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Monday, September 14, 2015

First Every 30-Day Homeschool Review!

So far, I love the program we are using for homeschooling!  Hopefully I will write about it later.  One of the things I love about it is that there is a ton of accountability.  One way to ensure this is that we have to write 30-day reviews for our kids.  This first one is for 1 week only as school has just started. And it is probably wayyyyy more detail than my teacher-contact needs.  But like a little kid in the candy store, I'm just so excited to have it done and would love to document it for later years to come (when I can chuckle about both my enthusiasm and inexperience).  While this is utterly boring for anyone but me, maybe the kids will one day want to read what they did their first week of homeschooling ever.  It was a great week! (Let's hope I can write that for our last week of school and all the ones in between as well.)

Here is Nathan's:

Class: Fourth Grade PE

GOALS:
1.    The student will participate regularly in various physical activities such as cardio vascular work, strength training, sports/skill based activities and/or health related lessons (soccer, basketball, tennis, nutrition, safety, etc).

4.2: Develops and monitors a health and fitness plan. (Fitness log, portfolio, or journal to record physical activity; set goals)
1.1: Develops motor skills and movement concepts as developmentally appropriate. (Field a ground ball and throw to a base, perform a cartwheel, dribble)

TOPICS:
Hiking, baseball skills, rules & team work, pull-up bar strength training

ACTIVITES:
Nathan is continuing to learn how to improve his hitting and fielding in baseball.  He is working as part of a team and doing individual work-outs.
In order to become a stronger hitter, Nathan is working out daily on a pull-up bar.  He is learning about how strength training affects his hitting in baseball.
Nathan also participated in a 3-hour hike along various creeks in our area.  He is improving on his skills, safely navigating through waters and along established hiking paths.

ASSESSMENTS:
He is improving her skills and shows good sportsmanship. His hitting has reached another level as he is able to hit the ball further than in previous years.  He achieved a rare 7 hits (with one double) out of 8 at bats.  His fielding is still hesitant as a result of a ball hitting him in the chin previously.  He pitched satisfactory for his age and allowed 1 run.  He is listening well to instructions and follows rules well. 

Class: Fourth Grade Math

SEPTEMBER GOALS:
1. Unit 5: (Data Analysis: Presenting Data): Textbook 3A p. 140-145; Workbook 3A p. 162-173
2. Unit 5: (Data Analysis: Probability): Textbook 3A p. 146-152; Workbook 3A p. 174-179
3. Review 5: Workbook 3A p. 180-184

TOPICS: Review and Data Analysis.

ACTIVITES:
Nathan reviewed two and three-digit subtraction with borrowing, reviewed money and conversion, multiplication with carrying, division with and without remainders as well as multiplication flashcards.  Nathan started with data analysis and learned about bar graphs, line plots, and tables as different ways to present data.

ASSESSMENTS:
Nathan went quickly and surely through his multiplication flashcards.  He mastered any of the reviewed subjects and scored 100% on all tests.  He did write his carryover numbers the same size as his regular numbers on his divisions and is working to correct this.  Nathan correctly answered all problems in his textbook.  We do not yet have his workbook.

Class: Second Grade Language Arts

SEPTEMBER GOALS:
Student will make progress in:
1. develop reading skills, strategies for comprehension, and ability to analyze text by completing weekly reading and lessons
2. develop written language, composition skills and techniques, and demonstrate an understanding of the process of writing by completing weekly writing lessons and projects using typing skills and handwriting practice as necessary
3. develop grade level language skills by completing weekly grammar, vocabulary and spelling lessons as well as practicing speaking and listening skills.

TOPICS:
Independent reading, read-alouds, Reading Detectives, the Writing Process, Sight Words, Adjectives, nouns.

ACTIVITES:
Reading: For independent reading, Nathan read a volume of the Hardy Boys (20 minutes daily reading) as well as Minecraft books that were of his own choosing.  For our read-aloud, we read science books and also started reading “My Side of the Mountain”.
Spelling: We are working our way through the Dolch sight words list. Nathan got a generic overview of the writing process and started to learn more about brainstorming prior to writing.
Grammar: Nathan did a short review of nouns and adjectives.  We have not yet received our Grammar program.
Handwriting: Nathan was asked to use his best handwriting while testing for Dolch Sight words.

