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Week 4

September 3, 2011

A month of school gone already?!

This week went much better in terms of how much time we took to accomplish things, or should I say, how much time we didn’t take.  I cracked down on the dawdling this week.  I found more timers at the dollar store and they’ve helped immensely at keeping us on track.  C has actually finished well before lunch a couple times and has been pleasantly surprised at that.

I’ve also been sending them outside once they’ve finished their lunch until I get E down for a nap.  That was really decreased the amount of dawdling over food.  It also eliminates the chance to get involved with toys or games that distract them when I’m trying to get them back to work after lunch.  I also rearranged our afternoon subjects so we do more of the hard stuff earlier in the week.   Monday sure felt long, but today we didn’t have much left to do, so that was nice…and needed.  I guess we’re all in the holiday weekend frame of mind already.

Once again, it was a busy week for history.  We talked about pyramids and mummies and read quite a few books.  We also watched two movies: David Macaulay’s Pyramid and Mummies: Secrets of the Pharaohs.  The latter was originally an IMAX film.  D was scared by a couple of the mummy images.  Good thing we didn’t see it in the IMAX theater!  A worked on his maps and timeline, but was a little burnt out on writing this week, so only wrote down some facts from a book on pyramids.  We found the Great Pyramid on Google Earth and also spent quite a bit of time exploring Giza and Luxor on an online interactive tour at NOVA.

Of course we had to make step pyramids out of sugar cubes.  That was the incentive to work hard!  I remembered from the last time we made these that using Elmer’s Glue was a big pain, so we used frosting this time and it was so easy!

A went back later and added a wall around his, then we ate the leftover frosting on graham crackers!

Literature: We read Temple Cat and two versions of The Egyptian Cinderella.  C and D colored an Egyptian looking cat and we all compared the two Cinderella stories and talked about some of the literary elements.  A is reading The Golden Goblet now and rereading one of the Harry Potter books (which are about to be hidden away so they’ll stop reading them) and C has finished Casting the Gods Adrift, Tut Tut, The Cricket in Times Square, and Silver Chief to the Rescue this week.  I thought I had checked out enough books to keep him busy for a while, but apparently not.  We’re still enjoying The Mistmantle Chronicles together.

Math: A has really gotten bogged down in double digit multiplication this week, but it’s finally coming back to him and he’s getting a little bit faster and more accurate.  C did well on his first review and has moved on to multiplication.  D is working on subtracting with regrouping in Math Mammoth this week.

Language Arts: C and A didn’t quite finish a week’s worth of writing, but grammar went just fine, as did reading for D, and poetry for all.  We learned about meter today and ended up with our book of Shakespeare to read the entire witches’ chant in Macbeth.  A also took the chapter 2 quiz in vocabulary and only missed one word.

Latin: C aced his chapter 2 quiz.  A had a bit of a hard time (or maybe it was just one of those mornings) when he found out his chapter 2 quiz was cumulative and he hadn’t studied chapter 1.  Mind you, this was before the quiz.  Once  he studied, he aced it.  But he was still bothered by the surprise, or maybe it was just the word “quiz.”  I don’t know.  He has very high expectations of himself.  I’m not always sure that’s a good thing.

German: We reviewed the alphabet and learned to count to 10.

Science: A finally finished his week 3 sketches on the carbon cycle, phosphate cycle, and water cycle.

C and D learned about grasslands and made another booklet for their lapbooks.

Art:  We skipped art this week, although I suppose you could count the various images of the Tower of Babel that we found online to compare during our scripture study.  We have a print from the Ensign by Verhaecht and we also liked the Brueghel rendering.

A and C had piano lessons and I think they may have been out to exercise with Daddy once this week.  DH’s schedule has precluded him from doing morning workouts with the boys.  I suppose I should continue with it when he’s not available, but so far that’s not happening.

On the toddler front, things are going a bit more smoothly.  E has his own school box now and likes to get it down and draw, or play with his transportation flashcard set.  He loves to find the picture of the bus.  He still likes to climb up to the sink and play in the water.  He also learned (thanks or no thanks to his brothers) how to climb the ladder to the top bunk, so now we have to be even more careful to shut doors and keep gates up so he can’t get to the bunk bed.  He definitely keeps us busy!

Saturday we’re headed to This is the Place Heritage Park with the Spanish Branch primary, then we’re spending Labor Day at Grandma and Poppa’s house.  Happy Weekend!

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3 Comments leave one →
  1. September 3, 2011 3:11 pm

    Thanks for the NOVA link. That was fun!

  2. Michelle permalink
    September 3, 2011 3:52 pm

    I love those pyramids! We did something similar a few years ago, (igloos I think?) but now I want to do pyramids. 🙂

  3. September 5, 2011 7:57 pm

    Looks like a great week. I love the science diagrams. I need to encourage more of that during our science. My girls like to draw, so I think the diagramming would be right up their alley.

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