Monday, October 17, 2011
Second Grade, First Quarter In Review
Here's what we've been doing, in detail:
Math - She's using Saxon Math 2, and breezing through it. She really "gets" math. We just finished lesson 50 today. We've been skipping forward quite a bit, or else she'd be bored. I think I'll be buying Saxon Math 3 before the school year is over.
Science - She spent a couple weeks learning about North American animals (...and culture...and geography. She wrote and performed a 1 act play as part of her presentation on wolves), dinosaurs, volcanoes and plate tectonics, how machines work, and magnets/batteries.
Reading/Read Alouds - She has been reading a book per week. She's progressed to the "next level" of books already, and is now focusing on reading classics by DK Readers Level 4 (Black Beauty, in specific). I'm really pleased with her progress! We're also reading out loud each night. She especially enjoyed The Cricket In Times Square and The Boxcar Children.
Spelling and Grammar - The spelling program that I'm using is helping a lot with phonics. She's doing great! Her first few weeks of grammar were focused on sentence structure and different types of sentences and punctuation. Right now (and for the rest of 1st quarter) she's working on a writing unit. Her first project was to write about an experience (The Renaissance Festival). Right now she's working on writing about our trip to Craguns. It's fun to see the progress she's making!
Life In The Great Ice Age.
Fine Arts - She learned about Pieter Bruegel, and studied his use of color. We used pastels to create warm and cool color pictures. We also studied Georges Seurat, and made pictures using only tiny dots. Millie started piano lessons, too. Her teacher is fantastic, and Millie can read notes and play a few simple songs already :)
Phy Ed - We haven't done as much as I'd like in this department. Our phy ed has mainly been walking, biking, and hiking. This is an area that definitely needs improvement for next quarter!
It's been a really great first quarter! So far we're both loving this homeschool thing :)
What do I need to improve on? Adding more phy ed into our day, and sticking to our monthly "unit of inquiries". It was my intention to do more art, and a lot of nature study. We didn't do ANY nature study, which I'm disappointed about. I'll have to up my efforts in the Spring.