I always wanted to have a scale at home but, since our apartment is small, I am reluctant to bring new things in. So, when the time came to study weight and measurement, we had to use whatever we could find in the house. It turned out to be a Chinese scale!, which my husband used to weigh his Chinese herbs to make formulas. It took us some time to learn how the scale worked but now we are more or less proficient in it. You can see this type of scale used all over Chinatown in NYC and it is fun!
Today we spoke about precision in measurement. We studied inches and decided to build our paper house for Eleazar's toy mice. It all started well, but then sloppiness took over. Hence, the result :)
I discovered these books too late. I got them last semester but Eleazar's level of reading was far beyond that.
If I had a chance to go back, I would have definitely introduced science reading through these books:
Wilbut Beauchamp "Science stories" Book one, Book two, Book three.
My yet another favourite is "Discovering our world" science for the middle grades series by Wilbur Beauchamp. It is a simple, engaging book, written in a very nice manner. It also has very good illustrations. I wish I had discovered those books earlier!
I missed teaching at the beach!
Getting back to our routine was so much easier this time. We are both growing up, I guess.
I started a part- time job so this semester we are having a new schedule.
We begin schooling early in the morning, as soon as Eleazar wakes up. It is usually around 7 am. With the weather being not so pleasant recently I started to skip our morning exercise but I would like to start doing it again.
In Hebrew we continue memorizing Shema Israel 2 nd part. I also added conversational dialogues about everyday life. This semester I want to focus more on spelling Hebrew. I will add routine dictations on Fridays.
In math we review addition, subtraction, multiplication and division for numbers 1-20 and tens up to 100. After that we will move to problems involving tens and units for numbers 1-100. This semester I will make sure that Eleazar memorizes simple facts for the 4 operations for numbers 1-20.
In English we continue learning common word spelling. I reduced the time for Eleazar's copywork and added dictations everyday. Copywork, unfortunetly, proved to be a very inefficient way for Eleazar to learn spelling. Dictation, on the other hand, keeps him focused and the results are always better when there is focus.
In reading we are about to finish Olsen Gray textbook for the 4th grade. Eleazar is very comfortbale with any kind of books. He reads, uses table of contents and glossary, and answers questions after texts usually with ease. This semester I will pay special attention to narration and retelling stories.
In Latin and Greek we continue Prima Latina and Koine Greek programs. In Greek we do only memorization, reading and grammar, while in Latin we have copywork, translation and dictations in addition to memorization and grammar.
In Russian we are getting better at reading everyday. We also try to speak Russian only when the school is off.
In Chinese we started to study grammar a little bit and we continue learning new words every day. Eleazar will start a Chinese class next month.
Eleazar's chess is becoming better too, even though I have not done much about it recently.
Next month I hope we can start a kung fu class right here in area and I am still looking for a good swimming and gymnastics class in the area.
There is nothing better for me than to watch Eleazar swimming with his daddy while I am reading a book!
I figured it long ago that going to vacation with a small child was never going to be relaxing so I downgraded my expectations (or upgraded my illusions, as one of my dearest and oldest friends says), and I decided that vacation for me was reading a book at least once while we were on the beach. That works for me! In addition to that, I always demand one photo shoot on the beach, absolutely no cooking or cleaning, and my designer straw hat not being touched by my men!!!
Our fish Chuk died. It was a sad day and we could hardly concentrate on following our regular routine. In the evening Eleazar and his dad decided to open the fish's body to see the cause of death and then they mummified it and made a nice coffin for it!!! The Egyptian style!
Now we have a real fish mummy in the apartment. Eleazar proudly shows it to our friends when they come over.
I did not want to participate in the project but the boys surely had a lot of fun!
The other day a friend of mine said that she could never relax in Central park just because there were always too many people.
I feel extremely lucky because at the times we can go there, there is absolutely nobody! My absolute favorite is when it is raining! You truly get to experience the park like you have never seen it before!
You forget immediately that you are in the very center of the city because the alleys and paths are all deserted. There is no noise, no tourists, no locals, no runners and bikers, no park employees, no horses. I love it because it really feels magical!
Another great place to be in a bad weather is the Central Park Zoo. The other day we spent literally about 40 minutes just looking into the snow leopards green eyes. No body was there and he was so relaxed, calm and just sitting right there in front of us for a very long time. The lady, who worked at the zoo, told us that the snow leopard does not like loud noise so he never appears when a group of school kids come. But when it is quiet, he just sits there on his favorite stone, listening to the subtle sounds of his surrounding.
There is nothing better than measuring everything in the house with your own created measuring tape! Next month we will make our own scale!
I am always looking for trees to climb in Central Park. Such a great skill to have!
Hello! My name is Ilona Yershov. I live with my son Eleazar and my husband Andre` in NYC. I homeschool my son in a Classical Christian style. Thank you for stepping by!