Monday, June 24, 2013

Summer School Part Deux

So, this is Summer School Post part Deux: Be Cool, Stay in Summer School.

In case you are interested (and who wouldn't be?!?) :) in our really awesomely fun Homeschool summer school program...read on. 

So, my easy summer of minimal academia that turned into REAL school 5 days a week goes something like this...  

We normally start our morning with the Pledge of Allegiance...  You can see a video of 2-year old Skye saying it here.

Then, we have a bit of calendar time and also, chart the weather...and in case you didn't know...it's almost always cloudy or at least partly to mostly cloudy.  :)  Ok...I'm not sure that made sense...but you get the idea...there are CLOUDS. And rain. We live in the mountains. And mountains are cloud magnets. We're just taking the word of Yahoo.com and our Facebook friends that there was a Supermoon this week...cuz we sure didn't see it.

After the Pledge, we move on to the Bible verses that we've been learning.

We have been memorizing verses that I got from the I Can Teach My Child website.  I printed and laminated them.  You can get the FREE printable here.

After verses, we work on whatever poem we are memorizing @ the time.
Right now, Asia is working on memorizing this one!

Maker of Heaven and Earth (All Things Bright and Beautiful)

All things bright and beautiful,
All creatures great and small,
All things wise and wonderful,
The Lord God made them all.

Each little flower that opens,
Each little bird that sings,
He made their glowing colours,
He made their tiny wings.

The rich man in his castle,
The poor man at his gate,
God made them, high or lowly,
And ordered their estate.

The purple-headed mountain,
The river running by,
The sunset, and the morning,
That brightens up the sky;

The cold wind in the winter,
The pleasant summer sun,
The ripe fruits in the garden,
He made them every one.

The tall trees in the greenwood,
The meadows where we play,
The rushes by the water,
We gather every day;--

He gave us eyes to see them,
And lips that we might tell,
How great is God Almighty,
Who has made all things well. 

From there we move on to Bible Time.  I normally use Egermeier's Bible Story Book.  But this summer we've been reading through the Jesus Storybook Bible for our Bible Class.  The boys have been through the Jesus Storybook Bible several times. And right now, Brian is going through The Lamb with them at night.
We have been focusing on a bit of Geography...  This Beginning Geography workbook isn't the world's greatest geography book...but I do like that all the pages are reproducible...which is nice...so, I can just photocopy for Asia...and don't have to think about buying a new workbook for each kid.  And often, the other 3 kids want to take part...so, it's easy for me to just photocopy the page again. We've also spent a bit of time learning a little about each of the 50 States and a few different countries.
We've been reading through these "Science" books...that we've been given.
The other "science" thing I've really been trying to focus on teaching the kids is...to OBSERVE the nature around them.  I found a Birds of the Philippines book...and we've spotted loads of interesting birds in our own backyard.  Wishing I could find a Tropical Insects book...the one we have is for insects in North America...but the kids enjoy looking at it and comparing them to what we see here.  We see loads of lizards and toads...so, we have read all about them.

The other day....the kids went out to play on our back "porch"...and they spotted a moth.  Slater came racing back in to find the Insect book...so, they could figure out what kind of moth it was...  This was all without any parental prompting...  That's what I call SWEET SUCCESS!
I have never been a fan of poetry...and previously I had only read Mother Goose and the Llama Who Had No Pajamas to the kids...but I didn't want my kids to turn out like me...so, I've been faithfully reading a poem every day from the Poetry Anthology that you can get FREE online here.  I actually, had it printed out and bound for about $3.  

Just the other day...Leif requested that Brian read him poetry instead of a chapter book before bedtime.

We've really been focusing on Time & Money this summer.  Along with a bit of workbook work...We've been playing store for practicing using money and making change. And, Asia got a watch for her birthday...so, we've really been practicing telling time.
A friend gave us a few of these Geronimo Stilton books.  And we've been using them as read-alouds for the twins.  They LOVE them!  While they aren't what I would consider "the Greatest Literature of ALL time"...I think they have been a fantastic introduction to chapter books for two little boys who have a hard time sitting still.  And well...to be honest...I have actually, laughed out loud at some of the "cheesy puns".  Definitely excellent for boys!

After we finished off our stack of Geronimo Stilton...Brian moved on to reading Henry Huggins to them. He finished it last night, and one of the boys declared it a "perfect" chapter book. He then asked if they could read it again. Brian explained that they would...after reading through other chapter books.

The best part of this is...less than a year ago, the thought of the boys sitting semi-still (and actually enjoying) being read to from a chapter book was almost laughable. But we started slow, and now they are LOVING them. (Asia, on the other hand, sat happily and had the entire Little House series read to her before she was 5. Same house, different kids.)
Also, just read this book to the twins...One little boy in particular really enjoyed it.  He calls himself Leif the Lucky now.  :)
These are the last few read-alouds I've read to Asia.  And I am now reading through Peter Pan with all 4 kids.
And these are the chapter books that Asia has been reading... 
We are also almost finished with Level 1 of Sing, Spell, Read & Write...and no, we didn't use the cassette tapes.  Ha!  It has been a fantastic program...Asia has become quite the little reader.  And I already started using the phonics songs to teach the twins.  We are definitely very big fans of multi-sensory programs...and this is an amazing one...  It is very pricey, but for us it has been worth it.
The kids also love this DRAW-Write-NOW series.  They use them pretty much every day! It's a cool combination of easy instructions for drawing pictures, a bit of copy work, and some historical tidbits as well. Highly recommended.

So, that's a bit of what we've been working on this Summer...

I am always looking for new curriculum and fun and interesting books to use with the kids...  So, if you have any recommendations...please let me know.

1 comment:

Great-gran'ma Tiegs said...


Wow! My head is swimming with all that. I don't think this old great-gran'ma could keep up with these kids. :>) So glad to hear they enjoy books so much. I have always been a lover of reading. Gran'pa once said he thought I'd read toilet paper wrappers and cereal boxes (which I do) if I didn't have anything else around.