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Week 33

April 19, 2009

We had a really good and busy week despite runny noses and several really cold days.  The sun is out now (ok, not now at 11 p.m.) but it finally feels like spring and we had a very productive Saturday following Flylady’s crisis cleaning in 15-minute spurts.  DH has Mondays off now and that will take some getting used to.  We have a hard time working when he’s here, and it sure makes Friday feel like it drags on and on when he doesn’t get home until after 6 p.m.  But it will work out and we got to go to a rock concert* last night for a date.  Details below but first, here’s what the boys did this week: 

D (Preschool): Letter W: We finished up W this week, which mainly consisted of reading about 9 books on whales, coloring killer whales, and begging for a trip to Sea World.  Maybe we can go whale watching when we go to New England in a few years. 

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D also did about 14 pages in his Kumon letter book and 2 or 3 in his number book. 

C (Kindergarten): ETC: 8 pages (which go much smoother when I offer to do some of the writing for him as he dictates)
Math: Exercises 14-18, more simple addition which he’s understanding unless it’s 1 + 0, that’s always 10, right?
Reading: Lessons 130-135
Copywork: Letter G and H

A (2nd Grade): Math: Two reviews and exercise 13 on two-step story problems
Grammar: Lessons 134-139 on subject and object pronouns
Cursive: Letter U and V
Writing with Ease: 4 lessons using excerpts from Five Children and It
Latin: Lesson 20 on future tense endings: bos, bis, bit, bimus, bitis, bunt

Writing examples from this week:

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Science: We read a little bit about Venus and worked on memorizing our planets poem, but were waiting for a book on hold at the library to do our notebook pages with and it still hasn’t come in. 

Music: No lessons or classes this week, but we did color a picture of Mendelssohn and listened to some Classics for Kids programs, as well as some of his overtures.  I think next week we’ll read a storybook version of A Midsummer Night’s Dream and listen to some of the incidental music he wrote for it.

History: Continuing on with explorers, we read and narrated about John Cabot, Juan Ponce de Leon, Balboa, Vespucci, Pizarro, Magellan, and watched a video on Magellan’s circumnavigation of the globe.  We also added to the timelines and did a few more maps.  We then jumped back into Story of the World and read chapters 31 and 32 and did the mapwork there as a review.  They also colored the Santa Maria and some Mayan carvings.  Yesterday we read about five different Mayan, Incan, and Aztec folktales.  Just for fun we watched The Emperor’s New Groove.  We’ll continue with ancient American empires next week.

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Other Literature: A finally finished Irish Red by Jim Kjelgaard and C has read A Bargain for Frances and Little Bear’s Friend (and countless other books, it’s like we opened up a whole new world for him and he always has his nose in a book now.  I love it!)  We’re listening to The Penderwicks on Gardam Street in the car. 

Other Activities:  Not many!  They’ve all had runny noses this week and the weather’s been yucky so we stayed indoors, played a lot of board games, and read a lot.  Actually, it wasn’t a bad way to spend the week at all.  But today they finally got to enjoy the whole afternoon outside in the sunshine with Dad.  I’m still sweeping up dirt.

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About that rock concert–Technically it was a Rach concert, as in Jon Kimura Parker playing Rachmaninoff’s Piano Concerto #2 with the Utah Symphony (because anyone who really knows me, knows I’ll probably never be caught dead at a rock concert.) 

My parents decided to go to Idaho and visit my grandpa who’s been in the hospital so they gave us their tickets.  It was glorious (despite what the critic had to say in this morning’s Deseret News.)

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  1. April 22, 2009 10:08 pm

    You know, you are really witty and I enjoy reading your blog….I admire your ability to get so much done!

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