Monday, November 21, 2011

Our plans for this week…

We are going to have an easy school week this week…  What with Thanksgiving and all, I thought he could have that day off from school work. :)
BUT.. before that we are still learning much.  Yesterday we watched the movie   Squanto: A Warrior’s Tale  from Netflix.
It was a great movie.  Though now  there are some facts we have to look up.  <smile> 
We will also be taking a virtual trip BACK to the first THANKSGIVING.  You can do it too here.
For MATH  -  plenty of division practice especially.
For LANGUAGE ARTS – he will be writing to his pen pals for thanksgiving…  Other than that no LA – he is already way ahead in this subject. 
For SPELLING – We will be reviewing the Spelling Rules.  No new words this week, just the rules. 
For READING – The Story “No More Molasses Cookie”  from his Christian Light Reading Book.  This is in addition to the other books he must read.  Over the last few months Noah has become quite the reader… his current BOOKS he is reading…
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Thimble Summer is the only one that is “for school”.  Elijah of Buxton is his current reading for while he is in bed before sleeping.  And Shadow Wolf is during the day, because he loves wolves!  He was so excited when I bought the first book in this series for him. 
For WRITING – He will have a 10- minute writing plunge.  He usually does this twice a week.  He gets a list of four different topics or sentences he must finish, and just writes for ten minutes.  Nothing matters but getting thoughts on paper during this activity.  Not Spelling.  Not Punctuation.  Or Grammar.   Surprisingly, he really likes this – I think because I am not grading his mistakes. 
AND of coarse, SPANISH AND LATIN  - Of the two he currently likes Latin better than Spanish. 
ART  - We will get caught up and finish our study on Jackson Pollack.  I, personally,  didn’t like this one, because (no offense to any Jackson Pollack fans) some of  his paintings look like he just splattered paint on a canvas everywhere making a huge mess.  Noah, however, had the idea that maybe he could try that and make some money selling his “art”. 

That will pretty much sum up our short week…  Happy Thanksgiving!

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Notable Noah – Something new

We did something today we have never done.  We walked down our road to the end of the street where there is a brand new Big Y Supermarket. 
It was my way of doing school with Noah, but in a different way.  I asked him  math facts he’s having trouble with along the way.  He told me stories, and idea after idea that he has…
When we got to Big Y, we got some water, and Noah says he can have science by going over to look at the lobsters.  LOL  ( We are studying crustaceans after all, was his logic) 
We certainly got our exercise in for today, as it is 3.8 miles round trip. 
Noah says it was all worth it because he got some treasures – his mother calls it junk.  Which is why I am reminded all of the time, “As the saying goes, One man’s junk is another man’s treasure… well, I’m the other man” says Noah. 
Noah and his ‘treasure’.
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last hill before home                  Charging up the hill, shouting
                                                       “Let’s do this!”

It kinda blends in.. but this was my not-so-pleasant surprise…a snake, sunning himself.
Believe it or not, I didn’t even freak out.  I managed to stay perfectly calm.

Sunday, November 6, 2011

An unusual day

Normally we don’t do school work on Friday.  That day is reserved for other things.  But this Friday is Veteran’s Day, so we will be doing something for that day. 

There are SO many ideas all over the internet for teaching children about Veteran’s Day.   So for simplicity sake, I have narrowed what we will be doing down to this:
Getting the book called H is for Honor: A Military Family Alphabet by Devin Scillian  from the library.  And using that with this unit.  This unit study has a lot fun and fact hunt ideas, that by the time we are finished we will have a pretty good idea of what Veteran’s Day is about. 
He will also be writing a thank you note to a Veteran or two! 

Saturday, November 5, 2011

A beautiful day!

In contrast to last Saturday, today was a very nice day. 

We decided to take a little walk…


He is bouncing back and forth on the bridge to make the bridge bounce up and down




He kind of blends into the shadows…


Because there is a bench…he wanted to rest awhile…


A rare picture of the two us.  We took many to get this one. By the time we were finished we were laughing hysterically.

Noah's 4th grade reading list

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