Monday, October 22, 2012

SIX WEEKS ARE DONE!

I am thrilled . . .
we made it through the first six weeks of homeschool!

Today, my youngest two received their report cards . . .
the other two are on 9 week schedules . . .
not sure why Abeka has them divided into 6 and 9 weeks, but they do  . . . So I go with it!

Evan (EJ) is in Grade 3:
Math: 96% A
Reading: 92% B+
Language: 90% B
Penmanship: 90% b
Spelling: 95% A-
Science: 94% A-

Cody is in Grade 1:
Math: 99% A
Penmanship: 94% A-
Phonics: 100% A+
GREAT JOB Guys!!!

Ryan and Cameron both had their Progress Reports come out . . .

Ryan is in Grade 5:
Math: 91% B+
Reading: 92% B+
Language: 86% B-
Penmanship: 82% C+ 
Spelling: 88% B
History: 91% B+
Science: 87% B-

Cameron is in Grade 4:
Math: 93% B+
Reading: 92% B+
Language: 93% B+
Penmanship: 89% B
Spelling: 94% A-
History: 80% C
Science: 82% C+

The boys are realizing Homeschool isn't any easier than going to the school they had always gone to. In fact, this Mama and our Mrs. P insist they accomplish the subjects in FULL. Meaning: the skill sheets, the homework, the extra studying for quizzes and test, etc. MUST be completed. The grading curve remains advanced as well ~ we do not use the 10 point scale . . . if we did, my boys would have all A's and B's ~ those C's wouldn't exist.

Ryan and Cameron are realizing school is getting a bit more challenging with every passing year. They are both LEARNING  how to study.

I feel we are off to a great school year!

Monday, October 15, 2012

Week Six Beginning

We are beginning our SIXTH week of Home School.
I am thrilled to say . . .
Today was a VERY Good Day!

The kids tried hard to get their lessons done in good time.
They have been working hard on studying for quizzes and tests.
They get along very well during the school day and it never ceases to amaze me at the little anecdotes they come up with each day.
Tomorrow I should try to jot them down so I can share them with you. I am sure you will either laugh or find them interesting or maybe even cute.


Thursday, October 11, 2012

Dragon Day



Today the kids learned about Passports, China and Chinese Dragons.

They made dragons . . .





Baby Joseph and I watched.




The kids made Joseph a dragon tail.




They had a lot of fun today!



Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Not for the Faint of Heart

We are now in the FIFTH week of Home School and we have worked out most of the kinks associated with taking on the Home Schooling of six kiddos. 

When we began this journey, I had not planned on the boys having homework as I figured it would all be done during school hours. Well, as it turns out, my boys MUST have homework . . . no ifs ands or buts about it. Each of the kids get their required school day work complete. I have written before . . . we are using the Abeka Academy Video streaming. Each and every lesson is watched via computer. Then comes the seat-work, quizzes and tests . . . Mrs. P and I see to that portion. This is where we find out how much of the listening is actually sinking in. As we see where the kids are excelling or needing assistance we make sure to send home extra practice or study sheets.

Our school days typically run from 8:30 a.m. until 2:00 p.m. It is a real treat if we get out of school at 1:00 p.m. We try to encourage the kids to listen and work independently . . . of course, when they come upon a question, they come to one of us for help. I REALLY love it when the kids start to ask us a question and will stop and say . . . "Wait . . . I know . . . I get it!"

I am also thrilled to have Mrs. P right along side! She is AWESOME and a wonderful teacher. (Plus she is TREMENDOUS at Math!)

Progress Reports were average last week. I am excited to report that the kids are all doing well and grades are reflecting that. Of course, as the year progresses . . . the school work gets a bit harder.

The kids are still excited to begin school each morning . . . I sure hope they hold on to that thought throughout the school year.

Thursday, October 4, 2012

Thursday with Mrs. M

Mrs. M is at our home school today . . . 
the kids are thrilled and excitement is all around.

The kids are learning about apples.
The had three little video segments to watch.
Mini Science Experiments in smell and taste and
a cooking experiment too!

As I listen to the Science class, I smile  . . .
inquisitive kiddos . . .
fun . . .
giggles . . .
Yippee for Thursday!