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Week 34

May 22, 2011

We’re counting down the days here…

Mainly we were counting down until last night.  I played in my final symphony concert for the year, which meant two other nights of rehearsals this week.  It was also our last week of Kindermusik class, my last week of cello students this month, and DH was in Chicago from last Sunday until Friday afternoon.  We forgot to put the garbage cans out for pickup and the toilet overflowed once, but we survived the week.  I wasn’t too sure if that was going to happen.  Last Sunday was a little crazy.  DH was trying to get ready to go to the airport.  I was trying to practice my cello one last time before playing in sacrament meeting and E was out in the kitchen dumping somebody’s leftover cereal bowl of milk on the floor.  But we made it to church.  I played fine.  DH had a good trip.  We ate on paper plates the whole week and we survived!

Now there is nothing on my calendar until August.  So we can relax and enjoy the next 2 1/2 weeks of school until we finish up.

We didn’t do anything extra this week, but it was a good week.

History:  We talked about President Kennedy, Martin Luther King, Jr., Rosa Parks, the bus boycott, the civil rights marches, and assassinations.  The boys did the mapwork and we read some extra books.  We also listened to the “I Have a Dream” speech here and watched a video about Dr. King.

We also used words of JFK for copywork:

Language Arts: D’s reading is going well.  We’re working on long vowel/silent E words and he’s finally getting it.  A completed his sentence analysis and he and C did three Writing with Ease assignments and their spelling, which has been oral lately to save time.  I’m still undecided as to what spelling we’ll be using next year.  We also read some more Sentence Island and talked about ballads in poetry and read some Burns.

FIAR: We’re in the middle of The Duchess Bakes a Cake and will report on that next week.

Memory Work: We are working on “The Months” by Sara Coleridge and finished learning our Doctrine and Covenants scripture: Whatever principle of intelligence we attain unto in this life, it will rise with us in the resurrection.  And if a person gains more knowledge and intelligence in this life through his diligence  and obedience than another, he will have so much the advantage in the world to come.

Latin: A is working on lesson 24 and C did lesson 23 this week.

Math: I think A will actually finish Singapore 4B in the next two weeks.  It didn’t look like it was possible, but he’s been working really hard and is really enjoying the symmetry and volume exercises.  Just a few more exercises and then the last two reviews and he’ll be done!  I have the 4B Intensive Practice book too and will probably have him work on that over the summer.  C has also been working hard with 3-digit subtraction problems with regrouping both tens and hundreds.  Six problems of that and both of our brains hurt, but he gets it!  Or he did on Friday.  We’ll see if he still remembers it tomorrow.  His progress is sloooooww, but sure.  D, on the other hand, is flying through the first section of 2B and loves math, as always.

Geography: We read the next 4 chapters of Tree in the Trail and are on track to finish it up in the next two weeks as well.  It’s so nice to see the end in sight!

Music: D finished Kindermusik for the year and A and C had piano lessons.  All three came to my symphony concert and enjoyed Copland’s Appalachian Spring and a piece for choir and orchestra about Mt. Timpanogos by Kurt Bestor.

I’m just glad that’s all over and I’m looking forward to a stress-free week this week with lots of reading, several movie nights, and nowhere to go.  And I do mean nowhere.  The calendar is free!

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