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Avery’s PreK Year

Avery, Age 5, PreK

Avery, Age 5, PreK

Avery was a school kid this year and attended Goddard 1/2 days for four days a week. He had his Goddard graduation which was bitter sweet. He had gone there for three years and had friends there, but academically, the teachers really did not know what he could do and he never talked there. Over the summer, we worked on transitioning him into thinking about being a homeschooler.

Classes:

  • Goddard PreKindergarten (City)
  • HPR Swimming: Catfish 1 (Winter, Spring)
  • Oregon Zoo: Lion Camp
  • Hull Retreat Center for the Blind Family Camp
Fieldtrips:
  1. Rood Bridge Park
  2. PCT SkippyJon Jones
  3. Wilsonville Family Fun Center
  4. Pump it Up
  5. Sky High Sports
  6. Out of This World Pizza
  7. Outdoors In
  8. Zoo Lights
  9. Oregon Children’s Museum: Wizard of Oz
  10. Timberline Lodge
  11. SkyHigh Sports
  12. OMSI: Ripley’s Believe It or Not
  13. Tualatin Hills Nature Park
  14. Washington County Museum: Recycling

 

Aaron’s Fourth Grade Year

Aaron, 4th Grade Year

Aaron’s Fourth Grade was a Tough One. But we got through it and learned a lot and I guess you need to flop around and fail sometimes to figure out how to succeed. It will forever be known as the year of public school. I did not even get a picture of the kids this year. We probably went more places and read more books than are listed here. But this is as much as I remember.

Classes:

  • Quatama Elementary School 4th Grade (Fall)
  • Hillsboro Online Academy: Science/Social Studies (Spring)
  • Oregon Zoo: Cougar Camp (Summer)
  • OMSI/Sauvie Island Center: Farm to Table Camp (Summer)
  • Hull Retreat Center for the Blind Family Camp (Summer)

Curriculum:

  • Life of Fred Book 1: Apples
  • Life of Fred Book 2: Butterflies
  • Math in Focus: 3rdA
  • Voyages in English: 3rd
Books and Media:
  • Raz Kids Reading
  • By the Shores of Silver Lake
  • The Long Winter
  • Little Town on the Prairie
  • These Happy Golden Years
  • The First Four Years
  • Farmer Boy
  • A Wrinkle in Time
  • The Bridge to Terebithia
  • The Lost Planet
  • Because of Wynn Dixie
  • Water Buffalo Days
  • Captain Underpants:
  • DIY.org

Fieldtrips:

  1. Fort Clatsop State Park
  2. Rood Bridge Park
  3. PCT SkippyJon Jones
  4. Wilsonville Family Fun Center
  5. Pump it Up
  6. Sky High Sports
  7. Valley Theater: Class Dismissed
  8. Out of This World Pizza
  9. OMSI Animation
  10. Zoo Lights
  11. Washington County Museum: Bug Chicks
  12. Oregon Children’s Museum: Wizard of Oz
  13. Movie: Penguins of Madagascar
  14. NWCT: Mary Poppins
  15. Quatama Family Fun Night
  16. Oregon Youth Symphony
  17. Oregon Museum of Contemporary Art
  18. Timberline Lodge
  19. Glowing Greens Miniature Golf
  20. VH Bloom Talent Show
  21. Washington County Museum: Recycle
  22. Sky High Sports
  23. Philip Foster Farm
  24. Washington County Fair
  25. OMSI: Ripley’s Believe It or Not

Aaron: 3rd Grade Year

Aaron, 3rd Grade Year

Aaron, Age 9

Aaron, Age 9

Classes:

  • VH Explorers (Fall, Winter)
  • UUCCWC: RE K-2
  • VH American History (Winter)
  • VH Pirates (Winter)
  • VH Jr. Lego Building Club (Winter)
  • Portland Child Art Studio (Winter)
  • Oregon Zoo “Zoo’s Clues” One Day Camp
  • Oregon Zoo “The Great Northwest” One Day Camp
  • NWCT Intro to Acting (Spring)
  • Zoo Camp-Otter (Summer)
  • Washington County Museum Camp: NW Pioneers
  • Portland Child Art Studio Camp

