Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Back to Studies~ our first day

My view of the rain on our porch with morning coffee.

Today we started officially back with our studies for both boys. Even though the younger child had re-started his schooling back in July, today was the first day back for my teen, who just turned 14 this past month.

We awoke to our first day of studies with it raining outside. It was nice though since we really needed the rain and a welcome site for mum and her lawn~ :) We eased into our morning with the morning news and chatting over some French Toast and how our day was going to look like~  ( I explained on our "off months" our mornings will be similar but will be more of a "morning meeting" to see what my learners plans are for the morning/day and how he planned on spending his time and recording his day)

We began with an overview of how and what his days and weeks might look like over the next four weeks, and also took a laid back approach being the first day and having a few new things I am introducing this year;

*our new schedule of one month on and one month delight directed
*our new/revised pocket folder system that works in correlation with our pocket assignment system
*a couple of new programs
*a few new methods for working our subjects ( consistent efforts with written narration for most subjects,   OneNote use for all subjects) 

Today I introduced Grammar Revolution and it went very well. I purchased the Basic Grammar Course along with the Sentence Diagramming E-book also and today we did a quick lesson video on the 8 parts of speech. Short and sweet, ( which is how I am attempting to keep all his subjects right at this point) afterwards, we went over how to add an entry into his OneNote and write about what he learned. {it was funny because as I was explaining the "why" of writing in his OneNote~ he stopped me and explained that he understood and that it was to help him reinforce what he had just learned}.  He liked the video lesson thus far and we skipped ahead just a smidge and I think it is going to be a GREAT program for him to learn and fully understand all the parts of speech and how they are used in sentences.  ( this has always been a weak area for him so what I decided to do was to use his strength ~ visual/auditorial to help him learn these new concepts) For visual and auditory learners, a great program to check out. I never thought we would be excited or even interested in doing Grammar! Thanks to Maria, my dear friend for bringing up this program to us.

Fun With The Brain ~ new site

Fun 4 the Brains is a site recently featured in the Freely Educate Newsletter. I spent a bit of time here since I found a few things that I really liked.
This appears to be a new site that is still being built out but I loved some of the games for multiplication because a few were really new to us and I think they will be fun to try out with our youngest, who is still practicing his math facts for multiplication.

I also really liked the Panda Mayhem game for the parts of speech. It was a great way to reinforce these kinds of concepts and so I wanted to share this with my readers just in case you were looking for some different kind of things to use to reinforce skills already learned. Be sure and check it out if you have time.

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