Weeks 31, 32, and 33
Yeah, I’m a little behind on these “weekly” reports. But I thought I’d try to sum up the past few weeks. I know I can’t remember every detail, but school has most definitely been happening around here…along with a million other things. I always say we should take May off, but it never works out that way. One more week of craziness though, then my calendar is free and we can finish up our school year in peace!
Highlights of the month?
Math! D finished Singapore 1B last Thursday and was so excited.
(He was also excited to get up early today and start 2A.)
He’s also had fun with Five in a Row. We finished up Grandfather’s Journey and learned about Japan and California, talked about different modes of transportation, colored flags and maps, memorized “How Many Seconds” by Christina Rossetti that tied in, talked about different landforms in America, and tried some origami. Rather, I did origami for D–pine trees, a house, a cicada, an envelope, and paper airplanes.
We also went through A New Coat for Anna which tied into our study of the aftermath of World War II in Europe. We’ve also been studying the Berlin Airlift and the Berlin Wall in history which coordinated with this book. We learned about Germany and its flag and map and watched a short video about a German boy. We also read all about sheep, used the title for copywork, learned how to weave a placemat, and measured D like Anna was measured for her coat in the story. There are also some great go-along books that we read about other children and their patience in waiting to get a new suit or a shirt. Then there is Farmer Brown Shears His Sheep about sheep and the lengths they go to to get their sheared wool back. It was absolutely hilarious and we thoroughly recommend it!
We picked out our last two FIAR books for the year, and I can’t believe that we won’t be using FIAR next year. We’ve had someone doing it since A was in preschool in 2005! Snuggling on the couch together with a great book has been a hallmark of our school ever since. I really credit FIAR with fostering a love of learning in my boys. I will miss it next year, although we have enough else planned including more great books that I think we’ll be ok (not to mention busy enough) without it!
History, as always, is the other highlight. They love it, even when we’re racing around the 20th-century world and much of its history is rather grim. We’re not doing much more than reading and mapwork, but already we have learned more about 20th-century history than I had up until AP history my junior year in high school.
In a nutshell we’ve read about:
- Partitioning of India and Palestine and the establishment of Israel
- The Suez Crisis
- The Marshall Plan
- The Berlin Airlift and the Berlin Wall
- Africa and China after WWII
- The Korean War
- Ho Chi Minh and the Viet Minh
- Freedom in Belgian Congo
- Juan and Eva Peron
- Cuban Missile Crisis and the Space Race