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Mommy update, (monthly report?)

1 December 2011

This blogging thing is not going really well… I find myself postponing the updates week after week. School is going just fine though.

A lot happened since last time I blogged and I guess the being busy with life was part of the reason I didn’t blog. I painted parts of the house, winter hit us, I sew a lot of clothes for the baby, we went to the library, the kids got to use their new rainboots and raincoats and played with friends, and of course we did a lot in school. Here is some of it…

About a month ago we had a theme week on Noah’s, where we learned about Noah from the Torah, and also did crafts related to it, and even some English with a short story from a childrens Bible in English. We drew a big Noahs ark and made a lot of animals from playdough. We added some lego and plastic animals too. These photos are from the same day we did the ark. We still have it up, and there is around three times more animals now than a month ago. The kids are sure creative…

HEBREW: Prof completed the first package of Tsa’ad Tsaad, and the first package of Eshkolit. This means he is almost half way through the curriculum for second grade after only 1/3 of the schoolyear. We will need to add some more in the end of the year. He is doing most things easily without any problem. Hopefully the next package will be more of a challenge…

Snoopy is doing well in her reading. She really likes reading and practices a lot. She already reached a level where she is joining us reading even in the Science and Torah textbooks!! She is also most of the time reading independently what to do in her Hebrew and Math books. She just finished Bli Sodot 3.

MATH: Prof has been working with multiplication, and now moved on to addition and subtraction of numbers bigger than 100. Snoopy just started subraction 0-10.

SCIENCE: In science we study natural environments and artificial environments and what we find in them, who lives/what grows in them.

TORAH: We learned about Cain and Abel, Noah and the  Tower of Babylon, and now moved on to Abraham. We are going to stay with Abraham, Isaac and Jacob for 3-4 months now.

SWEDISH: We started a whole new concept in Swedish, since I realized we didn’t really get anywhere. We have chosen a book about Pettson and Findus, (Pancake Pie) a story they already know. Twice a week we go through around half a page. They do their best trying to read, and I fill in where it is needed. When we are done, they write 5-8 words from that page. We are not yet half way through the book, and both of them are really close to reading independently. A few more weeks and they will be there! We are of course planning on baking a pancake pie as soon as we are done with the book!

ENGLISH: We went on to unit 2, and started learning classroom words. The fact that they know almost all letters from Swedish now, makes English easier too.

I should probably say something about Hugsy too. She is running through her workbooks as usual. Right now she is working on the preparation for first grade-book and everything is easy for her. This very same book her brother and sister who went to kindergarten, were ready for only at age of 5-5½. Hugsy just turned four and nothing stops her. Gotta love homeschooling!!

Hugsy also really loves a new game we got for them. It is called Shalom kita alef (Hello first grade) and has pretty much everything a child needs to know to be ready for school – including a lot that is on actual first grade level. It has a book with almost a hundred cards. There is tracing of letters, numbers and shapes, and copying of shapes where you work with an eraseable marker. There is also math, organizing according to size, patterns etc, where you mark the answers with plastic frogs in different colors and then check the right answers on the back of each card. The game contains a lot of IQ developing things to and all three of them love it. We have a new spelling game that they work a lot with too. A few weeks with this game and they will for sure never spell those words wrong again… Next year we will introduce them to scrabble!!

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Weekly update

21 September 2011

It feels wrong to write a weekly update on a Wednesday. But I am teaching Sunday through Wednesday so it actually does make sense.

This week we accomplished a lot.

In Torah we finished studying the sixth day of creation, shabbat, and an overview over the entire story, how the story is organized. We painted the verses in different colors to see that the same things are said again and again for every day of the creation.

In science we finished the current part of “signs of life” which is multiplying. We put a few beans on wet cotton to see if they would sprout – which they did, one of them within less than 24 hours.
We also started studying the fall, learning about a few different flowers of the season, animals and other signs in the nature.

In English they practiced the letter G, and learned to write their first word – which is “bag” (these are the three letters they know this far)

In Swedish we learned a few new letters and realized we need to move from once a week to twice a week. Once a week is too little and just doesn’t make sense.

In Hebrew Prof finished the first chapter in “Simanim baDerech”. There has been tons of words, both easy and difficult ones, to write in his own dictionary and define them. This has taken a lot of time. He also managed to do some handwriting and finished a workbook in tsaad tsaad.
Snoopy is working on the nikud and read alouds. She will soon be through all the “nikud” (the dots and dashes you mark the consonants with in order to know what vowel sounds there are supposed to be) which will make it a lot easier for me to find appropriate read alouds for her.

In math there is nothing new. They just continue where they were in their books.

I’m trying to upload a few photos but it doesn’t work at the moment. So that will be later.

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School so far

16 September 2011

We are now done with our first three weeks of school and everything is going great. It is already all natural to go up in the morning and get prepared to start our school day. Hugsy (4 years old) is participating just fine. She is either doing what we do – or working in her workbooks, doing art and crafts, puzzels, lego etc. I didn’t expect it to be so easy to keep her busy too. The baby is doing us a favor and is most days sleeping through three out of the four lessons.

In Torah we study creation. We finished until the sixth day of creation, and will go on by studying shabbat next week. We learn difficult words from the biblical Hebrew, learn what the sages say about some of the passages. This subject contains a lot of art and crafts. We draw a picture for every day of the creation and keep it in a special folder. By the end of the year, the kids will have their own home made Genesis in pictures.

In Science we learn about different signs of life; this far breathing, eating and drinking, and the last lesson we learned what it’s called when different animals have their babies… now that is a vocabulary I don’t even have in English. (the hen doesn’t poop eggs, does she?)

In English we learn the numbers up to ten, colors and a little bit of basic conversation phrases.

In Hebrew, Prof is making his own dictionary, adding to it a lot of difficult words. He also practiced the alphabet and identifying missing letters in order to make it easier to look up words in the dictionary. Plus in Hebrew it is very important to know the numeric values of each and every letter, since it is used a lot in various situations, including bible chapters, Jewish calender and a lot more.
Snoopy is practicing the letters, even though that is mainly repetition for her. She is also learning the nikud (vowel system) and doing a lot of read alouds.

In Math, Prof is doing addition up to 100 by splitting numbers, such as 28+15=30+13=43
Snoopy is learning to write the numbers up to 20, and practicing skip counting on 2, 4 and 10.

In Swedish they learn the letters, three new every time – and only for recognizing them. Usually we do some sort of word game, and read short stories where they stop me every time there is a difficult word.

We do some more stuff too… more on that later.