I first gave them straws and let them blow the water to see if they could part it.
Ben liked pouring the pepper- a lot of it!
and it separates. It is really cool to see.
In Language Cruz finished up his sixth storybook and took his assessment test. He also had his first achievement test to make sure he is on target. He did well on both. His daily spelling tests increased from five to ten words a day. He began a two week study focusing on letter clusters. He has four charts of sounds that he is learning. He has a fun song that we sing each day to help him learn them.
Cruz singing the letter cluster phonics song. His charts are front and back.
a few of his workbook activities
In grammar he learned to find the subject of a sentence and continued practicing punctuation.
circling the subject
I had put periods at the end of each sentence and then he turned them all into exclamation marks. He likes to read them with expression. ha
Is the sentence asking or telling?
Ben is making his way through the alphabet. This week we focused on letter G.
matching magnetic letters to our cookie sheet chart
writing the letter Gg
Saying his verse for letter G: 1 John 4:8 God is love.
He had a full week of lessons on classification. He learned about things you would find in a toy store, clothing store, furniture store, and grocery store. In one of his activities he had to cut pictures from magazines to glue on the store page that we were learning about each day.
He loves to cut.
In Math Cruz focused on making the number 10.
cutting out triangles to review math facts
Ben's math lessons focused on number 11 and counting to 30.
counting apples on the tree
drawing the correct amount of triangles beside each number
Our History lessons were on the Liberty Bell and Betsy Ross.
the Liberty Bell
(just a little more colorful than the original)
online tutorial that showed us how to fold the paper and only make one cut to form our star. Once he caught on Cruz really enjoyed this. He said "we're just like Betsy". ha
He was just a little bit impressed with himself.
our five pointed star ornaments
We learned about the State of Maine.
In Science our topic was sedimentary rocks. Our first activity was called "Cleaning Muddy Water". It helped us see how sand and sedimentary rock can be used for filtering water. We first watched several YouTube videos on unclean drinking water. My boys are very familiar with this from growing up here.
Cruz examining our jar of dirty water.
pretending to drink it
we made a filter using a 2 liter Coke bottle, sand, and crushed rocks
pouring in the dirty water to let it filter
The water would still have to be boiled or treated before drinking it. The sand and rocks just helps filter out any dirt or debris.
doing it again with water from our tap
Cruz's sand painting shaped like a turtle
Our last activity of the week was making a sandstone. We mixed two cups of sand with 1/2 cup of glue. We pressed it into a loaf pan lined with plastic wrap. Once formed we sat it out in the sun to dry.
mixing it all together
our sandstone drying in the sun
In Health we learned about the importance of taking care of our teeth. We watched several YouTube videos about teeth, how to properly brush them, and on tooth decay. We also learned about dentists and their role in helping us have healthy teeth. We did an activity called "Apple Decay Test".
we used two apples for the experiment
the boys bit into one of the apples leaving broken skin on it
In Art they drew a baby bunny.
They also enjoyed coloring some sheets that were given to them by our recent guests.
Cruz colored the first two and Ben colored the Christmas gift one on the end.
Whew! It was a full week but most certainly a fun one. Have I mentioned lately just how much I love homeschooling my boys? Oh what a joy it is!