4/29/2015

Bigger Learning Moments {Units 5 & 6}

In Bigger Hearts for His Glory, Week 5, we read about the Pilgrims, the Mayflower voyage, Squanto, and Captain Standish. 

My camera is on the blitz, so I'm not taking the greatest pictures. Here are a few that I grabbed this week:

Art - Sand Painting with colored salt

Her finished picture (taken after it was dry). 

Bo making a picture too.


Plugging along nicely in All About Reading Level 2. I love when we get into a good rhythm! Once we do, lessons flow so smoothly and easily. 


Geography Activity - Day 2 
Learning about hemispheres. 

Vocabulary - Day 3


Science Exploration - Day 3

Elli and Bo learned how soap helps prevent the spread of germs and disease. Their hands are covered in lotion and glitter and they had to try to wash it off first with cold water, then warm water, then soap and warm water. This was a powerful lesson for Bo especially!

Learning about imagery in poetry. 

Science Exploration - Day 5 "How can sailors use the North Star to guide them as they sail?


Math Lessons - one lesson daily M-TH
Company (and a waffle with Nutella on it) makes math more fun. :) 

Notebooking the Mayflower voyage - Day 5

In Week 6, we read about William Penn and his Quaker life, the founding of the Pennsylvania colony, and the Quaker painter Benjamin West.

Harvesting "corn" in All About Reading

The kids have been dragging out our Draw Write Now books lately (Amazon affiliate link). These books are almost 10 years old and now well loved by the younger kids). 

Notebook pages for History and Vocabulary

and Poetry

Learning about how our body fights off infection in Science. 



For our Storytime "adventure" story, we read Island of the Blue Dolphins (Amazon affiliate link). I'm not good about pacing at all - we finished this in one week!

I'm also feeling like something is missing... and this is what I think it might be: I miss our read-alouds tying into our history like they do with Sonlight. The Teacher's Guide recommends that we choose a book based on the current Storytime theme - there are suggestions, but they don't tie into the History we are learning - I miss that!


Malachi is down to just one subject on the computer - Veritas Press American History. He is back into All About Reading 4 full swing and we are doing two lessons a day. I plan to pick up Level 4 Spelling when we finish AAR. He has also been doing Math Lessons for a Living Education Book 4 instead of Teaching Textbooks 5. I decided to take a step forward by taking a step back. I think Math Lessons is a more thorough program and MLLE Book 4 covers stuff not taught yet in TT5. MLLE 4 will also {hopefully} help him get those stubborn multiplication facts down! For those wondering what we will do after Book 5, I will probably start Malachi at Life of Fred Fractions. (He has already completed LOF Apples, Butterflies, Cats, Dogs, Edgewood, Farming, Goldfish, Honey and part of Ice Cream. It was in Ice Cream that I realized Malachi didn't do the Honey cards from Honey and I felt like the worse homeschool mom ever - I never checked his work - just made sure he was doing it and checking it himself, and missed the part about the Honey cards (to help him memorize math facts), hence why I made the decision to go with Teaching Textbooks (everything is done for me). Sigh. I'm checking his work DAILY now.  

And I'm sooo excited because Book 1 is now available! I'm printing it soon for Bo, but probably won't start until Fall. With nicer weather here, I don't think he'll want to do much school. 

Before these two weeks, we took a one week spring break, and jumped ahead to do Bigger science weeks 10-14, to cover John Audubon while we did "Birds of a Feather," a unit study we are reviewing for the Crew for Homeschool Legacy. We wrapped up this study during these two weeks of school. 

In my life...

I have 2013 in an album up to fall and am down to one stack of photos. 

I put all the photos in the album first, then I add the Project Life cards, then I journal. 

I haven't felt like working on it much, but really want to get that last stack of photos in! Looking at 2014, I have half the amount of pictures and about an equal amount of family life vs. Tot School with Bo photos. I might be able to get '14 and '15 in one album and that hasn't happened since I started Project Life!

Thanks for letting me share! 

La La Logic {Review}

La La Logic Review

Bo and I been reviewing the Preschool Curriculum by La La Logic. Designed for ages 3-6, it helps develop thinking and logic skills in preschoolers.

There are three parts to the Preschool Curriculum:
  • Online Brain Challenge 
  • Worksheets - color, draw, cut, glue and paste activities
  • Enrichment Activities - hands-on activities with a Charlotte Mason approach including narration, picture study, copywork, nature study, and poetry. 

