Violet finished her second lesson in SWO F. In grammar, she working with a combination of adjectives and adverbs to help her distinguish between the two. She still gets the questions each one answers mixed up, but she's getting better. In CW Aesop, she did her rewrite of "Cornelia's Jewels" with her garden illustration on the bottom. In literature we continue to work through The Children's Homer. Whatever her issue was the first time through, she seems to have corrected it. Her narrations are still short, but they are much better than her previous attempts (which is probably just a sign that I was too lax in my expectations). Her handwriting continues from the same passage in The Secret Garden. I think we may try a day of studied dictation next week in her handwriting notebook to see how it works. I'd like her to be fully switched over to dictation by the beginning of next year, so I know we need to start transitioning now.
Benny worked with the long e sound this week in its various form (e-e, ee, and ea). We tried an early reader from our church library one day with mixed results. It had more sight words than I would have liked, but between the two of us we slowly finished the book. For copywork this week, I just had Benny write the alphabet. I gave him a try at writing from memory, but we quickly switched back to copying after I watched him write some of the letters backwards. We also did a much better job at getting to our read alouds this week.
In our OT unit, we covered the conquest of Israel by Assyria and the failed Assyrian attempt to conquer Judah during the reign of King Hezekiah. Jessie continued charting the different kings. I made an exception with Hezekiah and had her do a summary instead since their were several chapters related to him. Both girls completed maps showing the relocation of the Israelites after the Assyrian conquest. Violet and Benny also read about Jonah and various prophets.
In Greece, this week was all about Philip of Macedon. Both girls read and wrote summaries from their regular sources and made maps of Macedon, its ally, and the lands conquered under Philip. Jessie also read about the early life of Alexander and wrote a summary for next week's notebook page. Both girls drew Bucephalus from the Draw and Write Through History book for next week's notebook page on Alexander. There were a bunch of timeline figures this week. After looking at the available space in the notebooks, we opted to only include Isaiah and Jeremiah and leave out the other prophets. Other timeline figures included Philip I, the conquest of Israel, and King Hezekiah.
We did two lessons of science at the beginning of the week and then there were enough interruptions that we haven't done any more since Tuesday. We've started a new unit on reactions. Monday's lab had a fun demonstration of a chemical reactions called fire extinguisher in a jar. We lit a birthday candle and fixed it in the bottom of the jar with clay, added vinegar and baking soda, watched the bubbling liquid, and saw the released carbon dioxide extinguish the flame. On Tuesday, we worked on chemical equations. The idea of balancing the equation went way over their head, but they at least figured out the difference between a number 2 in front of the molecule versus a subscript of two in the molecule.
LATIN / LOGIC
Jessie finished the Mind Benders B3 book this week. In Latin, she learning the demonstrative pronouns for this and these. Violet finished lesson 4 this week and watched the DVD for lesson 5 on Friday.
Fun Henry moments for the week:
1. Repeating the follow conversation multiple times in a row is funny if you're almost 2.
"Mom?" "What?" "Hello." "Hello."
2. On Thursday while dinner was cooking I heard a noise behind me while I was washing dishes and turned around to see this.