Jessie's 8th Grade
- For literature, she researched the life of John Bunyan. We discussed her research using questions from the context section of Teaching the Classics before she wrote a summary of his life. We then began daily reading and discussing Bunyan's Pilgrim's Progress. She also read the first 15 chapters of Scott's Rob Roy, which we will discuss at the finish of the book.
- Jessie began Latin Alive 2 this week; completed the first chapter reviewing the alphabet, syllabication, and accent; and began working on chapter 2. She also commenced book 3 of Elementary Greek, which also had a review of the alphabet, breathing marks, and pronunciation.
- For geography, she's on the last level of South and Central American countries.
Violet's 6th Grade
- Violet completed her first IP section in Singapore and moved on to unit 2 in her book. The exercises are asking her to look at a three dimensional figure and then decide if it can be made by folding a two dimensional set of shapes that are connected in a certain way. She's had a little trouble visualizing some of the problems, so we've done part of the work together.
- She aced her second spelling test of the year. In R&S, she worked with clauses, sentences, and fragments; wrote a set of directions; and learned new terminology for the four sentence types.
Benny's 3rd Grade
- Benny finished up his first Singapore unit this week and the corresponding section in the IP book. He moved on to section two on addition and subtraction, which is also what he has been focused on in his Miquon book.
This week's history focus has been pioneers. Everyone has been reading Pioneer Sampler by Greenwood for a basic look at daily life of a pioneer family and a portion of Hero Tales Volume 2 by Jackson about Peter Cartwright and circuit riders. The girls read Better Known as Johnny Appleseed by Hunt and The Story of Davy Crockett by Meadowcraft. They wrote paragraph summary on Cartwright and had a choice between Johnny Appleseed or Davy Crockett for a longer summary. Both of them chose the latter. Benny and I read Johnny Appleseed by Kellogg (which I also had to reread daily to Henry who loved it) and The Story of Davy Crockett by Adler, and he gave me oral narrations of the stories.
In the spirit of Johnny Appleseed, I asked Jessie what she wanted to make from apples, and she chose to make an apple crisp. I think she was a little disappointed that there were no leftovers since what is left in the picture was DH's portion.
Benny and I did activities from Pioneer Sampler. We compared sugar water to plain water after it had been in the freezer for an hour after reading about how trees use sap and how the pioneers extracted it to make maple sugar.
drained off the buttermilk, rinsed the remaining butter, and added some salt for flavor. The butter was delicious on Violet's homemade rolls.