Friday, February 10, 2012

Week 22: Back up to Speed

Jessie's 7th Grade
  • Jessie worked on various measurement problems this week involving converting between English and metric units.  Most of the information was review except for the introduction of the formulas to convert between Celsius and Fahrenheit.
  • In language arts, she worked with various types of adjective clauses for R&S and completed lesson 16 in CE.
  • For CW, we finished editing last week's draft from unit 3 while beginning work on unit 4.  She analyzed the rhetoric styles in the Gettysburg address and completed some research on Benjamin Franklin to use to write an encomium paragraph on Friday.
  • We finally got back up to speed with Omnibus beginning Sayers' The Song of Roland for primary and finishing Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream for secondary.
  • In Latin, she breezed through her 5th Latin unit reading and began working on chapter 22 with new vocabulary and a review of Roman numerals.
  • For logic, she struggled a bit remembering all of the fallacy names for her unit test, so I had her make cards for each fallacy in Art of Argument that we have covered so far to use for review purposes.
Violet's 5th Grade
  • Violet has been working on converting between metric units (km to m) and English units (lbs to oz).
  • She completed lesson 21 in SWO G and moved on from adjectives to adverbs in R&S with a brief lesson on rhyme and rhythm in poetry.
  • In CW, she completed her final lesson in Homer for the year rewriting Anderson's "The Emperor's New Clothes".  I think we're going to incorporate some of the analysis work into her dictation for the remainder of the year to keep her skills fresh, but go ahead with Poetry next week.
  • For literature, she continued with Amos Fortune, Free Man while also beginning Little Lord Fauntleroy by Burnett.
  • Her Latin for the week was a review chapter, and she completed her regular logic work as well.

Benny's 2nd Grade
  • Benny completed his first IP section in Singapore 2B and began a new unit on the multiplication tables for 4, 5 and 10.  His Miquon assignments have involved greater than, less than, equal, or not equal to statements.
  • He finished lesson 34 in SWO B, learned the cursive letters Pp through Ss, and copied his new memory verse for copywork.
  • Yes, that's actually school work on the right.  We reviewed verbs in grammar and as part of the review acted out several action verbs.
  • In literature, he continues to read Speare's The Sign of the Beaver to me, while I finished reading Mary Jemison:  Seneca Captive to him and began The Dragon of Lonely Island.
  • In logic, he is grouping shapes based on common characteristics in Building Thinking Skills, and he finished his first Mind Benders book and moved onto Beginning Book 2.
The girls outlined a chapter from Guerber's The Story of the Thirteen Colonies on Pontiac's uprising.  They summarized another chapter covering Daniel Boone.  Jessie read James Cook and the Exploration of the Pacific by Shields while Violet read SOTW 3 on Cook.  Both read SOTW 3 to cover Catherine the Great and wrote summaries of both Cook and Catherine.  I also had them complete the related SOTW mapwork using blank maps.
Benny and I read from SOTW 3 to cover the black hole of Calcutta, Cook, and Catherine the Great.  For Daniel Boone, we read Brandt's Daniel Boone:  Frontier Adventures.  He also completed maps for Cook and Catherine.


Jessie completed chapter 17 in Life Science and began chapter 18 covering endothermic animals and birds.
We did attempt a frog dissection with mixed results.  The instructions in the book could have used better directions with some illustrations.  We finally took a break, looked at a virtual dissection online, and them return to finish with our frog.

Violet finished up her Machines and Motion book.

Benny finished learning about sharks and also learned about lampreys and hagfish.  He hasn't completed his clay animals yet because I've been letting him play with the neighbor who had a few days off from school for several doctor visits to determine if he had fractured his wrist from soccer practice.


Violet drew a covered wagon and Indian canoe this week from a Daniel Boone book, but both disappeared before I took pictures.  All completed their regular geography games.

As you can see, Henry always has plenty of book ready for our time together.  We also learned the letters Cc and the nursery rhyme "Hey Diddle Diddle" this week.  He did a few Kumon cutting pages.
 He loves to sit and "read" to himself as long as no one else is listening to his stories
and still manages to find new ways to obtain and use his sibling's belongings.  This particular morning he launched an early raid of Benny's Snap Circuits.

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