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Weekly Report 4

September 4, 2009

I can’t claim this as the best week ever, but we survived the post-vacation letdown and had a fairly strong week in regards to reading, writing, and math, although the extras suffered a bit.  All of our outside activities and classes are going once again and I think it will take a while to adjust to a new fall schedule.  Practically everything is on a different day than last year and the whole week has felt a little off because of it.  But I’m pretty sure today is really Friday and that we’re done for the week.  Finally!  I feel like the boys have sucked all of the energy from my body and while they’re bouncing off the walls in here, I’m left feeling like a sloth at the moment!

Wednesday night about 9:30, A came out to remind me that Thursday was the free day at the aviary.  I really tried hard to convince myself that it was ok to miss out on a morning of schoolwork so we could take advantage of that before we spent the afternoon at Grandma’s.  I know one of the great things about homeschooling is that we can take days off as we need to or as fun opportunities arise, but it is hard for me to break myself loose of the routine sometimes.  I need to practice flexibility.  It was worth it though, we saw one last bird show for the summer and learned about meat-eating birds like the Harris hawk, great horned owls, golden eagles, two different kinds of vultures, and crows. 

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Science: We read about astronauts this week, did a notebook page, read Floating in Space, and tried some freeze-dried astronaut food for a snack.  A did not like the strawberries, D didn’t like the mint chocolate chip ice cream, but the vanilla ice cream sandwich was a big hit with everybody. 

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History: I had a lot of preparation to do last Saturday for a Colonial Life unit, but I was so incredibly tired after our vacation that I just sat around and did as little as possible that day.  So this week we simply read SOTW chapter 4 about Samuel Champlain and Henry Hudson, read two biographies, colored a few pictures, did the mapwork, and watched a video about the founding of Quebec.

Literature: A finished reading a Happy Hollisters mystery and also read The Great Redwall Feast.  I’m not sure what C actually finished.  He’s always reading, but we’ve hardly had a formal sit-down quiet reading time this week.  We did finally finish listening to Freddy Goes to the North Pole by Walter R. Brooks.  We love the Freddy books.  They were written in the 1930s and they are funny and smart, and I love finding old classic series that we all enjoy reading.  Other than The Flying Canoe, a Canadian folktale, we haven’t read much else aloud this week.  We sat down one afternoon and I fell asleep on the couch and A had to finish reading for me.  And it about happened again today!

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Art/Music: We didn’t get to art this week, but Kindermusik classes started up again for C and D.  A also had a piano lesson and I started symphony rehearsals again.

D (Preschool)
Math:
D loves his Developmental Math book!  He’s done about 12 pages of counting, coloring, and drawing items up to 9.
Explode the Code: Figured out whether pictures start with F, B, or M
FIAR: We started rowing Little Nino’s Pizzeria and talked about running a business, being a helper to our parents, and symbolism in the artwork.  We also went shopping for pizza toppings for a dinner sometime next week.

C (1st grade)
Math: C’s new Developmental Math 2 book came in the mail while we were out of town last week and he was so excited!  This is promising!  We started at the beginning: What is 2 and 1 more?  He did great and we flew through the entire A section which really helped him feel confident about math again. 
Reading: Lessons 210-214
Grammar: Lessons 10-12
Writing with Ease 1: 4 assignments from week 4

A (3rd grade)
Math:
Practice 3H, and then mainly a review on the times tables all week               
Grammar: 3 lessons on exclamations, questions, sentences, and fragments
Writing with Ease 2: 3 assignments from week 26 and 27
Latin: Started lesson 2

Memory Work: We began learning the poem “Little Things” by Julia Fletcher Carney:

Little drops of water,
Little grains of sand,
Make the mighty ocean
And the pleasant land.

So the little moments,
Humble though they be,
Make the mighty ages
Of eternity.

So our little errors
Lead the soul away
From the path of virtue,
Far in sin to stray.

Little deeds of kindness,
Little words of love,
Help to make earth happy
Like the heaven above.

We also had a great discussion about the poem and what it means and about how important little things can be. 

For fun the boys all went to Hill AFB for open cockpit day with A’s scout troop last Saturday (and forgot to take pictures) and then made cars out of cardboard boxes to sit in for a “drive-in movie” activity at the church. 

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2 Comments leave one →
  1. September 5, 2009 11:37 pm

    Pheww…. you guys are off to such a great start. We love the bird show at the Aviary. I wish we had gone to more this summer.

    I think I would also like to try some freeze dried ice cream!

    I love the poem you are memorizing. I actually only knew the first half. I didn’t know there was more. So thanks for sharing that!

  2. Stephanie permalink
    September 6, 2009 5:05 pm

    That’s so cool!! where do you find astronaut ice cream?

    I wish we had a zoo or an aviary nearby, we live in the desert and we have to drive long hours to go to interesting events and places.

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