Wednesday, December 29, 2010
Thursday, December 23, 2010
Jessie finished up the IP section on speed this week, so we'll be ready to start fresh after break.
Jessie completed lesson 35 in SWO H this week. One review lesson to go. YEAH!! In grammar, she did a couple of days of grammar and a lesson on friendly letters. We made a deal that she didn't have to do any written work for the letter lesson this week. Instead, she can wait until after Christmas and count her thank you letters instead. We finished up the last of level 9 in CW Homer using the model "The Night Before Christmas" for analysis and rewriting an old piece on Circe. She also decided to memorize the poem on her own and finished the whole things. For literature, she read Otto of the Silverhand and wrote her book report on The Red Keep.
Violet finished another spelling lesson and a unit on grammar. For copywork, she finished up copying "The Night Before Christmas". She also completed the section with Father Christmas in The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe for dictation. For CW, she edited her Robin Hood story, which was quite good. She got the week off from literature.
Benny finished the last pages of Phonics Pathways covering r modified vowels and started working on vowel digraphs covering ai and ay this week. Throwing in a little Christmas themed copywork and his normal 2 pages per day in ETC 2, leaves just one more accomplishment.
Wednesday, December 22, 2010
Friday, December 17, 2010
Jessie was thrilled to be finished with the IP section on percentages and to start a new much easier section on speed in the textbook and workbook. She was even happier on Friday when she finished her last CWP problem on percentages.
Violet spent the week working on the IP section on angles. She is getting much better at using the protractor to measure and draw angles. She also did some more calculating of angles either along a straight line or in the corner of a rectangle where the angle is divided into 2 or 3 parts. Somehow I missed getting a picture of her math this week.
Benny finished up the last pages in his 1A IP book this week. He's DONE with the 1A level!!! YEAH!!! We're very close to finishing up the Miquon Orange book as well, so we'll probably double up some lessons next week to get it done before break. That's easy enough to do since the measurement pages are really short. Since we had some extra time Friday during math, I pulled out the addition wrap-up keys; and we worked together on the +1 key so he could start getting an idea of how they work.
Benny finished up with double consonant beginnings and moved on to the r controlled vowel sounds in Phonics Pathways. In ETC 2, he started lesson 8 which has double consonant endings. We also began reading The Cat in the Hat by Dr. Seuss, but since the pages have a lot more words per page, we're spreading the book over two weeks this time. For copywork, he copied his Sunday school Bible verse and then started working on the first verse of "Joy to the World". We haven't done a lot of read-alouds this week, but did manage to start The Blue Bay Mystery by Warner and The Minstrel in the Tower by Skurzynski.
Jessie and Violet both completed lesson 15 in their respective LfC programs. Jessie completed lesson 10 in EG1 which introduced some basic translation work.
This week in history, I had Jessie covering several smaller topics, which gave her a break from the normal Thursday essay.
She wrote summaries about King Rudolf of Germany and Henry III of England and outlined the chapters of The Story of the Middle Ages covering Saint Francis and the events in Germany and Switzerland after the death of King Rudolf including the story of William Tell. She also read Cathedral by Macaulay and Medieval Cathedral: The Inside Story by MacDonald, but I thought she had done enough writing so I didn't assign any for the books.
Not a lot of science went on this week. Jessie did finish lesson 11 and complete her vocabulary crossword. We took the week off from our earth science book so I could use the time to wrap and ship out Christmas presents and send off Christmas cards.
Henry has been his usual curious, energetic self. Here's just one example of his ingenuity for the week. Normally, we keep his extra pacifiers on top of the television cabinet. Since my Christmas village is up there, I moved them down to the top shelf instead. Henry figured out how to knock his spare pacifiers down using his fishing rod. We call it "baba fishing". Now I just have to figure out where they all went. I know we have about a half dozen somewhere around here.
Thursday, December 16, 2010
Wednesday, December 15, 2010
Friday, December 10, 2010
Jessie finally finished up with the IP section on percentages this week. YEAH!! She spent the remainder of the week working on review exercises in the textbook. In the CWP book, she's reached the challenging section of problems. Some problems like the one on the left we've been figuring out the diagram together, and then I have her finish the problem. She doing really well for the most part. She still gets messed up sometimes when the problems are talking about cost, profit, and price but it's definitely getting better.
Violet finished the IP section on tables and bar graphs in the 4A book this week. She spent a couple of days on review exercises before beginning a new unit on angles in the textbook and workbook. So far she has measured angles using a protractor drawn on the page, measured a few more with a regular protractor, and draw a few angles of her own.
Benny finished a lot this week. We completed the last IP unit on weight. Then we spent a couple of days working on the final two review exercises in the 1A workbook, which is now COMPLETE!! That just leaves the final review in the IP for next week. In Miquon, he finished covering comparing number, did a bit of skip counting with number lines, and a few lessons on shapes. He also finished up his Building Thinking Skills Primary this week.
Jessie scored a 100% on her spelling test this week. In grammar, she learned a little about active versus passive voice and spent several days making an outline from notes to use to write a rough draft and final draft on the topic of alligators. She also decided to help me out one day by grading her own grammar worksheet. The picture you see is what I found when I went to grade her paper. For CW, we continued to work on concision using an old rewrite of "The Cyclops" from last year. In this case, we actually ended up with a longer final draft since her original had been very sparse on detail. Her literature book for the week was The Lost Baron by French.
Violet completed another week of spelling and dictation. In grammar, she worked on identifying and diagramming direct objects and predicate nominatives. For literature, she began The Hidden Treasure of Glaston by Jewett. In CW, she rewrote a slightly longer selection called "The Sons of William the Conqueror".
Benny finished up with words beginning with double consonants in Phonics Pathways this week and began learning words were the vowel is followed by r and makes a different sound like are, war, and torn. He read Green Eggs and Ham aloud, completed 10 more ETC 2 pages, and finished copying the first verse of "Away in the Manger" for copywork. For literature, we finally manage to read Castle Diary by Platt.
HISTORYThis week in history, Jessie broke from the normal TruthQuest order and covered chapters 77, 82-83, and 90-99 in The Story of the Middle Ages. For once it just didn't make sense to break the last block chapters up and rearrange them in the order listed in TruthQuest. It would have put various Crusades out of order and reference from one chapter to the next just wouldn't have made sense.
Jessie covered Conrad, Frederick Barbarossa, Heinrich VI and Frederick II in Germany; King John and the Magna Charta in England, and the French kings from Philip Augustus through Louis VIII to Louis IX. Since it was such a broad swath of topics, she did a combination of outlines and shorter summaries for the week instead of a larger essay. Violet and Benny were focused on England this week. We read about King Richard and mapped his route from the England to Palestine and back.
Henry's been fairly quiet this week (at least by his standard). He's played a lot with Jack and been downstairs riding either a tricycle, bike, or tractor. Jessie's been reading to him for their play together time.