It’s technically not our first week, but since we did school only sporadically before our Disney trip this is our first full week. I thought it would be easiest just to start with Week 1 rather than trying to figure out what week we’re really on. It’s a very long summary with very few pictures (okay – really only one). Sorry, I could only focus on one thing this week. And, it had to be getting in the groove of teaching these monkeys. Hopefully, I’ll remember to do pics next week.
So, here goes…
- Emma started working on her multiplication facts again (something she has completely forgotten over the summer). She also started working with Roman numerals. I have a hard time teaching these for some reason (partly because I don’t know them past 100 so I have to use a cheat sheet). And, why she has to learn Roman numerals is beyond me, but it’s in the book so we’re doing it. When she asked why she had to learn them, I told her she had to know them so she could tell which Super Bowl or Olympics she was watching .
- Isaac is plowing through his Algebra 1/2, and he’s doing very well. Knowing he doesn’t have to do all 30 problems each day (we use the lesson planner from MFW) really has changed his attitude.
- Logan doesn’t have math this year. He finished up last year with his four required credits (Geometry, Alg 1 & 2, and College Algebra), so he decided to take this year off.
- Emma and I talked about animal habitats. She created a small lapbook booklet for each one (deserts, grasslands, forests, and tundra). She watched a great BBC Planet Earth video about forests. And, we created a habitats poster to be used in future weeks. As we learn about animals over the next couple of months, she will place a cut out of each animal in its habitat.
- The boys wrapped up their first science module learning about atoms and molecules. Logan read a biography about Isaac Newton, and completed a notebook page. They both need a bit more work on their write-ups, but we’ll get there.
- Because I forgot to make our library run over the weekend, Emma and I took the week off from our American Girl studies. We just read a biography about George Washington instead. I love the Childhood of Famous Americans series! She created a notebook page about GW’s childhood, as well. Next week, we’ll pick back up with the third book in the Felicity series. We’ll talk about Christmas in Colonial America and learn about Betsy Ross.
- In geography, the boys learned about England this week. They read books, studied Google Earth, and did notebook pages. They are both working to memorize the map of Europe. Isaac is memorizing just the countries while Logan is also learning capitals. We watched The Last Royals as a family, and the boys made some scones.
- Logan’s taking American History at the local college. He had his first test this week. He said it was tougher than he thought it would be, but he didn’t score too badly. He’s confident that he’ll do much better on the next one now that he knows what to expect.
- Emma did free reading this week since I was reading the George Washington biography to her. She read a book/books of her choice for 20 minutes each day.
- Isaac read Rikki-Tikki-Tavi, and we discussed plot/climax/resolution this week. He liked the story, and quickly grasped the plot line.
- Logan is reading Uncle Tom’s Cabin. I get to spend the weekend catching up before it’s time to discuss it.
- Both Isaac and Emma are doing very well with Spelling Power. I think next week, I’m going to add all of their misspelled words to BigIQKids, and then I will have them drill their words.
- Emma is reviewing nouns in grammar. We talked about common/proper and singular/plural and even started learning some of the irregular plurals. I had her illustrate the grammar rules for nouns and add them to her notebook.
- Isaac is reviewing/learning predicate nominatives/adjectives and how to diagram those. He doesn’t like it, but he’s a pretty good diagrammer. He also wrote and edited a narrative essay this week.
- Logan is taking a composition class at the local college, and this week, he turned in his first paper. They’ve peer edited the papers, but they haven’t been graded yet.
- Emma’s working her way through WWE, and doing a great job on her narrating and copywork. She’s learning cursive writing, and it’s coming along a little slower than I anticipated. She is really struggling to form the letters properly, because she rushes through it.
- All of the kids are doing well with their Latin/Spanish curriculum. We just continued on with the next lessons this week, and didn’t do anything ‘special’.
- I really like Who Is God? And Can I Really Know Him? published by Apologia. It holds the kids’ attention. They engage in conversation over what we’ve read . We’re working on memorizing verses, and learning to practically apply God’s word to our lives.