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Weekly Report 23

March 6, 2010

Week 3 with somebody (or almost everybody) sick.  What fun.  Thankfully enough, the baby hasn’t gotten it. Everyone has been forbidden to touch him, breathe on him, cough on him, or in any other way infect him.  So far it’s working.  It’s just hard not having my usual helpers, but we’re surviving and had a pretty good school week considering. 

Monday brought the eagerly awaited UPS package from Rainbow Resource with a few new math and spelling books.  I finally admitted that my own cobbled together spelling program was just not happening this year so I broke down and ordered Sequential Spelling for A.  So far, so good!  I think it will be a good fit. 

History was the French Revolution.  We:

  • Read SOTW chapter 25 “Revolution Gone Sour”
  • Read You Wouldn’t Want to Be an Aristocrat in the French Revolution
  • Read a biography of Marie Antoinette
  • Read a geography book about France
  • Colored the Bastille
  • Did the mapwork for chapter 25
  • Played Storm the Bastille, a review game from the SOTW Activity Guide
  • Watched The Scarlet Pimpernel!

We also read a great biography of John Adams by Cheryl Harness and made cards to add to our presidential card sets.

Memory: We began memorizing “Stopping by Woods on a Snow Evening” by Robert Frost.

Literature: We finally finished reading Johnny Tremain and then watched the movie.  The book was better. 🙂 We began reading Charles Perrault’s Complete Fairy Tales and compared and contrasted three different versions of Sleeping Beauty.  A is still working on Harry Potter 7.  C read Marco? Polo! by Jon Scieszka and we’re still listening to Robin Hood.

D (PreK)
This kid is crazy about math!  I bought him Singapore 1A and he has completed the first 17 lessons already.  His brain just gets numbers.  When I woke up on Tuesday morning, he had already finished lessons 1-8 with A’s help. 
Reading on the other hand is, in his words, “still pretty tricky.”  We’re still working on blending two letters together on the white board.  He likes getting to pick which consonant to blend with the vowel I choose. It’s our “silly syllable game.”  Eventually we’ll get to actual words.  I hope.
Handwriting: Zero interest this week.

C (1st grade) 
4 lessons on irregular and linking verbs
Writing with Ease 1: 4 lessons on Winnie the Pooh
Math: Learned to use an abacus this week and did 3 or 4 lessons in both 1A and 1B books on adding with regrouping, and also problems like 3+4, 13+4, 23+4.  Also worked on skip counting.

A (3rd grade)
3 lessons on helping verbs
Writing with Ease 3: 3 lessons from week 2 on Mr. Revere and I
Math: 1 review lesson on length and the corresponding section in his new Intensive Practice book.  We had a few meltdowns because it was a little bit more challenging than his regular workbook.  The mental workout will be good for him, but I need to get back to doing math first thing in the morning when he’s fresh.  He also continued to drill x8 multiplication facts.
Spelling: Sequential Spelling first 4 days–I think we’re both really going to like this program!

Other than that we’ve been listening to Irish music and baking.  We’re having a luncheon tomorrow after E is blessed in church.  A made a chocolate chip cake for it essentially all by himself.  E is 2 months old already!  I can hardly believe it.  I’ll post pictures after he sees the doctor on Monday.

3 Comments leave one →
  1. March 7, 2010 8:07 am

    All that and sick too. You all did have a great week!

    I really like you being just a few weeks ahead of us in History. I get some good book and movie recommendations from you. I loved the Scarlet Pimpernel as a kid. I wouldn’t have thought to show it to them yet but maybe I will give it a try when we come to that chapter of SOTW in 2 weeks.

    Good luck with Sunday.

  2. March 7, 2010 9:10 pm

    I love the time period of the French Revolution! What fun! Sounds like a wonderful week.

  3. March 8, 2010 2:52 pm

    I can relate to the never-ending sicknesses! I love the way you’ve put the 3 pictures of the Bastille side-by-side. Your oldest (I presume they’re in age order, since there’s a lot more “maturity” on the left!) has a great artistic sense.

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