Saturday, April 18, 2015

bits - homeschooling progress first grade

Mark and I counted up the days from public school, and the attendance calendar we keep for Esme's homeschool, and then added a week for good measure, and she should come out over and above her 180 day requirement for the year about May 15th.  Then she would be in summer vacation until August 1st.  That is a long summer for her, and she couldn't think of anything except bike riding she wanted to do with all her time.  We suggested there wouldn't be greenhouse duties to earn her money at - so she might work in the garden with us during the week and earn her allowance that way - she didn't think she could do that.  It might change once it actually starts happening.

She has grown up a lot this year - still things to work on, but she has become a lot more confident with what she can do.  We still argue a lot, and she still needs to learn to cut her losses in an argument and not keep digging deeper - ie: not get in a bad mood and make the best of what trip we do, or what we are going to buy and not buy etc. 

Her bravery on her bike is very good to see.  Yesterday she was riding uphill as well as downhill, and in circles - and we went up to the hard road for a bit.  *knock on wood* she didn't take any tumbles during that - and was taking caution to ride her brakes downhill to slow herself down.

I'm also glad to see her reading more on her own, and once in a while even writing something for fun again.

Some goals to shoot for this last month of homeschooling:
One last good field trip - been discussing options
finish out this math test and try to advance a little further in the K-2 Khan Academy (she was at 71%)
go over our spelling words one ore time

She still thinks/hopes she is going back to public school 'in June'.. we talked about that again - but she doesn't want to hear it, so she keeps forgetting and asking anew each time.  We still think it would be best to homeschool her one more year, see how much more natural growth she can show us, and then have her evaluated going into 'third grade' and see how well she has progressed. 

Friday, April 17, 2015


9a    - math test pg 8 & 9
9.15a    - reading with mom (power pack comic)
9.30    - Minecraft
10.15    - break

10.45    - Minecraft
11.15    - bike riding (circles and the importance of turning)
//She was able to ride up hill part way!  Coming along quite well.
12p    - Minecraft
12.45p    - Mythbusters "Border Slingshot"
1.45p    - Mythbusters "Escape Slide Parachute"
2.30p    - done

She helped Daddy make lasagna for dinner.  We rode more bikes after dinner and planted seeds in our roadside garden up by the mailbox.

Thursday, April 16, 2015

Thursday Parks and Gardens

8.30a    - cleanup desk and  toys. 
//She swore she wasn't learning anything several times during this - bossy and sass... but she found several things she had been complaining was missing - just gone - and I put them exactly here and they're gone... and she found an art kit she had been wanting to use and had buried.  She started picking up speed and cleaned her desk and our pool table and transported her things away to pile up downstairs and in her room.  Will tackle those another day when I am feeling like having the battle.
9.30a    - dinosaur and doll roleplays
10a    - math test pg 6 & 7
10:15 break
11a - drawing with art kit
11:3 - get ready for town trip / break
12:00 - walking city heritage parks (City beautification wetland bridge and Thomas park in Huntingdon, TN), pizza place
2:30 - break, drive home
3p - feeding chickens, starting photos for plant scrapbook, some of the pictures down below were taken by Esme, but I helped on a few as well.
3:30 - done - and off outside to practice bike and eat a picnic

 Climbing on Stuff
 In an apple tree

INDIAN PAINTBRUSH (Grandma's house)

Milestone today: she can ride her bike downhill with feet on the pedals and stop with her brakes with about a 80% accuracy rate. No go on uphill yet.. but this is big development for her bravery!

Wednesday, April 15, 2015



8:30 - greenhouse discussion/salt  crystals discussion / Minecraft
9:30 - breakfast making, Quantum Leap "Tess was Won"
//made peanut butter toast and apple for breakfast with cocoa - and talked about the premise of the show as it was playing.  At the end, she wanted to know if that song 'Piggy Sue' and the boy that sang it was real.. so I opened Spotify. 
10:30 - Peggy Sue and related music
10:45 - math test page 5
//no problems at all - we talked more about the definition of sum, difference and product.
11:00 - Minecraft building, pie shop, pool, school garden and a temple with a lava pit and arrow dispensers
11:30 - break
11:45 - greenhouse operations - peppers, planted Serrano, Cayenne and another unknown pepper from someone at my work - she was reluctant throughout this, but proud after she did it.  One minute she can't bear to get her hands dirty and the next she is splashing in mud..go figure...

Comfrey seedlings

12:00 - journal entry handwriting
//reluctant again, lots of sass about not being able to spell things right and making mistakes that are 'mistakes forever...see that, can't fix it.'  *sigh*  She did fix those and did a fair job trying to spell Peggy Sue.
12:30 - putting away clothes
1 pm - done

She fed the chickens, harvested asparagus and lemon balm with me and asked if we could make lemon tea with them.  She did a lot of running back and forth on the muddy roads.  She watched two more episodes of Quantum Leap and practiced making a lasso out of a long piece of flannel fabric and catching a cup with a rock in it on top of her barstool.

roping and wrangling for glasses of rocks

We watched the new version of Flubber - which she really liked.  She had watched the Absent Minded Professor earlier in the week (both Net'f'x by Grandma) and liked that, too - which was amazing, as it was in black and white and that usually turns her off.  But, at the beginning of Flubber the credits roll in mathematical symbols - she looked at something in there - a four leaf clover petal thing on a mailbox? and said it was just like from her dream.  I thought she was talking about the math.. not sure what she saw.

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Wednesday that was a Tuesday

8.30a    - math test pg 4
//She spent probably five minutes whining the page was going to be so hard before actually completing it - after she realized that the place value problem was a 5 and a 6 squeezed in would become a 56, and that 64 = 64 because '1 equals 1 and if that is equals than 64 and 64 will be equals, too.'  
8.45a    - sims
9a     - reading Pets and Promises Noisy Nancy and Nick - "ness"/"ment" section and vocab word pages
9:30       - sims - building a house from scratch, using cheat codes
10.30a    - break

11.45a    - Video: "the Engineering of Aluminum Cans"
12p    - science: salt crystals
12.15p    - break

1.30p    - indoor bike riding
2p    - domestic chores (scraps for chickens)
2.30p    - sims
3.30p    - Mythbusters: "Chicken Gun"
4.30p    - done

//We read another two sections in the Stink Guinea Pig Express book again tonight before bed.

Monday, April 13, 2015

Monday again

9.30    - math test pg 3
9.45    - bike riding (no training wheels)
//Mark notes that the rollerskating has helped her develop both a better sense of balance and also a good attitude towards try try again - she has been consistently gaining skills and getting braver about what she wants to do.  She was coasting down the hill and using our dog gate to catch herself on to test her balance yesterday - and continued to do so today with more and more attempts to use the pedals without the training wheels.
10a    - science experiment: salt crystals setup
10.30a    - lego engineering
//she built a second dollhouse that fits inside the first dollhouse she had built a few weeks ago...
11.30a    - break

12.30p    - dragon city
3p    - done

//When I got home from work at 7 she showed me her Lego, the salt crystals and bopped around asking lots of things.  She told me about her bike adventure, and said it was learned now, so she knew it... I compared it to the rollerskating she can do now vs. last year... and she finally begrudgingly agreed she would keep 'practicing' the thing she knew how to do...which to her was like saying two opposites.  We read the first two sections of Stink and the Guinea Pig express before bed.