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Weekly Report 28

April 17, 2010

I can’t believe it’s the weekend again already.  This week has flown by.  We finally made it out to breakfast for DH’s birthday!  Everyone was well and we had a great time.  Too bad we didn’t take the camera to document it.  We’ve also gone from coats and boots to shorts and tshirts.  Or shorts and boots in D’s case, as he can’t find regular shoes.  We must need to go shopping. 

History: Lewis and Clark week–We read several books and watched two videos about Lewis and Clark and Sacagawea.  They were kind of redundant as the story of Sacagawea is essentially the story of the Lewis and Clark Expedition.  We liked the video about Sacagawea the best as well as Seaman’s Journal, told from the point of view of Clark’s Newfoundland. 

The boys colored Sacagawea and we started a map project from our Time Traveler’s Early 19th Century cd.  Using transparent overlays, we’ll follow the growth of the nation from 1800 on (as soon as the box of transparencies I finally ordered comes.) 

A also worked on deciphering a coded message from Lewis to President Jefferson.  He really thinks codes are cool!

Music: Everyone went to Kindermusik class or piano lessons this week.  They also suffered through me practicing Hindemith for my concert next weekend.  There is hardly a line in the cello part that could be deemed a melody. 

Science: Not much happened here.  We read about phosphorus, halogens, and fluorine.  A and C wrote about them in their notebooks.  We skipped the experiment because we’ve already put an egg in vinegar overnight to see what would happen.  (Plus it was Friday afternoon and we were tired and just wanted to be done!)

FIAR: We read Make Way for Ducklings and yet more books on ducks.  Apparently we’re on a duck theme this month.  (Next week’s book is Daniel’s Duck!)  We also read a counting book about Massachusetts and traced the ducks’ route on a map of Boston.  We talked about the artwork in the book and D tried his own monochromatic picture of a duck and a pond. 

I wanted to see if he could do copywork instead of tracing this week so I gave him some paper and told him to copy the title of the book.  He wasn’t too sure about that, but came back two minutes later to show me that “I did it!”  (The title and the author besides.)  We talked about leaving spaces between words and then I copied it out for him again another day and he did great.  I think we need to start copywork on a regular basis.

Literature: We listened to The Tale of Despereaux this week and are supposedly still reading Gulliver, although I don’t think we opened it once.  Reading aloud just didn’t happen this week.  The boys on the other hand have been reading a ton on their own, although some of it was admittedly “fluff.”  A finished:

  • Fablehaven 2 by Brandon Mull
  • American Tall Tales by Mary Pope Osborne
  • The Happy Hollisters and the Mystery of the Midnight Trolls by Jerry West
  • Lions at Lunchtime by Mary Pope Osborne
  • The Ravenmaster’s Secret by Elvira Woodruff
  • C read:

  • The Happy Hollisters by Jerry West
  • The Happy Hollisters at Circus Island by Jerry West
  • The Happy Hollisters and the Mystery of the Totem Faces by Jerry West
  • Christmas in Camelot by Mary Pope Osborne
  • Lions at Lunchtime by Mary Pope Osborne
  • Paul Bunyan Swings His Axe by Dell J. McCormick
  • He is a seriously fast reader.  I can hardly keep him in books.

    Writing with Ease: C did four lessons and A did two.
    Grammar: After doing 3 weeks’ worth last week, we’re back to three lessons a week now. 
    Spelling: A did two days’ worth of Sequential Spelling (which we still love.)
    Math: C completed exercises 26-28, more subtraction and addition with 3 digits.  A completed the section on graphs in both 3B and the Intensive Practice book and also did the first three lessons on fractions.  He’s excited for fractions!  D did part of Review 3 in Singapore 1A, but hasn’t been interested in anything other than FIAR this week.

    I was feeling like we didn’t do much this week, but it’s nice to write these reports up on the weekend and reflect on how much we did actually accomplish!  We also hit the library, the park, the grocery store, Grandma’s house, and who knows where else.  We’ve been on the go.

    Might as well add in the baby–E is growing like crazy and constantly sucks on his fingers and drools on everything.  I’d almost swear he is teething.  His left tear duct is finally clear, now if the right eye will only follow. 

    His big adventure was going to get his picture taken this morning.  We had to interrupt his nap to pick up A from scouts, then we had to drive clear out of our way to get around the marathon running through the city.  By the time we got to the studio he didn’t want to smile.  At all.  He was just too tired.  So we’ll try again on Monday.

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    4 Comments leave one →
    1. Susan Harrington DeVogel permalink
      April 18, 2010 9:18 am

      I love Make Way for Ducklings! My son lives a couple of blocks from that pond, in Boston. If you take the boys there some day, you will see little bronze ducks in a row on a low wall. I ride the swanboats whenever I get the chance. Love, Susan

    2. April 18, 2010 11:13 am

      Codes are cool! Wow, you seemed to fit a bunch into your week. Seems like things are getting back into the swing of things.

    3. April 19, 2010 9:39 am

      hey, thanks a bunch for sending me to that letter of the week site. oohhhh, fun stuff…I’ve printed a bunch of pages of ideas and we are heading to the library this morning for story time and to get some books for the week. I’ve needed some motivation and a direction to help me get started. I am excited =)

      your site looks like a lot of fun! =) good to see you!

    4. Stephanie permalink
      April 20, 2010 10:57 pm

      My area is all about Lewis & Clark, as we live near the Columbia River.

      It’s already hot in the desert and my kids just want to spend the entire day in the backyard or at the park.

      Being outside really helps my mood but it leaves me exhausted at the end of the day.

      Haven’t written much on my blog because my evenings are spent doing all the chores that were left unattended while keeping an eye on the kids playing outside 🙂

      I’m not familiar with Hindemith, I’ll see if they have his music on a CD at the library.

      Thank you for enriching my classic music knowledge, when I read a name that sounds unfamiliar, I google it and read about it, or get the CD at the library to get acquainted with the musical style.

      And listening to the music helps my mood too. 🙂

      Don’t worry 🙂 I’m just as bad (if not worse) with classic rock, and other genres.

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