Daily Archives: 5 August 2008
I’d have to say that today went much better. We still have a ways to go. I actually think today was about her testing my limits. A “game” she knows that we do NOT play!!
Today was all about China. She labeled a map of China, learned about foods, economy and so on of China. Oh goodness, I can’t even remember what else we did. Ah yes, she had to put 33 of the olympic events in alphabetical order and she had to put scrambled sentences in the proper order. Testing the limits came in for her journal entry. She was instructed to write a whole page (preprinted notebooking page) on the country she chose to follow during the Olympics. She asked half a dozen silly questions and I do mean silly. She didn’t use her words and only ended up doing half a page. She wasn’t happy when I graded it (spelling and content) and gave her a grade of a “C”. She thought that was a bit tough. I asked if she followed directions and she just put her head down and walked away. She found her limit!!
K also practiced her spelling words and chose 3 of them as vocabulary to look up in a dictionary. Since she’s such a good speller, this is how I plan to work on expanding her language or vocabulary usage. When she chooses these words, she has to find synonyms, antonyms, definition, use the word in a sentence and draw a picture of it. Instead of just spelling them, which seems to come so easy to her, she’s actually learning how to use the word as well.
Tomorrow, we’ll do more on China. Thursday, we’ll begin Ancient Olympics and continue on Friday. There won’t be anything but keeping track of the medals over the weekend. All next week, we’ll spend on the different Olympic events. I’m trying to cover a variety of subjects while doing the topic of Olympics. I have cool math sheets for next week!!
Alright, I’m out for tonight. I’m slowly getting caught up on my blog reading. They’re so much more interesting than mine!! HAHA
Today is the final installment of my Olympic lesson printables and sites. I do hope this has been helpful to those of you looking for materials covering this topic.
I’m going to start with About.com: Homeschooling. They have completed all the Olympic events now and have printables for all of them. The final events are wrestling, tennis, shooting and weightlifting. There’s also synchronized swimming along with one of my favorites, volleyball. Finally, there’s the triathlon and I’m including fencing because I don’t know if I remembered it in earlier posts. About.com: Family Crafts also has many great Olympic crafts to make as a famiy or homeschool and participate in your own events. There’s other great activities on About.com that could easily be worked into an Olympic lesson. You can go to About.com: Chinese Culture to find your students name in Chinese or learn some simple Chinese calligraphy or even learn about some proverbs.
I found some really good materials including lesson plans, games and other materials at the LA84 Foundation web site. There’s also an amazing set of flashcards from FlaschardPlazza. I think I’ve already mentioned it, but Teacher Vision has many good printables and you can get 3 for free without joining. Don’t forget Activity Village with their Olympic printables because they’ve added a couple new items.
Finally, there’s 2 blogs that have many links to activities for the Olympics. Some of the sites are ones that I’ve already listed, but some are new. Please check out Debbie’s Digest and Homeschooling on a Shoestring Blog, as well as the newsletter from Surfaquarium.
I hope this has helped some of my homeschool (or even teacher) blog readers. I have fun looking for the information needed to homeschool Miss K and give her the best education possible. I know many of you want the same thing, so here’s the material right at your finger tips!! As I stated earlier, this will be my last post on Olympic materials. I’ll be sharing materials on Little House, election and some of the other topics that we’ll be doing early on this school year.
Now, I’m off to do today’s lesson!!