Good morning! I have another What’s in the Workbox Wednesday post.
Today we’re taking a look into TinkerBell’s boxes. She’s in 2nd grade this year and we haven’t made any changes to her work since our 2013-2014 curriculum post. So it’s been going well.
1) Just like the other’s, her top drawer houses our expandable drawer organizer and it holds all of the pencils, glue, erasers, etc. It hangs on the drawer sides, so it can slide back and forth out of the way which is a nice feature. It also expands/contracts to fit most drawer sizes.
2) This drawer also holds Apologia Who is God? student notebook, which we’re enjoying. This curriculum is great for elementary aged students. This is just the student journal, then I keep the teacher’s guide in my shelves. We do this as a group with our 2nd, 4th, and 5th grade kids.
3) It also has her weekly assignment printout. I get a lot of questions on this, and it’s just a report printout from www.homeschooltracker.com that I print and spiral bind for them. Granted a few things changed since we started the year, so you might prefer to print this out on a weekly basis, but for the most part it works to help him keep track of her daily workload.
In her 2nd box I keep her Abeka Letters & Sounds 2 and Language 2. I also put the Abeka Basic Phonics Flashcards for her to review each day as well. I normally pull each day’s worksheet out and put it ontop of the books. But I wanted you to see which one’s she was currently working on.
In her next drawer we keep her Evan-Moor Vocabulary Fundamentals Grade 2. I think you can find them for less on Amazon or Christian Book, but I just wanted to show you a link so you could see what she’s doing. She does one worksheet per day. So far we like these sheets. Each topic comes in sections. So you learn the words, do sentences and other activities, then do a quiz.
She also has her BJU Spelling 2 and All About Spelling. Since I teach that one, I have the manual and flashcards etc. in my teacher’s manual area. And no, I do not order the teacher’s manual for the BJU Spelling, I haven’t found it to be too necessary up to this point.
Drawer 3 is our math drawer. TinkerBell is currently using Math U See Beta (the orange books under the box of blocks). I normally pull out each day’s work for her so she knows what to do.
She is also working through the Kumon Dollars & Cents, and the Kumon Telling Time book. Math U See does cover these topics, but she really needed some extra work on them and these books are great for that. One thing I particularly like is that they’re in color, so that has helped her with money quite a bit.
Her Literature Units and any other unit studies we do are kept in this drawer. She’s currently reading Anne of Green Gables, but this switches out as she moves through the units. This year she’s doing them independently, so she reads 1 chapter per day (unless otherwise indicated on the teacher’s manual) and then completes her mini-book and adds it to the lapbook herself. When she’s done, she shows me her work and we check the mini-book to make sure she did it correctly. This drawer holds whichever unit she’s currently working on and we rotate through them throughout the year, here are a few links to our unit studies:
- My Literature Lapbooks
- My Science & Inventor Lapbooks
- Famous Artists Lapbook & Unit Study
- Famous Composers Lapbook & Unit Study
What’s not in her boxes?
We do history, science, and writing together, so I don’t keep those things in their workboxes. We also don’t do them every single day, we rotate out 1 elective per day. But I did want to mention them so you can see what she does each day.
- Understanding God’s World 4 (Science). Like I mentioned we do this as a group, so it’s not in their daily workboxes. We do science 4 times a week right now, and I normally read the text to them, then we complete any additional quizzes, tests, or experiments as indicated in the lessons.
- The History of Our United States 4. Again we do this as a group, and I chose level 4 just because we hadn’t started with Abeka history from the start and I wanted to make sure we hit all of the topics. I read the text to them, then we answer questions, take quizzes & tests (Tinkerbell does this verbally), and complete any of our Evan-Moor History Pockets that go with our reading for the day. Right now we do history 4 times per week.
- P.E.: Family Time Fitness (1x/week)
- Piano: Piano is Easy (We’re starting with Teach Yourself Piano Step by Step) (1x/week)
- Typing: Typing Instructor (CD Version)(1x/week)
- Robotics: LEGO Education We’re using the Simple Mechanisms set this year.(1x/month)
- Art: World’s Greatest Artists 2 and See the Light Art DVDs(1x/week)
And that’s it for TinkerBell! I hope you enjoy seeing what she’s doing and that it helps your homeschooling journey as well!
3 weeks left ‘til summer break! Yipee!