Friday, February 27, 2015


Daddy had school today - and they had agreed last night she could watch a certain movie about Kung Fu style fighting as she  has been practicing with a staff on her own to try and needed to see more 'material'.

10a    - hair care
10.15    - PE (200x jumping jacks, 20x 10lb deadlift)
10.30a    - dragon city
10.45a    - matific
11.15a    - dictionary exploring
11.30    - break

12.30    - town & stores
--They researched palette knives like are used in the Joy of Painting episodes, and other supplies.  They looked at and bought heavier weights for her weight lifting set.
1p    - break

1.30p    - PE (30x 20lb bench, 10x 20lb squats)
1.45p    - Movie: "Legend of Drunken Master"
3.30p    - break

She is downstairs playing with the Speak and Spell now, which we had finally gotten batteries for after they had come to town to get me at work.  Mark watched the outtakes to Drunken Master with Esme, too - and proved her these were real people, who make mistakes, and get hurt - and they also helped each other out, laughed etc...  We got Big Hero 6 and she has watched that twice.

Weekend off!  For everyone :)
I'm trying not to get a sinus infection and spend some time sitting in bed knitting a new pair of socks.  

Thursday, February 26, 2015

Thursday geometry and town run

10.30a    - English worksheets
Reading comprehension sheet: 'The Weather', also a long -i recognition sheet (circle the ones that are) and then a fill in the blank I had made of which word goes where - 'where', 'were', 'they', 'there', 'their', 'we', 'which' and 'when'.  She fussed for a moment - but with the goal of playing her pet doctor/care game she then sped through them...even after I told her the first two were first grade and the last one was second grade.  She has been insisting that first grade was too hard for her, not too easy...but she continues to show me again and again that she is bored and 'why should I do this?' when I hand her the first grade stuff....unless I identify it as such. //thoughts here....
11a     - pet playing game, 'pet doctor', feeding, care
11:30     - break
Solid geometry experiments in construction paper
and a poor turkey with a cone on his head

12p    - pyramids; solid geometry, pinata
----I used the net boxes from Math Salamanders to cut out lots of geometric solids, some of which she helped me put together - or compared, talked about features of etc.  She really 'gets' it.  We cut cones from construction paper - that she found hard, because we started with no pattern.  Then also with no real pattern - we cut out a cube box and a rectangular prism.  She started to fuss that it was too easy yet too hard for her to do it..we did it together, and she understood the fundamental of what we were doing --then she thought it was fun and worthwhile.  We went downstairs and made a pinata in the shape of a pyramid.  I showed her the process for cutting a square out of a rectangular piece of paper, and we compared the triangle from the pyramid to see if all the sides were the same.  Then, I showed her how to make an isosceles triangle out of a square.
1.15p    - break

1.30p    - town & stores
--she helped us shop for the first time in 12 days....we had a lot of things to get.  Her attitude was very good.
--There is a lot of cooperation, thought and learning in this - she sees us all work together, we make decisions, she asks questions and we answer... we pack things in the cart and back out of the cart - she also counted her own change at one store and bought a small toy with her allowance.
3:3p    - break, home, put things away

4p -  hang pinata and break it
4:15p - break

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Wednesday zen

I promised if she did hard math with me for an hours time she could 'present' Goat Simulator for time in school today.  She said that would be her 'perfect day'... it turned out more like a course in anger management and finding our zen balance.

11.30a    - Kahn academy math - practiced all early math!
----She has yet to do the mastery on a lot of them, has earned her Aqualine of more than 20 skills mastered.  She is now at 65% done K through 2nd grade - since October - and has at least practiced every activity in the K through 2nd grade set.  Although she got snippy at me and sarcastic several times, she demonstrated she does understand borrowing and carrying (which she can 'forget' often when she feels like it) but is still having trouble telling time on analog clocks.  That makes her very frustrated...and we had to take a break

12p    - break
12:30 - Kahn and Matific math
-----I promised some 'easier' picture math after she did one more mastery exercise in Kahn.

1:30 - Goat Simulator controls presentation
--She showed me what each control does, what the powers of different goats are, and her favorite places - also where some of the powers are got and what the process is to get them.

2p   - spelling test and reading passage
---Spelling mastery article #5, 16 words spelling - 'were' and 'said' made her mad because they don't follow rules the other sounds do... that was my problem as a young reader, too.

2:15 - 'teaching' 2nd player to use controls from presentation
---I played and she gave me pointers, then we did a quest in MMO simulator

3 - Snap Circuits # 16
3:45 - anger manageent - there were lots of other things going on and she wanted us to do the project for her... we talked through and completed the circuit.
4 - break
4:45 - put away snap circuits
5 pm - done

We tried to get to town, leaving Esme at Grandma's house.  The county road is still too slick on the hills and we can't get over.  Getting over is half the battle - you have to get back.  There is another snowstorm predicted tonight... we'll see how this all goes.

