DS is 13 months and has been in the garden with me all season! We are learning to weed our fall garden! Pumpkin scarring and zucchini harvesting!
Also on our 6th ASL sign, thank you!
What about you? Looking forward to your responses!
I'm teaching my 5-year-old that other people like to get turns talking, too.
And today they've taught me that it is, in fact, possible for two children to get up in the morning and play quietly for half an hour while Mama finishes sleeping. Eureka!
But generally, we're learning about ancient Egypt, with a side of helicopters and boats. Math facts, handwriting [sand/salt, chalk, painting w/water], and taking turns passing a ball.
My 8 year old is learning more about mammals. I think he has checked every book about any mammal possible in the last few months, but we are seeing what else there is to learn. He's also learning about Ronaok (the lost colony) and early settlers. He's also picking up what he can (from books, Survivor Man, etc) about being self-sufficiant and surving. He's making his own tools, trying to make shelters, pretending to make fires, catching bugs, tracking animals, etc. He's a very busy boy.
My 11 year old is learning that math can be fun. PS messed her up when it comes to math, so I'm trying again to fix what they "broke". Lots of math games online, chess, checkers, math riddles, brain teasers, etc. She's also learning about plants and animals.
My 13 month old is learning about in and out, sorting, climbing, signs, what makes his brother and sisters laugh, does mommy really mean it when she says "no", can I get away with climbing up to the computer this time, Etc. LOL
His reading is coming along so rapidly he amazes me all the time with the words he can read and what he can't read he tries to sound out.
Sadly, Jan 21, 2011 m/c 6w5d
So now he's really digging jigsaw puzzles. He's a seriously auditory/sequential kid, so puzzles are not his forte, but he's trying. We have some 12 piece ones from Melissa & Doug and as long as I sit with him and give very gentle encouragement/clues he does fine. When I leave he's lost.
I find it so interesting that my kid talks like a 5 year old (or older), is teaching himself addition for fun, corrects my grammar (today it was misplaced modifier, he didn't know the term, but sure got the concept!), but struggles with 12 piece puzzles! Just shows you how there really are learning types--and he's auditory alright!
Algebra all the way down to simple addition. We started a new math, so we all watch the video together to recement the basics. Building with the manipulatives is fun for the whole crew. Online interactive math races are helping hone skills,too.
Rome has fallen and the Celts are not holding together so well. Epic outdoor battle coming soon. We are making banners and choosing teams, as well as preparing a menu for the armies' feasts.
Our skull is our cranium, our sternum holds our ribs together, we have 206 bones.Science is all about body systems. Youtube has been fun with this. There are online games to correctly place major bones in the fewest clicks. Everyone is getting better.
We are working on being able to locate all Countries on a map with ease. Admittedly the kidlets are better than I. I am improving. I am still better at States and Capitols.
We are learning which plants are good fall/winter crops. Seeds are started for cabbage and spinach. Daffodil bulbs are planted for Spring.
The older four are learning/perfecting bread making. They are beginning to learn how and why we make yogurt. They can make simple meals, keeping balanced nutrition in mind.
The baby is learning new words every day and especially delights in our nature walks. The 3 year old is (not) learning letters, but tries hard. She is learning how to play more gently with babies.
My 13yo ... helping him build his confidence as he grapples with 10th grade science, his first ever formal course work. Material is easy for him, but he's totally new to written assignments and quizzes which are written at the umbrella school. For a kid with serious perfectionism, this is a challenge.
My 11yo ... Muisc typesetting/publishing. She's super independent so almost everything else she does totally on her own.
My 7yo ... is learning Powerpoint and converting fractions to decimals, and I'm helping her learn the Vivaldi g minor violin concerto.
And together we're all learning to build a cob oven.
Mountain mama to three great kids and one great grown-up
Jessica, wife of Marc and Momma to Nikolai (7) and Nathaniel (6). Expecting Olivia in August!
