"Time to get spiritual", said Eleazar. Spiritual, in Eleazar's terms, means playing a ghost :)
Yesterday in our Hebrew lesson we spoke about Sukkot. We read Exodus 23:14-16; Leviticus 23:39-43; Deuteronomy 16:13-17; 31:10-13; and Zechariah 14:9-21. We made our own sukkah and decorated it. I love this festival!
We had such an extraordinary summer! We spent so much time outside that I really started to miss my city apartment. But that is not all: we had an opportunity to spend time with our relatives, talk and play and celebrate all sorts of events, and we also got to see some of my old friends, who turned out to be truly inspirational. I am so grateful for this time together!
And now it is so good to be back home and back to work!
We are first graders and it is official! (well, it is almost official- I am still waiting for the Department of Education to approve my teaching plan but I am not worried. I know we are on the right track:))
It is time to pack for our summer vacation! I believe we both deserve it!
It's been a difficult school year. These are the things we managed to achieve.
We covered 4 operations for numbers 1-20, 4 operations for tens up to 100, addition of integers, 4 types of measurement, word problems ( and I don't call them "problems" when I teach Eleazar because I prefer other fun names like "math stories", "riddles", "puzzles", "challenges", "mysteries") with 2 and 3 operations. Eleazar is confident when it comes to creating his own math stories with a given solution. He also is able to recognize when information is not sufficient to solve a math story and he is able to supply his own facts to make it complete.
In introductory geometry we covered points, straight lines, types of angles, construction of right angles, construction of rectangles and squares and we are moving on to measuring areas of simple figures.
We supplemented our own math program with Math Mammoth for the 1st grade, Beast Academy for the 3rd grade and several other resources with tangrams and puzzles.
We learned spelling of words in C. J. Barne's "New National First readers" and we wrote dictaions of the stories in the textbooks. We also covered a half of the Saxon Phonics 1 and a third from "Introductory language work" by Reed. Our cursive has improved greatly.
Eleazar is a confident reader. He reads every night before going to bed for about 1- 2 hours a day.
Currently his interest has been in Egyptian tales, Greek Myths, stories of Peter Beagle.
For our formal reading, we are in Part Four of Elson Basic Readers for the 5th grade.
In our family reading program, we finished stories of "King Arthur" by Sutcliff, "Krabat" by Otfried Preussler, "The glassblower's children" by Marie Gripe, "The invisible man" by H. G. Wells, "Last unicorn" by Peter Beagle, "Shapeshifters" by A. Mitchell and some other books.
We are about to finish "The story of the world" volume 3: early modern times by Susan Bauer.
We learned 2 parts of Shema Israel. All 3 parts were planned but it is a very long piece, and long pieces of text require different skills and the pace turned out to be much slower.
We learned major prayers and major holidays. We worked on simple everyday conversations with some elements of grammar. We learned how to spell the most common names of God in the Tanakh.
We also practiced writing short dictations in Hebrew.
I could not find an appropriate Hebrew reader for Eleazar so I started to create my own:)
It looks fun!
We used "Elementary Greek" Year one. We focused on writing and some simple grammar this year.
We had several resources to study from: "Getting started with Latin" by Linney, "Minimus" by Bell (Eleazar loves mice so he really enjoyed this one), and "Latin for beginners" by Usborne.
We continued "Integrated Chinese" Level 1 Part 1 for traditional characters.
We read "Discovering our world" a course in science for the middle grades Book 1.
We came back to God's design series after taking a long break from it.
We are half through God's design for Heaven and Earth (3 books), and God's design for Chemistry and Ecology (Properties of Atoms and Molecules).
Eleazar has become fond of playing the piano. We finished "Step by Step" piano course by Edna Mae Burnam book 1, 2 and we are half through book 3. We also played exercises from her exercise book. For major scales we used William and Turner's "The major scales". For sight reading- William and Turner's piano books for lower grades. Eleazar's favorite pieces came from "Tune Time" part A and part B. A friend of mine gave to me several Solfeggio books for children, which we used for singing. Also, we started "The music Hour" series for lower grades.
Eleazar has become much better at kung fu. He is stronger, can focus much better and is sharper in his moves. We will definitely continue it next year!
Yesterday Eleazar woke up and said, "I am so unimpressed by Euclid". It was cute. We are starting geometry and it is official!
We have covered straight lines, broken lines, curves, angles and triangles so far. I used a textbook called "Beast Academy" for the 3rd grade. Eleazar loves the beasts in the book.
We did a pattern transferring project, using the idea that through two given points there can be only 1 straight line drawn.
This summer I am planning to have several geometry projects outside.
Some time ago we read a wonderful book by Ann Tompert "Grandfather Tang's Story" and we got hooked on tangrams.
Recently Eleazar's dear friend Kelly started to join us for math classes and all sorts of other fun. When our formal math class is over, I usually give them a couple of tangrams to solve, while I am busy making their lunch. It is always so unexpected what they come up with. And it is really not easy!
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!
Hello! My name is Ilona Yershov. I live with my husband and my son Eleazar in NYC. I homeschool my son in a Classical Christian style. Thank you for stepping by!