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Weekly Report: March 28-April 8

April 9, 2011

Make that a double weekly report–I never got around to writing one last weekend, although I think we got about one week’s worth of work done in that two weeks, excepting history.  This week in particular just didn’t go that well.  I don’t know what our problem was, except for a baby with new molars who decided to not sleep Tuesday night.  I’m still recovering from that.  Everyone else has been dragging with me though.  Everything seemed to take twice as long as usual and it felt like we were doing school the entire day and yet we still never got to everything on our lists.  I’d say it was spring fever, but in reverse.  Waking up to snow several days this week has just been so depressing.  I can’t even put into words how badly I want some warm weather.  I need some sunshine.  And we all need some exercise.

Anyway…

Written work didn’t really happen this week, except for math.  Math is going really well.  After forays into Miquon, Math Mammoth, and another program (Developmental math maybe?) for new approaches and more review, both C and D have finally come back to Singapore.  D is cruising through 1B, probably because he tends to hang out with us when I’m explaining concepts to C.  And C is moving right along in 2A.  He’s been doing pages like these:

And declaring that he loves math!  Who are you and what have you done with my child? Six months ago, I would never have imagined he’d say that.  Ever.  So I think math with C is one of the biggest successes of this year.  A is cruising right along too.  He aced two reviews on decimals in 4A.  He still has problems with Life of Fred though, although I think it’s just the pressure of knowing he has to get 9 out of 10 correct to cross the bridge pages.  He always has a hard time with those, although he seems to do fine with the regular exercises and always looks forward to Fred on Fridays.

A did his 4-level sentence analyses both weeks, but I don’t think we did much more in the language arts department, although C did get through two Latin lessons on the constellations and A is finishing up his lesson 20.  D’s reading is also coming right along.  He’s reading words with CH and SH sounds in them.  He also did a short FIAR unit on Harold and the Purple Crayon last week.

We’ve recommitted to memory work and have been learning “The Voice of Spring” by Mary Howitt and some new scriptures.  We’ve also made it to our last Carl Bloch painting for art appreciation in preparation for visiting the Carl Bloch exhibit at BYU again next week.  We’ve been looking at Come Unto Me this week.

We began our new geography book, A Tree in the Trail, and the accompanying mapwork.

Other than that, we’ve been very focused on history, although this week we hardly did any written anything.  We just read.  A lot!  World War II is a favorite topic here.  Last week we read about Hitler and his rise to power and some of the early invasions in Europe.  Through literature we read our way through Europe with books set in England (The Little Ships), Germany (elsie’s war), Holland (The Little Riders), Norway (Snow Treasure), and Denmark (Number the Stars.)  C and A also read Toro! Toro! which takes place in Spain during its civil war, and Coastwatcher.

This week we covered the London Blitz, Pearl Harbor, Japanese interment camps, and life on the home front, mainly through reading.

We’ve had movie nights with The Sound of Music and Tora, Tora, Tora! and also watched the Battle of Britain episode of the Battlefield Britain series.  DH and I also watched Memphis Belle one night by ourselves.

We’ve also been having fun with projects from the World War II for Kids book.  A figured out how many ration points we would have had for our family and we talked about different food choices based on how things were rationed.  Butter was the most expensive and sought-after food at 16 points per pound.  We tried a wartime recipe for extending butter by adding milk, salt, and gelatin to it.

Here’s A mixing it all up:

After refrigerating back into a solid, 1/2 pound of butter turned into a pound of …”Butter.”

It actually tasted really good (probably from using whole milk), but the texture was just wrong!  I’m very particular about the texture of my food.  Flavor is irrelevant if I don’t like the texture.  But everyone else liked it, so it won’t be a waste.

We also planted a mini victory garden (indoors since it was snowing today) with an herb garden set I bought a while back–a long while back, I hope they grow!  Maybe next week we’ll start a container garden with vegetables, at least until it warms up enough to plant outside.

And if that wasn’t enough, we spent an hour with Dad one night doing two read-aloud plays on Pearl Harbor and the London Blitz.  D made an admirable FDR and C cracked us up with his “Narrator Voice.” We can certainly tell which child has a flair for the dramatic.  He begged to read the Winston Churchill part as well.  It was fun.  We have another to read for D-Day next week.

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When I write it all out, it looks like a lot!  Our checklists for the week are quite empty though.  We went a little overboard with history, maybe?  Maybe not.  Hopefully next week we can settle down and work on some of our basic skills again.

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3 Comments leave one →
  1. April 9, 2011 8:35 am

    You have read a lot of books for WWII that our library doesn’t have. I have gathered a bunch of books that are on the shelf already but not many of the same ones. We plan to read the American Girl Molly series as part of our WWII studies but that is still a few weeks away.

    I hope you get spring like weather soon. My kids sure have been enjoying the warmer sunny weather.

  2. April 9, 2011 11:14 am

    I love the idea of teaching your kids how people used to live by having them do it! I will definitely have to see if our library has the “World War II for Kids” book!

  3. April 10, 2011 1:59 pm

    Love the butter extender idea!

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