The Online Brain Challenge is a collection of 500 online thinking activities, puzzles, and logic "games" that that increase in difficulty.
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Your child can do the Brain Challenge for each week of curriculum or play in Continuous Brain Challenge Mode.

The Online Brain Challenge includes:
  • listening skills
  • spatial relationships
  • algorithms
  • symbolic logic
  • visual spatial logic
  • mathematical reasoning
  • quantities in groups
  • counting
  • memory work
  • pattern recognition
  • sorting
  • similarities and differences
  • color and shape identification
  • numeral recognition
  • verbal comprehension
  • deductive reasoning
  • and more!

Brain Challenge works on:
  • Mac or PC
  • Tablet or iPad (in browser, not an App)

We mostly used the Continuous Brain Challenge Mode on the iPad for convenience and ease.

This mode allows Bo to go through all the brain challenges more like a game. It will run through all 500 activities in the continuous mode. We started by launching Session 1 and he worked through Session 9, the best I could tell. Right now it doesn't tell you how far your child has progressed (I would love to see that feature added!). The next launch is at Session 10, so I had him launch every ten sessions. In this way, he repeats some of the activities, but still progresses through the program.

Then, I discovered the Curriculum page, which allows you to just play the online activities scheduled for each week. These are quick and only last a few minutes, so playing in continuous mode was more convenient for us and because the program is so flexible, we are able to do this.

Worksheet and Extension Activities

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These are printed from the Curriculum page each week and include a variety of activities such as:
  • word games
  • visual spatial logic puzzles
  • sequencing
  • grouping objects
  • patterns
  • short stories
  • poems
  • picture studies
  • narration
  • copywork
  • nature study
  • art
  • science
  • pretend/dramatic play
  • and more

La La Logic consists of 100 weeks of Preschool Curriculum that can be printed and utilized.

The offline materials are available by individual download in each week. I would love to have the option to print all the worksheets and activities at once, but without the Weekly Agenda (schedule). I didn't utilize the schedule and saved ink by not printing it each week. It does have a checklist, but we didn't follow the schedule so didn't really need it.  It also has a space to take notes, but I just took notes on the enrichment worksheets if I took notes at all. You also have the option to type in notes each week online, but I did not see a way to print these.

Cutting, pasting, coloring, and talking about emotions!

A few supplies are needed:
  • scissors
  • glue 
  • crayons
  • various objects that are found around the house (counting objects like beans, for example)

Our experience with La La Logic:

After Bo completed the Online Brain Challenge, I printed Week 1 printable activities and he cut and classified three groups of things (food, animals, and musical instruments).

Then I read him the story "The Eagle and the Fox." I had Bo retell the story and he did a really great job telling me that the fox wanted the eagle's eggs so he tricked the eagle and the eagle dropped the fox off on the beach. I then asked him how the fox tricked the sea animals to get home and he told me that "he walked on a whale" (he made a raft with sea animals). Then, together we described the fox (tricky) and described the eagle (frustrated). Then I had Bo name some sea animals and land animals and tell me which category they belonged to.

For math, we were to find and name some of the largest land animals and sea animals. When I saw the question, "How many African elephants will make up the length of a blue whale?" I read the book Is a Blue Whale the Biggest Thing There Is? and it tied in nicely.

I did not have Bo do the copywork (he's too young).

We continued in this way - doing a weeks worth of activities in one sitting and then letting Bo play in continuous mode online, except I'd start him later and later in the program. He didn't mind repeating activities, but to get the most out of the program, I bumped him ahead to the next launch session to give him more challenging activities.

The activities can easily be completed in 10 minutes or less. As I mentioned, we often did a weeks worth of activities in one sitting, and occasionally did more than one week of curriculum in one sitting, by picking and choosing what I liked best or what I thought would interest my child the most from each week. I liked to print several weeks at a time and keep them handy for when he asked to do school.

Final Thoughts

Bo hasn't been that interested in doing school lately. He just wants to play! The nice thing about La La Logic is that it takes so little time that there is a lot of time left in the day for him to play. Having the worksheets and activities ready to go helped me for when he was more interested in doing school (usually when I was doing school with the other kids), and it was nice to spend some time with him and then send him off with the iPad to do the Online Brain Challenge.

I love that La La Logic combines online thinking games with offline activities.  I love the variety of hands-on activities, stories, and enrichment activities. I especially like that it is a lifetime curriculum for up to 5 children for a very reasonable price ($29).

If you are looking for a Preschool Curriculum for your child aged 3-5, and want a combination of fun online thinking "games" balanced with offline printable activities, then I'd recommend you read more Crew reviews and give La La Logic a try with a free trial.

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