This is what an Easy Peasy week looks like.
All the work that goes into "planning" a school year is done for you. Printing off the lesson plans for each child, the course objectives, grading sheets, reading lists and basic supplies list, is a click away. It doesn't get any easier than that.
After printing off the lesson plans for the week, I took some time to read over the assignments and print off any worksheets that were needed for the week. All other resources were provided within the online curriculum. If there was a book to read, the link was provided to that book to read online. I was also able to download the books onto my Kindle for free and that enabled me to read over the books ahead of time to get a feel for whether the book would be a good fit for each child. If there was a video to watch, a game to play, a book or poem to read, a quiz to take, you name it, there was a link for it on that specific day. Easy Peasy!
I only made two minor tweaks to the program for the first week. I decided to change the book Sydney was going to read about Columbus to a newer version that I thought she would like better, a Landmark book on the life of Columbus that I downloaded from our library. I also chose a different poem for her to read on one of the days, just because I thought she would understand it better. That was it.
Sydney's Third Grade Courses for the week:
(Aaron and Sydney studied Bible, Early American History, Zoology, Music and Art together, with materials suited for their individual ages.)
Bible: Mark chapters 1 - 5, comprehension & application questions
John the Baptist Prepares the way
The Baptism and Temptation of Jesus
The Calling of the First Disciples
Jesus Drives Out an Evil Spirit
Jesus Heals Many
Jesus Prays in a Solitary Place
A Man with Leprosy
Jesus Heals a Paralytic
The Calling Of Levi
Jesus Questioned About Fasting
Lord of the Sabbath
Crowds Follow Jesus
The Appointing of the Twelve Apostles
Jesus and Beelzebub
Jesus’ Mother and Brothers
The Parable of the Sower
A Lamp on a Stand
The Parable of the Growing Seed
The Parable of the Mustard Seed
Jesus Calms the Storm
The Healing of a Demon-possessed Man
Math Topics Studied:
Counting by 2’s, 5’s, 10’s
Numbers that come before & after
African Savanna animals
North American Forest Animals
Lapbook Project started– Animal Classification
Computer - Internet Safety
Typing - Home Row Keys
P.E. - Stretching exercises
Explorers - Christopher Columbus
Book used - Landmark, Christopher Columbus
Thinking Skills: Sydney started to learn about the game of Chess, the chessboard itself. I added a book about the game that I found at Goodwill, totally not necessary.
Poetry by William Blake – “stanzas”, “rhyme”,” rhythm”, “alliteration”
Tongue Twister Poetry Race
Writing: Copywork – William Blake Poetry, wrote own poetry, sentences – declarative, exclamatory
Art: Worked on complementary colors project.
Music: Reviewed Woodwind instruments.
And that was Easy Peasy in a nutshell for a third grader. I was pleasantly surprised on just how much information was covered over the course of a week with this program. Did I mention that we took Wednesday off of school? So the workload was based on a four day week. It is an easy program to implement and manage day to day. It is what it claims to be "a complete, free online Christian homeschool for your family and mine."
Next post to follow, Easy Peasy at the Eighth Grade Level.