The First Month


My expectations when we started homeschooling one month ago were pretty simple.  I think I can sum them up with “anything has to be better than what is happening right now”.  Brilliant B is happy, has relatively few headaches, and is regaining an interest in learning.  Honestly, I feel like those are the best signs of progress.  As far as curriculum, here is what we have accomplished in the first four weeks:

Math – We don’t have a book, but we have covered all of multiplication through 4×4.  We then moved onto geometry and have finished perimeter and area of rectangles and triangles (without being required to use the Pythagorean theorem).

Spelling – Modern Curriculum Press Spelling Workout Level E to Lesson 6

Reading – B is participating in an American Girl online book club through Currclick.  Their first book was Molly’s Surprise.  Her literature study has also included The Double Life of Pocahontas.  In her free reading time, B has finished Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone, Diary of a Wimpy Kid – Hard Luck, and Judy Moody and Stink: The Holly Joliday.

Writing – Writing Strands Level 3 – Brilliant B has completed assignments 1-3.  I decided to start her in level 3 rather than level 4 so that she could get used to the structure of the book and because it seems to have some really good lessons that she can benefit from completing to improve her writing.

Language Arts – First Language Lessons for the Well-Trained Mind Level 4 – completed the first 25 lessons (we moved very fast through the easy introductory lessons)

History – We are currently working through selections in The Story of the World Volume 3 and have learned about settlement in Jamestown and Plymouth.  She has supplemented these readings with a web quest on Jamestown and Pocahontas, watching a movie about Jamestown, and reading Sarah Morton’s Day and Squanto’s Journey.

Science – Brilliant B has been in love with chemistry for the past year, so we are using Adventures with Atoms and Molecules and have learned about atoms, molecules, the elements in the periodic table, and completed the first 4 experiments.

Art – We made Halloween beaded bracelets, Rainbow Loom bracelets, Halloween characters out of toilet paper rolls, and drew our own Mayflowers.

Foreign Language – Brilliant B started taking Russian class once a week from her ballet teachers.  We also finished the first 4 lessons in Prima Latina.

P.E. – Dance, dance, and more dance.


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