Tuesday, June 30, 2009

End of June...

Today is Tuesday, June 30, 2009. Tomorrow is July 1st. Bubba told me this just a few minutes ago. He also told me that there are 11 days until he is 6. What a smart little stinker!

Bub has been doing math in his head today. He asked me what 25+25+25+25 was. I asked him what HE thought the answer is and he told me 100. Then he asked about 50+50+50+50+50+50+50+50+50+50, and he answered that is was 500. I believe it is time to make an addition worksheet for him to work on.

Right now, they are listening to music and dancing around the living room.

Monday, June 29, 2009

End of Our First Week

This has been a wonderful week. Bubba has learned a bit more Spanish and is using it properly. We had a field trip to the library where we picked up books on hurricanes, pill bugs, map making, and an Arthur book.

Saturday and yesterday found us at Perdido River. We had a great time swimming, chasing fish and butterflys, walking in the woods, and socializing with other familys. The only problem I have with going out there is that the water is still slightly polluted. I have a feeling people are still Muddin through the river somewhere upstream, as there is a faint oil/gas smell to the water.

Education wise, here is what has been accomplished this week.

*Geography: Bubba was able to place 30 out of the 50 states in the proper area on a blank map. He is able to draw the Continental US very well and add states in his drawing.

*Biology: Learned about freshwater fish (Bass and Catfish) and Butterfly life cycles.

*Ecology: Learned why we do not dump garbage, fuel, oil, and other toxins in unapproved places. Explained the repercussions of litter and unethical dumping.

*Earth Science: Has read and continues to read and learn about hurricanes.

*Physical: Using major muscles to swim, run, and dance.

*Reading: This week Bubba has read Arthur Lost in a Museum, Maps, Pillbugs, Hurricanes- Witness to Disaster by Judy and Dennis Fradin, and Hurricanes by Seymour Simon.

Bubba has been playing educational games at http://www.addictinggames.com/showdown

Thursday, June 25, 2009

Oh Weather Channel...

Thank you for Hurricane Week. It has been a wonderful catalyst for Summer science, history, and cartography lessons.

This week, we will be focusing on hurricane development, the whys and hows of charting hurricanes and on storms such as Ivan that have hit in our area. I also will be teaching hurricane safety by having Bubba help me make our shopping list for a Hurricane kit.

This afternoon finds us getting ready for a trip to the local library. I can't wait to see what treasures we find today.

Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Wow...Here we are

I am not sure where to begin, as we are just beginning to home school.

Bubba is a 6 year old child gifted with the love of learning and the ability to pick up knowledge on his own. He taught himself to read at 2, and was writing many words by 3. He has picked up the Spanish language originally by watching Dora the Explorer and Diego, but has turned to immersing himself in the language by watching the TV channel, Vme. He loves to use the computer. He has several sites that he navigates himself, such as http://www.vmetv.com , http://www.noggin.com , http://www.poissonrouge.com , http://www.brainpop.com (a pay site), and many more.

He has been tested and found to be "gifted". He is, however, learning to overcome social and sensory issues. He has fine and large motor skills problems and a congenital heart defect.

Sissa is 3. We will be letting her tag on with our learning experience until she actively asks to be included. She is more physical than Bubba. She likes to dance, run, climb and ride trikes.