Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Wordless Wednesday

A picture of my yummy Cranberry scone :)

Too much rain...not that I'm complaining

It's been raining a lot lately here in the Bay Area and my kids and I missed spending our afternoon outside, in the park or just staying out in the garden. We missed going in our weekly P.E. every Wednesday. It's been 6 consecutive weeks that Wednesday turns out to be a rainy day. Boys do not do well coop up inside the house. They need the space to be running and playing. Our home, let's say is brimming with sighs and hums. Not a pretty sound. So lately, my kids have been napping more and we have been spending our afternoons in our couch reading. Not that we don't want to read but we just don't like the idea of being inside our house a lot. The only positive side of these is that we have been playing a lot of board games. We never did this before but we are actually enjoying this. I hope the sun will come out shining again. We hope we can actually find time this week to be out and about, enjoy the spring weather we usually have here in the sunny California.

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Standardize Testing this week!

This week is my eldest SAT so we are not doing school this week. Last week, he asked me to give him the week off for him to be able to review or practice answering test questions. So for two weeks, we are on test mood. He has been going now for 2 days at his ISP school to take the exam. So far, he said, everything is going great except for science which is very heavy on Physical Science and we have been studying Zoo 1 and Chemistry this year. So most of the question regarding Physics (energy, motion, electricity) are very unfamiliar to him. He had difficulty answering them. But I reminded him ,that Science and History are the only 2 subjects that I am not concern too much about because we don't actually follow the schedule of public school when it comes to these 2 subjects. He felt bad about it and there's nothing really I can do. The last day of the test is tomorrow. I hope everything goes well for him and I am praying that he will do well on his Social Studies tomorrow. But I am happy to know that he did really well on Math and he said that it wasn't hard at all. Most of the Language Arts except Grammar were done today and he was also optimistic about that. I am very happy that he did well on subjects that we focus on, Language Arts and Math.

Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Wordless Wednesday

Some pictures from my garden.

My hydrangeas are finally starting to flower.

garlic shoots

our onions

squash seedlings

cute, little peaches

Friday, April 2, 2010

Weekly Report ( March 29 - April 2 )

This week was a light week for us. First, we had stayed in the house, most of the week because of rain. Second, my mother-in-law is visiting us this week for her birthday on Easter Sunday. So the kids got excited about seeing Grandmom and had no energy what so ever to do school. So we had a very relax week this Week 27. Here are some of our activities.

Jhoshua (My 5th grader)

1. Did 3 lessons in Math this week. We are in a review mode. We finished Saxon 7/6 early and we started Saxon 87. But I thought before we go further, we just have to review some lessons since he has plenty of time. Plus, Saxon 87 is pretty much Prealgebra, so I don't want him moving in that direction that quick. So this week, I had him choose lessons in Saxon 7/6 to do.

2. Language Arts: We are on Punctuations this week on grammar. For this week, I made him write sentences using proper use of commas and diagramming it after. He encountered some suffixes this week in his spelling lesson, so I ask him to look up words in the dictionary. He did 3 outlining this week, 2 summary narrations and 1 literary analysis for his book ,Johnny Tremain.

3. We did this Art lesson this week. I found it at our library and I thought it was great. It teaches you how to use watercolor and make simple art project.

4. We read and learned about Catherine the Great this week for our history. We are finishing Johnny Tremain (read aloud) and he is reading Toliver's Secret.

Alden (My Kindergartener)

1. Copy work, 2 sentences daily
2. Finished his Explode the Code Primer Book C this week.
3. Played a lot of his Math games and manipulatives.
4. Tried his very best to impress Grandmom by reading a lot this week.

Next week is Easter Break. So I am happy. Happy Easter to everyone !!!