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Weekly Report 12

October 30, 2009

Our ability to concentrate and work hard is in inverse proportion to the proximity of a holiday.  Monday was a really great day!  So great in fact, even with DH home, that we finished all of our work in record time and on a whim decided to go to a corn maze as a surprise after my doctor’s appointment.

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The week kind of went downhill from there, although it wasn’t a heavily-scheduled week to begin with.  In light of the growing excitement for dressing up and getting free candy, including trick-or-treating at DH’s place of employment this afternoon, I didn’t even try to have them finish their checklists towards the end of the week, but we’re really only down a few math assignments and one writing assignment each that hopefully we can catch up on next week.  We did remember both C’s Kindermusik practice almost every day this week and D’s Kindermusik assignment (homemade shaker) but didn’t get to any formal art or music.

Science: We finished up learning about the alkaline earth metals and added them to our periodic table wall posters.  We specifically studied calcium this week, reading a book and doing two experiments.  One involved adding plaster of paris powder to (our admittedly already hard) water and comparing the ability to make suds with dishsoap in that water as opposed to soap in a cup of plain water.  It did work however and now we own a 5-lb. box of plaster of paris.  We only needed 1/4 teaspoon.  DH has learned not to question my grocery list anymore.  “Why do you need…” “Science experiment,” is all I have to say. 

Hard water vs. plain water

We also immersed an egg in vinegar overnight to see how the calcium in the hard shell was broken down.  Touching that rubbery eggshell the next morning was very creepy, so it was appropriate for Halloween week I suppose. 

Memory Work: We added in a poem about Trees by Sara Coleridge:

The Oak is called the king of trees,
The Aspen quivers in the breeze,
The Poplar grows up straight and tall,
The Peach tree spreads along the wall,
The Sycamore gives pleasant shade,
The Willow droops in watery glade,
The Fir tree useful in timber gives,
The Beech amid the forest lives.

History:  We read SOTW 11 on the Moghul Emperors  of India and learned about the Taj Mahal which we all now want to visit.  The boys colored the map and we read quite a few books on Japan (from last week) and India including several folktales and picture books.

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Literature: Besides the history-related books, we finished listening to Freddy and the Ignormus.  C read three of The Littles books by John Peterson and another Dick King-Smith book.  I’ve got to find him some more challenging reading!

D (Preschool)
Letters: He traced H and I this week.
FIAR: We started rowing Three Names.  We read the book once and I think that was it! 
Math: He did several pages from Miquon this week that had him exploring with Cuisenaire rods and counting and coloring shapes.

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C (1st grade)
Reading: Finished reading to me about crabs in his nature reader
Grammar: 3 lessons on nouns
Writing with Ease 1: 3 lessons from week 11 on Trumpet of the Swan
Math: Loves the hands-on aspect of Miquon math and worked on making 4 and 5 in different ways with Cuisenaire rods

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A (3rd grade)
Math:
Finished lesson 39 and did lesson 40 at an incredibly slow, but accurate pace (so I’m not complaining!)
Grammar: 3 lessons on pluralizing words ending in y, f
Spelling: Overlapped with grammar
Writing with Ease 2:  3 lessons from week 33 on The Hobbit
Latin: Review week on lessons 1-5

We did absolutely nothing Halloween-related for schoolwork, but the boys sang pumpkin songs at Kindermusik, dressed up for an extended family party last weekend, for the grandparents yesterday, for trick-or-treating today, and will still have a church trunk-or-treat tomorrow night and hopefully pumpkin carving tomorrow morning.  I don’t know about them, but I’m about Halloweened out.  Pictures of costumes forthcoming…

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