Friday, January 11, 2013

Week 18: Staring Up for the New Year

Jessie's 8th Grade
  • 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.

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