Wednesday, October 30, 2013

WW: Beach

We enjoyed a beautiful and relaxing week at the Outer Banks last month.
Benny pulled in this sixteen inch flounder,
and Henry caught some small spot.

Monday, October 14, 2013

Weeks 8 & 9 Upper:

GEOMETRY: Jessie has spent the past two weeks of geometry working with triangles covering types of triangles, proving triangles to be congruent, and drawing angles and triangles with a straight edge and compass. She also finished the review work for the chapter and will take the chapter test on Monday.

ENGLISH: She completed and test for chapter 3 of R&S and completed three lessons in outlining as well as another editing sheet in chapter 4. In CW Herodotus, she finished chapter 2 on judicial rhetoric and began chapter 3 on the canon of invention. She also filled out the plot section of a TTC story chart on Doyle's Lost World for literature and completed two more weeks of vocabulary.

GREAT BOOKS: She completed The Iliad as well as the remaining Vandiver lectures and had a week off from her great books course.

SPANISH: Chapters 6 and 7 of BJU Spanish covered uses of ser and estar, personal pronouns, the plural forms of estar, adjectives, and vocabulary relating to clothing accessories, materials, and places around town.

LATIN: She completed chapter 22, took quizzes on demonstrative and personal pronouns, and reviewed relative and interrogative pronouns.

HISTORY: She listened and took notes on her 4th "Foundations of Western Civilization" lecture, read about the Hebrews and Phoenicians in Spielvogel, and covered the Bharata War, the Davidic kingdom, and the Assyrian empires in Bauer's History of the Ancient World.

SCIENCE: We are making slow progress. She completed chapter 4 on additional cellular processes and the accompanying test. We're going to do a lump lab day at the end of the month to catch that portion up as well.

MUSIC APPRECIATION: We found 3 Palestrina CDs to round out her study of the music of the Middle Ages, and she covered the first two lectures relating to the Baroque period.

Violet's 7th Grade
MATH: Violet completed the third chapter of Lial's covering fractions and began the 4th chapter containing more word problems.

LOGIC: She's made steady progress in her Building Thinking Skills, but we need to do some catch up in her Art of Argument lessons.

LANGUAGE ARTS: She completed through the 11th chapter of Caesar's English 1 and had a couple of weeks off from literature. Her grammar has been mostly focused on substantives and noun clauses, and in CW she completed her second section and moved onto the third.

LANGUAGES: Chapter 9 and unit 2 reading and test were completed in Latin, and chapters 8 and 9 were completed in Greek.

HISTORY: She's been steadily working her way through Ancient Egypt using The Pharaoh's of Ancient Egypt by Payne and Usborne's Encyclopedia of the Ancient World to cover the span of time from Hatshepsup to King Tut. The only additional book over these two weeks was In Search of Tutankhamun by Caselli. For written work she outlined 4 pages of the encyclopedia, wrote paragraph summaries of the pharaohs, and filled in a chart of everyday life.

SCIENCE: She finished chapter 7 and began chapter 8.

FINE ARTS: Her last two art projects are in the Thursday post, and she continues to work through her instrument book at her own pace.

Saturday, October 12, 2013

Weeks 8 & 9 LG: India, China, and Marsupials

MATH: Benny is still working steadily through the section on fractions covering more mixed numbers, improper fractions, and word problems over the past two weeks. He finished the final review problems in CWP 3 and began the first section of CWP as well.

LOGIC: His Building Thinking Skills 2 lessons have focused on symmetry, and he has completed two more word problems.

LANGUAGE ARTS: He finished reading Lad: a Dog by Terhume and began The Twenty-one Balloons by DuBois for literature. We've continued reading The Golden Goblet for our read-aloud. He rewrote the fable "The Wind and the Sun" and analyzed "The Boy Bathing" in CW, completed more copywork and dictation, and continued to progress through SWO E.  His grammar continues to cover nouns with a bit of poetry thrown in for a couple of lessons as well.

ART & MUSIC: Art is in the previous post. We did some catchup for music covering the double bassoon, the harp, an overview of the woodwind section, and the flute in Story of the Orchestra.

LATIN: Benny's Latin focus for the past two weeks has been neuter nouns in the second declension. We've added some extra drill time for vocabulary and chants, which seems to be helping with the lessons.

HISTORY: Benny covered chapters 9 and 10 of SOTW 1 over the past two weeks about the Indus Valley settlements and ancient China. We completed the corresponding mapwork, but he hasn't had any interest in projects so we skipped them.

SCIENCE: In Zoology 3 we covered the aardwolf, mongoose, and meerkat before moving on to a new chapter about marsupials. In that chapter we've read about kangaroos, wallabies, koalas, wombats, possums, moles, Tasmanian devils, and opossums.


Henry has been working on 3 letter words in Phonics Pathways. It's been taking several days to complete each page due to the number of words per page and his attention span, but we're making slow progress. Our new chapter book is The Boxcar Children. We've done some more skip counting, number matching, and number writing for math. In BTS Primary, he's been using various blocks to make larger figures, and he continues to zip through the VPSB 1 book.

The picture above is one of his many drawings from the past two weeks. He's also finished his Kumon maze book and completed some more folding pages.

Thursday, October 10, 2013

Creative Corner: Ink bottles, Seascapes, Barns, and Apples

Violet completed this pencil drawing of an ink bottle using Lifelike Drawing by Hammond
as well as this monochrome acrylic seascape using Acrylic Painting by Hammond over the past two weeks.
Benny drew a country barn using Sharpie and crayons and
this basket of apples with Sharpie and watercolor.