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Tuesday dragons

                                                        Painting practice

10 am    - dragon city game, upkeep, reading, logic (powers and battle)
10:30     - break for food

11 am     - math on matific, try frustrating activity from yesterday again
11:15am - handwriting dragon sentences and noun worksheet
11:30am - break

12 noon - Painting practice, acrylics
12:45   - break

// She has been learning from the Joy of Painting episodes!  She did great color mixing and put different color shadows on both sides of the mountain, one for shadow, one for sun rays.  I painted, too - on another sheet.. and made a few things.  I had her present her painting in a tablet video but the sound was really quiet.  I told her for school  we would work on making better videos.

1:30    - Minecraft design and exploration by herself, she went back to Horse City and built other things in several of her worlds. I limited her to one hour or this.

2:30   - painting presentation video
2:45   - 7 Wonders of World reading in Places to Know book
3       - break

4-6     - LAN play with Mom building house, pool, doing fireworks, learning multiplayer interface
6       - washing dog
6:15    - done

Note : We are still iced in.  The mailman stopped by and said we would likely not get to the highway today, either - the main road is cleared but our hills on the back road are glare ice.  The Rhymes and Poems book I had ordered the other day did not come - instead, I got another volume in the series - 'Places to Know'... not really what Esme was interested in, either.. read her the first few pages anyway.  I told her we would study those a bit more and then test  her out on it.

Daddy is trying to rest up from a cold - doing that hydrant in the cold rain the other day.
Columbus, the puppy - is getting quite spoiled.
Mark says he is like a 100 watt heater and 'eventually' he will
be too big for this... sure....sure...

Gifted and asynchronous first and second graders - article
Disclaimer : We have never had Esme tested for IQ...but she fits the profile for asynchronous so very well..and her method of learning is 'all over the board',which made regular public school tough to handle (for them, and some for her)... Some days I wonder what we're learning exactly during one of our blocks - but I realize we are learning her way - and she really is picking up skills along the way...just not the way you would expect in a 'first grade classroom.'

Monday, February 23, 2015

Monday bits (of ice)

Little pilot doll and the plush airplane jet.  An order for the KnitOwl toys shop on Etsy : KnitOwl Toys
I made the doll as an extra (and Esme got one, too) because we are so iced in... it turned out okay, will work some more at them :)

 We still have a glass-like surface of ice all over everything.  That short melt we had the other day just wasn't enough to do the froze back even slicker.

It doesn't look so  bad from here, but that glass-like surface is there.  Mark measured the roof ice at almost 2 inches when it came down briefly yesterday.

9.30a    - laundry, operating washer and dryer, she needed and wanted to - so it was a great time to introduce it all to her.  She can reach all the buttons if she stands on the dog food container, which she did!

9.45a    - reading & summarizing story, reading comprehension sheet First Second Third
--------Had her draw out a figure as well that showed the clothing and colors in the sheet.
10a    - reading aloud (stink frog book & how birds got colors)
10.30a    - break, 'brunsh' and cartoon movie

12:00a - drawing and writing 'comic book' about movie Quest for Camelot
----She had wanted to count watching the movie for school, but we said it had to be more than that - so after the movie she did an hour making three pages with drawings and writing, and a cover.  I counted this as spelling too, as she had to ask for words she didn't know and copy other things like 'Excaliber' that I wrote for  her.
1 p    - dragon city and copycat game - monster city, upkeep, interface, reading
2p     - break

2.45p  - mathific - 1st and 2nd grade activities
3.15p  - break

4p     - Joy of Painting s04e13
4.30p  - done

Some of the Camelot book she made

Saturday, February 21, 2015

First Grade Curriculum materials

Will update this as I go here.. but want a collection to refer back to and add on to...

Spelling : K12 reader list of spelling words   We are using the first grade spelling words as 'spell it from hearing it' and the third grade spelling words as vocabulary and copywork. I have a 1968 spelling primer 'Language Mastery Primer' that I bought at a library sale we are using, as well.  We picked up a 1.00 dictionary for her to learn to use, at the same place.

Reading Comprehension : k5 Learning Reading Comprehension   This is a hard one to find something simple enough for her writing ability but tough enough for her logic capability.  She can read a lot more complicated items, but her handwriting still is a barrier at times, and she is just beginning real composition.  We have a book from the Calvert school that Aunt Dot sent to us that has lots of fables and questions in it - we've used that, and also some of the poetry from it for copywork.

Reading - books, poetry and rhymes.  plurals, tenses, etc... too many to list, but we are active in searching out books to introduce her to, read with her, etc etc...I have bought several 'old school' textbooks that are on her reading level, and we've read them sometimes when she doesn't have something else she is 'into' and we haven't finished.  She has her own library card now, and we have went often.  She likes the chapter books from Franny K. Stein and also the Stink Moody series, they are fun.  We've read some Charlotte's Web, and I have Half-Magic and Little House in the Big Woods on reserve, but I don't want to start more than two chapter books at a time.

