January 14: What are we learning this week? (With links to some of our resources!)
This week hubby and NDEW are studying:
Math: Hundreds board-NDEW and hubby are going to fill in a hundreds board over the course of the week to review factors and learn about prime numbers, squares, and divisibility rules.
Spelling/Vocab: Definition, part of speech, spelling and use of the word in a sentence: This week’s words are arid, arrogant, barren, blunder, and boisterous.
Science: We are starting our first lapbook, so we’ll see how that goes! This lapbook will cover things like galaxies, astronomy vocabulary, famous astronomers, black holes, comets and asteroids. We’re not going to attack our first one from scratch so we’re using a template that I found at www.homeschoolshare.com
History: Learning about the Jamestown Colony and more details about the 13 colonies. NDEW will be playing a Jamestown settlement game online (found here: http://www.historyglobe.com/jamestown/ ) and completing a project that shares information about each of the 13 colonies such as leaders from each colony, the economy in each, why the colony was founded and what the predominate religion was in each colony.
Geography: We discovered www.seterra.net and it looks awesome! NDEW will be doing some activities on that and making a US landforms informational mini-booklet.
Reading: Who knows! NDEW and hubby are going to go to the ASU library this week and get their library card (a great benefit for those of us who aren’t affiliated with the university but who live in the community!) I’m sure they’ll find some great books to explore! NDEW was very excited when we searched their online catalog and they had over 2700 books just on astronomy. He’s never been to an academic library before…I think we may have to drag him out of there! The ASU library also has a great children’s section because of their strong education department. I have a feeling that hubby and NDEW are going to become regulars there!
Writing: More journal writing and keyboarding practice, as well as an activity on literary devices (like idioms, personification, etc.) In this activity NDEW will put a card that defines each device and gives an example into his writing journal. He’ll then write two examples of his own for each device. I found the cards at http://msjensenclass-teacherresources.wikispaces.com/Classroom+Posters They are designed to print as full pages-like to put up in a classroom-but I printed them four-per-page and they were great cards! There some other great resources on that page that I think we’ll be using in the future!
1. Create the Jamestown colony/settlement in Minecraft.-So NDEW absolutely loves Minecraft and we definitely see him using his creativity and problem solving skills when he plays it during his free time. It’s almost like virtual Legos. So we thought it would be fun to bring Minecraft into his homeschooling every now and then. We’re studying colonial America so NDEW will be creating the Jamestown settlement in Minecraft. He has information including some maps/drawings to go by. Depending on how detailed he gets with this and how much time he spends on it this week, this may turn into a multi-week project. I think the eventual plan is for him to record a tour of his created settlement and then to post it to YouTube to share with others.
2. Finish the planets PowerPoint started last week.
3. Start on a PowerPoint for the 13 Colonies.
4. A few other quick math and art activities.
Away from Home: Trip to the ASU library, homeschool music/recorder class, trip to the ASU Dark Sky Observatory (on Saturday evening), lots of errands to run with dad (Get ready to use those real-world money skills NDEW!)