Feb 192011

Well, actually I hope this was not a normal week.

On Monday morning I noticed a strange burning smell in my room. After a little bit of investigation, I discovered the heat pump was using auxillary heat. That was odd considering it was over 40 degrees outside. To make a long story short, one of our heat pumps was irreparable and needed to be replaced. I’ll spare everyone the financial details, but we’ll just say we’re going to be going on Dave Ramsey’s beans and rice, rice and beans meal plan for a while.

Tuesday we returned to our monthly homeschool book club. This month’s topic was U.S. Presidents. All 4 of the children (hmm. I guess that’s not right anymore.) Everyone but the baby presented. From youngest to oldest they children chose George Washington, Abraham Lincoln, Thomas Jefferson, and Franklin Roosevelt. My middle son pointed out that they had chosen all the presidents on coins. Pretty observant!

Little one presented on George Washington. Here is one page of her book.

That girl sure loves to color!

My middle son is very interested in the Presidents, so I made sure that he did a presentation this time. He hasn’t started participating on a regular basis. We made a book on Abraham Lincoln. He dictated some sentences to me about things he had learned. I typed them up and found images on-line to print. He pasted them onto the top of the page. I was very proud of the way he read his book to the group!

My older daughter reported on Thomas Jefferson. She chose to make a lapbook of her own design.

My oldest son did a report on FDR. He made a Power Point for his presentation.

Continuing on with the week–

My middle son had his yearly achievement test on Wednesday. That’s really the topic of another post. I’ll just say that some things were encouraging (he has made progress since last year), but there are definitely some major learning issues with him. I’m trying to figure out where to turn for help.

We got back to General Science with my oldest son this week. We’re a bit behind and are still working on Module 6. On Thursday he did an experiment on sedimentation. My youngest decided that she was going to do science too. She even made a drawing for her “Science notebook”.

I think if she had been my oldest child, I would have thought that homeschooling was a breeze. She has such wonderful enthusiasm for everything. She is a quite a joy!

How was your week?

Sep 222010

We met yesterday to plan our monthly book club meetings for this school year. There are certain topics that the kids love so we repeat those year after year. But we did come up with a few new ideas. I’m looking forward to another great year of book club!

Book club plans


Oct. – Favorite book read this summer (or later) presentation will consist of oral book report and optional additional item(s) that you decide on. (A drawing for example)

Nov. – Choose a Historical event. Read a fiction or non-fiction book that contains the event. Child will report on the historical event, the book he/she read, and include relevant visual aids.

Dec. – Each child or family will choose a country and research Christmas traditions in that country. Presentation will be on the traditions and can include: maps, decorations, food, etc.

Jan. – Each child will read a mystery book. The presentation will include a decorated brown paper grocery bag to represent the book. The bag will contain items that are representative of the story. The child will remove items one at a time from the bag and explain its significance. Other children will make guess about the mystery? (I?m not sure about the last part.)

Feb. – Each child will choose a president to read a book, or portions of several books, about and write a report. The child will also make and present a book about the president of choice. The book can include pages with pictures, a timeline of the president?s life, maps, etc.

Mar. – Each child will write and illustrate an original poem. In addition to presenting their own poem, he/she should also memorize a published poem to recite to the group.

Apr. – Read a “How-to”¬†book and present a project that was made after reading the instructions in the book.

May – Choose a book that has been made into a movie. After reading the book, watch the movie. The presentation should include a comparison of the book and movie.

Here’s a link to last year’s topics. You can see that our repeated topics are Poetry and How-to books. (We’re also repeating the paper bag mystery project, because we had to cancel that club meeting due to sickness last year.)