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Wrapping it up–

June 25, 2010

First day of school, August 3, 2009:

Last day of school, June 18, 2010:

Here it is, one last weekly report.  (Now that we’ve been on break for a week already!)  This will actually cover the last two weeks of our schooling and wrap up each subject.

History: History remains the favorite subject of the year here.  We’ve had so much fun with Story of the World and quite a lot of extra books on American history as well this year.  We spent one week learning about the gold rush and the 49ers.

Then last week we began talking about more pioneers and the Pony Express.  We read several pioneer books, completed a covered wagon craft with facts about life on the trail, visited a pioneer heritage park, participated in the 150th anniversary of the Pony Express, and the boys were sworn in as Pony Express riders.  (Pictures are in this post.)

We’ll be reading more about the Mormon pioneers and their settlement in Utah as part of our state’s history over the summer.

Literature: We finished Carry On, Mr. Bowditch and loved it!  We have read so many great books this year.  Our entire reading list for the year is here.  In the past two weeks A has read four of the five Tucket books by Gary Paulsen and an interactive book about the California gold rush.  C finished Abel’s Island by William Steig and Riding the Pony Express by Clyde Robert Bulla.

Science: Chemistry has kind of fallen by the wayside the past few months.  Something had to give and science was that something.  I still want to do more with it though.  The boys just love doing the experiments.  Maybe I will put A in charge of setting those up for us and we’ll see what happens over the summer.  (I’m not promising anything though.)

Five in a Row: We began rowing Climbing Kansas Mountains two weeks ago and read a book or two about Kansas, but then we kind of fizzled out on doing anything more.  D has really enjoyed doing FIAR with me this year though.  Spending two weeks per book worked out really well and we’ll continue to do this next year for his Kindergarten.

Latin and Memory Work: We didn’t start anything new the past couple weeks.  A and I are up to lesson 9 in Latina Christiana and will start up again with lesson 10.  Over the summer we’ll keep working on Latin flashcards and reviewing all of our memory verses and poetry.  This was something new added in this year and while we never really got back into our groove after having the baby, I am pleased with what we worked on.

Math: A finished Singapore 3B and the Intensive Practice book and C finished Singapore 1B.  D is almost to the end of 1A.  We’ll spend the summer playing math games and working on those math facts some more. (Don’t we do that every summer?)   

Language Arts: A and C have both finished their Growing with Grammar books now, which is great since we’re completely changing directions with grammar next year.  A is up to day 44 in Sequential Spelling 1.  He also got through week 8 of Writing with Ease 3.  C is up to week 30 in Writing with Ease 1.  His handwriting is much improved since last August.

C's handwriting comparison

Sample of A's recent dictation/handwriting

 I’m quite pleased (and amazed?) that I’m still standing at this point and that I was able to survive homeschooling with a new baby thrown into the mix.  I was really nervous back in the fall not knowing just how that would work out, and it’s been a little crazy, but we made it!  Now I’m trying to gear up for homeschooling with a mobile baby/toddler who’s into everything!  That will change things around here!

3 Comments leave one →
  1. June 25, 2010 10:04 pm

    I am always amazed by the books you get to read. You must have a great library. I thought we had a great library system but we never seem to have the books you have. I read your posts and look up the books and am almost always disappointed. I usually have to just take what I can find.

    Our library doesn’t even have that G is for Golden book. Funny since it is about California and we are in California. We have just about all the other state’s book in that series but not our own. I was tempted to buy it since we are doing a CA study but just can’t bring myself to do it.

    I hope you enjoy your academically lighter Summer.

    • June 25, 2010 10:50 pm

      It sounds as if you had wonderful school year. Your family is certainly growing, advancing and increasing! I’ll have to remember to do the beginning and ending pictures next year. I love seeing the comparison. Enjoy your summer break.

  2. June 27, 2010 6:21 pm

    Looks like you guys got alot of stuff accomplished this year and read alot of good books.

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