ASSESSMENTS:
Reading: Nathan is a good reader.  He reads mostly fluently and needs to work on intonation as well as his punctuation.  His reading is sometimes monotone.  Reading is still a chore to Nathan and we need to develop a love for reading.  An incentive program will be established to reach this goal.
His eading assessment test for Reading Detectives scored at 100%.
Spelling: Nathan has successfully spelled the first three groups of the Dolch Sight Word list.
Writing: Nathan did not fully understand the writing process overall.  While he wrote 5+ pages for his first writing assignment and showed great enthusiasm, he did not plan for his story.  His story was fluent and logical in most places and also entertaining.  However, it was hard to figure out what the purpose of his story was.  He also started his story without any introduction, much like a book may start.
Handwriting: Nathan’s handwriting practice this week was also her Dolch Sight Words lists.  Nathan’s handwriting scored 100% and he will move on to typing.
Grammar: Nathan is beginning to understand nouns and adjectives.

Class: Second Grade Science

SEPTEMBER GOALS:
September
  1. Weather and Seasons – monitoring weather, understanding seasons

TOPICS:
Weather

ACTIVITES:
Nathan learned that weather is measurable.  She made an anemometer, a rain gauge and a weather vane and reported daily findings.

ASSESSMENTS:
The REAL curriculum was easy to understand for Nathan.  When tested orally on his knowledge of materials he did during the week, she scored 98% (could not recall the name of an anemometer).

Class: Second Grade Social Science (History)

SEPTEMBER GOALS:
Unit 1:
1.    The Earliest People
2.    Egyptians Lived on the Nile River

TOPICS:
Nomads, first settlers/farmers in the Fertile Crescent, Ancient Egypt

ACTIVITES:
Nathan listened to the audio tapes of Story of the World, Volume I about the earliest people who became farmers and then built their first settlements, Jericho among them.  He also started to learn about the ancient Egyptians.  We did additional reading in the Usborne Book of World History as well as the Kingfisher History Encyclopedia.  Nathan also used the Usborne Atlas of World History to locate the Fertile Crescent.

ASSESSMENTS:
Nathan scored 100% on his oral test about the material learned in history.  Nathan is able to recall the change from nomads to farmers/settlers and he can find the Fertile Crescent on a map, as well as Egypt.  He knows where the Tigris and Euphrates are located.  He was able to recall that wheat and barley grow wild in the Fertile Crescent and that Jericho was one of the first settlements. 




And Abbys:

Class: Second Grade PE

GOALS:
1. The student will participate regularly in various physical activities such as cardio vascular work, strength training, sports/skill based activities and/or health related lessons (soccer, basketball, tennis, nutrition, safety, etc).

4.2: Develops and monitors a health and fitness plan. (Fitness log, portfolio, or journal to record physical activity; set goals)
1.1: Develops motor skills and movement concepts as developmentally appropriate. (Field a ground ball and throw to a base, perform a cartwheel, dribble)

TOPICS:
ballet, pull-up bar strength training, discussing upcoming physical changes

ACTIVITES:
Abigail is continuing to learn how to improve her ballet skills.  She is working as part of a team.
In order to become stronger, Abigail is working out daily on a pull-up bar.
Abigail also started reading her assigned curriculum and learned about upcoming physical changes for girls.   She learned that this may at times be awkward but that all females go through this change and at different times in their lives.  A trusted adult can always help along the way.

ASSESSMENTS:
She is improving her skills and shows good team spirit. She is building upon previously learned ballet moves, such as first and second position.  After practicing daily, she is now able to do one chin-up.  She is listening well to instructions and follows rules well.
She now understands upcoming physical changes.


Class: Second Grade Math

SEPTEMBER GOALS:
1. Unit 1 (Numbers to 1000: Looking Back): Textbook 2A p. 8-12; Workbook 2A p. 7-14
2. Unit 1 (Numbers to 1000: Hundreds, Tens and Ones): Textbook 2A p. 13-19; Workbook 2A p. 15-23
3. Unit 1 (Numbers to 1000: Comparing Numbers): Textbook 2A p. 20-23; Workbook 2A p. 24-27
4. Review 1: Workbook 2A p. 28-30

TOPICS:
Numbers to 1000 review, Addition and Subtraction

ACTIVITES:
Abigail reviewed numbers up to 1000 as well as addition and subtraction.  In addition to her workbook work, she also did daily 20 minute flashcard work daily.  In addition to the work listed in goals, we also reviewed counting by fives, coins, even- and odd-numbered, counting by twenty-fives, writing numbers before and after as well as dozen and half-dozen.   We were not able to do the textbook work as we are still waiting on the materials.

