Well, we are done with yet another week here at Childress Academy. Here’s how this week went:
Heritage Studies: We continued to discuss La Salle and the land he claimed for France (Louisiana…not the state). We also discussed how places get their names. Caleb did a fun activity where he had to listen to a description of a land and then choose his name for it based on said description. It was fun to see what he came up with.
Science: We finished up our chapter on sound by discussing how sound travels through all forms of matter and how it is used.
Math: We finished up the previous chapter with a test and started a new chapter. Caleb started learning more about solid figures (cone, rectangular prism, sphere, cube, and cylinder).
Bible: Our Bible story this week was on “Mary Believed God’s Message.” The Bible verse was 1 John 4:9.
Vocabulary: We added “filthy, motion, spray, hang, and tank” to our list of vocabulary terms.
Phonics & English: We added “sure and Christian” to our list of service words. We added “-aw, awn, aul, and all” to our list of word families. During English skills we discussed syllables, capitalization, and contractions. Caleb was also introduced to letter writing. As part of his assignment, he had to write a letter to someone. He chose to send a letter to his friends, Hunter and Tina. He’s excited to see if he’ll get a letter back in the mail.
As always, thanks for following our first grade adventures. We’ll be back to share more next week!
Tuesday, January 26, 2010
Well, we are done with yet another week here at Childress Academy. Here’s how this week went:
Sunday, January 24, 2010
So, do you notice anything different? Well, if you’re in Google Reader, then no. But – if you’re here the regular way, then yes you must! I decided it was time for a new blog look. So, I contacted Leslie at Designed by Leslie (she did my last one), and I asked her to help me out again! I’m super pleased with the results! She does AMAZING work, and her prices are GREAT as well! So, if you’re ready for a change, then go ahead and contact her. She’s super easy to work with, and you won’t be disappointed!
I hope you enjoy the new look as much as I do! Thanks Leslie!
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Thursday, January 21, 2010
We actually finished up week 29 a few days ago. However, I’m just now getting around to posting the review. Anyway, without further ado, here’s how the week went.
Heritage Studies: We discussed the Sun King (King Louis the XIV), and we learned how to make a canoe.
Science: We discussed how sound is made, and we talked about how sound travels in all directions.
Math: We discussed how to count dimes and nickels with pennies. Caleb also learned how to add dimes, nickels, and pennies. Then, we moved on to learning about quarters and how to make 25 cents using different coins.
Bible: Our Bible story was on “God Promised to Send the Savior.” The Bible verse this week was 1 John 4:19.
Vocabulary: We added “fair, splendid, stake, remain, and rapid” to our list of vocabulary terms.
Phonics & English: We added “easy, should, together, and woman” to our list of service words. The “-age, –oil, and –oy” word families were added to our list. Caleb was also introduced to prepositions.
Extra Stuff: We have spent a lot of time on playdates recently. The weather here in Georgia has been so nice, so we’ve enjoyed getting together with friends. We visited two play places and we enjoyed one of the newer parks in town. Caleb always loves getting together with his friends, and I enjoy the time with the moms. Adult conversation is always welcome around here!
As always, thanks for following our first grade adventures. We’ll have more next week!
Friday, January 15, 2010
So, I’m about to head away for the weekend with a bunch of moms that I play Bunco with each month. We also get together for movies, dinner, and playdates for the kiddos. But – it’s the mommy time that’s the best.
We’re going to be staying in a cabin at Reynolds Plantation at Lake Oconee. The in-laws of one of the moms owns the cabin, so that makes it even nicer!
I’ll return home on Sunday, and I’m sure I’ll miss all my boys. But – every mom needs a little R & R from time-to-time. So, I’ll take mine NOW!
Posted by Sherrie at 4:04 PM
Tuesday, January 12, 2010
I put a picture here of Caleb’s workbench that my brother built him for Christmas. Well, he got a woodworking kit from some of Santa’s Elves. This past weekend, he and Brian got started on some of the projects. It turns out that Caleb did everything himself. Brian just had to sit back and supervise. Caleb enjoyed himself, and he’s already thinking of other things he can build.
