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  • The “Class”

    Avery, Naim, Aaron

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October 1, 2012

Avery’s Goddard activities.

Big Kids:

  • Naim did DER Lesson 21
  • Calvert Math was, I thought, going to be an easy lesson, but Naim struggled to the point where I had to cut him off and give him the rest as homework to finish up later. It was just finding the number one before and one after numbers up to 99. My god that was a struggle. And they included a hundred chart ON THE PAGE to look it up. I ended up making him make every single number with place value blocks and then add or subtract one and count. Then the writing of the numbers is just awful. He forgets the answer in the time it takes him to write the number. I’m starting to think that I will record the answers and make him trace them or something. ACK!
  • Sylvan, Naim did 2 pages on clothing words. Aaron did 4 pp.
  • Naim did the worksheets for HOP K2 Lesson 1.
  • Aaron did the worksheet pages for HOP 1st 2, Lesson 6.
  • We did a light spectrum experiment in Magic Schoolbus.
  • Sentence School. What is a hammer? A hammer is a tool.
  • Handwriting was 2.
  • We tried to do two of our woodworking projects, but that turned out to be problematic so we were not successful.

September 27, 2012

Avery’s Freely Report.

Big Kids:

  • Aaron read Usborne Phonics Reader “Frog on a Log.”
  • Naim did Lesson 21 of DER. reviewed workbook and did a color book (color words) that we did not finish last time.
  • Aaron did a memory game from Sylvan that we skipped before.
  • Calvert Math 8.5 and 8.6: Rounding to the nearest 10 and Logic problems.
  • Sylvan: Aaron did 4 pp. transportation words. Naim did two pages of animal words.
  • Aaron did Lesson 6 of HOP 1st 2, DVD and workbook
  • Naim did Lesson 1 of HOP k 2, DVD and workbook
  • Sentence School was Paper is weak. Wood is strong.
  • HWT was the number 1 on magnet board and workbook
  • Little Passports activities for South Africa
  • Naim had soccer practice. Aaron and Avery played with other sibs.

September 13, 2012

Avery’s report.

Big Kids:

  • Calvert 8.3 and 8.4. Still have 2 practice pages to get to.
  • Sylvan for one and all.
  • Sentence School and HWT.

Naim had soccer pictures. Aaron, Avery and I played on the playground while he did pictures with his group.

September 12, 2012

Avery went to School.

Big Kids:

  • Naim did Lesson 18 of DER
  • Calvert 8.2, ones and tens
  • Sylvan 2 pp. Each
  • HWT and Sentence School
  • Magic Schoolbus solar system Experiment 1.

September 10, 2012

Avery went to Goddard. Here is his report.

Big Kids:

  • Naim did DER Lesson 19, it was supposed to be Lesson 18, but he did the wrong one. No big deal, we will do it next time.
  • We started Ch. 8 in Calvert Math. This chapter is about place value and numbers to 100.
  • I goofed up and I don’t have Naim’s next reading book because I sold it at a curriculum fair. So I ordered a new one, but until then, we will just have to do Sylvan. They each did 2 pp.
  • Aaron did HOP unit 1 review.
  • We did sentence school and HWT, but I don’t remember right now. Something about punctuation or paragraphs, maybe?

September 5, 2012

Avery’s school started the new “school year” this week, not that it looks any different for Avery. He is still in Traci’s room, I hope he can stay there for awhile. He will be going there Monday, Wednesday and Thursday this year, unless we decide to put him in ECE and then we’ll see…but that won’t happen until he is 3 years old. Here is his report for today. I am starting him on potty training prerequisite stuff. Pulling up and down pants, sitting on the potty chair, but probably won’t start for serious until about Thanksgiving, because then it will be winter and we will have a solid 6 or so weeks off from any obligations. So we can stay home and he can be naked and stuff. So, want to ask Traci to start working on that kind of stuff with him, too.

