Violet began her Singapore Primary 5A series with an easy topic of numbers to a million. We reviewed place value up to ten thousands, learned the hundred thousands and millions places, practiced some rounding, and worked on estimating. After the same discussions about reading directions carefully, she did very well overall. Estimating with division was the only tricky part for her since the number is rounded based on the nearest multiple and not the normal rounding rules. She also picked back up with her CWP 4 book and began working through the final two review sections.
Jessie has moved into R&S 7 for grammar this year. This week was mostly review of sentence parts (subject, predicate, direct object, and indirect object) with a little bit of diagramming and a character sketch thrown in to the mix. Jessie chose to write about how friendly Henry is. It was a sweet paragraph to read. For Classical Writing Diogenes Maxim, we set up her commonplace book, discussed the definition of a maxim, the types of maxims, and worked with each type. We didn't purchase the student book for this level, so I just have her completing the exercises on notebook paper and keeping them in the back of her commonplace book for now. For vocabulary, we spent the week reviewing the stems and words from last year before continuing through the last few lessons of Caesar's English I next week. We also started our first week of Omnibus II. We managed to stay on schedule with 5 sessions of The Church History by Eusebius and three sessions of The Hobbit by Tolkien. I had her write up the answers to two of the Summa questions (Who is Christ? and What is the Canon?) in paragraph form. We didn't have the most profound discussions in the world, but I felt like we got off to a good start.
Violet began R&S 5 with a review of sentence parts similar to Jessie, although at a slower pace. We focused on subjects and predicates (complete and simple). For CW Homer, we did analysis and rewriting of the fable "Hercules and the Waggoner". She successfully completed her first lesson in SWO G and began reading Swiss Family Robinson by Wyss and The Sign of the Beaver by
Speare. Right now, she is narrating both stories to me, but I plan to switch over to just having her narrate the literature selection and to complete book reports on the historical fiction in the next few weeks. We still need to add in dictation next week to round out her language arts.
LATIN / GREEK
Jessie completed lesson 1 of Latin Alive and began lesson 2. She reviewed her Greek vocabulary and grammar from last year. Violet spent the week reviewing her Latin voacabulary and grammar from last year and will begin Latin for Chidren B next week.
The Landing of the Pilgrims by Daugherty and wrote 1 paragraph summaries of the Pilgrims in England and their move to Holland.
After reading several chapters from The Story of the Renaissance and Reformation, I discussed King James separately with each of them. (Violet had been given some questions to get started.) I gave Jessie a set of parameters for what to write and talked through the writing process with Violet creating a brief outline to get her started. They also did some corresponding mapwork and added King James and Guy Fawkes to their timeline notebooks.
Jessie is studying Life Science this year using BJU's 7th grade program. This week we covered and tested chapter one which was a very basic introduction to science, worldview, and the scientific method. I had her complete a portion of the lab on measuring and gave her some class data so she could work through the questions. Then for lab 1D I introduced the basics of writing a lab report.
Afterwards, we popped enough additional popcorn for the afternoon snack.
Violet is using God's Design for the Physical World this year and completed the first 5 lessons in the Heat and Energy text. She learned about the different forms of energy, mechanical energy, chemical energy, nuclear energy, and nuclear weapons. Most of the labs were worksheets except for Tuesday.
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