It's been a chilly week here after a beautiful weekend. The kids were a little stir crazy about being stuck inside again, but we managed somehow.
Jessie finished up her textbook and workbook section on area and circumference of circles, semicircles, and quarter circles and began the corresponding section in the IP book on Friday. We have really struggled this week with a lot of careless errors. Either she was forgetting to divide by 2 or by 4 when she didn't have a complete circle, or she was making a computation error somewhere in the multiplication. Needless to say math has taken much longer than usual this week.
Violet continues to work on decimals in her 4B text. This week she learned the thousandths place. The only part that gave her any trouble was reducing the fraction after converting the decimal to the fraction. By midweek, I ended up telling both girls that I would not check off any work that didn't show me step by step how they got the answers. TGIF.
Benny sailed through his math this week as usual making working with him a nice change of pace from correcting the girls. He's working in his IP section on addition and subtraction within 40. It took us a while, but he really enjoyed completing this plane by solving the problems and them coloring them according to the answer. In Miquon, he's doing a combination of addition and subtraction but with smaller numbers.
Jessie continues to fly through the material in CW Poetry for Beginners. One of her assignments for the week was to rewrite the children's song "Do You Know the Muffin Man?". Her literature selection for the week was Thunderstorm in the Church by Vernon. In grammar, she took the test for the unit on capitalization and punctuation and has moved on to adjectives. We tried having a week of vocabulary review, but Jessie is apparently retaining very little of her VFCR A work. I'm trying to decide if there's improve her retention and continue with the program or if it would be better to switch to a different program.
Violet successfully completed another week of SWO F and has been working with adverbs in R&S 4. Friday she got a break from adverbs for a quick lesson on rhyme in poetry. She completed editing "The Gingerbread Man", but we didn't do a final copy for CW Aesop. After giving her a quick cursive test last week, I realized that she basically just needed work on some of the capital cursive letters. For copywork this week, I've been having her do two letters a day from Dr. Seuss's ABC. We're still using The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe for dictation. She's still working through All Things Bright and Beautiful by Herriot for literature.
I was rather disappointed in the suggested activities in the SOTW activity guide this week, so we came up with our own. After reading about how Erasmus was caught between the Catholic church and Martin Luther with both sides demanding he support them and criticizing him, I thought a game of tug o' war would be appropriate.
Jessie has been learning about different types of chemical bonds this week including ionic, covalent, and metallic. She also covered alloys and crystals in God's Design for Chemistry.
In earth science this week we covered mountains and earthquakes.
built several different block structures to see
In his more mischievous moments this week, Henry thought my dining room would look nice decorated in plastic wrap; and he delighted in emptying the ashes out of the wood stove (which then I had Benny put back so I could get a fire going).