Well some how in trying to fix the sidebar which seemed to be on the wrong side of my layout I accidently bomb it. Good news posts and content seemed to be there but I lost all my widget material. So have patience while I rebuild. I think I will simplify a bit because I’m no longer part of the review crew and don’t need as many extras.
This is an interesting shot taken first thing in the morning as I headed into work. Problem is it wasn’t the photo I was trying to get. I have been working on the #capturinglifelaughterlove and #cy365 challenges through Instagram. I don’t get a picture everyday but I do my best. If I don’t get something one day I personally give myself until the end of the month to try to catch up. So on any given day I’m working on trying to get two or more pictures.
Which brings me back to the story of this photo of the week. As I walked up I could hear this crow really being loud. I saw him sitting on the handicapped sign. Two different pictures on my list were The Early Bird and Motion. As I snapped the picture I figured I had a good shot at getting at least one of those two. But as you can see I didn’t get either one. Silly bird.
ABC Blogging – Having Fun
I continue to have fun bringing you some of my favorite children’s books. We are getting to the end of the alphabet and I’m not sure what project will be next. Take a few minutes to comment here or in other social media outlets. You can also follow the link and join in with your own contribution.
V is for The Very Busy Spider
So my book for the letter V is The Very Busy Spider by Eric Carle. I love all of his stories and this one also a favorite. The spider is too busy to play and must get the job of web building done. When we read this story at our house my boys took yard and strong it back and forth across the room to make their own spider web. Here are some classroom ideas from the Eric Carle Official Website. Here are more ideas from Hubbard’s Cupboard. Of course Pinterest can be counted on for even more ideas. The story gives you can chance to review animals sounds with your younger readers.
The best part is if you enjoy The Very Busy Spider there are more Very books in the series. Some of these books include “The Very Hungry Caterpillar”, “The Very Quiet Cricket”, and “The Very Lonely Firefly”.
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The Company – Hewitt Homeschooling
Hewitt Homeschooling provides material and services for all age level of homeschooling. The offer curriculum, school, and achievement testing. They are even offering a Lighting Lit Contest. They try to emphasize both academics and character. Hewitt recognizes that children learn at different rates in different areas. Many of their material are multigrade so you can find what fits your child the best.
Hannah reviewed My First Report: Wild Animals, Small Mammals. The are designed to give you learning that isn’t just a fill in the blank. In the pack there are ideas for using My First Report in learning across all areas academic areas. Blank forms that you can make copies of to complete the assignments and 13 questionnaire sheets about small wild mammals. Each animal sheet has a number of questions to help the student focus their study. It also includes vocabulary words that can be used through that study of that animal. The most helpful blank form is the report sheet. They come in three different line widths and space to include a picture of the animal studies. You can have the child draw a picture of the animal or they can print out a picture to include in the lesson.
If you do an animal each week you can use My First Report: Wild Animals, Small Mammals for a full quarter.
My First Report was written with 3rd and 4th graders in mind but it can be used by 1st and 2nd graders with parental direction. They are also perfect for remedial use in children in 5th through 8th grade.
Our Use of Hewitt’s My First Report
Before I started the study I made enough copies of the report form blanks so we were ready to go. I had Hannah choose the animal of her choice each week and she worked on them for a day or two. I kept our study low-key since we have so many things going on this summer. She would use the questions to do research using the internet and then she would answer the questions on the blank sheet. She doesn’t think she draws very well so she would print out a picture from the internet and paste it onto her sheet.
Thoughts on Hewitt’s My First Report
Hannah loves animals so this was a good choice to get her excited and engaged. Because the questions were simple, yet open-ended it was easy for her to do the necessary research and get the answers she needed. The vocabulary list was a good chance to not only see what she already understood but gave her practice looking up and writing definitions. The ideas for expanding the curriculum were easy to understand and to implement.
As the website states My First Report can have remedial uses and this was how we used it. I think it works well for this because I student who is a bit writing phobic can look at the simple sheet with just a few questions and not be intimated. I let Hannah get away with short answers but this material would lend itself very easily to expanding. I have considered making Hannah go back and turn her sentence answers into a paragraph about the animal. My First Report style can make teaching better writing skills step by step easy. You can let the student give short answers, turn those into sentences, and then progress to paragraphs.
While it is designed to be used over a quarter when using with older children you could cover more than one animals a week depending on what you are trying to accomplish as part of the study. It was also a great fit for an easier summer learning experience.
The Facts on Hewitt Homeschooling – My First Report: Wild Animals, Small Mammals
My First Report: Wild Animals, Small Mammals comes in a packet of 52 – 8.5 x 11 sheets. There are forms that can be copied to use with the program. It is everything you need to do an animal study for one-quarter. It is written to be used by students in the 3rd or 4th grade. It can be used with parental help by students in 1st and 2nd grade. It can also be used by older students in 5th through 8th grade for remedial learning. It sells for only $8.95.
Hewitt Homeschooling Review Crew Link-Up
This was one of those reviews were there were lots of choices at many grade levels so if make sure you check out the link below for all the many different ways Hewitt Homeschooling could be used in your home.