Friday, May 11, 2012

This week was the last week of our co-op.  The kids are so sad.  Monday is their favorite day of the week because of co-op. Now they say Mondays will be boring.  Imagine that...the kids love Mondays!

How sad for them they have to endure the summer until coop starts again in August.  Their academic year culminated at the Co-op showcase which included drama productions for NuNu and Pumpkin.  Pumpkin was a counselor to the Queen and NuNu was the accountant to the Queen.  They never miss an opportunity to be in the spotlight.  Princess didn't have anything to showcase because her classes were all academic in nature this year.

This week also marked end of the year testing.  Princess takes the Stanford Achievement Test and the younger take the CAT exam through Seton Hall Testing.  I was glad to hear that Princess thinks the test is pretty easy.  She says my grammar reviews were very helpful in helping her on the Language Arts sections.  Now you know how that makes me feel. 

I applied to be part of the TOS crew.  I know pretty ambitious.  But nothing beats a failure but a try.  I think it would help if I had more followers but I'm new at this so I guess it takes time to build up a following.  I had to write a sample review for my application.  What do you think?

We have been using Beautiful Feet’s Geography Guide to Literature for Holling C. Holling’s books Paddle-to-the Sea, Tree in the Trail, Minn of the Mississippi, and Seabird.  Since reading the very first book, I have been hooked.  This isn’t just a geography curriculum.  It includes lessons in history and science.  I learned so much about the life cycle of the snapping turtle, the industries supported by the Great Lakes and the Mississippi River, and the Indians of the Great Plains. The simplicity of implementing the guide with the books makes it a joy to work with.  My daughter and I snuggled up on the couch and read 2-4 chapters of the book 2-3 times a week.  She does the corresponding map work on the maps provided by Beautiful Feet and we are done. 

Initially, I was going to use 8.5 x 11 paper maps but I’m so glad I invested in the maps Beautiful Feet provides.  It really makes a difference in the joy that my daughter feels in completing the assignment on these heavy stock visually appealing maps.  In my opinion, the maps are central to the success of using the guide.    So much of what my daughter has learned comes out in our history studies.  This is great for comprehension.

I used an older version of the guide but according to the website, the newer guide contains discussion questions, vocabulary, and activities.  No doubt these editions make the program even better.  The guide is targeted to 3-7th graders and is sold for $12.95. The guide divides each book into 9-10 lessons which can be completed within one academic year.   The four maps are sold separately for $16.95 or you can purchase the guide, the maps, and all four Holling books for $63.95.  To save a little money, I chose to use our public library for the Holling books.

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  1. Our co-op has been meeting on Mondays this past semester, but we're moving to Friday's as of Fall--thank God! The Monday mornings were killing me! ha!

    Good luck with your Crew application! I have really enjoyed being on the Crew this past year. It's been a real blessing!

  2. Nice photos! It nice to hear that preparing for a major test can be fun. Nice review. Thank you for sharing.

  3. Did you get the SAT through Seton as well? My kids did the CAT this year and it was a breeze. I would like something a little more of a challenge next year (maybe lol).
    And I'm part of the Crew! It's a great place to be :)

  4. Great week! Good luck with the position on TOS. I have considered it many times. However I don't want the pressure of deadlines for the reiviews at this time. Your readership will probably increase if you start reviewing. I thought your review of the BF Geography guide was great. Our last week of co-op I felt finally I can get some rest.



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