Sunday, March 6, 2011

Home schooling: week 1

After years of deliberation and weeks of planning, I've started home schooling my fourth grade daughter. Here's a sampling of what she did last week.

Literature: classical tales (The Gift of Athena, Adam and Eve, Cain and Abel, Noah's Ark, Abraham and Sarah, the Lion and the Mouse, the Ants and the Grasshopper, the Father and his Sons, the Bat and the Weasels); poetry ("In the beginning was the three pointed star..."); social fiction (Sheila the Great, chapter 1); nighttime reading (several chapters of "Little Town on the Prairie").

Writing and grammar: reading summaries; exercises in Story Grammar.

Math: 6 problem sets from the Singapore Math 5A fractions chapter.

Social Studies: first 3 chapters of Story of the World, volume 1 (nomads through the early ancient Egyptians).

Science: chapter 1 of North American Wildlife; David Attenborough's Life of Mammals (CD 3, episodes 1 and 2).

Problem solving: Analogies Challenges; Venn Perplexors; math contest problems (misc).

French: First seven lessons of French in Action.

Field trips: Academy of Natural Sciences; Penn Museum/Secrets of the Silk Road.

Miscellaneous: exercises from Drawing with Children; Renaissance music; music composition; ping pong; roller skating; map reading (the local neighborhood; the Silk Road quadrant of the globe)

After school: pottery; piano; violin; bike riding.

Social: Saturday playdate with E.


MathMom said...

Sounds wonderful! How was it for you (other than the content)? Was there strife? Relief? Are you working with her the entire time or assigning things and letting her go by herself?

Congratulations to you both!

(We've just decided to send our fourth grade daughter to public school next year only, but that's pretty much a financially-driven decision. Should be interesting!)

Happy Elf Mom said...

We are doing the analogy challenges as well, but the younger grade level. Even though my autistic children are *smart,* they don't always get the language parts.

I am guessing your daughter is very good at maths if you have her a year ahead, and in Singapore no less. :)

FedUpMom said...

Congrats! This is a step I have often considered taking myself. I look forward to updates!

Anonymous said...

Wow. Can I come to your school?


Jennifer said...

Welcome to the homeschooling bandwagon! It sounds like you're off to a great start.

C T said...

Wow! What a great first week. Isn't it amazing how much a child can learn when they aren't having to stand in line and wait for other students to take their places?