- Jessie finished up the 5th chapter of Lial's this week on decimals.
- She analyzed two excerpts from Shakespeare's King Lear and The Merchant of Venice for CW.
- Violet finished up her Singapore 5A textbook this week.
- She worked on pronoun cases in grammar and did well on her spelling test.
- For writing, she rewrote "The Retreat of the Ten Thousand" for CW and did some dictation from Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire.
Benny's 2nd Grade
Jessie continues to work on North American landforms. Violet is working on capitals. Benny added Oklahoma, Oregon, and Pennsylvania to his song and Oklanhoma and Texas to his mapwork.
Jessie and Violet outlined a chapter of Our Island Story by Marshall covering the death of Queen Anne and the reign of George I and wrote summaries of the colonies of New Orleans and Georgia based on chapters from Marshall's This Country of Ours. Jessie learned about the First Great Awakening by reading Trial and Triumph by Hannula to cover John Wesley, George Whitefield, Jonathan Edwards, and John Newton. Violet read some background information about the Great Awakening, two chapters covering Jonathan Edwards and John Wesley, and a few pages covering hymn writing during the period from Hearts and Hands by Withrow. Each of the girls wrote summaries of their reading. Benny and I read the same information from Hearts and Hands spread over the week and also enjoyed the chapter on Bach for fun. Benny answered questions on the First Great Awakening and hymn writing for his first narration and told me about Jonathan Edwards for the second.
Jessie took her chapter 14 test in the A book of BJU Life Science. She was very excited to started book B this week. (I was very excited to finally move on to animals.) This week we covered sponges, jellyfish, flatworms, and roundworms.
Violet worked on the laws of motion and gravity this week.
To illustrate the second law of motion, we first tapped two identical rollerskates with different forces and observed that the skate receiving the great force moved the greatest distance. Then we added a can of fruit to one skate and applied the same force to each making the lighter skate travel a farther distance.
Benny and I read about aquatic frogs, toads, and salamanders. We also started the 5th chapter reading about nothosaurs, monosaurs, plesiosaurs, and pliosaurs. We laid out a 9 foot head for a pliosaur with a tennis ball to mark the eye and the sock to mark the nostril and imagined banana sized teeth in its mouth.
Benny also tried to hold the broom out by one end as we tried to imagine how a plesiosaur manuevered with its extra long neck.
ART / MUSIC
Violet completed a painting of a winter scene.
Benny chose a couple of projects out of his Kumon art book.
Henry and I read an assortment of books this week. We also spent a portion of our time two days this week building the horse and then the pig with our 16 cube puzzle set.
Today, he gave Jessie a good workout by making her drag him through the house. I was impressed at how long he managed to hold on.