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Weekly Report 9 and 10

October 18, 2008

The most exciting thing about the last two weeks was our vacation to Great Basin National Park last weekend which probably explains why this week has been kind of blah.  I’m happy to say we pretty much did all I had planned though, but then I didn’t exactly have high expectations to begin with.  It’s been really hard to get going every morning.  We really need to pick up the pace again starting Monday.  But here’s a recap of the last two weeks (really just 7 days of school):

D: Letter H: We read some H books and he colored a house and traced lines connecting helicopters with shapes to count.  Letter of the week always seems to get shortchanged except for the books.  I’ve got to come up with some more exciting ideas here, but at least in reviewing all his letters, he remembers most of them so far and most of the sounds so I guess I can’t complain.  He’s also becoming much more aware of letters all around him.  He’ll pick out “My letter!” (D) in newspaper headlines and on magazines sitting around.

C:ETC: Pages 1-18 in Get Set for the Code
Math: Not much–just a few pages of matching number words to numerals.
Copywork: Writing his full name
Reading: Lessons 58-61–These are long lessons!  We do reading every day, but there are so many new things he’s learning, we rarely do an entire lesson in a day.  We’ve covered TCH, NCH, TH, THR, NGTH, WH, and PH digraphs/blends.  I’m happy to say he’s getting it!  Slowly, but this kid can read!  (And why is it beginning reader books are so stupid?!  Isn’t there an intelligent series out there for beginning readers?)

A: Math: Lessons 13-18 Multiplying by 4
Grammar: Lessons 46-51
Cursive: Letter H pages
Latin: Lesson 6
Writing: Our Writing with Ease workbook finally came, and we love it!  A actually asks to do writing first everyday.  I was worried how he’d do with dictation, but he has done wonderfully.  Here are his first two dictation assignments, the second of which is from his own narration of an Aesop fable.  And yes, he’s still in his half print/half cursive mode, but at least it’s readable.

Music: The boys had this week off from Kindermusik classes and piano.  I also didn’t have any cello students so it was a nice break, although A told DH on Tuesday that he wished we were going to Grandma and Poppa’s house this week so he could have a piano lesson!  We also had a great two weeks with Rimsky-Korsakov, listening to some Classics for Kids radio programs and recordings of Capriccio Espagnol, Russian Easter Overture, and Scheherazade (which was a nice tie-in to our Islamic studies.)

History: We still aren’t doing much more than reading and mapwork for history, but we’re getting to the days of knights and castles and I’m planning some more hands-on projects coming up.  In the past two weeks we’ve covered the Islamic Invasion and the Great Kings of France.  We’ve done quite a bit of reading actually.  We read about Charlemagne in Ten Kings, about Charles Martel in Famous Men of the Middle Ages, “The Song of Roland” from Medieval Tales, Count Your Way through the Arab World, and some Spanish and French fairy tales.  I’m really glad I bought the Famous Men book, we’re really enjoying it and I found an online recording that I still need to download on a cd for the boys to listen to.  A is actually excited for it. 

Other Literature: A is reading Charlie and the Great Glass Elevator by Roald Dahl.  We listened to Martin the Warrior by Brian Jacques on our road trip and we finally finished The Secret Garden.  That’s a really long book!  But we all loved it.  Last night we had family movie night and watched it, which wasn’t so good.  Somebody remind me not to get movies “based” on classic books, I’m always disappointed.  The boys did enjoy it though, and having just read it, they didn’t ask nearly so many questions!  Now we’re starting Robin Hood.  

Science: I had intended to get caught up on some of the science experiments we never did, but…we didn’t.  We talked about caves a lot in preparation for our cave trip to Lehman Caves last weekend.  We did notebook pages on caves and I still need to print out some of our own pictures of our cave experience for their notebooks.  Our favorite book was Caves and Caverns by Gail Gibbons. 

Art: Yeah, art still isn’t really happening.  No big surprise there.

New Testament: This is our most consistent study.  We’ve learned about so much lately–Mount of Transfiguration, miracle of the loaves and fishes, Bread of Life sermon, fasting and prayer, just to name a few, and we’ve had some wonderful discussions and experiences that I may share at a later time. 

As for my own studies, I’ve been busy!  And I will also save those for a later date.  The boys are about to have their hair cut, then we’re heading to a family party this afternoon. 

But I’ll leave you with pictures from our picnic at Payson Lakes with Grandma last Wednesday:

  

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5 Comments leave one →
  1. October 18, 2008 2:12 pm

    What beautiful pics and I love your literature choices. Looks like you had a fabulous week.

    Have a blessed weekend! :0

  2. October 18, 2008 2:27 pm

    You have beautiful boys! And had a great week it seems. 🙂

  3. October 18, 2008 5:02 pm

    I am really enjoying all the books we are reading for history. You have many of the same books on your list. All these fairy tales from around the world have been very interesting.

  4. October 18, 2008 5:25 pm

    you won the copy of the princess bride on my blog giveaway last week! i think it would be a great read aloud. would you please send me an email with your snail mail address? thanks!

  5. October 20, 2008 9:17 am

    Sounds like you all had a nice week! I love the fall photos, Isn’t this a great time of year to get the kids out and enjoy the turn of the seasons!

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