Curriculum:

  • Calvert Discoveries in Reading Level 1
  • Teacher Created Resources: James and the Giant Peach
  • Math in Focus: Level 1B
  • Math in Focus: Level 2A
  • Sylvan 1: Reading/Vocabulary/Spelling
  • Sylvan 2: Language Arts Success
  • Hooked on Phonics: Master Reader
  • Handwriting Without Tears: Printing Power, Cursive
  • Teacher’s Mailbox: Reading Cards (2-3)
  • Atelier Art
  • Calvert Discoveries in Music
  • Real Science for Kids: Primary Chemistry
Books and Media:
  • Little Passports
  • James and the Giant Peach
  • Mr. Popper’s Penguins
  • Ramona and Her Mother
  • Ramona, Age 8
  • Little House in the Big Woods
  • Little House on the Prairie
  • On the Banks of Plum Creek
  • UNICEF: A Life Like Mine
  • PopUp Geography
  • Reading Rainbow App
  • DIY.org

Fieldtrips:

  1. Children’s Museum: Dora/Diego
  2. Lego KidFest
  3. Lakeview Farms w/UU’s
  4. Outdoors In
  5. Out of This World Soccer Party
  6. NWCT James and the Giant Peach
  7. “Planes” at Valley Cinema
  8. Out of This World w/Fred
  9. Evergreen Aviation Museum
  10. “Smurfs 2” at Valley Cinema
  11. Orenco Business Association Halloween
  12. Rice Museum of Rocks and Minerals
  13. Sky High Trampoline
  14. OMSI Physics Lab/Solar System Ice/Organic Strawberries
  15. Outdoors In
  16. HFAC Swimming
  17. Zoo Lights
  18. Portland Spirit Christmas Cruise Magic Show and Boat Tour
  19. Portland Tram Tour
  20. NWCT Peter Pan
  21. Lego Movie
  22. VH Bloom Talent Show
  23. NWCT Goodnight Moon
  24. WeVillage
  25. Washington County Museum: Technology Through the Ages
  26. Portland Spirit Easter Cruise
  27. Sky High Sports
  28. Portland Children’s Museum: Portland Bicycles and Outdoor Adventure
  29. Rood Bridge Park
  30. Lan Su Chinese Garden Tour
  31. Village Free School Experience Days
  32. Forest Park/Audubon Society
  33. Cook Park
  34. Outdoors In (multiple)
  35. OHEN State Convention (OMSI, Art, etc. Classes)
  36. Orenco Gardens Independence Day Party
  37. Washington County State Fair
  38. Orenco Gardens Neighborhood Garage Sale
  39. WES Train/Wilsonville Family Fun Center
  40. Quatama Back to School Night
  41. Japanese Garden/Rose Garden

Avery’s Preschool Year

Avery, Three-Four Preschool Year

Avery 4

Avery, Age 4

Classes:

  • Goddard Preschool (Ranch)
  • Early Childhood Special Education (Fall)
  • UUCCWC Nursery
  • Oregon Zoo: Penguin Camp

