Friday, May 11, 2012

Week 34: Almost there

Jessie's 7th Grade
  • Jessie completed the chapter 6 workbook pages as well as the challenge and problem sets this week in NEM.
  • In R&S, she worked on using reference books. 
  • She finished her first unit in CW Intermediate Poetry.  I have to say it has started off a bit dryly.  She's been looking at basic information in the poem, researching the author, placing the poem in its historical context, identifying concrete and abstract portions, and analyzing to which senses the descriptions appeal.
  • She also finished another lesson in Latin Alive. 
  • Next week, I hope to pick back up her Omnibus lessons.

Violet's 5th Grade
  • Violet completed her IP section on quadrilaterals this week and continued plugging away at her word problems book.
  • She completed her final grammar lesson in R&S 5 and her final lesson in CW Poetry for Beginners!!
  • She also aced another spelling test and did her regular dication work.
  • In literature, she continues to read White's The Sword in the Stone.
  • For Latin, she is slowly working her way through the final review chapter and the mega crossword puzzle in the activity book which she'll finish up in another week or so.

Benny's 2nd Grade
  • Benny has been working on capacity in both his Singapore and Miquon books this week.
  • He finished lesson 17 in SWO C and has one lesson left for the current year.
  • We're continuing to plug away with some dictation and cursive copywork.
  • In literature, he is reading  Owls in the Family to me.  I finished reading Drumbeats in Williamsburg to him and we began Baum's The Wizard of Oz.
  • In grammar, we discussed adjectives, adverbs, and articles.

This week in history, we covered the end of French control in Haiti, the Barbary pirates, the duel of Alexander Hamilton and Aaron Burr, and Napoleon Bonaparte.  Jessie read Toussaint:  Black Liberator by Syme, Napoleon Bonaparte by Williams, and Seeker of Knowledge by Rumford.  She and Violet both outlined the portion of Guerber's The Great Republic covering th Barbary pirates.  Violet and Benny both read SOTW 3 to cover Toussaint and Napoleon.  Benny and I also enjoyed Duel by Fradin.  Everyone completed the Napoleon associated maps from SOTW although I erased the labels from the girls' maps.


Jessie plugged away at chapter 26 in BJU.  We have one experiment that we didn't get to Friday afternoon to hold over until next week.

Violet enjoyed being done.  Benny didn't complain that I kept forgetting to bake his sponges and spent his extra free time outside.  Next week, we really are going to sit down and put his ocean box together.


Violet did some painting this week.  Unfortunately Henry decided it wasn't quite finished and made it a bit more colorful before I could take a picture. 

 This is Henry waiting for me with his stack of books for reading time.  He loves to look at the pictures and tell the story (as long as nobody's watching).
He managed to convince Benny this morning that pillow fighting was more interesting than schoolwork (for a little bit anyway).

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