We've been reviewing math (double digit addition and subtraction, time, and money) from last year and started the 'explode the code' book 2. DS has been reading a lot of easy readers about animals. He has been loving watching "Super Why". He getting his new belt in martial arts and learning peano.
In general though ...
We are moving through the second half of ancient history and are about to land in Greece. Whereas in US History, Columbus, et. al. are about to "discover" America.
We just learned that there are 10 noun forms in Latin - and though we are only in chapter three of LfC A, I'm guessing there are 10 forms for feminine nouns, 10 for masculine and 10 for neuter. Oh, this is going to be an interesting ride.
In science, the boys learned yesterday that the Earth is approximately 75% water - they found that fascinating.
They are learning subject and predicate, and the use of the 8 parts of speech in grammar (MCT Island). I am loving that curriculum and how it explains things.
My four year old is learning to recognize musical greats like Crowded House, Oingo Boingo, and Michael Jackson, and knows that the horns are what make Oingo Boingo's music so much fun. The older two probably know most of the words to Rosemary Clooney's Sisters. (I have a wide and eclectic taste in music and am making sure the boys know the various artists in our iTunes playlist - their favorite song right now is Dead Man's Party.)
And I figured out this week how to help make long division more conceptual for ds#1. He does well with algorithms, but also loves knowing the why things work, and we use Singapore & Miquon purposely because they are conceptual in their approach. But having never been taught math conceptually myself, sometimes I have to stretch my brain around it all. Seeing long division done with place-value discs was great. And he's slowly learning to like multiplication and division as he is slowly, and finally, memorizing his times tables.
and dd born 11/21/10 - our T21 SuperBaby
We read, alot. And since there is a playground fairly close by (about 15 minutes) we go there once a week or so. We play in the yard.
Basically-- every day life. I know I have time to start on more school-type things, but I don't see why we have to get TOO in to that right now. I just want her to play and enjoy herself.
- in science we're learning about atoms and molecules
- in history we're learning that Catholics and Protestants didn't get along very well, and sometimes that meant someone lost their head
- he did his first logic puzzles this week and LOVED them
- in spelling we learned about hard and soft letters and how some words have both (garage, ice cream)
- in handwriting, we learned the cursive letters e and l, and also practiced joining them a la el, and le
- in literature, we've had the awful misfortune of starting the first of the Lemony Snicket books
My 3 year old learned that mom and dad prefer that he color in his drawing book or on loose paper, instead of the laptop screen. lol
And I'm learning that I'm just going to have to jump head-first into this Latin stuff, b/c the intimidation doesn't just wear off walking past it every day.
Jessica, wife of Marc and Momma to Nikolai (7) and Nathaniel (6). Expecting Olivia in August!
DS is also taking a clay animation course at school, and he learned the rules of the class/teacher, how to set up the equipment, and how to shoot a simple clay movie. I am thrilled for this class! I want to take it! He will be taking a Lego class, as well, and the teacher for this one is so sneaky - she is using the awesome Lego lab to help kids learn project management skills - something ds really needs to learn. We won't start this class until the week after next.
On our own we have been reviewing math (ds is still scarred from public school in this area) and working on handwriting in preparation for learning cursive. We learned that there will be a Picasso exhibit coming to our local art museum this fall, so we have been learning about Picasso, cubism, surreal and abstract art. We watched a video (which I should have previewed since it had some adult concepts like eroticism - oops!) about Picasso that explained the evolution of his art. Very interesting - I am learning as much as my son. He has been inspired by all the art books we checked out, and spends large chunks of time every day drawing or painting in various styles.
DD (4) is itching to learn to read and write, so we've been working on that in small increments. She is driven to do things just like her older brother. She is also learning that lying elicits stern punishment, and it's really hard to hide it when you poop in your pants.
Both kids continue to learn tough life lessons about budget making, choosing where the money goes, and how finite money is. I hope they are learning to be content and grateful with what they have. I need to be learning this lesson, too.
We're excited for this year and the plans we have.