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This week was a disaster…

March 5, 2011

Actually it was just Disaster Week in history!  C’s been looking forward to this all year.  In our Time Travelers unit, we read about the Johnstown Flood, the San Francisco earthquake, the Titanic, the Hindenburg disaster, the 1918 Spanish Flu epidemic, and we threw in the Halifax Explosion for good measure.  We read about The Day It Rained Forever, A Story of the Johnstown Flood, You Wouldn’t Want to Be on the Hindenburg!, watched a documentary about the Flu Epidemic, two about the Titanic, and read enough books that DH had to say, “The boat sank, get over it.”  C is sure fascinated by shipwrecks though.

Due to a sick baby last weekend, I never got around to writing up a weekly report, so technically this covers two weeks.  We’ve also read about the Roaring 20s, Suffragists, the serum run to Nome in 1925, the rise of Stalin, fascism in Italy, Mussolini, and King Fu’ad of Egypt.  DH and I also watched a documentary about the Romanovs.  The boys completed a mini-book about disasters, a flapbook about Nome, and colored a filmstrip picture timeline of the 1920s for their lapbooks.  For fun, last night we watched Thoroughly Modern Millie. All in all, it was a great two weeks for history.

I won’t list all the details of our other subjects, just let me sum up:

  • A is essentially done with Singapore Math 4A.  He has two reviews at the end of the book and he’ll be done!
  • C has completed Math Mammoth Addition/Subtraction 2A and will probably go back into Singapore next week.
  • D is up to lesson 50 in The Ordinary Parent’s Guide to Teaching Reading. Slowly but surely, he’s getting more fluent.
  • C started cursive this week in his Pentime book.
  • D began a FIAR unit on Owl Moon.  We’ll finish that up next week, and if anyone knows where his copywork book has disappeared to, I’d really like to know…
  • C did Prima Latina lesson 12, A finished Latina Christiana lesson 17, and we realized that we need to pick up the pace a bit if we’re going to finish by June.  We can’t afford to spend 2 weeks on a lesson anymore.
  • Writing with Ease is going great.  I love this curriculum.
  • I also love All About Spelling although I don’t love the price and am shopping around for something different for next year.  Anyone have thoughts about How to Teach Spelling?
  • We read about meter in our poetry book, EX- words in vocabulary, and subject/verb agreement in Sentence Island.
  • We’ve been reading books too, lots of them.  We finally finished The Swiss Family Robinson.  I just could not get into this one, but the boys enjoyed it.  C has been reading up a storm, finishing Kitty and Mr. KiplingThe Doll Shop DownstairsThe Twenty-One Balloons, Thimble Summer, All Sail Set, and Angel on the Square in the past two weeks. As for A-he’s deep into The Lord of the Rings.  He just barely brought me The Two Towers and went back to bed with Return of the King in hand.  I’m so excited that he’s finally loving some really great literature.
  • We started Adventures with Atoms and Molecules, which we like better than Fizz, Bubble, and Flash, and completed two experiments there and also had way too much fun making molecules (and moon buggies and rockets and submarines) out of marshmallows.

We have also been diligent about personal scripture study time first thing after breakfast, and then studying the Doctrine and Covenants together after that.  We’re up to section 83 and we’re having some great gospel discussions together.  It sets a good tone for the rest of the day.  We’ve also enjoyed springy weather lately and I’ve tried to get the boys outside every afternoon this week to play basketball or soccer.  Inside they’ve enjoyed board games, playing with knights and soldiers, and A has been working on his stamp collection.

The boys also had scouts, piano lessons (A and C), Kindermusik class (D), and DH took all four of them to a train show this afternoon and left me with some blissful hours of peace and quiet.  I had intended to give the house a good cleaning, but somehow that wasn’t how I wanted to spend my free time.  So I read instead!  It was nice.

So that wraps up weeks 23 and 24, which means we’re 2/3 of the way done with this year.  I’m already starting to think about next year and how I need to increase A’s workload especially as we’ll wrap up our first history cycle and he’ll be heading into 5th grade.  I can’t believe we’re to that point already!

2 Comments leave one →
  1. Mandy in TN permalink
    March 6, 2011 3:25 pm

    Sounds like a good couple of weeks and isn’t it wonderful to have some quiet time with a book!

  2. March 6, 2011 3:30 pm

    What a great week. My son would love to hear about all these disasters in one week. What is it about little boys and disasters?

    Kathi Still trying to figure out science for my 3rd grader.

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