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Weekly Report #7

September 28, 2008

Ha, ha, I thought my last weekly report was #7 when in fact this week is #7.  Now that that is cleared up. . .

Question of the week asked by A at the store while looking at seedless watermelons: “How do they cut them open, take out the seeds, and put them back together again?”

Cute comment of the week:  I always wrap D up in a towel after his bath and on the way to the bedroom stop and look in the mirror and say, “There’s my clean baby!”  This time I continued with, “Although you’re not really a baby anymore, are you?”  “I’m a doggie!”

And now for the non-cute stuff we did:

D:Letter of the week was F.  We read a lot of books and didn’t do much else.  Exposure is our goal.  I also got him the Kumon upper-case letter tracing book and he really does well at it so far.  I rip a couple pages out of it each day for him so he won’t do half the book in one sitting like the last tracing book.  I’d rather have him do small amounts of daily practice.  He’s really good with a pencil already though!

C: He did *19* pages mostly on his own in Explode the Code!  He really likes it.  Math was so-so.  He’s into the weights and measurement pages.  If I was a creative math mom, we would have weighed and measured actual things around the house, but I wasn’t having one of those weeks.  He finished the beginning blends section with reading lessons 52 and 53 and can really read a whole lot of words.  It only seems to apply to the reading manual though, he balks at reading actual books.  Tomorrow at the library I’m going to find some super easy readers so he can have the accomplishment of reading an actual book.

FIAR: We started How to Make an Apple Pie and See the World.  I’m still struggling with how to fit FIAR into our schedule right now, but this was one of our favorite books when A started FIAR and we’re looking forward to some fun activities next week.  We’ve already got the apples to make a pie. 

A: Math: lessons 9-12
Grammar: lessons 40-45
Cursive: letter G
Latin: lesson 5

Literature: A finally finished Trumpet of the Swan and is now into Homer Price by Robert McCloskey.  He hasn’t really wanted to read much lately.  I’m not quite sure what to do about that.  We finished Five Little Peppers in the car, we’re almost finished with The Secret Garden as a read aloud and we’ve begun Our Island Story which the boys really like. 

Science: We studied earthquakes this week and read three earthquake books, and watched an earthquake video, and it all started to get a little repetitious.  But that is the major natural disaster that we need to be concerned about here in Utah.  We’re overdue for a big one, and we took the opportunity to discuss why we have so much food stored in our basement and what we need to do when an emergency strikes.  We also realized how little water we have stored at present and hopefully will remedy that this week.

We also did our outdoor hour challenge and collected ginkgo leaves for our nature journal and we went on a hike up the canyon and collected some fall foliage as well.

History:I was going to cover more than one chapter this week, but between one thing and another, we were lucky to just get through chapter 10 on the beginnings of Australia and New Zealand.  A did the map and a Maori warrior coloring page (on which he said he used the entire box of 96 crayons.)  We read The Pumpkin Runner, Maui and the Sun, and Australia ABC’s which was a fun introduction to the land Down Under.  We also discovered Schlessinger Media’s new country DVDs, which will be helpful as the only geography we’re doing right now is whatever ties into our SOTW studies.

Music: We finished up Mussorgsky and have been listening to Night on Bald Mountain and Pictures at an Exhibitiona lot since we ran out of books on tape in the car.  Thank goodness we’re almost to October, because if I have to listen to “Baba Yaga’s Hut” one more time, I may scream, although it’s nice to see them picking out a favorite section of music.  The boys also attended my orchestra concert Saturday night, but only A made it through until the end.  But half a concert when you’re 3 and 5 is pretty good, I think.

New Testament: We read Matthew 13 and Mark 4 and talked about what parable are and why Jesus used them, including those of the sower, the mustard seed (which I’m still finding in my carpet after we needed a visual aid), the leaven, and the net. 

I really haven’t been in the mood for projects lately, maybe because I’m still working on decluttering the house and just don’t want to add anything else to our piles of stuff.  We’re being very consistent with the 3 R’s though and that is important (although a little boring sometimes.)  I’m working on a what’s working/what’s not post that I need to finish one of these days.

As for my own studies, other than practicing Tschaikovsky, I finished reading LOTR: The Two Towers and am halfway through Tolkien’s translation of Sir Gawain and the Green Knight.  I’m really enjoying it and look forward to finishing it this week.  I also fit in three High Middle Ages lectures this week.

We also went to the circus on Friday with Grandma and Poppa–watch for photos on Wednesday (which probably won’t be wordless this week.)

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3 Comments leave one →
  1. September 30, 2008 3:52 am

    Glad you are studying earthquakes- since I heard a Utah Mormon myth, that Elder Packer is having a ton of dreams about earthquakes hitting Utah. Yikes~ and the rumor spread clear to me in NH!

  2. October 1, 2008 3:20 pm

    i’m cracking up about angela’s comment. not that it couldn’t be true, but you know that mormon rumor mill.

    you always amaze me with everything you fit in. especially all your practice and reading for you! i feel like it have so little time to myself this year, as you’ve probably noticed by how infrequently i am blogging!

    henry has been resistant to reading lately, if it is just reading because i asked him to sit and read a book. but i catch him reading all the time on his own–not always the books that i have picked out for him, but i’m trying to relax and work towards reading the right books without taking the fun out of reading.

  3. October 2, 2008 10:03 pm

    Your last week is sounding a lot like our current week. We are on the Australia chapter of SOTW and we are doing the Letter F with Ian. It sounds like a great week!

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