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Weekly Report 17

December 8, 2008

It was a busy week and therefore quite a bit lighter on the bookwork.  We took Wednesday off for A’s birthday and not much happened on Friday either.  They did about an hour’s worth of work with Daddy while I ran errands, then we all cleaned the house for A’s party.  That was a very good thing (and much needed.)

D: Letter N books were not in at the library, so I had good intentions of reviewing A-M with him, but it just never happened.  He picks out letters he knows everywhere though: at church, on the newspaper, on billboards, in books he looks at.  Letter recognition is great, the sounds however are a whole different story and need lots of review.

C: ETC: 9 pages in Go for the Code
Math: Started subtraction and is doing well so far
Reading: Lessons 83, 84, 85
Copywork: Working on the letters in his name

A: Math: Lessons 34-36, still more adding and subtracting $$$, we also had a great lesson on how to figure out 10% tithing on all that birthday money!
Grammar: Lessons 77, 78
Writing: Finished the last week 6 assignment in WWE
Latin: Review of lessons 6-10–we need to review vocab flashcards, we’ve gotten out of the habit. 

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Science: None

Music: Vaughan Williams is our composer for December but so far we’ve just been listening to Christmas music.  A had a piano lesson and is enjoying playing the hymns (simple melody line anyway) for our Advent scripture/song in the mornings.  C and D both had Kindermusik this week. 

History: We finished up SOTW 18 and 19, and also got the SOTW audio cds from the library and listened to the last 8 or so chapters in the car.  We also read a biography of Saladin and relevant sections from 1000 Years Ago on Planet Earth.  A and C did mapwork and colored Crusades and Robin Hood pictures.  We watched The Serf video from the Medieval Life series.  We have two more videos from the series to watch still, but we’re essentially done with knights and castles and medieval life for now.  We’re taking a break from SOTW for the next few weeks and will spend time reading about Scottish history instead since it is part of our heritage and not covered in SOTW much. 

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Other Literature: We started reading Clown of God for Five in a Row and The Knight and the Dragon, also by Tomie dePaola.  I read Geraldine McCaughrean’s version of The Canterbury Tales a few weeks ago and found the stories rather bawdy, so opted not to read them aloud to the boys.  We read Chanticleer and the Fox instead which was wonderful and we also really enjoyed The Well at the End of the World.  We’re still reading Robin Hood and A is still working on Babe, the Gallant Pig.  When life gets crazy, our free reading time seems to be the first thing to go.  That and science for some reason. 

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Other Activities: Well, let’s see, we were just slightly busy.  It was free day at the Natural History Museum so we went there on Monday.  I’m really glad the weather was cold and crummy on Thursday so we could skip the free day at the aviary (can I admit that?)  We celebrated A’s birthday and Grandma’s birthday on Wednesday and then had a party for his friends at our house on Friday.  On Saturday, he was baptized.  That deserves its own post.

We really did do a little bit of everything, and a lot more than I thought we did, even if not all I had intended.  So I suppose we’re well-rounded if nothing else.  I need to evaluate where we’re at in all of our subjects and see where we need to make changes after Christmas.  But we’ll continue to go a little bit lighter for the next few weeks.  We went to the library today and stocked up on Christmas picture books to enjoy for the next little while.  I never remember to write down our favorites each December so I guess we’ll wait and see if we got any winners. 

What are your favorite Christmas books?

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2 Comments leave one →
  1. December 9, 2008 5:56 am

    It’s snowing on your blog! How cute is that?

    And we love “Christmas in the Country” by Cynthis Rylant, “The Tiny Star” by Arthur Ginolfi, and “A Christmas Carol” illustrated by Dean Morrisey.

    We enjoyed this year, “Santa Claus, the World’s Number One Toy Expert” by Marla Frazee. The pictures are hilarious. So cute.

  2. December 11, 2008 11:46 am

    Oooh, Saladin. I loved learning about him and the crusades. Of course, I never heard of him until college! I’ll have to look up that book. Someday I’m going to do SOTW.

    You probably already know it – you know all the books – but I recently got a book about Robin Hood for 7yo that is really great. It’s a Dorling Kindersley book by Neil Philip, and it has the Robin Hood story along with maps, timelines, pictures, and historical info. If your kids are into Robin Hood, I think it would definitely be worth having.

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