Saturday, January 9, 2010
***Disclaimer: Again, if this gets too long, then skip to the pictures. You’ll get the same story either way.***
Well, Friday morning, we woke up to some snow. We were a bit concerned because Jenny had to head home, and we weren’t sure how safe it would be. After a little waiting, we finally agreed she’d probably be okay to head on home. So, home she went. After she left, we sat around and played some games. Then, some of us took naps. While some were napping, others decided to play in the snow. They had a blast and didn’t care at all that it was below freezing outside. Once naptime was over, we thought it would be fun to take the kiddos sledding on the fresh snow. So, we headed back to the sledding hill. But – you remember that hill we got stuck on the first day?!!? Well, go figure…we got stuck AGAIN! However, this time we ended up spinning around 180 degrees and turning back towards the cabin. We took that as a sign that it was not a good idea to attempt to get into town. So, back to the cabin we went. The kiddos still wanted to play in the snow, so we let them. Besides, we were all decked out in our snow gear anyway. However, we also made a call to the city to get the sand truck out to the road. It continued to snow off and on Friday, and we debated going ahead and leaving. But – we didn’t. We’d learn later that we made a mistake and should have left while the weather was better. Oh well, hindsight is always 20/20. That evening we just packed up everything and played some more games.
Thursday, January 7, 2010
Wow! Can you believe it? We’re all caught up in our schooling, and we finished this week on time as well! It is such an AWESOME feeling to know that we are back on track. Now, here’s hoping we can stay that way until the end of the year!
With that said, here’s how this week went:
Heritage Studies: We started a new chapter and we discussed goods from the New World and young Robert La Salle.
Science: Again, we started a new chapter on Wild Animals. This is GREAT for Caleb since he’s such the animal lover. We talked about wild animals, wild animals in the woods, and wild animals in the zoo.
Math: We finished up another chapter by discussing subtracting money and having a test.
Bible: We just read some stories in Caleb’s new Bible this week. I didn’t get around to ordering our curriculum for the winter until this week. We’ll be back with this next week.
Vocabulary: We added “level, funnel, lean, object, and reflect” to our list of vocabulary terms.
Phonics & English: We discussed the hard and soft sounds for “c and g”. We added “-ow, –own, –our, –ouse, –out, and –ound” to our list of word families. We added “special, ear, answer, and four” to our list of service words. In English, we discussed synonyms, antonyms, prepositions, and compound words.
So, we’re back in our normal homeschooling groove, and let’s all hope it stays that way. Join us next week to see what all we’ve tackled. I hope all my favorite homeschoolers are back in the swing of things as well! Let me know how your week back started!
Wednesday, January 6, 2010
***Disclaimer: Again, this post may get long. So, just bare with me or skip to the pictures. I’ll never know!***
On Tuesday, we were waiting for Brian’s friend and his family to join us. So, Brian headed into town to get Jenny’s tire checked out (her tire pressure light had come on) and to meet his friend. Once they got to the cabin, we got them all unloaded and headed out to grab a bite to eat. It turns out that while we were there, we hardly ever had lunch before 2pm. So, our plans of cooking supper went south quick. We basically turned into a bunch of snackers all week. LOL! Anyway, after we had lunch, we decided to take the kids sledding. The local Chamber of Commerce keeps a hill next to them ready with snow during the winter months, and kids 12 and under can sled for free. Well, we saw everyone sledding on another hill
that even had a NO SLEDDING sign. So, being the people we are, we joined in the fun. I only went down once with Caleb. It was Micah’s naptime, and quite frankly way too darn cold for me Micah. Besides, the one time I did go down with Caleb we ended up doing several 360s and finally stopped when we crashed into another person (a child…I felt so awful, but she totally understood). So, Micah and I headed to the car for his nap, and I was able to snap some pictures from the warmth of the vehicle.
Wednesday, we got up and headed to Ski Beech for some ice skating. We knew it was an outdoor rink; however, we didn’t know we wouldn’t have access to the handrails. You see, that ice storm that came through on Christmas Eve…well, they didn’t clear any of it away near the handrails. This did not make for good skating in my mind. Nonetheless, I donned my skates along with everyone else (minus the two men and Micah), and we were off. Well, it was NOT fun. I made it around once