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Weekly Report 15/16

November 28, 2008

Here’s the weekly report for the last two weeks (really just 7 days) of school, two of which I had laryngitis and could hardly talk.  We muddled through last Thursday just doing written work and on Friday DH did school with the boys so I could rest and not have to worry about talking.  And this week we ditched history and science (not that science has been happening at all lately) and just spent Monday and Tuesday this week finishing up Letter M and Cranberry Thanksgiving for FIAR. 

D: Letter M: There was so much to do for M this week!  We played with the wooden marble game, ate marshmallows, studied the Mayflower and made models, talked about Maine (because we love Maine!), colored both Maine and Massachusetts on a map of New England, and colored the animals from Jan Brett’s The Mitten.  And we read a lot of M books.

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C: ETC: 19 pages in Go for the Code
Math: Started Earlybird Math 2B and is doing fine with simple addition
Reading: Lessons 77-82
Copywork: Working on the letters in his name

A: Math: Lessons 30-33 more adding and subtracting $$$
Grammar: Lessons 67-76, adjectives and articles
Cursive: Letter L and M pages
Writing: WWE finished week 5 and started week 6 assignments
Latin: Lesson 10, numbers 6-10–He really loved this fun practice assignment, but I’m wondering why the five of us have 10 toothbrushes in the bathroom.  And yes, 2 drivers here and we have 4 (which is misspelled I just noticed) cars.  Anybody want to buy a ’77 Buick? 

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Science: No science!  We’ve fallen off that bandwagon.  Next week my goal is to get back on it. 
Music: No music either, except our lessons.  We gave up on Prokofiev.  We’ll have to schedule him in another month. 

History: Last week was going to be a heavy reading week.  I had a stack of books I wanted to get through to wind up our knights and castles study.  I only read Sir Dana: A Knight, The Bravest Knight, and a beautiful picture book of The Sword in the Stone before I lost my voiceDH read stories from the Crusaders out of the real knights book.  We enjoyed David Macaulay’s Castle video and the A&E Knights and Armor.  For fun, they watched The Sword in the Stone with Daddy and we all watched The Adventures of Robin Hood this afternoon.  We’ve been terrible with narrations and any other written work for history lately, but as they’ve played with our castle playset A LOT I hear them acting out all kinds of stories and battles we’ve studied and spouting off medieval facts, so I know they are learning so much. 

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Other Literature: A finished Charlie and the Great Glass Elevator by Roald Dahl and has moved on to Babe, the Gallant Pig.  We’re listening to Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of NIMH in the car right now.  I read Geraldine McCaughrean’s retelling of the Canterbury Tales and am now in the middle of The Sword in the Stone. 

FIAR: We’ve been rowing Cranberry Thanksgiving for the past two weeks.  We talked about silhouettes, vocabulary in the book, how we shouldn’t judge people by their appearance, and we found Massachusetts on the map.  This week we learned about the Pilgrims, the Mayflower, and the first Thanksgiving. 

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For math and science (cooking with kids can sometimes be a science experiment!) we made cranberry bread.  We don’t like the recipe included in the book, so we use this recipe.  Amazingly everybody ate it.  We’ve had some really picky eaters lately.  I also discovered that a food processor works wonders for chopping cranberries.  It takes about 15 seconds.  I can’t believe I’m admitting this, but I’ve tried to chop round, rolling cranberries on a cutting board with a straight knife.  It does not work!      

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Other Activities:  Thanksgiving of course!  And D turned 4 yesterday as well.  We had chocolate birthday cake rather than pumpkin pie.  I kind of missed having pie so I’ll probably make some this weekend.  We went to Thanksgiving story time at the library and DH took the boys to the aquarium this morning.  We’ve also been to the park quite a bit, trying to enjoy being out before it turns really cold.  Now we’re enjoying a stress-free long weekend.  It’s lovely so far and I think it will be enough of a break to get us through the next 3 weeks until a long Christmas break.

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7 Comments leave one →
  1. November 29, 2008 12:15 am

    Love the Baker in Training outfit! And I love food processors, they make everything easier.

  2. November 29, 2008 8:06 am

    That looks like a full week! Hope you’re feeling better.

    Happy Birthday to the Birthday Boy! :0)

  3. November 29, 2008 12:27 pm

    I love your updates…. they are so informative and give me so many ideas!!!

  4. November 29, 2008 11:06 pm

    your boys are so cute! i always enjoy your weekly reports. it’s great to see what others are doing. and cranberry thanksgiving was one of my favorite books when i was little!

  5. November 30, 2008 6:07 am

    I love your school reporting.

    What are you using for Latin?

  6. December 1, 2008 11:00 am

    I am new here! What a great blog 🙂 ♥ Hugs!

  7. December 3, 2008 9:17 am

    I love the baking outfits and have used them with all of my kids. I want to try this recipe. We are not cooking nearly enough and it is starting to show on the food budget, and our waistlines! 🙂

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