Sunday, July 12, 2009

A New Schedule

This past week, Miah began second grade and Larkin started kindergarten. Jeremiah started his new work schedule, so today, we were able to go to church together as a whole family. It was wonderful, such a blessing, such an answer to prayer. It also changes the way we do things around the house, and I was a bit apprehensive about that. But I think the week went really well. We had a Bible lesson at breakfast, then chores, then reading and math. While Miah and Larkin did their chores, I took some time to do some Montessori activities and look at books with Zahana and Rohan. Reading was done outside, Miah and Larkin taking turns reading for 20 minutes each while the others played. We did math at the kitchen counter, out of the little ones' reach; they usually ended up playing upstairs anyway. We had all that done by the time Jeremiah woke up around 10:00 so we could spend time together before he left at 2:30. Zahana and Rohan were used to taking a nap at 1:00, but this week, I laid them down at 2:30 to give us some quiet learning time. They actually did pretty well, but I had to wake them up which I don't like to do. I think I'll try putting them to bed at 2:00 so they don't want to sleep quite so late. Anyway, at that time, Miah and Larkin had a phonics lesson, Miah had some copywork to do, and Larkin has been working on basic handwriting skills, which he has been enjoying. I think he likes that he has his own book to do. I had ordered the phonetic storybooks from Sing, Spell, Read & Write off ebay, and it came with the Off We Go handwriting book (nice surprise) so he's using that. Then, we have the rest of the time to do Apologia Astronomy or our timeline. In the past, I've tried to cram everything into one day and always felt rushed. Now I'm alternating the days we do astronomy or the timeline - much nicer. Plus I want to incorporate art, copywork, and narration into these instead of always doing them seperately.
So.........wanna see some pictures?
We began an astronomy notebook, using a 1" binder. Here's Larkin's cover page:
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And Miah's:
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I found these free printables from JFeliciano (scroll down to astronomy ch 1) via Squidoo's space lapbook page. They are designed to accompany the Apologia Astronomy book but can be used without it to make a lapbook. Each of the booklets that mentions all the planets gives options to include or omit Pluto. (We left it out.)
Miah's:
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Larkin's:
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The top minibook illustrates Ptolemy's incorrect model of the solar sytem and Copernicus's correct one. Middle left booklet is some astronomy words and definitions taken from the text. "Who Am I?" opens with three flaps, giving three clues to the answer which is in the center - "gravity". The bottom piece shows the order of the planets in relation to the sun. Under the flaps, the kids wrote out their mnemonic phrase to help them remember the order, although I'm not sure their sentences will be any easier to remember than the list of planets. Larkin's says, "My vulture eats mushrooms, juice, slimy universes, narwhals!" And Miah's reads, "Monkey's violin eats milk; jumps sinks, unicorns, nests!"
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Miah had some copywork for her notebook. This page was also from JFeliciano.
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On the timeline, we added Manasseh and the Powers of Mesopotamia.
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Upon reading that the Assyrians had catapults, I knew we would have to make one and lovingly passed that project Jeremiah's way. Larkin was really excited about this, and between hearing about it Friday afternoon and actually getting to build it Saturday afternoon, everything was Assyrian this and Assyrian that and "Catapults ready, my lord!"
The catapult plans were roughly based on these. Needless to say, they had a great time with this. Miah had to be relegated to photographer as she had just cut her foot pretty bad and had to stay off it. So some of these photos are hers.

Larkin and Rohan built the whole thing themselves.
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JUST kidding.
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Pull the arm back. Use those muscles! And don't get your face in front of it - just in case!
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Set the hook.
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Add your ammo: a ball, rocks, leaves, diseased cattle, whatever you think the neighbors would like flung toward their house.
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Then pull the string . . .
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. . . and let 'er fly!
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Make sure you let the baby operate your battle weapon. (He was so funny. Instead of pulling the string, he would hold it and shout, "Go! Go!")
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They played around with it, trying to make it launch the rocks higher and farther.
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And strategically placed some "bad guys" in the yard to add to the fun.
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Don’t throw away your opportunity by imitating school too closely. - Ruth Beechick

7 comments:

  1. Looks like a productive week! Love the catapult, they look like they are having a great time with it!

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  2. Oh, I LOVE it, all of it. The astronomy printables and the catapult - everything. Sutter is looking over my shoulder and asking all sorts of questions. I think you could probably have another student, if you want...

    You are an inspiration my friend!

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  3. Oooooo....I love your brand of "school"! This is how I want to do my learnin' with the kids...lovely! :-) Thanks for the inspiration!

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  4. What great astronomy studies! The catapult is awesome; we must try to make one some day!

    Lisa :)

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  5. Hey, it's me from the nursery at Monday Fun! Thanks for telling me about your blog! I love it!
    What kind of paper do you use for your notebooks?

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  6. Retrocutie - Cardstock for most pages. You can get packs of it at Hobby Lobby. Some of the art pages are on regular white paper and stuck into a sheet protector.

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