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Weekly Report 28

March 7, 2009

We did a fair amount of work this week, though nothing too terribly exciting happened.  A few weeks ago, I finally sat down and figured out how long it takes to do each of our subjects, aside from open-ended projects in art and history.  Then I made up a daily schedule and just plugged in subjects.  It was like fitting together a puzzle and it was working out great, we were getting to everything.  But this week…it just didn’t seem to work.  It never felt like we had enough time to fit in everything as I would have liked.  I can’t figure out why, except that I’m recovering from lack of sleep and can’t think straight.  But here’s what happened regardless, and thank goodness for children who are starting to work more independently even when Mommy’s not quite all there!

D: Letter S:  We had so many S books to read that we had to take two weeks.  We read books about spiders, snow, sharks, sand castles, the seashore, sleep, and a couple fairy tales.  We really liked Trina Schart Hyman’s Sleeping Beauty and Barbara Cooney’s illustrated version of Snow White and Rose Red.  D especially liked So Sleepy Story by Uri Shulevitz.  He laughed and laughed about the sleepy house with the sleepy dishes and the sleepy furniture.  It was very cute.  This week C and D also decided they wanted to color.  So they did!  Sharks, seahorses, spiders, and stegosauruses.

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D also did 3 or 4 more pages in his Kumon tracing book.

C: ETC: 8 pages in ETC book 1, writing 3-letter words.  He’s getting much more capable of writing independently, not to mention legibly!  We’re both excited about that.
Math: Not much, just some more practice counting by 5’s
Reading: Lessons 117, 118
Copywork: Letter B

A: Math: Lessons 66, 67, Review 7, and half of Review 8–only 2 more reviews in the textbook and he’ll finish Singapore 2B!!
Grammar: Lessons 113-115
Cursive: Letter O
Writing: 4 lessons from Writing with Ease
Latin: Lesson 16

Science: We finished up talking about oceans, read a few books, watched a video on marine ecosystems, and labelled the oceans on our papier-mache’ globes.

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Music: Brahms is our new composer for March, but they didn’t listen to anything other than me practicing the cello part to Symphony #4.  A had a piano lesson and D went to Kindermusik class.  C skipped his because I thought he just sounded too congested on Tuesday. 

Art: None!

History: We read SOTW chapter 26 this week about the Hundred Years’ War between England and France and learned about Joan of Arc, reading two great biographies: Joan of Arc by Josephine Poole that we own, and Joan of Arc, the Lily Maid by Margaret Hodges.  I really enjoyed looking at the illustrations in both books.  They did the mapwork and colored Joan, and we also read Traveling Man, the Journey of Ibn Battuta 1325-1354.  It was fascinating account of his travels from Gibraltar to China and back.  We really liked the illustrations here too.  I might actually buy this for our personal library as it’s only $2.39 at Amazon today!   

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New Testament: We finished reading the Gospels this week!  We’ll attempt to finish the rest of the NT now.  For Friday’s devotional we read an article from the Friend magazine by President Faust about Joan of Arc and not being afraid to be different. 

Other Literature: Other than short picture books, I haven’t been reading aloud lately and I miss it.  However we always gets books on cd in the car, this week’s was The Mouse and the Motorcycle.  C read to me Dodsworth in Paris, and read Henry and Mudge and the Starry Night to Grandma.  This week A read Snow Dog by Jim Kjelgaard and Three Swords for Granada by Walter Dean Myers. 

Other Activities: Hmmm….we didn’t do much extra this week!  We did go to the library and didn’t lose anybody!  And we went grocery shopping for cream cheese and a few other items and ended up spending about $187 because it was the canned goods caselot sale at Macey’s.  That was actually a really good thing!  We’ve been trying to build up our food storage in the basement so it was a really good feeling to be able to add so much to it this week.  We’ll thank DH for all that overtime he’s been working!

This afternoon we’re going with Grandma and Poppa to the open house of the new Draper LDS Temple and are looking forward to that.

I’ve been planning next year’s curriculum, but I’ll put those details in a future post.  One more week of school, then we’re taking spring break (even if it won’t quite be spring yet.)  We need it!

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4 Comments leave one →
  1. March 7, 2009 12:18 pm

    I love your paper mache’ globes. I would love to do projects like that but just can’t bring myself to do it. I always envision the mess it will be and that stops me really quick.

    It sure sounds like you are all doing great. But a Spring Break does sound nice.

    I too have already started planning next year. For some reason Chemistry has me a little scared. I have reread The Well Trained Mind ideas on the topic and still don’t feel confident about it. If you are doing Chem next year too I would love to know what you have in mind.

  2. Michelle permalink
    March 7, 2009 8:29 pm

    I’ve got to get a copy of that Ibn Battuta book–it looks great! In Dubai there is a cool shopping mall named after him that has cool exhibits about his travels, and each section of the mall is beautifully decorated in the style of one of the places he visited. You guys would love it.

    The Joan of Arc books look good too–it’s fun to see what you guys are reading.

  3. March 8, 2009 9:10 am

    I am so sorry we didn’t meet while we in Utah. We only had one car, so it was kind of crazy trying to make everyone happy. We didn’t spend near as much time as I wanted to in Salt Lake City. But the good news, is we had so much fun- we are going to come out again.

    I will call you this week- I would love to get caught up and see what you are doing. I need someone to inspire me to get motivated about homeschool again!

  4. Gina permalink
    March 8, 2009 6:55 pm

    Wow! You are sooo amazing! How do you do it all?

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