Friday, September 23, 2011

Week 5: Artists, whales, and bears oh my!


Benny spent the entire week learning and practicing addition with renaming.  I explained the concept twice on Monday using cuisenaire rods.  At that point, he was ready for me to leave him alone to complete his assignment. 


For reading, Benny has started reading A Lion to Guard Us by Bulla.  Together we finished The Wheel on the School by DeJong.  He successfully passed two more spelling tests and continued working on months and seasons for grammar.  Part of his copywork this week included verses from Psalm 100.


Benny finished the Thirty Years' War last week.  We read Rembrandt by Venezia and Diego Velazquez by Venezia and marked the countries where they lived on one of the SOTW maps.  We also read Hana in the Time of the Tulips by Noyes covering the tulip craze that engulfed the Netherlands for several years.  For fun, we read The Three Musketeers by Felder, which Benny loved.


This week in science, we finished up with toothed whales and learned about baleen whales.
After talking about beluga whales, we placed a cup of plain water and a cup of salt water in the freezer to see which one melted first as a demonstration of how the ocean water stays liquid in the arctic regions even when the temperatures are below freezing.

Benny was also very excited to finally get start on clay animals for his ocean box.  This week he made a dolphin, an orca, and a blue whale.


This week's instrument was the cello.  He did enough sculpting that we skipped art.  In geography we learned the location of the states Nebraska and Kansas and are up to Louisiana in our state song.


This week for preschool we learned about Noah's ark and bears.  Henry was thrilled to have a stack of his favorite books by Karma Wilson including:  Bear Snores On, Bear Wants More, Bear Stays Up for Christmas, Bear's New Friend, Bear's Loose Tooth, Bear Feels Scared,  and Bear Feels Sick. 

 He ran around the house to find out what his magnet would stick to,
practiced his casting and fishing,
and made a mess with my Post It bookmarks.

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