Handwriting:  'the quick brown fox jumped over the lazy dog', for copywork, mixed with other sentences and copying names of dragons, etc..   She has a perfectionism tendency...but once in a while she lets me correct her and I do see her improving steadily.

'English':  First, things that come up, like homonyms she doesn't understand, or capitalization and punctuation while we are writing some sentences.  Second, 'voice' in reading actually falls under this, I believe - because once you understand how sentences in books flow, the punctuation and forms come easier.  Third, identifying

Math with : Khan Academy, Matific and using specific games online that make her think about math while she is playing them - multiples, scarcity, probability etc...  She has done the Dragonbox algebra prep for age 5 and up from start to finish.  We also downloaded and used Math Stretch as a mobile app and some calculation apps for basic addition/subtraction. We started with multiplication tables up to 10x10 earlier in the year and very simple division with fractions (circle pizzas) and regular numbers (counters/word problems).  Still working on the 11/2 is 5 and a half TWICE... maybe find some materials for that or make a prop to help.

Math / Geometry : Matific and Khan again, and trying to put some hands-on in there.  Also have used Solid shape Geometry worksheets from Mathworksheets4Kids which she is ready for.  Making PVC items from our kit works in here, too.  Math Salamanders 3D solid nets

Asking questions and finding answers  - researching for information, creating tests and recording the results.  Started with the Chemistry cards at Pinay Homeschooler, introducing them 9 at a time (page) and talking about them.  She is picking up on the ideas with the pictures and categories much better than she did with just the letters.  We have done lots of experiments, ones she found online and some we got from a Lowes kit, oobleck and such.  For nature science she is learning a lot about different animals and environments, how to prepare and care for different pets and animals and learning about plants with her greenhouse.  When it was warmer we went for lots of nature walks around the house and answered her questions as they came up.

places to investigate more,  GeoDetective , Try Engineering and Edheads

Started her out playing World Explorer map geography game at the library.  She didn't really believe all of these other places could be real at first - thought it was just stories.  We have three hallway maps, bought and from National Geographics.  We are using National Geos and youtube videos to investigate different places, the animals and people who live there, as well as tectonic plates, volcanoes and etc...  We printed out a map from Printable maps and put it up on her wall, for us to fill it out and color it in as we learn from the other maps.

We had her watch Liberty's Kids from start to finish, and have talked about history in general, where people lived, where they moved to, Columbus discovering America, wars, Indians and the settlers - taking little bits as she is interested in them.  She has played the Civlization game with me and it gives some good ideas that people had to learn things slowly etc.. I think once she has a better idea about the world in general- from our geography studies and relating those studies to history and people, she will be ready to take on more lessons.

Languages:  She did a little modern Greek online at the beginning...waned off of that and it became too much of a chore.  She agreed recently she should go back and learn it some more.  BUT - she had remembered several words all this time!

Photography, Video : She has used our smaller camera, printed out the photos with me at the store - and is learning to take photos and video on the tablet.

Computer interface:  A lot of the games, Minecraft, PBS kids etc that she plays fall under this.  She is really good (and has been for years, really) at figuring things out to play complicated games.  Now, she is learning from them, learning how to look things up about them and really getting into them for strategy and quests.

Other supplies:
Electric Company series videos
Blue Planet series videos
Mr. Roger's Neighborhood (on Youtube)
SnapCircuits electronic building kit
art with Joy of Painting videos, art supplies with Mom
other building kits we picked up long ago...Da Vinci and so forth
mancala and dominoes, checkers and dice
balltrack building kit
Knex and Lego
dolls and figurines, making up stories
Scrabble and Monopoly
paper, glue, scissors, yarn, macaroni, beads etc.. making things
simple cooking with Mom and Dad, measuring etc.
weighing with a balance scale
woodcrafting with Mom and Dad
candlemaking with Mom
sewing and weaving lessons with Mom
rollerskating, weight lifting, running laps and general exercises
taking care of her chickens, puppy, cats
cleaning up after herself, putting away clothes, organizing desk etc.

Specific materials I've sourced for her:
Books from The New Basic Readers collection (several years ago), Fun with our Friends etc.
-----she has almost outgrown these, now - but will keep them for a while
-----There are two other similar books 'Up and Away', and 'Seeing New Things'. That last one is a science book.  They were both from library sales.

Books from the 1979 Childcraft How Why Library - we have four now, one from my original set (Indian Book), the Story of the Sea, Things we Make and Rhymes and Poems.  Probably will add more as we go.

 Power Pack and Supergirl comic books
A book called 'the Car', on the history and construction of the car, also car racing.
A topographical map showing mountains, volcanoes and ocean currents.
was going to buy a world political map - but found one at the big box for 5.00
The Half Magic, Charlotte's Web and Little House in the Big Woods books
A compass and binocular multitoy from Toysmith called Optic Wonder
A vintage Speak and Spell
candle molds
Seeds for her gardening projects, dianthus, cockscomb, geranium and herbs.