Naim: 3rd Grade Year

Naim, 3rd Grade Year

Naim 3rd Grade

Naim, Age 9

Classes:
  • VH Explorers
  • HSC: Fall Soccer
  • UUCCWC RE: 3-5 Grade
  • Weight Watchers (heh.)
  • VH Schoolhouse Mash-Up (Winter, Spring)
  • VH World History (Winter)
  • VH Ancient Egypt (Spring)
  • VH Fun Sports (Spring)
  • NWCT Emporer’s New Clothes (Winter)
  • Oregon Zoo “Zoo’s Clues” One Day Camp
  • Oregon Zoo “The Great Northwest” One Day Camp
  • Portland Child Art Studio (Spring)
  • HPR Electric Eel Swimming (Spring)
  • VH Destination Imagination Camp
  • Washington County Museum: NW Pioneer Camp
  • NWCT Improv Camp
Curriculum:
  • Teacher Created Resources: James and the Giant Peach, Mr. Popper’s Penguins
  • Calvert Discoveries in Reading 1
  • Calvert Discoveries in Music
  • Reading Horizons: Discovery
  • Hooked on Phonics First Grade Level 1
  • Sylvan K:  Sight Words, Spelling Flashcards (K and 1)
  • Sylvan 1st Grade Language Arts Success
  • Math in Focus: Level 1B (Fall)
  • Math in Focus: Level 2A (Spring)
  • Zaner Bloser Handwriting K
  • Atelier Art
  • Real Science for Kids: Primary Chemistry
  • James and The Giant Peach
  • Mr. Popper’s Penguins
  • Ramona and her Mother
  • Ramona, Age 8
  • Little House in the Big Woods
  • Little House on the Prairie
  • On the Banks of Plum Creek
  • Reading Rainbow
  • Math Arcade
  • Letter School
  • DIY. org
  • UNICEF: “A Life Like Mine”
Fieldtrips:
  1. Children’s Museum: Dora/Diego
  2. Lakeview Farms w/UU’s
  3. Outdoors In
  4. NWCT James and the Giant Peach
  5. Out of This World Soccer Party
  6. “Planes” at Valley Cinema
  7. Out of This World w/Fred
  8. Evergreen Aviation Museum
  9. “Smurfs 2” at Valley Cinema
  10. Orenco Business Association Halloween
  11. Rice Museum of Rocks and Minerals
  12. Hillsboro Veterinary Hospital
  13. Sky High Trampoline
  14. OMSI Physics Lab/Solar System Ice/Organic Strawberries
  15. Outdoors In
  16. HFAC Swimming, Gym, Track
  17. Zoo Lights
  18. Portland Spirit River Cruise with Magician and Boat Tour
  19. Portland Tram Tour
  20. NWCT Peter Pan
  21. OMSI with Tony Hawk and Submarine Tour
  22. NWCT Goodnight Moon
  23. VH Bloom Talent Show
  24. The Lego Movie
  25. Oregon Youth Symphony
  26. Outdoors In
  27. WeVillage
  28. Washington County Museum: Technology through the Ages
  29. Quatama/Rock Creek Trail Bike Riding
  30. Portland Children’s Museum: Portland Bicycles and Outdoor Adventure
  31. Sky High Sports
  32. Portland Spirit Easter Cruise
  33. Rood Bridge Park
  34. Village Free School Experience Days
  35. Forest Park/Audubon Society
  36. Cook Park
  37. Outdoors In (multiple)
  38. OHEN State Convention
  39. Orenco Gardens Independence Day Party
  40. Washington County State Fair
  41. Orenco Gardens Neighborhood Garage Sale
  42. Zoo Concerts (Rick Springfield/Pat Benatar)
  43. WES Train/Wilsonville Family Fun Center
  44. Quatama Back to School Night
  45. Japanese Garden/Rose Garden

Oct-Nov Catch Up, 2013

Ok, I am obviously not getting these done each day. But I think I will shoot for once a week. Once a month is too long to remember what we did.

Classes:

VH Explorers has finished. They finished “Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing” and have started “SuperFudge.” They have both asked for more time at VH next quarter, so they will be going the whole day.

Naim finished Soccer. They did well and I warmed up a lot to the coach (who Naim always liked) and they had their party and he got his trophy.

Avery and I made the mutual decision to quit Early Childhood Special Ed. There was just no point, really. He started hating it and Nik went to visit and just found that he zoned out and didn’t do anything. They stressed procedures and rules so much and not communication. It was disappointing to see it go, but since then, I have gotten to spend more time with him and his language is just blooming when you sit down and talk to him. He is very entertaining.

