also reviewed addition by using word problems to write addition facts.
Bible: We added question 22 to the First Catechism study. Our Bible verses for the week were 2 Peter 3:11b and 1 Peter 1:16b.
Music: We talked about the term "piano" which means "soft", and we reviewed "forte" which means "loud."
Art: We used a paper plate to make a frog puppet. Caleb also made a birthday card for Opa. His drawing skills have really improved. I'll have to upload the pictures of the card so you all can see how much he's progressed in that area...so stay tuned.
Thanks again for following our homeschooling adventure. We look forward to sharing more with you!
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