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Well, we’re weeks into spring now. There are still new species popping up in the neighbor’s lawns and the roadside.

1. Wisteria:  (above) Here, this plant seems to creep all over everything, like a really pretty kudzu.

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2.  Fleabane:  I had to search high and low to find the correct name for this roadside daisy-looking plant.

 

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3.  Iris:  (Our state flower)  I have one neighbor that keeps these in her front yard.  I can see them from seven houses away.  Beautiful!

 

330px-PinkAzalea4.  Azaleas:  Azaleas are EVERYWHERE right now.  They are especially good for flower part identification activities, since their sepals, stamens, pistils, ovaries, etc are so obvious.

 
 375px-Ranunculus_macro5.  Buttercups: These cute little weedy wildflowers are up in our yard.

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6.  Common Blue Violet:  These are considered weeds, but we really like them.  The 3-yr-old really enjoyed color matching these and the henbit from last week.  She did the same with the dandelions and buttercups.  Also great fun, was blowing or shaking all of the dandelions that had gone to seed.

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It’s not on the booklists yet, but new books have been chosen to replace the out of print 4GRD books in the online lesson plans.  If you have a 4th grader, and you don’t already own all the books, these are the substitutions. (I can’t imagine that this information is meant to proprietary, since past year’s booklists have been on the public site for ages.  I am working under the assumption that the shopping lists will be updated very soon.  However, if the school complains, I’ll have to take this down.)

If you can’t locate the OUT OF PRINT:

  •  Roop Columbus book, use  First Voyage to America: From the Log of the Santa Maria (Dover Children’s Classic).
  •  Travels of Vasco Da Gama or any of the other OP suggestions for him, you can extend the viking readings with Vikings by Janeaway
  •  Travels of Ferdinand Magellan, use  Ship’s Boy with Magellan by Lomask
  •  Travels of Henry Hudson, you can get a title from DYOCC or do more activities from the Colonial Models book.  I like that.  It used to be just one day in the whole year, which seemed like a waste.
  •  Priest on Horseback, use If You Lived in Colonial Times by Ann McGovern.
  •  Travels of Samuel Champlain, use Cross Among the Tomahawks by Lomask

 

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Read Aloud Reality Report/Easter Plans

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 Over the four weeks I typed up for you: We still opened daily with Psalm 100, it’s like our dinner bell for Circle Time.  Everyone grabs and toy or something to draw and heads to the carpet. We continued to work our way through always start with our MUST DO’s for the day. Great Americans for […]

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Spring DRIVE-along Wks 3-4

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Man, we’ve been SICK. So, the whole world is blooming here. But, here’s what we saw, peeking out of the windows from our quarantine: 1. Dandelion Edible:  We like them in SALADS!  From Backwoods Home:  ”Dandelions are best picked where the grass grows tall and free. Yard dandelions, which have been cut often, do not […]

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100EZ and Dolch words

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  MODG uses phonics all the way up to 6th grade, at least.  That’s just as far as I know.  Anyway, I am a big fan of Dolch words (click above picture for the best Dolch site EVER).  It doesn’t hurt anyone for the child to have a couple hundred words memorized before he understands […]

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Abeka Teacher’s Manuals Really Helpful

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It had always confused me that our first option was the Abeka workbook and speed drills ALONE and our second option was the full-fledged Saxon programs.  They didn’t really seem comparable.  In Saxon, there is so much repetition and drill, and while Abeka was spiral, the lessons were dramatically less…full. This year, I got the […]

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Spring Walk Along Week 2

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  Last week, we found that the forsythia, daffodils, pear trees, and Japanese quince.  This week, we found that the Chinese Magnolias (above) were blooming.  Also blooming, if their owners didn’t trim back past the year old wood is the Chinese Privet (below). Finally, we’ve seen that the Easter Redbuds are starting to bloom.   In other […]

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K-2 Hymns on Your Devices

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We do our hymns during circle time, just after read-aloud, while I’m sitting on the couch.  That means I’m not close to the desktop or any CD player, so the most convenient thing for me is to play them on the chromebook or other device.  The first place to go for the hymns is Catholic […]

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4GRD-5GRD Latin Prayers and Hymns on your Devices

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  There are a few “sing-along” hymns in 3GRD-4GRD Latin.  I have them on a youtube list here, including a sung version of the Pater Noster that we like. Here you can find the Pater Noster and Gloria Patri spoken slowly or quickly in Latin.  YES!  However, his Table Blessing is SO FAST, we can’t […]

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Preschool Montessori at Home

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Using the book Montessori at Home, I have started homeschooling my preschooler (age 3) three times a week when the older kids are out of the house.  A few weeks ago, I set up our shelves.  Here’s the master list of activities I have out for the month: Pink tower, brown stair Knobless cylinders Color […]

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