Let my teaching drop as the rain, My speech distill as the dew, As raindrops on the tender herb, And as showers on the grass.
Deut. 32:2

Thursday, October 27, 2011

October Learning Record

Being enrolled in a public Charter school requires us to meet with an "Education Specialist" every 20 days and turn in work samples to add to the children's portfolio of work and create a "learning record". These meeting used to stress me out, primarily because of the previous ES we used to have and partly because I tend to not be so organized.

This is what my LR looks like when I AM organized:

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Writing Sample: compare & contrast essay
letter writing
daily journal entries
cursive writing; paragraphs (Thanksgiving poem)
Reading Comprehension Lessons 1-4 work book
Oak Meadow Lessons 5-7
Punctuation: recognition and proper usage of question marks & exclamation points
copied paragraphs & fixed missing punctuation marks
recognition of proper nouns & common nouns; copy a paragraph & fix capitalization of pn & cn
recognition of prepositions: copy paragraph & underline the prepositions

Teaching Textbooks:Lessons 33-48
perpendicular & parallel lines, (identifying) types of triangles; Scalene, Isoceles & Equilateral, Acute, Right, Obtuse, polygons, perimeter, area, intro to fractions, adding with 4 digits, regroupong, rounding & estimating w/ 4 digits, decimals; tenths & hundredths, decimals & fractions, decimals in words, dollars & decimals, dollars/cents/decimals, adding & subtracting decimals
multiplication speed drills to 12: from 15 min to 9 min.

Oak Meadow: Lessons 5-7
identify & sketch animals of local region/environment, sketch animals in their environment; squirrel, bat, rabbit, lizard, pigeon
foods & living quarters: bird: worms/insects-nests in trees, rabbits: grass, lives in a burrow, squirrel: nuts & live in trees, bats; fruit, live in caves, lizards: insects, live in gardens
identify and (begin) research local/regional native peoples/tribes: Chumash, Gabrielino, Cahuilla, Lauiseno, Tipal-ipal : foods & living quarters

identify, harvest & dry: sunflowers seeds
inspect & observe peanut, sketch the inside of peanut
plant flowers in garden
farm animal observation: pigs, cows, goats, bee observations: hive, bee language & communication, matching animal eyes to the correct animal.

rode bike 7 laps around block: (1.4 mi)
walk 1 mi

crochet: shoelaces, cross-stitch, Paper Mache pumpkins
water color pencil: master copy of an abstract painting
sewing class: Made a BEE costume: sewing a seam, attaching appliqued stripes

La County Fair
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letter writing, journal writing
Reading Comprehension work books Level 6A (10 lessons)
Vocabulary (dictionary skills & alphabetizing): plague, nomads, drought, famine, prophet, migrate, monotheism, faith, courage, justice, proverb, ethics
vocabulary words used in sentences
Creative writing: fictional story of a bully/under-dog
Retold/wrote story of Moses (rough draft: Ancient Civilizations)
Writing Sample: Compare-contrast essay

Teaching Textbooks Lessons 73-88
adding/subtracting a decimal & a whole number, multiplying a decimal & a whole number, multiplying decimals by 10, 100, 1000, zeros in the quotient w/ decimals, dividing 2 decimals, thousandths & decimals, dollars & cents, adding money, rounding decimals, comparison shopping, percents,

Oak Meadow: Ancient Civilizations & religious beliefs; Hebrews: Egypt: Abraham, David & Goliath, Moses, 10 Commandments,
Geography: locate & label Middle Eastern countries on the world map (accidentally located & labeld South American countries instead!)

Oak Meadow
Green plants: 1.basic anatomy & biological composition of a seed 2. basic requirements for seed germination & growth 3. several methods of seed dispersal in nature: difference between growth & reproduction of plants & animals, 3 ways plants are important to Earth, 3 parts of seed (seed coat, embryo, endosperm), importance of each part, 3 requirements for seed germination/growth, 3 ways seeds can be dispersed
Seedlings: 1. Identify & describe structure & function of basic parts of green plants: roots, stems & leaves: explained functions of parts of a green plant: leaves, stem, roots, root hairs, bud, bud scale. Described 2 main types of root systems, main functions of roots in green plants: describe 3 functions, roles of leaves in function of plant, 3 parts of plant commonly eaten by humans
Farm animal observation: cows, pigs, goats

Mastered water color pencils
cake water colors, perspective drawing
Paper Mache Pumpkin

football: played various positions: receiver, lineman
rode bike around block 6 x = 1.2 mi

La County Fair
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Pretty impressive, huh? It looks impressive to me BUT they can certainly accomplish more than this.

It would help if I kept a log of work DAILY instead of trying to keep track only every 20 days, try to remember, look back their work. Duh. I know. The first two meetings of the year I was very over whelmed with my own school so I wasn't as prepared for our LR meetings and did not create a LR at all. I think I am back on my game now though.

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