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Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Second Grade Week 6 in Review

We are finished with yet another week of second grade.  I’m hoping that by the end of this week we will be back on our regular 4 days per week schedule.  Here’s how this week went for us.
Bible:  Our Bible story this week was on “God is a Trinity.”  Caleb’s memory work for the week was First Catechism Q&A 6-8.  We read I Kings 18:17-39 and Matthew 3:13-17 as well.
Health:  This week we discussed the tips for having a pleasant meal.  We focused on table manners.
Science:  This week’s lesson focused on dental care.  Caleb learned the jobs of the front, pointed, and back teeth.  He also reviewed the # of teeth present at different stages in life.
English:  This week we reviewed nouns and compound words. 
Vocabulary:  We continued to review our words and definitions.  Caleb took his test and scored 100%.
Social Studies:  This week for geography we added the Indian and Arctic Oceans to our studies.  Our social studies lesson discussed patriotic holidays.  We learned about George Washington and Abraham Lincoln and the history/holidays associated with them.
Reading:  This week read the following books:
The Girl Who Loved Wild Horses by Paul Goble
”Camping” article by Evan-Moor Publishing
Lunch Boxes by Fred Ehrlich
Math:  We discussed addition +9 and mental math this week.  Caleb is still doing really well with the Math U See curriculum.  He really seems to enjoy it, too.
Art:  This week we learned about complementary colors.  Our first lesson was just an introduction into what complementary colors means.  The second lesson had Caleb drawing a “Red Grass and Orange Sky” opposites picture.  He drew a mountain scene (cloud, sun, mountains, brick house, orange tree, grass, and sky).  Then he had to color his picture with the complementary colors (for example…grass is green, so you color it red).  Then you stare at the picture for 30 seconds and then stare at the remaining blank half of your white paper.  You’re supposed to be able to see the true colors in the afterimage.  However, Caleb and I both had problems seeing anything different.  LOL!  Oh well…he still learned all about complementary colors.

Caleb coloring his picture using complementary colorsIMG_6290 Caleb’s “Orange Sky and Red Grass” pictureIMG_6294

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Second Grade Week 5 in Review

It seems like we’ve been working on week 5 forever.  We had to start it before vacation, and we just finished it yesterday.  With that said, here’s how week 5 panned out for us.
Bible:  Our Bible story this week was on “Noah and the Flood.”  We read Genesis 6:1 – 9:29.  Caleb’s Bible memory verse for the week was Genesis 6:8.
Health:  We discussed the benefits of a good dinner.  Caleb now knows what he should be eating for all 3 meals and snacks each day.  Now, let’s see how well he follows those guidelines…
Science:  We discussed food for health.  This was basically a review of the different food types (energy, protein, vitamins, and minerals).
English:  Caleb finished up his personal story this week by completing the writing process.  I think he did a WONDERFUL job. 

Caleb’s personal story titled, “Micah.”IMG_6285
Vocabulary:  Our vocabulary terms for the next two weeks are “antenna, balance, boulder, cliff, joint, machine, motor, muscle, planet, and slope.”  Caleb learned what each word means, and he did a few exercises to reinforce the meaning of each word.
Social Studies:  In Geography, we reviewed the 5 states we had previously learned.  I then added the Pacific and Atlantic Oceans to our study.  In Social Studies, we discussed some of our freedoms (freedom of speech, press, and religion).  We also discussed the flag and how to properly care for the flag. 
Reading:  Caleb read the following books this week
The Berenstain Bears and the Missing Dinosaur Bone by Stan & Jan Berenstain
”Frog and Toad” poem by Christina Rosetti
Theodore All Grown Up by Ellen Stoll Walsh
Math:  This week we worked on solving for the unknown.  It took Caleb a bit, but he finally grasped the concept.  He seems to really be enjoying the Math U See.
Art:  Our first activity had Caleb using tertiary colors to create a fall picture.  Tertiary colors are created by mixing a primary color with a secondary color.  Caleb had to complete a tertiary color wheel for his final activity this week.
Caleb working on his fall picture using tertiary colorsIMG_6093 Coloring the tree greenIMG_6096 Adding in yellow, orange, and red to make tertiary colorsIMG_6097 Caleb completed fall pictureIMG_6100 Caleb working on his tertiary color wheel
IMG_6280 Caleb’s completed tertiary color wheelIMG_6284

Caleb’s 7th Birthday Bash

We had Caleb’s 7th Birthdaycake bash on the 10th of this month.  However, I’m just now getting around to posting about it (life’s been crazy, and we’ve been out of town, too).  For the first time in his 7 years, we decided to have his birthday party somewhere other than at home.  So, we opted to have it at Party Playgrounds (a local bouncy house place).  And after the success of his birthday party, I may not ever have another one AT home.  LOL!  It was so nice having someone else clean up the mess for a change.  smile_wink
The kiddos played for a bit, and then we all gathered for pizza, cake, and ice cream.  We let them go back out and play for a bit more, and then we called them in for the opening of gifts.  Once that was all done, they were free to play until they were ready to go.  Caleb, Micah, and the other children had so much fun releasing all of their energy.  Everyone seemed to have a good time, and the staff at Party Playgrounds was very helpful. 
Here are pictures of the big bash.

Sign at Party PlaygroundsIMG_6203 Goody bags for the boysIMG_6107 Goody bags for the girlsIMG_6108 Goody bagsIMG_6110 The birthday boy with little brotherIMG_6112 Caleb’s “YODA” cakeIMG_6115This what he wanted written on itIMG_6103Caleb on the big slideIMG_6122BrothersIMG_6125 Micah going down the big slideIMG_6127 Caleb going down the big slideIMG_6128 Caleb made it to the top of the rope towerIMG_6139 Micah in the swingIMG_6140Caleb and Ashton enjoying pizzaIMG_6143Micah enjoying his pizzaIMG_6144 Half of the party crewIMG_6145 Other half of the party crewIMG_6146 Entire party crewIMG_6142 Birthday cake timeIMG_6150 Look at that flameIMG_6151 Make a wishIMG_6152Caleb enjoying his cake and ice creamIMG_6154 Micah and Granddaddy enjoying cake and ice creamIMG_6155 Silly facesIMG_6157 Uncle Daniel helping Micah play ballIMG_6160Ashton and JordanIMG_6162 CalebIMG_6163 Colton, Caleb, and AshtonIMG_6166 Micah trying to climb to the top of the slideIMG_6168 He made itIMG_6169 Time to slide downIMG_6170 Jordan, Caleb, and Jackson (this is how we can remember who gave him each gift…great idea Naomi)IMG_6171 Caleb and ColtonIMG_6172 P, Caleb, and HIMG_6174Ariana, Caleb, and AshtonIMG_6175 Do you see a theme with all of the gifts?IMG_6177 More Star Wars…IMG_6178 His first light saberIMG_6180 Micah with his new Toy Story bookIMG_6182 The last gift…Wipeout Wii gameIMG_6185 Everyone wanted to see the gameIMG_6186 FriendsIMG_6188 Gifts galoreIMG_6189 Naomi helping Ashton play ballIMG_6194 Colton, Ashton, and Caleb taking a break from playing to watch a movieIMG_6197 Micah enjoying his juiceIMG_6200 Jackson, Micah, Colton, Ashton, and Caleb enjoying the movieIMG_6201
Thank you to all of our family and friends who helped make Caleb’s birthday a special day.  We appreciate you taking the time to be with him on his big day.  He is loving all of the gifts.

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