Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Texas Wildlife


It is coming to the end of May. Besides finishing up the worksheet, we attend classes in local science museum along with other homeschoolers.

Sunday, May 16, 2010

Building helicopter

I like to buy constructive toys for my boys. Ethan is quick temper person and I would like to train him to be more patience. Building this helicopter of course took a lot of effort out of him. At first, he did not want to do it because it seemed hard to construct. I then encouraged him to do it together with me. Finally, a helicopter is built... .

Friday, May 7, 2010

Observing dirt

Earth Day is a good time to show the boys how to appreciate the earth. From one of the program in PBS channel, I got an idea for the science project. It is easy to do and we just do it from our backyard. That is digging out the dirt and observing it.

Field trip to Houston Natural Science Museum

The museums in Houston always offering good educational program. Thanks to one of the mom from a homeschool group who organizes different kinds of field trip to the museum. This time we joined the other families for this field trip learning about Paleontology. The boys got the chance to see all kinds of fossils and the dino's exhibition.


A visit to Houston Audobon

Exploring nature is one part of our homeschool curriculum. The Houston Audobon is a great place to explore during spring time.


Friday, March 19, 2010

Spring Break

This week is the school spring break. I let the boys have a short one week off. They still have some worksheet to do but not as much as regular week.

We went to the Houston Children Museum yesterday. That is a cool fun place for the children. They sure had fun there.

Basically, Ethan did all of his first grade worksheets for past few months. Now, I am giving him some test to see how far he learned so far.

Saturday, March 6, 2010

Week 28

Learning about graph:
We record the type of weather for February. Now, is the time to do the graph about it. Ethan has to figure out what kinds of weather occurs last month and how many time per month. Then, he drew a graph out of it.

This is a good learning tool for little kids. Math is everywhere.


Exploring nature is another way to educate the kids how to appreciate the things surrounding them.

This week, we have two field trip. One is the Houston Arboretum center and another is Sugarland Natural Science Museum. The first one is just by our own and the museum trip is with one of the Homeschool group that we joined recently.

We check out a book from the library --A very hungry caterpillar in Chinese version. After reading the book, the boys made a simple craft of caterpillar and butterfly. Ethan had to write the caterpillar in chinese and he drew quite a cute caterpillar too.

Week 27

Ethan is learning all the America 50 states. We are doing the southeastern states this week. I drew a map as below while telling him the exact location of each states on the map. I used the Man In the Map book to introduce him all the states. I really like this book because it uses simple clues to let us to remember all the states in no time. I am learning as well.

I bought this wooden U.S map puzzle pieces at the garage sale for $1... cheap

Ethan finished all the basic first grade worksheets. I am now focusing on unit study with topics that interests him and Evan.

Simple machines:
They are designing his own machine.

Ethan first drawing of his imaginary machines.

Second drawing

Evan's drawing of his machine.

Using legos to build their machines.

Our homeschool schedule is all year round. We take a break when we need some time to relax. Since we are going to move to the new house, I think I will slow down a bit on the work for the boys.

Monday, February 22, 2010

Week 26

As usual, Ethan got a routine worksheet to finish which include spelling, math, science, social study and Language Art. He did the Beestar.org math practices twice a week. He had to write Chinese everyday too.

We put aside the Dinosaur unit study this week. Since it is still during Chinese New Year, we did a dragon art this week. It is an easy art project..

A disposable cup. Cut into slit as show in picture for the mouth of the dragon. Put two black dot on each side of the cup for the eyes.

Cut a long strip of paper and decorated it as the dragon body. Cut a semicircle on the first part of the paper and paste it on the back of the cup.

Cut a small hole on the cup and slit a straw into it so that the kid can hold it as they are holding the dragon body.

Tape a stick ( we use the chopstick) on the dragon body so that the kid can hold it with another hand.

Evan is learning to write number 8. To my surprise, he can write it well. I taught him to write it as he is driving along the racing car track.

Learning number with stickers.
I wrote certain numbers on the papers. Evan put the stickers on each line according to the numbers written on the left side.

Natural is the best place to educate the kids. We like to walk around the condo area and enjoy the natural scene. We found there was a pile of white pebbles near the dumpster and on the other side of the pool. We decided to pick them up and put inside our aquarium. Before we do that, I let the boys observed the pebbles and compared them to the other rocks. Those pebbles are so smooth and white in color.

Estimation game:
I like to ask the boys some math questions whenever I got a chance. I asked them to estimate how many white pebbles in total. They both gave me some answers and started to count them all.
Ethan suggested to count them by tens.

Thursday, February 18, 2010

Big Brother read to little brother

Ethan is reading a story book to Evan. I just love the way they sit on the sofa quietly and read the books together. Ethan can read book very well and he just feel proud that he can read a story to his little brother. But, sometimes, he read a bit fast and Evan has to ask me again what the story is about.

Friday, February 12, 2010

Week 25 Weekly Homeschool Report

This week we only have four "school" days. I let the boys off on Friday since Chinese New Year is on this weekend.
Ethan still has to finish all the regular school worksheets and complete his math practice online.

Next coming Monday is President Day to remember Abraham Lincoln and George Washington, the two great U.S president. The boys are reading a book about Abraham Lincoln and they made a log cabin out of the ice cream stick. Abraham Lincoln was born in a log cabin, so, I let them made a cabin by using simple material. Ethan put an penny( Abe's face is on the penny) on the paper and made a sun out of it.

I bought a set of U.S President flash card and let them see who were Abraham Lincoln and George Washington.

Another way to encourage Ethan to write is asking him to write an invitation cards to his friends. We are moving, so I let him invites his friends over for a playdate. He got to write his own invitation card and mail them to his friends. He was so excited to be able to put a stamps on the envelope and mailed them away.

Art time.
The boys had to use their imagination to put the white color on the black paper. They have to draw something out and let me guess what it is about.

Ethan told me he drew a cactus.

Evan told me he drew some kids playing snowballs.

What do you think?

I just love this book. It shows the boys they can use all kinds of material to make different kinds of faces.

Evan's face'

Ethan's face.