We are working on place value this week and I wanted to share some activities and worksheets to use if you are looking to teach your child place value. We took the afternoon to work through the concept and are building on it through the week. Have Fun!
Since we are talking about light this week, I want to provide this easy-to-understand video about light. You can also check out my lessons for the week and the light experiments that we are doing.
My daughter was sick this week, which means we only did reading and skipped formal lessons. Sometimes it happens, but she's feeling better. Next week, we will be back on track!
Anyways, I had some time to make some great anatomy resources that would be to use if you are working through anatomy during this quarter. I've included images, a downloadable worksheet and a few powerpoint presentations.
Teaching physical science can be pretty tricky for the kid who asks soooo many questions. I have one of those kids. She wants to know when rainbows first came into existence and how to heck does gravity ACTUALLY work. The textbook just doesn't do it for her.
Because she is a kinesthetic and visual learner, I have to provide experiments that teach her the properties and principles of everything. I'm okay with that; it just requires more prep work than the auditory kid...or the kid (me!) who writes everything down and remembers it forever.
Currently, we are doing physical science in our first grade curriciulum. Last week, we learned about solids, liquids, and gases, and because the concepts were so simple, an experiment wasn't required...well, almost not required...we did do a Sink and Float experiment, but that was just because it's fun. Science is fun.
This week, we are talking about light. And I just know that when she wakes up, she's going to want to know how light works. What is refraction? How does light bend? How can light through water make rainbows? Oh goodness, it's going to be a long week of exploration, that's for sure.
To be on the ready, I've planned a few experiments for the week to help her understand light as best as possible at the ripe age of six. I've laid them out in question form, so you can use them based on your child's questions...hope it helps!
The one thing about home school is that it can drag on...unless you have some carefully crafted units mixed into the regular routine to keep things exciting. This year, we are doing formal geography starting in the middle of Quarter 1 and I wanted to make it exciting...I am adapting the info gathered at DIY Homeschooler to do our unit study. She has amazing material that will make it easy to learn about each state.
Each week, we are going to look at TWO states from America. We are going to use 12X12 white scrapbook paper for each state. On each page, we will write down facts about the state as well as the capital and state icons.
We are also going to make a United States map out of FELT...I have glued a large piece of butcher paper to the wall and we will cut out the state shapes and glue them on one-by-one. I will post pictures as we begin the process.
If you want to complete the Unit Study with us, you can follow along on our First Grade Curriculum Page
What's Included in Our Unit Study
I am hoping to have workbooks created for each state to make it easier for you, but life can do strange things. No promises.
I'm sure you all have noticed by now that I have made some changes to the education portal of my site. Starting this year, I will be providing 36 weeks of solid, secular education. Since I am homeschooling a first grader, this year will be first grade. Every year, I will add a new year. If your child is a 6 or 7 year old, then my curriculum is ideal for your student.
I will note that my child is slightly advanced and a "typical" first grader may not be ready for this work, but that doesn't mean you can't be successful. Truly, this is my daughter's second year of formal education as I started her on formal work during Kindergarten. If your child can read a little bit, hold a pencil and understand basic math (addition and subtraction), then this is the first grade program for you.
This year we will master reading and writing. We will also be doing an extensive investigation into U.S. History, geography concepts, biology, earth science, physics, chemistry, and anatomy. Other topics will be approached. You can take a look at the curriculum here. It is also in the drop-down menu under Educate.
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