Our Week of Gifted Homeschooling – The Second and Third Week of July 2015

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After much thought and prayer, we made the decision to withdraw Madison from the Makarios Learning Community. Even though it will be a great environment and community for others, we just felt it wouldn’t be a good fit for Madison.

This actually opens up 2 days a week and takes a lot of pressure off of me to try to squeeze all of our curriculum into 3 days per week and we won’t have to give up any activities.

Madison very excited to join American Heritage Girls this fall. There is also a similar program for boys called Trail Life USA. I love that there are so many opportunities for homeschoolers.

The past couple of weeks we have been keeping busy and enjoying time with friends at the pool. We are very blessed to have such great friends.

Madison had fun participating in a mosaic build with the Legoland Creative Crew at the Gaylord Texan!

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Pictures 012Pictures 009We had so much fun that we went back to the Gaylord Texan for Summerfest the very next day. You can read all about it in my Summerfest 2015 at the Gaylord Texan featuring The Wonderful Wizard of Oz Post.

Madison finished up her Iowa Basic Skills and CoGAT tests this week and we mailed them to be scored. We probably won’t find out the results until the end of July. We ordered our tests through BJU press. I wanted to give a link to the information in case anyone else was interested. You can either find an approved tester in your area or apply to become approved. You can get the info HERE.

We finished up the 7-9 year Moving Beyond the Page curriculum with Iggy’s House and Communities and Cultures and we have moved on to the 8-10 year curriculum, Little House in the Big Woods and Dirt and Plants. These are both really fun units. We are also using Skrafty Minecraft Little House and Plants lessons in conjunction with Moving Beyond the Page and it is working out very well!

In Little House and the Big Woods, Madison is completing a daily chart to compare life in the Big Woods to life today. We reviewed historical fiction and setting, learned new vocabulary words, reviewed capitalization rules.

In Dirt and Plants we are using two different books. The first, is Jump into Science: Dirtby Steve Tomecek. The second, is Experiments with Plants (True Books: Science Experiments)by Salvatore Tocci. We learned about the different layers and components of soil and the difference between a woody plant and a herbaceous plant. We also conducted several experiments. Madison conducted an experiment on which type of soil would hold the most water, which type of soil plants would grow best in, how much water plants absorb and Madison made a soil ecosystem.   Pictures 084Pictures 086

Pictures 087Madison did complete Medieval Times in Skrafty, but I haven’t had time to take a video of it. 🙂

She is at the unit conclusion of Extend Multiplication Concepts in Redbird Math this week and she is still ‘On Fire.’ She had a great time with the challenge problem this week.

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EPGY Language Arts goes a little slower, but it is worth it. She is really mastering her skills in English.

You can save 10% all of the courses offered by giftedandtalented.com by using the promo code PGEK2FP at checkout. They offer Science and Computer Programing as well as English and Math for grades 9th-12th. You can see all the courses they offer HERE.

Madison is also working on subtraction on xtramath.org and her multiplication on Timez Attack.

Madison has completed two fun assignments in art in the past couple of weeks. She did a daisy liquid watercolor which taught her watercolor techniques. The first picture is a sketch she drew and the second is her watercolor picture.

Pictures 089Her second assignment was a graphite drawing of a stuffed animal. With this project she learned about working from a still life and creating the look of texture in the graphite. Her homework for this week in preparation for next week is to draw a peacock feather in colored pencil.

She is really loving every aspect of her piano lessons and practices everyday. I am so glad we found the wonderful teacher we did for her. We are currently using a keyboard, but plan on purchasing a piano for her soon. Here is a picture of her new theory book: We finished up lesson 14 in our Wordly Wise 3000 book 3 this week. There are 15 lessons total including two review tests for all 15.

Madison is still working on lesson 2 in Visual Latin. We had an entire page of translating sentences and Madison isn’t happy about writing, so we took it slow. She’ll finish up lesson 2 next week and then we’ll begin lesson 3.

Madison did the cursive book from Handwriting without Tears, but after she completed it she still wouldn’t write in cursive so we are doing it again. 🙂

We also had fun with the new Google Camp that came out. We tried watching the sea dive live, but the servers were overloaded and it didn’t work. We did go back and watch the video and Madison loved it. We also did the activities. It is a really cool learning experience with a new topic every week. You can check it out HERE.

I am also going to have Madison try the different areas in the Wonderopolis Camp next week. We also heard about another cool camp called makercamp.com. It has an online option or you can look up and see if there’s a camp in your area. I haven’t really had time to check it out yet, but it looks really cool.

I heard about the maker camp from a Facebook group I have recently joined called Raising Poppies. It is for parents of gifted and 2e children and it has been the most wonderful place for support. I am grateful Colleen from Raising Lifelong Learners and Cait from My Little Poppies created this group for a safe place for parents of gifted and 2e parents to give each other support and advice without being judged.

Madison loves free play time and aside from playing Legos and putting together puzzles she likes to play some games that I found that she can play by herself. Her favorites are all from Thinkfun. They include The Shell Game, Rush Hour and Chess Solitaire. She also likes to read the Ranger Rick and National Geographic Kids magazines.  IMG_9734

We are taking school over the summer nice and slow and I am in the process of planning activities for the Fall as they are going to start to become available to sign up for at the end of July/beginning of August. So far we have soccer booked. 🙂

I hope everyone is having a great summer! Does anyone else do school over the summer? Are you getting excited for the activities coming up in the Fall? If so, which ones does your child participate in?

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