April 10 -15th, 2012

Tuesday – today we learned about Pioneer communities. E built a pioneer village using Lincoln logs and then we read several sections from the Historic Communities series ” Customs & Traditions” by Bobby Kalman & Tammy Everts. We discussed what the important buildings in a pioneer community were compared to our communities today.

Wednesday – Swimming lessons and story writing. After reading “What a Story” (Kropp) and listening to Rudyard Kipling’s audiobook Riki-Tiki-Tavi and Other Stories which included a story about a 2 headed dog, E was inspired to write her own story about a 2 headed dog. I scribed the story as she dictated the plot line. I suggested ways to heighten the tension and using transition words like next, after, or suddenly to create flow in the story.

Thursday – face to face day at school

Friday – A great start to our day with about 45 mins of Addition and Subtraction then some lovely spring weather drew us outside and we spent the rest of our morning at the park , real world math while shopping with Mom for the afternoon and a wiener roast in Papa’s backyard for supper!

Saturday – playdough art


Sunday – Church, trampoline and water fight with cousins and a long drive to the airport to pick up Dad!

Reading this week in addition to the books above:

Active Listening -The Mouse and The Motorcycle (Cleary) on audiobook, The Song of the King (Lucado)

Shared – You Read to Me and I’ll Read to you Fairytales

Independent – Veggietales Bible with graphic stories

April 2-9th 2012

As Christians, this is an important week for us. We started off our week reflecting on Palm Sunday and learning the meaning of words like Hosanna – Save Us, and Messiah – Saviour. We talked about the historical context of this story and why the Jewish people called out Hosanna and Messiah to Jesus as he rode into Jerusalem. My children are so privileged to live in a peaceful country that the idea of oppression was very foreign to them. We then turned our eyes towards the coming events and reread various parts of Jesus’ story leading up to the crucifixion on Good Friday. On Good Friday we participated in a local walk of the Stations of the Cross. This was a wonderful outdoor community event walking around the village and corporately reading the story of Jesus’ crucifixion. Our weekend was full of celebration and community with a potluck breakfast and egg hunt followed by a friend’s birthday party on Saturday, an early morning service on Easter Morning with an afternoon at the zoo and wrapping up with a birthday celebration for D who turned 4 on Monday the 9th.

Now to back up a little and give the weekly breakdown. This week we initiated Diva’s Diary where E enters a sentence or two each day. Although she enjoys seeing her post we’re having trouble getting more than one sentence so far. Hoping for more next week.

Monday – Creative Dance and Abstract Art lessons followed by a play-date/ tea party. We are working on manners and social rules.

Tuesday – We did math in the morning and then PE at 2pm

Wednesday – Swimming lessons  and a bike ride to the park for some playtime with Dad.

Thursday – face-to-face time and the final Girls Club for the year. E enjoyed crafts and games and a walk through the neighbourhood with her group to hand out flyers.

As the weather has warmed up we have been outside on the trampoline, in the park and riding our bikes daily. Our reading continues with bedtime stories and library time. We’re continuing to work on readers and have found two reader series called Pup and Hound (Hood), and Sam the dog (Labatt) that E & D both enjoy. Some of the other titles we read this week are: Find the Cat (Stone Arch Readers). The Bobsey Twins – Freddie & Flossie, The Costume Copycat (Macdonald), You’re All My Favourites (McBreatney), Christmas Tree (Minor), Shall I Knit You a Hat? (Klise), Tacky & The Winter Games (Lester), What a Story (Kropp), Cowgirl Kate & Cocoa (Silverman), Way out West with Pirate Pete and Pirate Joe (Cannon), Joe and Betsey the Dinosaur (Hoban).

March 25-30, 2012

After an extended break we’re jumping back into routines and adding a few new things along the way.

Monday: Creative dance started up again and E was quite anxious about whether or not she could remember her routine. She was hesitant to go but thankfully carpooling with a friend inspired her to give it a try and she had a wonderful time. The recital isn’t until May so hoping her confidence is high enough to perform by then.

Tuesday: E spent time focussing on Math and as preparation for Addition and Subtraction we practised with some number groups choosing between “greater than” and “less than”.

Wednesday: E began some addition work with number pictures. Had to spend a bit of time reminding her that our goal was to work on the numeric facts and that the pictures didn’t need to be too complicated. Started swimming lessons today and E was delighted to have a friend from last session in the same group again.

Thursday: face to face time went well and E was excited about her day of making Goo and catching up with her school friends. Girls club at night was all about baking and E was in her element whipping up yummy treats to eat.

Friday: Visiting with friends and family today, read lots of books with Dad and had time to do Oma’s hair!

Saturday: special outing with Girls club to a pottery studio then making pizza and playing games, bouncy castles and all kinds of crafts and fun.

Sunday: Sunday school, potluck with friends, trampolining and gardening and maybe even resting up for another busy week ahead! Planning to add in E’s corner in next weeks post!

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: