Archive for July, 2011

Free Resource: Handwriting Worksheets Generator

Friday, July 15th, 2011

Today, I worked with Levi to learn to write numbers.  We did one set of numbers and he wanted to do letters instead.  Well, I thought, at least it is writing and not on the wall.  I tried a couple of different writing resources.  After some frustration, I finally hit Google and searched for writing worksheets.

I came across a site called The Amazing – Incredible Handwriting Worksheet Maker!  I browsed the web site trying to find something that did traditional print worksheets rather than cursive or a hybrid ones.

I found a print sentence worksheet creator and wrote a sentence with Levi’s name in it.  He loved it.  He called tracing the letters “giving them coats.”  At least I can get Levi interested in writing words on paper, rather than walls.  Anyone interested may want to check out

The Mesopotamians and Gilgamesh

Thursday, July 14th, 2011

Levi likes watching They Might be Giants videos.  We are doing Mesopotamian history this week.   As a fun introduction we played “The Mesopotamians” video.

Then Levi watched The Epic of Gilgamesh (warning: it has a passing indirect reference to sex.  Most kids won’t understand it).  It is an interesting series of videos retelling this classical tale of Gilgamesh.  Levi really enjoyed watching this video and learned much about the story of Gilgamesh and his best friend, Enkidu.  Gilgamesh goes on a quest for immortality after the death of Enkidu.  The story addresses the human wish for immortality and the futility of that quest.

We will continue to  do the introduction study of the Mesopotamians throughout the week and continue through history throughout the rest of the school year.


George Washington vs. Washington Street

Tuesday, July 12th, 2011

On Independence Day we watched the musical 1776 from the 1970s.

Levi was in and out of the room while we watched the movie.  I really didn’t concern myself with how much he watched.  It wasn’t on for educational purposes.

Later that evening we watched the fireworks at Minnetrista in Muncie.  As we left and went through downtown Muncie and Levi was loaded up with Caffeine.  He was chattering about everything he saw.  Think Kurt Vonnegut on crack.  He then read a sign saying Washington Street and then started asking if George Washington was on the bus next to us.  I was shocked.  George Washington was several times mentioned in the movie earlier that day, but never was the word Washington written out.  The phonics first method seems to produce astounding results linking the verbal and written aspects of language.  I wish I could take credit for it.  Starfall has been the main resource teaching the boys to read.  I will write more in detail later about what we use for Phonics.  You may wish to look at Levi, Reading and Starfall.

Levi still insisted George Washington was riding on that bus.

Levi – First day of Kindergarten – Math-U-See

Tuesday, July 12th, 2011

Monday was Levi’s first day of Kindergarten.  There was a lot of setup involved.  The first part of it was setting up decimal street for our Math-U-See Alpha level math curriculum.   It covers single-digit addition and subtraction.  It comes with a DVD that covers each lesson.

Levi loves the blocks and putting each one into the correct “houses.”  He seemed to start getting the idea of place value and didn’t want to end the lesson for the day.  Even Isaac was getting into it.

Today we will continue with this lesson.  I will let Mandi discuss further about what is being taught.

Stayed tuned as Orchard Hill Classical Academy is now in session.