Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Homeschool Week 35

Another week down and only one week to go.  This school year is about to come to an end.  I cannot wrap my brain around the fact that it is almost over!  Here is a look at week 35-

In Bible we are continuing a study on the life of Paul.  I have really enjoyed teaching through these stories.  They have opened up a lot of good discussions about being a follow of Christ and what that means.  I am very thankful for daily opportunities to invest Biblical truth into my boys.  It is what I love most about being a homeschool mom.  They are continuing to memorize the books of the New Testament.  We are also reviewing all of the long passages that Cruz has memorized this school year (John 3: 14-19, Psalm 34: 8-19, Proverbs 3: 5-6, Romans 10:9, Matthew 18: 1-6, The 10 Commandments Exodus 20: 3-5 7-8 12-17, Matthew 11: 28-30, Matthew 22: 36-39).  They learned a new song "I'm in the Lord's Army" and they love to sing it and march around the room.

In Math Ben is mostly reviewing and learning new +1 addition facts.

Using a remote control antenna to point to his numbers as he counts to 100

lining up his number cards and then using them to practice skip counting

Cruz had a unit review in math and then took his unit test on Friday.  He is now finished with his math book and will spend his last week reviewing and taking his final exam. 

Ben learned the letter "Y" in language.  His memory verse for the week was Matthew 5:14 "Ye are the light of the world".  His nursery rhyme for the week was Jack Be Nimble. 

Y is for yarn

Cruz was thrilled to finally get to this last reader book of the year in his language class.  He has known this one was coming up and he has been anxious to read it.  He has read all but two of the stories in it so far.  The cover shows the sounds that we have been learning.  Another favorite thing of mine this school year was watching his reading skills increase.  It was almost like an overnight moment that he took off in his reading and he has continued to advance ever since.  It has been amazing to watch and it makes me very proud to know that I have helped him learn that skill. 

Cruz reading in class one day

In History we learned the stories of Paul Bunyan and Johnny Appleseed.

Our activity was called "Appleseed Prints".  We cut an apple in half, examined the inside, and took out the seeds.  The boys then each used a half to make apple prints. 

of course they had to eat some apples too while they worked

their apple prints

We learned about the beautiful State of Hawaii.

In Science we learned about birds.

We watched several videos about birds- how they fly, what they eat, different types etc.  Their favorite of all was a video of some baby birds hatching.  They watched patiently for eight minutes and thought it was the coolest thing.  In addition to videos we went on a bird walk outdoors to try and see what types of birds we could spot, and to listen for bird sounds. 

Our Science activity was painting with feathers. 

painting with feathers in Science

In Art they drew a baby goat.

Cruz also drew this picture one day in class

Journal entries for the week-

Describe an elephant.  "They are big.  They have big ears.  They eat a lot.  They drink a lot."

"What I like to watch on t.v.  Pink Panther, Mister Bean, Tom and Jerry, Scooby Doo, Odd Bods, Discovery Channel, and Mister Maker."

I'll end with a video I took of Cruz practicing one of his piano songs.  It is his favorite Spanish praise song called Alabare'.  He had asked his teacher if she would teach it to him.  In addition to the regular weekly songs he has to learn this was an extra that he added himself.  He has been working hard to learn it.  I am so proud of how he has done this school year in music.  He has come a long way and learned so much.  He makes his mama proud!

Only a few more school days left to go.  Zip-a-Dee-Doo-Dah...

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