End of the Year

June 9, 2011 at 6:16 am Leave a comment

We’re finishing up our language arts curriculum for the year. I’ve been following the curriculum I wrote up. You can find it on the freebies page and on my freebies blog.

Our last grammar topic was prepositions. My kids each filled out this treasure hunt page and then swapped papers and found each other’s treasures. This is from Pratical Pages where she has a more involved (and fun) way to do this. I always do things the simplest way.

We skipped writing the research report. During the year for some of their non fiction writing they had already done research, organized outlines and written paragraphs/essays and I felt that was enough for this year (my oldest was fifth grade). But we are working on writing novels.

My kids worked through the Young Novel Writers workbook. I just printed it out once and they shared it. My son has written a lot. My daughter keeps changing her mind. Even my now 6 year old is writing a novel. I’m not sure how much sense it makes, but he thinks it’s hilarious.

We’re wrapping up our school year now. I’m typing up our curriculum for geography and cultures and preparing materials for our coming school year. We were able to talk to people from several different countries while we were studying this year. Want to hear a few of the interesting things we learned?

Our Christian friends from Iran said they didn’t convert from Islam, that most people in Iran aren’t Muslim, meaning they are secular, not practicing their religion.

A young girl from Afghanistan said their family had to leave their country because of the Americans because the Taliban was threatening them because they thought they were friends with the Americans. I thought it was so interesting to listen to her mindset that it was the Americans’ fault when it was the Taliban threatening them that made them flee.

A boy from Pakistan said he has 7 brothers and sisters and 35 cousins. My kids have 2 cousins. 🙂  He said his favorite food was hamburger, but when he described it, there was no burger in it.

 

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