We were crowded in the cabin,
Not a soul would dare to sleep,-
It was midnight on the waters,
And a storm was on the deep.
'Tis a fearful thing in winter
To be shattered by the blast,
And to hear the rattling trumpet
Thunder, "Cut away the mast!"
So we shuddered there in silence,-
For the stoutest held his breath,
While the hungry sea was roaring
And the breakers talked with Death.
As thus we sat in darkness,
Each one busy with his prayers,
"We are lost!" the captain shouted
As he staggered down the stairs.
But his little daughter whispered,
As she took his icy hand,
"Isn't God upon the ocean,
Just the same as on the land?"
Then we kissed the little maiden.
And we spoke in better cheer,
And we anchored safe in harbour
When the morn was shining clear.
Whatever brawls disturb the street,
There should be peace at home;
Where sisters dwell and brothers meet,
Quarrels should never come.
Birds in their little nests agree;
And 'tis a shameful sight,
When children of one family
Fall out and chide and fight.
Tis a lesson you should heed,
If at first you don't succeed,
Then you courage should appear,
For if you will persevere,
You will conquer, never feat,
If you would at last prevail
If we strive, 'tis no disgrace
Though we did not win the race;
What should we do in that case?
If you find your task is hard,
All that other folk can do,
Why with patience, may not you?
Only keep this rule in view,
Loving Jesus, meek and mild,
Make me gentle as Thou art,
Com and live within my heart.
Take my childish hand in Thine,
Guide these little feet of mine.
So shall all my happy days
Sing their pleasant song of praise,
And the world shall always see
Christ, the Holy Child, in me.
Jessie spent 3 days working on word problems involving 2 variables, scored a B on her chapter 7 test, and began learning about linear functions, independent versus dependent variables, domain, and range in chapter 8 this week.
Grammar has been mostly easy reviews of troublesome verbs, but she also spent some time looking at characters in stories. It was a review week in vocabulary. Her writing has included writing citations, sentence analysis, and manipulating clauses within a sentence. She had the week off from literature other than continuing to read The Count of Monte Cristo.
For Latin and Greek, we simply took a week to do some vocabulary and grammar review and will resume regular lessons next week. There were also regular logic lessons from Building Thinking Skills 3 Verbal and Traditional Logic 1.
Violet's 6th Grade
Violet spent her math time completing her 6A workbook and working on the semester review in her IP text this week. Next week she'll be ready to move into the 6B books.
She began reading The Phantom Tollbooth by Juster for literature, completed a review lesson in spelling, analyzed a story about Caedmon for CW, and working with pronoun cases in grammar.
For Latin and Greek, we had a week of vocabulary review.
Benny's 3rd Grade
Benny completed his workbook section on multiplying by 6, 7, 8, and 9 and spent most of the week working on the corresponding IP section. He started his Miquon purple week with several pages that deal with place value.
Benny finished independently reading The Cricket in Times Square and reading aloud from The McGruffey Second Grade Reader this week. We began The Black Cauldron as our read aloud.
Spelling was a review, and grammar focused on choosing the correct verb forms. For dictation, I gave him sentences with possessive nouns and as many fs as I could to correct his tendency to always write a capital F. For CW, he retold the fable about the tortoise and the hare, and we focused on finding synonyms for the word said during our editing. He also completed his regular cursive copywork and logic.
We finally finished up the Civil War this week. YEAH! We also covered the assassination of Abraham Lincoln. The girls completed the chapter on the Civil War from The Great Republic. They also read and summarized Mary Todd Lincoln by Anderson and The Story of Clara Barton by Kent. Benny and I read portions of The Story of Sherman's March to the Sea by Kent, Clara Barton by Grant, and Anderson's Mary Todd Lincoln. Everyone also completed a map of the Confederate States although I labeled Benny's map for him and just had him do the coloring portion.
We took the week off from science and will resume next those lessons next week.
New to Henry's school this week was the addition of a calendar. Right now we are simply putting up the next number each day and then I sing through the months of the year song. He's on a counting spree right now, so most days he also counted all of the number magnets on our calendar. Henry and I read random books this week. We added the letter Qq to his magnets on the refrigerator. He finished his Kumon Let's Cut book and began a new Kumon book. He also decided that he wanted to try roller skating and did fairly well at his first attempt.