He continues for now to go to Goddard. I did visit Goddard and he seems to do well there. He runs around happily like a regular kid and the other kids motivate him to talk and interact with him. Here are his DARs.

We decided to quit (or not start?) DI, which was disappointing. I am not blaming the parents who organized it, because it isn’t like I bothered to organized it…but they just couldn’t get it together and from June to November he had just one experience with DI and he just lost interest. He did not really get what it was to begin with. He liked the idea, but it was hard to grasp what it is this was supposed to be when they just never got started. They kept delaying and delaying. We went to three things and no one showed up which was really disappointing for Naim. And there was bad communication, and then they moved the time all around on me. He wants to do theater on Mondays anyway and I just couldn’t get myself to get him there when they kept moving and canceling it. I think if they just would have GOTTEN STARTED no matter what, the kids could have started to understand and gotten hooked, but they just kept putting the kids off.

Curriculum:

We continue to work through the workboxes. The biggest thing that I think they like there is the morning meeting. We go over the calendar and so they better know what is coming up. We also have the downstairs “family computer” up and running now, so that is nice for school.

We are in Ch. 18 in Math which is very basic multiplication and division concepts. They seem to be getting this OK. We have also done timed math fact tests each day using an app on the iPad and we record the results using a spreadsheet. They like seeing the results and they are improving on addition and subtraction facts.

We finished our “James and the Giant Peach” unit and we went to the play at NWCT. I would like our next unit to be more organized into a “final product.” We will be starting “Mr. Popper’s Penguins” for winter.

Aaron has completed the Green level in HOP Master Reader and is reading the second chapter book in The Strange Museum series.

Naim and I are still on Ch.1 in Reading Horizons. I am not seeing this program as being the answer to all things for LD kids. But partly that may be my fault. I think for him he needs to just do one thing and one thing only. No Sylvan unless it directly relates to what he is learning in RH. I think we need to spend a week a lesson and do three days with mom and one or two days with the computer. He is not learning it because for one, he gets so frustrated with the test portion. He did finish his K Sylvan books, though, and I have the first grade book, but I might just hold on to it and give him specific lessons that support what we are already doing in RH. So he will get one big reading lesson. I may even do handwriting like that.

We are working on the numbers section of ZB in handwriting for Naim. Aaron is in the back fourth of his HWT book.

Fieldtrips:

Hmmmmmmm…….Let me think. I need to refer to pictures to remember where we have gone!

Ok, It looks like Avery has gone to Washington Square.

They also all went to Outdoors In with Nik.

Aaron and Naim and I went to NWCT to see James and the Giant Peach. We took Ruoda, too.

This isn’t really a field trip, but we had our garage sale at the end of October. Naim helped a lot with that.

They went to see “Planes” at Valley Cinema.

They went to Out of This World Pizza twice. Once with the soccer kids and once with my dad.

They went to Evergreen Aviation and Space Museum with my dad. We saw a movie about air shows and plane races.

We all went to Rice Museum of Rocks and Minerals with my dad.

We went to Sky High Sports for homeschool day with my dad.

Avery and Naim went to the city landfill. Heh. Naim also went to the vet with Sully and Kai.

They have gone to the nursing home twice, and then D just got home so they have not visited him yet.

On Halloween, they participated in a Orenco Business Trick or Treat activity, as well as regular trick or treating.

Pictures:

Avery: Two-Three Early Preschool Year

 

Avery, Age 2

Classes:

  • Goddard School Get Set Toddler (Fall)
  • Goddard School Preschool (Winter, Spring)
  • Early Intervention (Fall)
  • Early Childhood Special Education Preschool (Winter, Spring)
  • Library Storytime-Toddler (Fall)
  • Unitarian Universalist RE-Get Set Preschool
  • Oral Hull Foundation for the Blind Family Camp
Goddard Get Set Toddlers (The Farm)
Curriculum
  • Funshine Express-Buttercups
  • Montessori Early Childhood-Twos
  • Signing Time
  • Hooked on Phonics Baby/Toddler
Fieldtrips: