Thursday, August 18, 2016

Exploration to 1850 WEEK 3: Jamestown


We began the memorization of James! This week we did James 1:1-8.

We did good! Even Baby Sis was able to memorize some words!

I tried this for one of the verses just for fun. The kids enjoyed it.

This is the hymn we enjoyed these two weeks.

We REALLY enjoyed this rendition. The kids remarked that the people are so joyful.


We learnt about King James, Jamestown, and the first pioneers.

These were some of the books in the book basket. I saw Big Sis reading it. I have not always known if book basket (putting a bunch of living books in the basket related to the topic) worked, but I have seen many times the kids just picked up a book or two they would not have picked up at the library and read with much interest.

The older kids did notebook pages on King James and Jamestown.

I found some images of the 1611 KJV version of 1 Cor 13 online and gave them as a page.

Lil Sis enjoyed making the wigwam.

We started read aloud this week.

The younger girls love this book. Big Bro already read this upteen times. He said "Squanto? We are reading it? But it's such a sad story!" =)


We started Spelling this week for the two older ones. They tested on Level H (Big Sis) and Level J (Big Bro). Lil Sis started Spelling by Sound and Structure from Week 1 and she is doing really well!

We continued with Mandarin Chinese.


We did Lesson 6 on leaves. We went out on a leaf search and it was really fun!!
Compound whorled leaves

Interesting dentate margins

Alternate compound leaves

WHAT IS THIS?!?! Some kind of fungus I think. They are hard! They sure look like roasted marshmallows.

We saw a HUGE leaf and talked about how much transpiration will go on in this tree!

Opposite compound leaves

Then we pressed the leaves they got and put them in laminate. Then I asked them to describe the leaves.

We are using Artistic Pursuits K-3 (Book 2) this year.

This week we learnt about Giotto (JAH-toh) and did some "scratch" art like he did when he was young.

First color the pastels.

Use oil pastel black to go over the whole picture.

Scratch the art. This was Mom's

This was Big Bro's

Lil Sis

Big Sis.

They enjoyed the project.

Books we read for leisure

Friday, August 12, 2016

Exploration to 1850 WEEK 2: Dutch, Spanish Explorations


We began the memorization of James! This week we did James 1:1-4.

Daddy came on board with us and we revised the verses everyday at Family Bible Time after dinner. It was really good!


We learnt about the Dutch Revolt, Spanish exploration of South America, and Mary, Queen of Scots

For my middle-schooler, he had to do more notebook pages (and more Math), while others did oral narrations. He also read more about Sir Walter Raleigh.
Got this globe at the homeschool conference. Thank you, Alpha Omega! And we used it as we read about history.

Big Sis and Lil Sis really enjoyed "American Pioneers and Patriots". We also read the North American Indians.

We made shortbread and had tea!
This recipe, though extremely vague for a recipe, is delicious!

We read this interesting story while talking about Netherlands.

We started with Rod and Staff English this week. We are using English 2,4,6. This is Lil Sis doing the book first time. She needed more help with the reading but she is doing really good!!

We also started with Mandarin Chinese this week.

We learnt about vascular plants and looked for them.

We talked about non-vascular plants and how they soak up water like a napkin.

Instead of Pokemon Go (no, we are not into that), we went in search of the different plants on our nature walk in this city.
We were observing moss
We found some non-vascular plants

Vascular gymnosperm

Vascular angiosperm

We are using Artistic Pursuits K-3 (Book 2) this year.
For the first project, we painted buildings in our neighborhood like Cimabue(Chee mah Boo eh)

 Big Bro


Big Sis

Books we read for leisure

Monday, August 8, 2016

Exploration to 1850 WEEK 1: Leif, Columbus

First Day Pictures are always so fun!!

A rush to the Dollar Store got us some easy decoration. Low cost, High joys. =)

I made some changes to the schedule so that the first week was slow and gentle. It had always worked so well for us to ease into the full engine throttle year. We have not started Chinese, Art, English and Spelling (besides the 2nd Grader).

2nd Grade Calendar

100 Chart

I did this REALLY simple page for calendar this year.

And we use these dry erase crayons for pages like those. I love them.


The older two did "Boy, Have I Got Problems!" Bible Study on their own.

Lil Sis did not do the bible study. Instead, she did copywork. She did an amazing job this year!!


We learnt about the explorers, Leif Ericcson, Christopher Columbus, John Cabot...

The older two did notebook pages.

We sang "This is my Father's World", learnt about life science and also classification (taxonomy)
Big Sis playing "This is my Father's World" for us

This year the older two decided they are going to go write "interesting" things they learnt in school in a journal. I think that's a fantastic idea!