Teagan is still working on nouns. Monday she will be adding 'es' to nouns. She worked on adding 's' to nouns on Friday. I have said before that I love the BJU English set and I love the Reading Street set for Reading, however, I have found that a lot of the worksheets for reading cover some of the same material in the BJU books. I am thinking about just using BJU (because I am not giving that one up) and just using Reading Street for the stories, genre, character, plot, main idea, and all other "reading" stuff. Reading Street does offer vocabulary work and I do get Teagan's spelling words from it, so I'll probably keep using that as well. Much of the worksheets are just busy work anyway. We don't like busy work.
Math is going great for both. We got to the part where Teagan is adding three triple digit numbers and she is intimidated. We'll have to take it slow there to build her confidence. Once she sees that it's easy, she'll be doing them fast than I can write them.
Both girls are doing well in piano, but it's hard to find the time to practice! Oh my! They do their theory work together, but then both have to have piano time everyday for the same stuff. They are going to work me to death! What else have I got to do? Oh yea...housework. Blah.
Which is why they have new task charts! If they want allowance, they are going to have to work for it. Daddy doesn't get to lay around all day, every day and wait on money to be deposited. I am starting with only positive rewards for tasks completed. It's things like cleaning your room, helping with something in the kitchen (dishes, mop, sweep), cleaning their bathroom, being kind, using inside voices, taking their dishes to the sink, and picking up their toys and dirty clothes. I also added a good hygeine chart that tracks their brushing/flossing, shower taking, and being dressed every day. Yes, they do these things already, but I have to stay on them. I am hoping that earning $.25 to $.50 per task will add up nicely for them at the end of the week. They more they do, the more allowance they get. It goes for my teenager too! She always wants money, so better get to working! I am sure the first week someone gets more money than the other, there will be races to get things done first. That's my daydream anyway.
They worked on plants and gardens this week. They learned about the 3 types of plants (annual, biennial, and perennial) and sorted the ones in our yard into one of the groups. The book showed us other plants that can be sorted that we don't have in our yard. They learned about sites and we read a dialog between a gardener and a planner. Then they got to "plan" a park. It's one of the workbook pages that I don't have, so I had to draw it out and copy it for them. It worked. Just pay no attention to my artistic inability.
We started our History timeline last week, but I'll post about that later on. And we got some new science readers. Exciting stuff! I LOVE the National Geographic books for kids. They are awesome! I got these five books for five bucks. =) I didn't even know there are no penguins north of the equator! I love learning, too!