Friday, June 10, 2011

Wrap-up Week 1

This was our first week of the 2011-2012 home-school year.  Even though the kids had colds all week, we were able to do the following:

Math:  Both Nick and Sam worked on their perspective grade level.  There were a few mistakes, but that is to be expected since they did not do a bit of math during our break.  Nick's mistakes were made because of distractions.  This is a constant for him, but as long as someone is near by, he seems to concentrate on his work. 

Copy-work:  Looks like more practice is needed for handwriting, especially for Samantha. Nick improved as the week went on.  They both needed to be reminded to take their time with each word.

Reading:  Very impressed with their reading selections!  I require that Nick and Sam read a book each day...their choice.  When I get home from work I am impressed with pile of books that they have chosen.

FIAR:  This week we studied The Bee Tree by Patricia Polacco.
With the Bee Tree, we learned the following:

Geography - learned the location of Michigan and the Yukon
Art - Mapping - drew the course of the adventure
Science - Bees and why they are important to nature
Social Studies - Family relationships
Narration - Nick and Sam narrated the story back to me as a review

The Bee Tree is about Patricia Polacco's mother when she was a little girl. I love the ending of the book and if you want to read another great book by Patricia Polacco, I suggest you read Thank you, Mr. Falker.  This book also ties into the theme of The Bee Tree.  In fact, I recommend all of Patricia Polacco's books!!

I will end this with a quote that is found in The Bee Tree:
"Such things...adventure, knowledge and wisdom.  But these things do not come easily.  You have to pursue them.  Just like we ran after the bees to find their tree, so you must also chase these things through the pages of a book!"

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