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Weekly Report 7

October 9, 2010

We had kind of a crazy and somewhat grumpy week, what with the amount of sleep I’ve been getting due to a teething baby who is also grumpy and not sleeping well because we decided to move him into a different bed in a different bedroom this week.  It’s been so fun.  We’re taking a break next week anyway so I decided to let a lot of things slide.

We continued with scripture study, memory work, and a review of math facts and Latin flashcards almost every day so that was good.  I think we read Grammar Island maybe twice and got into clauses.  D has been working in Explode the Code mostly by himself and is almost done with the first primer.  We also made it a point to do Writing with Ease four days this week with A and C.  Other than that we did a lot of history and finished up D’s FIAR book.

FIAR: We’ve been rowing They Were Strong and Good for at least two weeks now since it goes along with the Civil War.  I’m still not sure we hit all five subject areas, but we’re ready to wrap up this book.  We’ve enjoyed it.  We learned about bees and went to our city library to see the bees they’re keeping up on the rooftop garden.

Besides books on bees, we also read two fabulous picture books about families over generations: Homeplace and Seven Brave Women.

We also discussed different occupations, hexagons, and family trees.  Just today I remembered a photo family tree activity that was in the Friend magazine last year.  So we printed it out but haven’t had a chance to pull out all the pictures we will need.  I think it will be fun to make it into a file folder matching game.  They’ve also been talking about family trees and stories of our ancestors at Scouts the past couple weeks which fit in perfectly with this book.  And of course we love geography around here so we learned about Alabama, New Jersey, and Minnesota and D made state flashcards from  He also colored a bee and copied the title.

The rest of our week was spent on the Civil War.  We took a multi-sensory approach.  We’ve continued to listen to our Civil War song CDs from the library.  Our new favorite is “The Battle Cry of Freedom.”  C sings it all the time and it’s sure stuck in my head too.  We discovered the performing arts encyclopedia at the Library of Congress website and printed out several Civil War songs to include in our lapbooks.  A then tried playing some on the piano.  We’ve also been memorizing “Battle Hymn of the Republic” and on one cd also we discovered Abraham Lincoln’s Funeral March which was hauntingly beautiful but very sad.

Over the past two weeks DH and I have watched both Gods and Generals (which we’d never seen) and Gettysburg which I love but which always makes me cry.  Except this time it didn’t.  I cried this morning over a children’s picture book: The Cemetery Keepers of Gettysburg.  Reading about the cemetery keeper’s wife whose husband was away in the war and who ends up digging graves for soldiers when the war comes to her little town just choked me up.  So far we’ve had a pretty–I don’t know–sanitized? study of war with the boys.  We’ve learned about the uniforms, the food, the music, the social history of the time and haven’t touched so much on the battles and the blood shed.  But I wanted to share a little bit of Gettysburg with them.  This book was perfect.  I’ve also been reading (for myself) Lt. Frank Haskell’s account of Gettysburg this week and with the boys discussed the battle of Little Round Top and Pickett’s Charge.  We found a documentary from the 1950s that is included on our dvd of Gettysburg. It’s only about 15 minutes long and shows the actual battlefields so we will watch that next week..

We also really enjoyed You Wouldn’t Want to Be a Civil War Soldier. I wish I’d found it earlier.  It touches on most of the major battles, but in a very kid-friendly way.  So far we’ve only been listing them on our timelines in red or blue according to who won.

We completed quite a few more things for our lapbooks which we will finish up and then post pictures.  Next week is our fall break and we’re planning on doing some major housecleaning, but we’ll take some breaks from that and finish up our last few projects and picture books.

Last, but certainly not least, we had a Civil War dinner on Monday night.  We made cornbread and sweet potato pie from our Foods and Recipes of the Civil War book we read last week and added some fried chicken with it.  It sure was better than last week’s hardtack!

And D, the child who lives on bread and cheese and not much else, cleaned his entire plate and asked for seconds.  He loved it!

We should do historical cooking more often!

Tomorrow the boys are going to a science class at a museum and tomorrow night they’ll all attend my symphony concert then it’s fall break!

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  1. October 10, 2010 8:01 pm

    I got choked up when we finished the book”Abraham’s Battle” about the Battle of Gettysburg. I also got choked up when finished the last couple of paragraphs of “The Last Battle”. I think my daughter thinks I’ve lost it. I am having a giveaway that you might be interested in. Come by and take a peek if you have a chance.

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