Saturday, February 23, 2013

Week 24

 Jessie's 8th Grade
  • Jessie spent four days practicing solving word problems with a combination of factoring and solving for the variables before taking her chapter 10 test on Friday.
  • In grammar, she completed a test on the pronoun unit on Monday and worked on a combination of adjectives and poetry for the remainder of the week.  We completely the first of two weeks of vocabulary review focusing on the first 15 lessons.  Next week we'll focus on the last 5 completed lessons before adding new material.
  • Jessie worked on the introductory paragraph in a modern 5 paragraph essay at the beginning of the week by analyzing a model paragraph and then rewriting it based on her analysis.  She was having some trouble with the section on body paragraphs, so we'll work on that over the weekend.  We also discussed Oliver Twist and I asked her to write a character description of Twist, which is still under construction.
  • In Latin, she spent most of the week working on vocabulary review before finally taking her chapter 14 quiz on Thursday.  Friday she read the background information related to the unit 3 reading for next week.  In EG3, she learned to decline and use the demonstrative pronoun and adjective this.
Violet's 6th Grade
  • Violet worked on her IP section on the area and perimeter of figures containing circles, semi-circles, or quarter circles.  In CWP, she finished the section on speed and began working on fractions.
  • In grammar, she worked on uses for commas and edited her story from last week.  She breezed through a review spelling lesson, completed another week of CW Poetry for Beginners, and continued reading The Adventures of Tom Sawyer.
  • Her Latin grammar for the week covered 5th declension nouns and their endings, while in Greek I gave her the week off from lessons to catch up on vocabulary.
Benny's 3rd Grade
  • Benny finished his IP section on mental math and began working with measurement converting between meters and centimeters.  His Miquon work covered division and fractions.
  • He continued learning about adjectives in grammar, completed a review spelling lesson, and narrated the story of Cornelia's jewels for CW.  He's still forgetting to dot his i's and cross his t's in cursive copywork, but has finally mastered the punctuation for direct quotations for dictation.
  • For literature, he finished reading Pinocchio independently, and we began reading The Children of Greene Knowe as a read aloud.  It's been a bit of a slow start, but we'll give it another week.

This week in history we started focusing on inventors and accomplishments  in the late 19th and early 20th centuries.  Monday was an odd day.  I had the girls read about Niijima Jo and modern missions from Rescue and Redeem while Benny and I enjoyed The Ringling Brothers by Glendinning.  Then we covered Henry Ford, the Transatlantic cable, and the Wright Brothers.  The girls read We'll Race You Henry by Mitchell First to Fly by Busby, and The Story of the Flight at Kitty Hawk by Stein.  They outlined from The Great Republic for the cable.  Benny and I enjoyed Henry Ford  by Middleton, Tin Lizzie by Spier, Alice Ramsey's Grand Adventure by Brown, and To Fly by Old.


Violet, Benny, and I learned about compounds this week.  I really need to make sure we get our science done before lunch next week so it doesn't fall by the wayside.
Art is in the previous post as usual.


Henry and I added the letters Uu to his magnets this week.  Otherwise we just read books, counted, and did some calendar.  I really to plan some more activities for him next week.

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