ASSESSMENTS:
Abigail had no problems with number work up to 1000.  Her addition flashcard work was slow at the beginning of the week but is progressing quickly.  All her printed worksheets mentioned in activities (review work) was mastered.  She scored 100% on most of her sheets with an occasional error based on her not paying attention to detail rather than her not understanding.

Class: Second Grade Language Arts

SEPTEMBER GOALS:
Student will make progress in:
1. develop reading skills, strategies for comprehension, and ability to analyze text by completing weekly reading and lessons
2. develop written language, composition skills and techniques, and demonstrate an understanding of the process of writing by completing weekly writing lessons and projects using typing skills and handwriting practice as necessary
3. develop grade level language skills by completing weekly grammar, vocabulary and spelling lessons as well as practicing speaking and listening skills.

TOPICS:
Independent reading, read-alouds, Reading Detectives, the Writing Process, Sight Words, Adjectives, nouns.

ACTIVITES:
Reading: For independent reading, Abigail read 20+ books (30+ minutes daily) from both the library and our home library.  Most of them were beginning readers, others were more advanced.  For our read-aloud, we read science books and also started reading “My Side of the Mountain” as well as some library books.
Spelling: We are working our way through sight words to see how many Abigail knows.
Writing: Abigail got a generic overview of the writing process and started to learn more about brainstorming prior to writing.
Grammar: Abigail was asked to brainstorm adjectives about herself and her sister.  During this process, she also learned about nouns.
Handwriting: Abigail was asked to use her handwriting practice while testing for Dolch Sight words.

ASSESSMENTS:
Reading: Abigail is a good reader who loves to read.  She definitely has genres she prefers and will learn to expand and read other books over the year.  Reading is a passion of hers and she can always be found reading a book.  She reads fluently and her next step is to work on intonation.  She occasionally quickly identifies a word incorrectly in favor of speed of reading.  Once prompted, she has no problem identifying the word correctly.   She enjoys reading along when others read.
Her reading assessment test for Reading Detectives scored at 33%.  While she understands the text, she will pick the incorrect sentences for evidence of her answer.
Spelling: Abigail has successfully spelled the first three groups of the Dolch Sight Word list.  Sometimes Abigail capitalizes words on the list.
Writing: Abigail had a hard time understanding the writing process in its entirety.  She prefers to sit down and starting to write over brainstorming and planning.  For her first writing project, she was given a topic with no further instructions for assessment.  She wrote about an animal and wrote a total of 4 sentences.  She had a good introductory sentence and a good closing sentence with good information about her topic in the middle.  Her goal for the year will be to write longer texts.
Handwriting: Abigail’s handwriting practice this week was also her Dolch Sight Words lists.  Abigail’s handwriting needs improvement as her handwriting is very uneven and she does not fully utilize the lines given.  Her letter shapes also need improvement.
Grammar: Abigail is just beginning to understand nouns and adjectives.

Class: Second Grade Science

SEPTEMBER GOALS:
September
  1. Weather and Seasons – monitoring weather, understanding seasons

TOPICS:
Weather

ACTIVITES:
Abigail learned that weather is measurable.  She made an anemometer, a rain gauge and a weather vane and reported daily findings.

ASSESSMENTS:
The REAL curriculum was easy to understand for Abigail.  When tested orally on her knowledge of materials she did during the week, she scored 98%.

Class: Second Grade Social Science (History)

SEPTEMBER GOALS:
Unit 1:
1.    The Earliest People
2.    Egyptians Lived on the Nile River

TOPICS:
Nomads, first settlers/farmers in the Fertile Crescent, Ancient Egypt

ACTIVITES:
Abigail listened to the audio tapes of Story of the World, Volume I about the earliest people who became farmers and then built their first settlements, Jericho among them.  She also started to learn about the ancient Egyptians.  We did additional reading in the Usborne Book of World History as well as the Kingfisher History Encyclopedia.  Abigail also used the Usborne Atlas of World History to locate the Fertile Crescent.

ASSESSMENTS:
Abigail scored 100% on her oral test about the material learned in history.  Abigail is able to recall the change from nomads to farmers/settlers and she can find the Fertile Crescent on a map, as well as Egypt.  She knows where the Tigris and Euphrates are located.  She was able to recall that wheat and barley grow wild in the Fertile Crescent and that Jericho was one of the first settlements. 

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