Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Buoyancy Boys!

Well, RW had his first official science experiment. He had to take a group of objects and guess what would float and what would sink. Then he had to try them out and write the results.

Trying out the car.. the boat floated, but the car sank

He was surprised that the orange floated!

Next came the plastic fork.. floated

Chuck E Cheese token sank to the bottom real fast

Writing the results ~ Out of an orange, screw, chuck e cheese token, car, boat and a plastic fork - The Orange, boat and plastic spoon floated. The screw, token and car sank.
He really enjoyed this experiment. :)

Our "Class Room"

This is where our lessons take place

Another shot of our lesson area

Book shelf with lessons, books and computers

Spider-Man couch where the boys sit and read

Maps, weather, Science corner and spelling words

IC's Cheat Sheets (ABC's, Numbers and Colors)

Peg board (will change often), month and season

Table where lessons take place

Monday, September 14, 2009

Easier Done Then Said

Well, I was dreading making some phone calls this morning. See, for RW's Social Studies lessons this week, he's learning about neighborhoods and cities and towns. One of the projects is that he has to go to his local government offices. e needs to talk to someone about community projects, problem solving and area growth. He also needs to look at some maps, and see where things are located compared to where he lives. The part I was dreading was calling someone to set this all up.

Now, I don't mind making phone calls. I'm a people person. BUT, I've always had bad luck with talking with anyone from a company (Customer Service types) or government. So, as I settled down for what I thought would be at least an hour of being transferred and on hold, I made one phone call.

And got right to the person I needed to talk to! And he was polite and was glad to be able to help! Wow! He apologized for not having anything between now (Monday) and Thursday, but set up an appointment for RW to talk with him on Friday morning. He said he'd even have his assistant set up things for RW! How cool is that? So, we are meeting Jamie Kennedy from the Tupelo Community Development Foundation / Chamber of Commerce.

So, I'm sitting here, writing this, watching RW do his work. The thing with RW is, he's smart.. sometimes too smart. He doesn't like anyone helping him, unless he asks. Sometimes I feel like I'm not really teaching him.. he's teaching himself.

This week we are working on Spelling (words : fix, win, hit, still, tin, will, bill, sit, fit, hill) , Language Skills (More Adjective fun) , Reading (reading tongue twisters, then making some of our own using adjectives) , Math (missing addends.. this is a fun week for math) , Science (continuing with our Water study, but this week we are learning about buoyancy) , Social Studies (continuing with our neighborhood study, but learning the differences in cities, towns, villages, suburbs, rural areas, downtown and urban areas) and Bible (God made us, discussing how God made everyone different, why and what has happened since Adam)

We'll be doing experiments with our science lessons, so we'll be posting pictures of those, along with our trip on Friday (and maybe one on Wednesday to City Hall, depends on if it rains.. we don't want to walk around in the rain.. LOL)

Well, RW is reading his tongue twister book and getting frustrated with it, so I'm going to post this and go help him.. wish me luck, I'm so bad at tongue twisters! LOL!

Welcome to the Beals School for Boys!

Well, I've decided to make the boys' school posts into a blog of their own. So, I am in the process of copying over things. Please excuse the mess. :)

This blog is going to be about the home schooling of two very cool boys. RW and IC (to learn more about them, please visit my regular blog ~ The World Thru These Blue Eyes . RW is in 2nd grade and IC is in Kindergarten. We are using Alpha Omega Lifepac along with a book called "learn at home".

This will document the different lessons, along with experiements, field trips and anything else that happens during our school year.

We are calling our school ~ The Beals School for Boys ~ This is mostly because we are the Beals family, and we have all boys. :)