08 December 2007

Elf and Emperor's Homeschool Update

Mathmatics

Public school's curriculum, taught at home. They're learning about the clock -- again! -- because for some reason we're finding that the concepts of telling time and calculating what time it will be in 20 minutes, etc., are not sticking. We're adding dollars and cents together and using our decimals. We need to be able to do this on paper by lining our decimals up and carefully adding and subtracting. Sometimes, we use a calculator. That calculator is very tricky, and you need to remember that 65 cents is .65 and two cents is .02. When the calculator gives us an answer like 5.6, it really means five dollars and sixty cents!

English

Bob Jones English and Spelling, Grade 2. Singular and plural nouns, common and proper nouns, and separating words in a series with commas were in our latest unit. In spelling we're on our third lesson out of... oh, 48 or so!! That's ok. We're taking our time with spelling, and doing a lot of journal work with our spelling.

Bible

Bob Jones Grade 3. We've skipped a bit in our textbook and are learning about the birth of Jesus. We're learning to sing, "Little Town of Bethlehem." The angel Gabriel and his visits to Zacharias and Mary were covered.

Science

Second Grade Lifepacs. We're almost done with second grade science! We're working on finishing the ninth Lifepac out of ten. This one is about "Changes in Our World" and deals with seasons and the idea that animals and people change with seasons or as they grow. Then, when we're finished with the tenth book, we'll study whatever we want for the rest of the school year!!
Reading

Emperor is reading first grade readers from ABeka books. He's working on Brave and True. Elf is working on a Bob Jones second grade reader. We also read from the King James version of the Bible. I read aloud to the boys each day as well. We have started Farmer Boy by Laura Ingalls Wilder. The boys were very impressed with the story of how Mr. Corse beat Big Bill Ritchie and his gang today!

Social Studies

Bob Jones Grade 2. When we're done with this science unit, we'll concentrate more on Social Studies. We haven't done any Social Studies since Thanksgiving. Then again, during the two weeks before Thanksgiving, we concentrated on Social Studies. Now, we are concentrating on science. Only so many hours in the day, you know.

1 comment:

  1. OK, Let me introduce you to Winter promise. We've been using it for 2years and love it. Also, Apologia science. History and Science are MacKenzie's 2 favorite subjects and she loves these curriculums. Look into them. They're awesome. Christian based and hands-on. There's more out there then Bob Jones and Abeka.
    Blessings,
    Jennifer

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