Big kids:

  • Naim did Lesson 16 of DER, in the middle of it had a little I-haven’t-had-to-do-school-for-a-week shitfit, and got a time out. then regained composure shortly thereafter and did ok for the rest of the day.
  • Both finished the test in Ch. 7 in Calvert Math. Naim missed two on the chapter test, none on the cummulative test. Aaron missed none on either.
  • Naim got a day off from Individual Reading since he finished his book last time.
  • Aaron did 4 pp. of Sylvan and did the review stuff from the Unit 1 review of HOP. Also read Chick-Chick the Ping Pong Champ again. Read Pig Digs in a Wig(?) from some Usborne phonics books.
  • Sentence School was Ava hides. Ava Slides.
  • Did a “magic c” practice activity in HWT. worked on letters a,c,d,g,o,q. Wrote sentences and more practice in journals.
  • They made T-shirt designs for Village Home T-shirt contest. They will not be in contention since they are competing against teenaged- graphics designers, but it was fun to see what they came up with to sum up VH. They don’t quite get that VH can mean different things to different people and they had to be representative of everyone. Not everyone is all about drama and legos and art. But it gave me an idea that VH should do some kind of quilt/tile fundraiser where every kid can put something specific that VH means to them.

Also noticed that the Village Free School moved to a neighborhood not far from Nik’s work. I do believe we will stay with VH throughout high school, but I have always been intrigued with the free school concept and think it would be ideal for Aaron. (Naim may get off on the self-governing thing as well.) You can go part-time, so something to think about for the future. It was just way too far away.

In other news, Avery is officially cut from Head Start. They let us finish the year but now we are out, due to no longer financially qualifying. It is just as well, I know they have waitlists and I would hate for someone to be waiting who really needs it when we were just kind of half using it. But, it was fun for a year.

August 24, 2012

We started Hooked on Phonics K Level 1 over a year and a half ago. (with Aaron after finishing the preschool program). Then Naim did 2 more preschool HOP workbooks and 30 of the 40 DER Lessons before we started it again. It has been a long time coming and lots of frustration to finish this one. But he did it and although he has a ways to go to be fully literate, he is a reader and he CAN read. This was a homeschooling milestone, because it was hard fought. And there are celebratory brownies!

So that ^ happened. And other stuff:

  • Naim reviewed Lesson 15 in DER
  • We did Calvert 7.10 about combinations and did some of the end of the chapter practice stuff. All is left is the Ch. 7 review and test.
  • Both did 2 pp. in their respective Sylvan books.
  • Naim did the bonus workbook in HOP and reread “Tim and Sam” and then we called that one finished.
  • Aaron did the worksheets for Lesson 4 in his HOP.
  • Sentence School was “Ben creeps. Ben leaps.” more on subject/verb agreement.
  • HWT was punctuation.
  • We made brownies in the afternoon.

Avery went to school and seems to overall be in so much better mood than last couple of weeks. Here is his Freely report. He was funny this afternoon in that he got his toy stroller into his crib, got into it himself and got stuck in the straps. He started crying and he was standing up in his bed with a toy umbrella stroller strapped to his butt. And then he didn’t go back to sleep. Sigh.

Aaron and Naim impressed us at Dinner with an impromptu demonstration of space-time and black holes using a blanket and various balls to show us how space time bends with larger mass and gravity is that force that pulls the smaller mass item (in our case a ping pong ball) towards the larger (soccer ball) item on the blanket (space-time). He actually said, “Do you want the Isaac Newton Theory or the more current Albert Einstein one?” That there is what you call being Unschooled!

We wanted to go to Oral Hull’s 50th Celebration this weekend. I have a soft spot for Oral Hull and was also going to see if I wanted to apply for the board. But we ran into transportation issues again. We asked for carseat and to not be driven by a specific driver that word on the street tells us is legally blind. (And this street is pretty solid as far as evidence goes.) I also strongly suspect that her previous vision loss caused losses to her visual cortex that she may have not been able to recover, which may be the reason she has no navigational (visual spatial) skills to speak of.  They couldn’t seem to guarantee that, (and there is talk of reporting her to the DMV, but it is not something that I, personally can pursue, so I’m leaving it to the proper authorities.) Although I like this person, I absolutely refuse to put my family in the car with her. I have seen first-hand how dangerous she is. And the fact that Oral Hull cannot seem to  take care of this matter which is likely an accident waiting to happen pretty much makes me want to end my relationship with them. It’s sad, though. Because there is a lot of good going on there. I’ll keep half an ear on them and see if anything changes in the future.

So, other plans for the weekend. Maybe bug fest?