She also got to try out the fraction overlays this week. Those are pretty neat.
For spelling we are using Big IQ Kids. She is also enjoying that. I’d like to tell you more about it but that will have to wait, as it is something that I’m currently reviewing for the TOS Review Crew. I will tell you that she is doing well with it and really enjoying it.
She is currently reading Sherlock Holmes as her reader. And just look at her. Chewing gum and blowing bubbles! During school. I made that mistake once in fifth grade and all that got me was 50 sentences declaring that “I will not chew gum in class.” LOL The things homeschoolers get away with is shameful!!
Our apple that we mummified last week was ready. It worked great and we were thrilled. You could definitely see the difference between the mummified apple and the control apple.
Our focus this week was cells. She made a drawing of a simplified cell in her notebook.
She also made her “person” that we will be adding to throughout our study.
The highlight of the week was our edible cell. So fun!!
If only the rest of social studies were this wonderful. We had one issue after the other. So lets start at the top.
Let’s start with the labeling of the Travel With Me map. We were supposed to label the countries. Sounds simple enough. Except the maps are inaccurate and we had four extra labels. I can sort of see maybe forgetting some of the tiny countries, but Iceland? Really? Plus I paid a lot of money for these things and I want all the countries on there.
Make no mistakes, Mackenzie does not like having to deal with all the Winter Promise errors. Every. Single. Day.
The map’s looking pretty full now. And we’ve yet to add the cities and “landmarks”.
We were assigned this…
Sounds simple enouch, strange, but simple. What we found. A table of contents.
These pages had lots of interesting facts and stats. And yet were are never assigned these pages to read. Just to pronounce the names of the states. Why Winter Promise, why? We read them anyway. Ha!!
Then there was this one. Simple enough.
Opps! Pretty much every page for these readings are mis-numbered.
And now the one that took us an hour. Color and label a landform map of Europe. You get a list that they expect you to label. Please note that the things circled in pink are items that we couldn’t label. We were also supposed draw the boundary between Europe and Asia. We couldn’t do that either. Why you might wonder…
Well it was pretty much impossible because, once again, their map cut off about 1/4 of the eastern part of Europe. And, again, Iceland wasn’t even on it.
We had to add all the rivers and mountains ourselves. So those are definitely not accurate. They did have the Alps on there, so kind of them. However, they had them running into Spain. The Baltic and Black Seas were entirely closed in by land, making them lakes. Do I really need to keep going?
The result of this “educational” activity…tears.
When she tried to label the Baltic Sea and couldn’t find it, because it was blocked in by land and looked like a country, well…it was the straw that broke the camels back.
And that, my friends, was all she wrote. I’m revamping my plan. Definitely anything from Winter Promise involving a map is being tossed out the window.
We shall see what I come up with.
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