Sunday, January 9, 2011

In The Beginning ...

... or more specifically, week one.  Here is what we covered.
Algebra - Dave is teaching this to him and he is progressing very nicely
Grammar - Cody will have 20 vocabulary words weekly that he 4 days to do the following with:
1.       Write the word
2.       Part of speech (noun, verb or adjective)
3.       Number of consonants
4.       Number of vowels
5.       Number of syllables
6.       Definition
7.       Prefix
8.       Suffix
9.       Illustration 
            10.   Meaningful sentence
      Then on Friday he needs to write a fictional or non-fictional story using all 20 words correctly and in the proper tense (as in if the word is abandon, not using abandoned). 
     He is currently reading Bringing Down The House by Ben Mezrich, which is "the inside story of six M.I.T. students who took Vegas for millions".  This is until we get Catching Fire which is the second book of the Hunger Games series.  We will start a multi-week unit stoudy on it.  Anyway, he is reading for 30 minutes per day.
      He also practices drawing for 10 minutes per day.  We are working on mastering 3-D shapes.  
      This upcoming week History and Memory will be introduced.  He will also start basketball with a Homeschool League in Crestwood (which is about 15 minutes from where we live).  He's pretty excited about this. 
      We have also instituted an incentive program.  If he completes all the requirements we have laid out for the week it's logged on his calendar.  This earns him one hour of video game time at the end of the week.  When
      he completes three consecutive weeks in a row we take a day off and go on a fun outing either by ourselves or with a local homeschool group. 
     Things are going very well!

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