Friday, August 28, 2015

Friday week 4

7.15    - math; addition pg 69. Progress in Mathematics
---She had to copy (writing) the problems out on another page of paper and write the answers.  We spent almost half this time talking about the 'Critical Thinking' part where it compared baseball scores and innings.

8:15    - School of Dragons
---showing me what she had learned yesterday and talking about what she still needed to  do

9:15    - break - Get ready for library

10a    - library - she played with the instrument program while I picked out half of her books, then she picked out the other half.
11a    - park play with kids, P.E.
12p    - break

1.15p    - Reading / Social Studies: Geography/Geology and Land forms in People Together book
---canyons, rivers, volcanoes, lakes, oceans, islands, peninsulas, plains, hills and mountains
---We looked through the Natural Wonders of the World book and identified some things.
1.30    - Spanish practice lessons
2p - done

We watched part of the Inside Planet Earth geology video tonight at dinner.
It answered some of her questions about volcanoes, earthquakes and more.
She's outside playing mountain climber now.

So, this week we have done math and numeracy, writing (report, and prompt), lots and lots of reading,  Biology (animal studies), History (Helen Keller) and Geography, Geology, Spanish, P.E. and Technology.   I have been asking her lots of vocabulary words in the Grimm sisters books - some of them might be sticking.    That hits on all of our goals and yet being a full work week it could have been terribly stressful and it wasn't.    

I was telling her this week that second graders write a whole lot more than she had been doing - and we met our goal to do two writing activities and to also work on our writing in math (number names) more.  Considering expressive writing is her most challenging subject and she hates to spell - we are coming along much better there.  I've heard changes in her speech again this past month - she has made more ground there and has been picking up new words from her reading.

Our goals are still to do the following each week:

Reading,Writing and Math (some element of each of these every day) 
It is a goal to have Social Studies in some form twice a week..(Geography/History) 
Sciences (Biology and Geology) once each per week.
Spanish once a week
P.E, Art and Music as it comes

Thursday, August 27, 2015

Thursday Dragon Day

8.30a    - writing numbers as words
9.15a    - writing prompt - If you could live anywhere in the world, where would you live and why?
----"I would live in Japan.  I like the soup.  I like the way the roofs are shaped on the houses."

9.30    - online game: School of Dragons
----She made a lot of ground after begging me to allow her to play this.  I previewed it last night and it looked involved and complicated enough to count as some school time. She read instructions, followed quests, and learned new controls and interfaces.  This is an important part of our goals for 'engineering primary school', that she discover new things, really get into the workings of them and make and achieve her own goals.  Of course, the game or interface has to have things that really teach, too- not a pony dress-up game, but something with strategy, quests and lessons.

12p    - reading aloud: "Crawdad Creek" by Scott Russell Sanders
12.15p    - half mile walk
12.30p    - done

Tomorrow is a library day, and my day off- so we can get some more done.  This has been my 'six days on, one day off (Sunday) and four more on' week and it can be tough even without incorporating school goals into it.  I am very proud of the amount of writing she has done this week.  'Writing and writing to the end of time etc..' as she said it was this morning as she despaired over the two worksheets on her desk.  She has really shown she has the ability - we just have to get in the practice.

I am hoping to cover another section in our Social Studies book 'People Together' tomorrow morning before we leave for the library.  She has things to show me in the dragon game that she is proud of - she begged tonight to spend some time tomorrow showing me the new things she has discovered and what her dragon has accomplished 'in only one day - I was so amazed' in her words.

+20 pages in Grimm Sisters before bed

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Infinity Wednesday

8:45a - writing numbers as words practice
--this is something that I want to make sure she can do from memory, and not needing to copy the words... so we will do it several times this week with the word list and next week she doesn't get a list of the words to look at.  At least, that is the goal.

