February 19-25

Last couple weeks of the term and we’re busy, busy, busy! We are doing homeschool in transit this week as we spend time with family in the Okanagan. Fortunately with Dad here working we still have plenty of time each day to get some schoolwork done. Snow is the topic this week and we have snowmen, snow stories and snow games galore! 

E is working on measurement and has been exploring non-standard units for length and capacity. We had fun transferring flowers from one vase to another as we determined which vase had the largest and smallest capacity. E explored Grandma’s house with a cut-out of her foot finding  a variety of items that were smaller, same size and bigger than her foot. Following our non-standard units we worked on converting to standard units by exploring the same spaces with a measuring tape.

We also found out how many cousin-lengths versus E-lengths to measure the length of the living room. And made a graph to show the different measurements.

In Reading E worked on the Cornerstones stories and independently read SnowParty and The Biggest Snowball in the World to her brothers and cousins several times. She also worked on the associated writing assignments and mini-book in the module.

Exercise this week has been play, play play with some swimming tossed in for good measure. We had outside play for an hour or so each day this week and swimming at the hotel Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

February 13-18, 2012

Math is priority as we look to the end of the term and review what we’ve accomplished and have yet to cover. This week is data management with Giraffe Graphs. 

We loved the great pictures in this book and learned the different ways graphs represent numeric information. We tied into our Chickadee project starting with a tally chart of birds and squirrel sightings in the backyard. E kept track of the numbers of birds and squirrels with a tally chart and then converted the information from the chart into a bar graph.

Writing/ Art/ Math integrated Collage with different graph pictures we cut and pasted from magazines and sentences describing why and when we use graphs.

Exercise: Monday – dance (1hr), Tuesday -PE (1hr), Wednesday – Swimming (1.5 hrs), Thursday – Lochiel, Friday – bike ride and playground (1hr)


Read Aloud – Odyssey audiobooks,  The Message for Kids, Amelia Bedelia Cleans Up

Shared: Dr. Seuss Books and Berenstain Bears

Independent: board books and readers

February 6-11 2012

E started the week with her presentation on Chickadees. It went well and she remained focussed and followed through with her presentation plan. Her audience was engaged in the topic and enjoyed her props and visual aids.

In other subjects, we have been working on patterns in math with lots of beading activity and making pattern chains to decorate E’s room.

Excercise log: Monday-dance (1hr) Tuesday – PE (1hr) Wednesday – swimming (1.5 hrs) Thursday – Lochiel, Friday – Trampoline (30 mins)

Read Aloud – Ribsy, PJ Funnybunny, Odyssey, Sam Krupnik (Lois Lowry)
Shared: World’s Greatest Mom (picture book),
Independent: Wiggle Works readers

January 30 – February 3 2012

Time flies when you’re having fun and I’m happy to report we’re having a great time! This week E was all about Science. She picked the Black-Capped Chickadee to do her Science report on and has been busy researching, drawing and making models for her presentation next week!  We watched a variety of videos about how birds build nests then built our own replica birds nest using found materials in the yard and a bit of raffia and craft feathers. I think E was as blown away as I was when we realized how clumsy our opposable thumbs and 8 fingers were and a bird can do it with a beak and it’s feet!

We have also been regaled with the facinating facts of a Chickadees life cycle each evening as E practised her presentation. We will video the actual event to present in our portfolio. E has been working on eye contact, posture, and vocal tone and volume. She is also combining a lecture style with question and response to keep her audience engaged in her topic. It has been really fun watching her take on this new role and we’re hoping she is as funny and focussed on the actual day of the presentation!

Her project also incorporates some writing as she is preparing a poster to guide her through the facts she will present on her topic and has been working hard on labels and short sentences to put on the poster.


Math strands this week were data, probability and some intervals as we discussed temperature and seasonal variances. E read, copied and discussed graphs and thermometers. We also counted days, weeks and years to calculate the Chickadee’s life cycle.

In other subjects we’re always reading and Tintin is as popular as ever for bedtime read-alouds. Currently working through Tintin and the Cigars of the Pharoh. We’re also still working on Ribsy and have added some poetry by A.A. Milne.Some Dr. Seuss this week with The Diggingest Dog, PJ Funnybunny in shared reading and E read Hop on Pop independently.  E is also reading some Berenstain Bears books to her brothers: The B Book, Berenstain Bears On the Moon, and Inside, Outside Upside Down.

Physical Activity this week: Monday – 1 hr (dance), Tuesday – 1 hr (PE), Wednesday – 2 hrs (Swimming & Gymnastics), Thursday – 30min (Lochiel), Friday – 2+ hrs (playground), Saturday – 2+ hrs (picnic at the park), Sunday – 1 hr (Trampoline)

This was the last week of Gymnastics for the year: