Posts Tagged ‘3rd’

American History and Animaniacs

06 Aug

If you were a kid during the 80’s or 90’s there are probably a number of cartoons that you remember fondly. Personally, I feel that cartoons of those two decades were of much better quality than those available to our kids today, and often they taught different things, often just basic moral values and safety tips, and weren’t just mind-numbing entertainment.

One of the more witty cartoons of the 90’s though was the show, The Animaniacs. The different season DVD collections are available, and various clips are available for free viewing on YouTube.

Remembering various segments of this show I saw how I could utilize this in our unit on US Capitols and the US Presidents.  (more…)

How I got my 7-year-old to Write

25 Jul

The Problem

Well, my son came out of kindergarten from public knowing how to write decent sentences. Last year, I used various writing books to emphasize sentence and paragraph skills, and somewhat used my own method of teaching writing when he said he’d had enough of the books. The method so much wasn’t a problem as his effort and attitude towards it. He’d pretend he couldn’t write, even though I knew he could. It took a lot of pushing to get him to actually write at the level I knew he could write at.

This year I bought a couple of workbooks on writing that will lead him through the creative writing process (Just Write, Book 1 & Book 2, ordered from and I figure I’d have him do some free-writing examples each week, as well as one book report a month, and research report that I will guide him through at the end of the year based on a country he will study all year.

Day 2 of homeschooling this year we were doing fine until I pulled out the blank lined sheets (more…)

It’s Started – 2010-2011 School Year

22 Jul

Well, it’s here! We’re almost done with our second week of school already for the new school year. Where did our summer break go? Oh yeah – swimming lessons, birthdays, VBS’s and other activities. Gone………gone! I’m not too disappointed, really. I was anxious and excited to get him started on his third grade curriculum. It’s just, it’s only week two – and I’m tired!

Third grade!! So far we’re doing fairly well. All his materials have been introduced to him and though there are subjects he’s not extremely fond of, he works well on most of them. We had an issue with writing on Day 2 last week, but I found a way to overcome that hurdle, which I’ll get into later in a later post.

He really seems to be fascinated by the idea of cursive handwriting. So far he has done just the basics of motions involved with it, and this week we started with the letter U, but he loves looking at the cursive letter chart and has been pretty excited so far when further down the page I tell him he’s doing well and getting better with whatever he’s is currently working on for handwriting each day. I hope his excitement for this continues.

My method of teaching multiple digit multiplication seems to be working well – though he abhors the extra amount of writing he has to do for each problem. Today I will bring it all together and show him how each step can be done without the extra writing. It really seems to help having it done in steps and working up to doing it the regular way.

Overall I think this will be a great year.

It’s all Greek to me

13 Jun

Word Roots, Beginning, by The Critical Thinking Co.

When doing research regarding homeschooling, I came across a lot of parents and methods that suggested teaching Latin and/or Greek for various reasons. I took a lot of Spanish myself, and in this day and age, Spanish is something that could be very useful in everyday life, so that seemed the logical language to teach. Spanish would also be beneficial because I could talk in Spanish a bit and find ways to make it useful during our schooling. But then I wondered, Am I doing him a disservice by NOT teaching him Latin or Greek? I never learned it in school. I turned out okay (I think),  BUT my vocabulary isn’t what it could be I guess.


Cursive Writing

22 May


Beginning of the Year Handwriting Sample (July 2009)

Writing is definately not my son’s favorite thing to do. Handwriting, writing stories or poems, whichever – he’d rather be doing other things and just despises the fact he has to pick up a pencil and write something. At the beginning of this school year I had noticed some bad habits he had developed in writing certain letters when learning how to write, so, as I noticed the problems in these letters and numbers, I’d have him practice them. This seemed to work pretty well. In just this school year his handwriting (more…)

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