9:15a - reading aloud: "Infinity and Me" library book (to puppies)
9:30a - discussion about Infinity
---She compared infinity to a tree, a fire that never stops burning, and a phoenix's life cycle of dying and being born again.  About the tree - she said she was the root, and the bark and wood were her parents, and the branches and leaves were her grandparents going back all through time to the tiniest little branches and leaves forever being 'infinity'.  Then she backed up and said she was the seed, just beginning to break, that the root would grow from..because she isn't grown up yet.
9:45a - break

10:00a - Codebreakers activity alphanumeric code translation
10:15a - Writing chicken report into book format
       - learning to use word processor
11a    - minecraft - Freeway world 'mouse village' survival mode
11.45a - break

12p    - puppy grooming
12.15p - ball track building
1p     - cutting and cooking pork loin
1.15p  - ball track
2p     - done

Tuesday, August 25, 2015


9.30a    - reading aloud: "Wonder Horse" (to puppies)
10a    - half mile walk
10.15    - fossil hunting
10.30a    - house cleaning
10.45a    - break

11a    - house cleaning
11.30a    - reading: Backyard Bestiary, parakeets and lovebirds
12.15p    - break

4.30p    - researching and handwriting animal report 'Wild Chickens'
6p    - break
---Actually she started her research at 5, after I had come home, gotten settled in from work and explained what she needed to do and what questions she needed to answer.  She could read words off of the question sheet, type into Google, hand copy words back to her sheet and ask for help with spelling.  She was very good at all of this and put up with lots of writing.  She was really TRYING to be good today so she could play some Skyrim.

6.45p    - "The Miracle Worker" and discussion
8.45p    - done

We cooked Cheesy Joes (without tomato sauce) for dinner and she watched me cook.  We put in the Miracle Worker (the black and white one, which we got from Netflix) She was not enamored of it at first - and it starts out quite intense and continues like that for nearly the entire 2 hours.... but I think she got a lot out of it with massive explanation of what was going on and why.  We also practiced a little sign language alphabet.

She did play a little Skyrim just before bed, and we read 20 pages more of the Grimm Sisters book.

Monday, August 24, 2015

Monday Not Back to School

8.45a    - reading "Yoko Paper Cranes"
    - math worksheets, missing addends in addition equations
---Quote: Do I need to do the Critical Thinking part?  Do I need Critical Thinking? ///Yes, yes you do.
9.15a    - paper crane folding
9.30a    - reading "Crawdad Creek"
10a    - break

10.15    - G&T Math puzzles:  Rearrange digits for place value, numbered player puzzles  'who am I?'
10.45    - discussion of division and multiplication. with beans.
---Daddy said he showed the properties of division and multiplication, and had her multiply and divide groups, relating one operation to the other.

11a    - Science Kit: crystals
11.20    - reading Backyard Bestiary; Pigeons

--Racing pigeons are her favorite type of pigeon, she says.
11.30a    - break

12.15p    - minecraft: pigeon world
1p    - break

6.15p    - Documentary: "Deep Sea"
----What eats the Giant Pacific Octopus?  She was very impressed by the wolf eels (which she said looked like ghosts) eating sea urchins *crunch crunch* and the coral egg spawn.  She asked many good questions on the way through the docu...including if the shrimp had poison to fend off the octopus, and about the sea turtles being cleaned by the schools of fish (The turtle doesn't make the fish, does he? OH, ok.. I wondered what I was seeing there.)
7p    - done

Mom Notes for Social Studies :  I did a 'distilled' George Washington writeup for her to read with me later this week.  It is printed and ready to go.  I plan to make a few others to start with - Ben Franklin, Abraham Lincoln, Thomas Jefferson.  I also saw a 50 states set of worksheets where the states are all printed in the map except for a random 10..and the student has to name those from a list and put them in the right places.  Printing out some larger maps of the Northeastern seaboard and the District of Columbia I realize there are things I would not have known had I not looked them up just now... like the Pentagon is in Virginia, and the District of Columbia is between Maryland and Virginia (and just how that happened, although that is a bit advanced for Esme right now).  Her quote seeing me studying this is that D.C is a 'popular place for all America and has the White House.'  Well..ok...we're at least starting somewhere.

I need to do a writeup on mayor, governor, state legislature, congressman( Senator and Representative) and President for her as well.   I need to do some more of my own research before I can make sure I'm presenting that all correctly.

Other Notes:  Our hardcopy math book arrived today.  We have been using Khan, an online PDF, worksheets and the Gifted and Talented workbook to assess where she is at in math.  Now, we're getting ready to go forward.  Her hardest parts will be reading the directions and doing word problems, making graphs and charts etc.  She has a very good idea of the operations.

Sunday, August 23, 2015


Esme took a picture of the red dye I put in my hair

We've had a relaxing day at home - still got some work done - cleaned out the chicken house and their yard (nettles were encroaching) and did some housework.  Esme and I played Monopoly and looked up various things.  We got into Netflix again to get some documentaries for school this year.  There are several things on there we are really looking forward to.