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.