Sunday, December 4, 2011

What We Learned in November

I don't know about you, but for me, this school year is just flying by. Maybe it's because we have been so busy; I don't know. Anyway, here is what we worked on during November:

Bible - We spent November studying the life of Daniel. Since the 4 older kids had performed the church musical about  Daniel this summer, this was just a refresher for them.We made books about Daniel's life. Here are their pages about Nebuchadnezzar's golden image and the fiery furnace.
Sassy Pants's drawing of the fiery furnace



History - We finished the Roman Empire!! Now we get to move into the Byzantine Empire. The kids (and I) learned a lot about the lives of the Roman people, especially the emperors.

Science - The girls studied the brain and the nervous system. We had a really important lesson about how we learn information by making connections in our brain. The more connections that are made, the better we learn something. This really helped the girls to see why I have them do so many things with new information - listen to me read about it, read about it themselves, write/notebook about it, etc.

Spanish - We use Rosetta Stone for Spanish. The kids seem to learn it quite well, which makes me happy.

Typing - After watching The Boy hunt and peck for the past couple of years when typing a paper, I decided to get a simple typing game for the computer to help the older three learn to type. I've seen tremendous improvement in the speed of their typing. While they may not hold their fingers on the correct keys, they at least know where each letter is located.
1st grade - Little Red is really reading well now. She started her Bible book, and every day she reads to one of the older kids.

Co-op - We had our last day of classes for this semester the Thursday before Thanksgiving. As much as I enjoy co-op, 10 weeks is just the right length. The Boy has really learned a lot in his US Geography class.
That night, our homeschool group had it's semi-annual Fine Arts Night. Usually, The Boy sings in it, but this year he had soccer practice that he couldn't miss so he was going to be late to Fine Arts and had to skip singing. He did have art work from his co-op art class on display, though.


Other - We also did some Thanksgiving theme activities. Little Red worked on some Thanksgiving sight words, and Sassy Pants did number recognition and one-to-one correspondence with pilgrims and Indians.
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