Friday, March 1, 2013

The Week of Unexpected Learning Opportunities and Visual Aids ~ Homeschool Week Wrap-Up

Happy March! Will it be winter for a while yet or is spring coming soon?

In our homeschool this week…

As the 7yo cruised through Hooked on Phonics on Wednesday, learning ch words, she came to chick. As she learns new words, I make sure she knows the meaning and how they can be used in a sentence. Obviously, she knows what a chick is, and I mentioned that it’s part of the name of a favorite restaurant ~ Chick-fil-A.

“You know that’s what we eat there, don’t you? Grown-up chickens?”

She raised her eyebrows in surprise, her mouth forming a perfect O.

“Not baby chickies, like this word.” I pointed to the word chick. “After they grow up.”

It was a difficult fact of life for her to absorb.

I moved my finger along the page. “What’s this next word?”

Chop.”

“Yes.” I quickly saw a learning opportunity. “That’s how they kill the grown-up chickens we eat. Chick. Chop.” I could see that this phonics lesson was about to end in tears. “I don’t know if that’s how they still kill them,” I backpedaled. “Maybe it’s different now. Something nicer.”

We continued on, but the 9yo {boy!} didn’t hesitate to find the 7yo’s beloved “Peepers” and put a play knife to her neck.
Life’s lessons can be hard.


Helpful homeschooling tips or advice to share…

Use what you have around the house for visual aids.

The 11yo was working on fractions ~ ¾ of a quart equals how many pints? The need for a visual in math doesn’t change much from the kindergarten days of counting beans and adding M&Ms. So we retrieved the 4-cup measuring cup and added water for instant understanding.


Places we’re going and people we’re seeing…

If you’re my Facebook friend, you know that we visited my mom last weekend, sharing some Death by Chocolate ice cream in little blue and pink cups and listening to Lawrence Welk online. My mom had an old, old safe the size of a child’s bank with a combination lock that she hadn’t figured out.
Within three minutes, Sherlock Holly had cracked the code.
Her reward inside? Cobwebs. {Did I say the safe was old?}
I call that homeschool ~ a lesson in logical thinking.


What’s working/not working for us…

Moody Science DVDs as supplemental curriculum. I cringed through Prior Claim, a science video about man’s inventions that are based on God’s creation. It's pretty interesting but filled with icky spiders and scary rattlesnakes. Of course, the children loved it. 



On the blog this week…

We’re continuing the Big Family Idea Bonanza series ~


I’m cooking…

Bread is boring. Our new favorite is sandwich wraps. Spread or layer whatever you like in a tortilla and wrap it up.
Cream cheese, dried beef, green onion.

Turkey, shredded co-jack cheese, lettuce, sour cream.

Ham, cheddar slices, dressing, shredded lettuce.

Yummo!


When we homeschool is any learning opportunity really unexpected? No, not when inquiring minds want to know.





How was your week?


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22 comments:

  1. Love the old safe! I really enjoy old things like that. You know they were made when when they are around 150 years later.

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    1. It's so interesting to contrast the workmanship of that little safe compared to children's banks today. Quite a difference! Thanks again for visiting, Rachel!

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  2. That safe looks awesome! I'm heading over to your post on the wholesale club now. I just mentioned that on my blog this week too :) Have a great weekend!!

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    1. She thought the safe was pretty neat, and I have a feeling that it'll come home with us next time we see Grandma....

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  3. What would sisters do without their 9 year old brothers to help them along? ;) Poor Peepers! Oh, I think you're right about bread. I make most of it homemade, but even homemade doesn't have much appeal anymore. I know I have a recipe somewhere for tortillas...

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    1. Homemade tortillas? Never thought of that. I'll have to look for one as well. Thanks for the idea!

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  4. That safe is so neat! We love having roll ups for lunch too! Nutella and strawberries is one of my favorites!

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    1. Yummy! Thanks for sharing your favorite, Shelly.

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  5. I love wraps- yum! Sweet & Savory... What amazing lessons to teach kids...like all the time!


    THanks for linking up with us on the Photo Friday Blog Hop! Have a great weekend!

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    1. Thanks so much for both hosting and stopping by!

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  6. It looks like you had a great week! Thanks for sharing with us! :)

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    1. Thank you for reading, Kayla. Many blessings to you!

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  7. Love the safe! How cool! Thanks for sharing your week. Blessings!

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    1. Thanks for visiting, and blessings to you! Have a great weekend!

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  8. I think that lesson would have induced squeals in our house! Brothers...

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    1. I'm surprised you didn't hear her at your house! :)

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  9. That old safe is great and the tortilla wraps look delish!

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    1. They were delish! :) Thanks so much for visiting!

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  10. Oh my word; we all had a heart laugh over the phonics lesson. Thanks for sharing and making our morning brighter!

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    1. I'm glad you enjoyed it, Cheryl. Thanks for commenting! :)

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  11. That bank is very cool and your lunch made me hungry!

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    1. Thanks for taking the time to visit, Savannah!

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