Friday, October 7, 2011

Week 7, the boys: Colonies, seals, and fish


Benny spent most of the week in his Singapore math program completing review pages in the textbook and workbook before moving on to the corresponding IP chapter on addition and subtraction on Friday.  His Miquon work has been focused on multiplication which he has determinedly worked on without using the cuisenaire rods.

We continue to read aloud together from the New Testament portion of Egermeier's Bible Story Book, Five Children and It by Nesbit, and A Lion to Guard Us by Bulla, the latter being read aloud by Benny to me.  He started learning a new poem this week called "The Shepherd" which he also used for part of his copywork.  In grammar, we began writing and memorizing the personal pronouns and made it through the third person singular.  He also completed two more spelling lessons in SWO B.

 Benny learned about three new colonies this week in history.  We read portions of The Colony of New Hampshire by Whitehurst, a portion of the SOTW 3 chapter on New Amsterdam, and a portion of a chapter from The Story of the Thirteen Colonies by Guerber to cover the Massachusetts Bay colony.  He found it funny that the streets of Boston were originally built on cow paths.  We didn't do any hands on this week other than the map work since Benny wanted to enjoy the nice temperatures outdoors.

 This week we covered some general information about pinnipeds and learned to identify true seals, sea lions, and fur seals.
 Benny didn't want to make a clay seal, so I let him trace the outline of his seal booklet and just add in the lines for the flippers and facial features.  He did a great job of identifying the types of seals pictures in the book.

 For art, he drew a lighthouse.  We didn't get to music this week.  In geography, he up to Michigan in his states song and is working on identifying Wisconsin and Illinois on the map.


It was fish week for Henry.  Of course, we read The Rainbow Fish by Pfeister and its sequels.  The other hits for the week were Three Little Fish and the Big Bad Shark by Geist and A Fish Out of Water by Eastman.
 Henry was his normal boisterous self all week.
 He kept hiding every time I tried to take a picture,
but when I did manage to sneak one in he always came running over to see the picture.

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