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Weekly Report 9

October 12, 2009

Another busy week, and I can hardly believe we’re one-fourth of the way through the school year already!  It feels like we just started.

Highlights of the week were our outings.  We didn’t do an art lesson this week, but opted instead to go to an exhibit of Victorian paintings at the BYU Museum of Art.  It was amazing!  (Details are in the previous post.) 

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We also just happened to go to the library on Saturday when they were having all kinds of activities for Chemistry Week and got to participate in several different experiments with some college students, go on a rock/mineral hunt in buckets of sand, and get lots of cool little freebies. 

History: We read SOTW chapter 8 which was about the Ottoman Turks and also reviewed all the different empires that claimed Persia over the years. 

Memory Work: We finished learning the poem “The Kind Moon” and are doing really well on all of the previously learned poems and scripture verses.

Science: We learned about alkali metals and sodium specifically.  A followed one of the Usborned encyclopedia internet links and learned a lot about elements used in fireworks for different colors.  Last year I always left the internet links for the end of the week for something fun to do, and they rarely got done.  This year I’m making more of an effort to include them throughout the week.  We also did an experiment on how salt keeps water from freezing as easily.  Here’s a look after one hour in the freezer.  The plain water has already gotten a layer of ice on top, but the salt water on the right is still liquid and cloudy looking. 

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Literature:  Besides the plethora of lighthouse books we’ve read, we also finished listening to Hans Brinker in the car.  C read Keep the Lights Burning, Abbie, Titus Rules by Dick King-Smith, and Little Horse by Betsy Byars.  A finally finished Squanto, Friend of the Pilgrims.  We also read several slavery-related folktales and some Turkish and Persian folktales. 

D (Preschool):
Math:
D likes math and our Cuisenaire rods, so we tried a page from the Miquon Math orange book. 
FIAR: We finished rowing The Little Red Lighthouse and the Great Gray Bridge.  I just love this book.  We read about 12 different go-alongs about lighthouses, bridges, and boats (Bridges go from Here to There was a favorite).  We also:

  • Found the actual little red lighthouse and the George Washington bridge on Google Earth
  • Did a lighthouse hidden picture
  • Learned about daymarks and nightmarks
  • Colored lighthouses with different daymarks
  • Looked at pictures of lighthouses and bridges from various vacations back east
  • Talked about alliteration in the title
  • Talked about personification
  • Talked about fog
  • D traced the title

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C (1st grade)
Math: We’ve just continued to play math games to work on number bonds. 
Reading: Now that he’s finished The Ordinary Parent’s Guide to Teaching Reading, I’m not quite sure what to do with him, other than let him read, read, read.  I don’t want to use a “reading curriculum,” they just feel so artificial and not fun at all, but I do want to have him read out loud to me every day.  So this week we started reading about Mr. and Mrs. Crab in the Christian Liberty Nature Reader, book 2.
Grammar: 3 lessons reviewing types of sentences
Writing with Ease 1: 4 lessons from week 9 on Charlotte’s Web

A (3rd grade):
Math:
Exercises 35-37 on multiplying and dividing by 7 and Review 4
Spelling: Words ending in double consonants L, F, S
Grammar: 3 lessons on nouns and proper nouns (essentially a review)
Writing with Ease 2: 3 lessons from week 31 on poetry
Latin: Finished lesson 4 on numbers 1-10 and more puzzles in Ludere Latine to practice verb conjugations

It was a good week.  This next week will be somewhat lighter.  We’re going to take a break from our grammar and math work, and concentrate on history, science, and art.  The boys are then staying with my aunt for the weekend while DH and I head take a few days off to head back to southern Utah for some scenic drives and another play at the Utah Shakespearean Festival.

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3 Comments leave one →
  1. October 12, 2009 9:52 pm

    What a great week! Doesn’t it feel great when you can get so much accomplished?

    I’ve been meaning to ask you how you have been liking writing with ease. I was considering purchasing it this year, but since they don’t have the upper levels completed yet for my “6th grader” I decided to go with something else this year. I’m just wondering if I’m missing out.

  2. October 13, 2009 11:36 am

    Looks like a great week!

    Love the selection of books you are reading ( Im soo jealous!)

  3. Stephanie permalink
    October 19, 2009 1:34 am

    Pre-Raphaelite paintings are my favorite ones, I have prints all over my home, the ones depicting knights are my favorite!!

    I miss living in a big city, we don’t have many exhibits in this area.

    Last time we had a miny exhibit at the Mall and a baby Mammoth was uncovered; I was amazed at seeing my oldest so interested in it, he was able to stay still for 10 minutes for the entire speech before they uncovered the exhibit and then he talked about it, in his own words, of course, all the way home.

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