Our Week of Gifted Homeschooling – The First Week of July 2015

Madison was super excited to finish up her first theory book this week in piano and to begin a new book. She is really enjoying her piano lessons.

In art Madison created a picture using different mediums.


She attended a one day camp with her friends where she went go-karting and played mini golf. She really enjoyed spending the day with her friends and having fun.

We also enjoyed spending time at the pool with friends. Since it’s really hot out we meet at the pool for pool day versus park day. Unfortunately, I forgot to reapply sunscreen and before I knew it we had been there for 4 hours and Madison ended up as red as a lobster. 😦 I am hoping she doesn’t peel.

Madison completed Estimated Products in Redbird Math and has begun the next section, Use Area Diagram to Multiply by 1-Digit Number. In the Estimated Products section she was ‘on fire’ again, with the status bar. 🙂 She ended up loosing it by getting some problems wrong and it went back to green. She was curious if she got more right if it would come back and it didn’t. However, she realizes that if she tries and applies herself that she can get the ‘on fire’ bar. This is an AWESOME motivator! I love it!

This week we finished up The Whipping Boy and Government and the People units in our Moving Beyond the Page curriculum. In The Whipping Boy, Madison learned about ballads, how the characters in the book changed from the beginning of the story to the end, and wrote and acted out a monologue for her final project. In Government and the People, Madison learned about Patriotism and completed a final project where she pretended to run for mayor.

We began the last units in the 7-9 curriculum from Moving Beyond the Page. In Iggy’s House,  Madison learned new vocabulary and about racial relationships, and the difference between fact and opinion. She is keeping an ongoing ‘reaction chart’ where she will write the characters’ reactions to events throughout the book.

In our Communities and Cultures unit, we are mixing it up a bit and doing things in a different order. We started with Mexican Culture. Madison recorded what she already knows about Mexico and after she researched the geography, culture and traditions of Mexico she recorded the facts. She learned vocabulary, numbers and greetings in Spanish and made a Mexican meal. We also took the opportunity to do our Mexico activities from Little Passport. I am not very impressed with the world packages, but we have them, so we will do them. 🙂 The USA packages are better in my opinion.

Madison has started Visual Latin from Compass Classrooms. She really likes the teacher in the videos and how they are taught. After watching the videos she completes some worksheets that come with the program. The reason I decided to start her on Latin is because it will help her with grammar and other foreign languages down the road.

We started vocabulary back up with Wordly Wise 3000 book 3 and Madison completed lesson 12 this week.

Madison had fun writing a letter to her new pen pal and is very excited to meet a new friend that is like her!

She is also continuing to work on her Medieval Lessons in Skrafty Minecraft.

We decided to purchase a year subscription to Discovery Education Streaming Plus from Homeschool Buyers Co-Op. Right now they have a free trial through August 31st. The $99 for the year deal has expired, but they run them periodically so I am sure they will have it again soon. It allows me to access over 400,000 videos by grade level. So when our Moving Beyond the Page curriculum says ‘research ____’ I can pull up a video quickly. This is easier than going to the library All.The. Time. Or trying to sift through the Internet.

Madison completed a week of testing with the Iowa Basic Skills Test. Next week she will take the CoGat test. I should have started with Third Grade, but I didn’t, so it is what it is. She wants to take the ACT and SAT when she is 12. So I want to find out what grade she’s really in to try to prep for ongoing years and get a realistic idea. So after 2nd grade is scored, we’ll order 3rd grade and keep going from there. Fortunately, she loves taking standardized tests and thinks they are fun. If she didn’t, I’m not sure I would put her though more than one a year.

We had a great 4th of July celebrating our freedom. Madison was curious about how fireworks work and how they are different colors so we had a great Chemistry lesson from her curiosity.

We hope everyone has a great week!

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