Friday, January 20, 2012

Week in Review - 1/20/12

Together Work:
We did morning Bible Study using these guides from Brookhills.  We have really been enjoying this.  We also using this prayer schedule to help us pray for the entire world in a year!

We completed Week 15 of Mystery of History Volume 2.  We learned about Iceland, the Maori of New Zealand and the Great Zimbabwe of Africa.  No pictures.

We finished Beorn the Proud as a Read Aloud.  It was very enjoyable.  The plot was interesting, while remaining realistic.  The characters were well developed and I developed a fondness for Ness and Beorn.  N and The Giver enjoyed it though Z found it a little hard to listen to.  (He still really enjoys pictures!)  I'm also counting this as a book read for my 52 Books in 52 Weeks Challenge.

We read Medieval Feast by Aliki.  The pictures in this book were very detailed and quite interesting. Z really enjoyed looking at the pictures (enough so that he asked me why I haven't taught him to draw like this?!  Ha - I'm still trying to get him to hold his pencil correctly and form his letters!)  We were able to see how the serfs lives compared to the wealthy in this book and it opened the door for some additional conversation there.  Definetly glad I got this one!

We are working on the Love Chapter, I Corinthians 13, as memory work.  N and "The Giver" continue to work on the Emily Dickinson poetry and their preposition lists.

N - 6th grade
  • completed 5 lessons of Math Mammoth 6.  This week we had to do some ratios and scaling for maps, which he definetly finds difficult.  He had several really long lessons this week.
  • He completed 10 pages of Easy Grammar, including Proper Nouns compared to common nouns.  I'm fairly certain he "knows" this info, but he rarely applies it to his writing!  He can write a whole paragraphy and have no capitals and no punctuation...sigh.....
  • Made a 103 on his Greek/Latin word roots test!
  • Has read 8 chapters in a Genghis Kahn book while continuing to work on his Romans, Reformers and Revolutionaries history.
  • Completed a 3 paragraph paper on The Black Death (IEW Medieval Writing) that he has been working on for 2 weeks.
"The Giver" - 3rd grade
  • Completed 4 lessons of Right Start D and had a test on Thursday - he made a 94!  We are still working on timed multiplication tests and he is not nearly as fast as Right Start suggests as a good speed.  He struggles with the multiples of 4 and 7.  The lesson on Friday introduced multi-digit multiplication:

  • Completed 2 days of work in IEW's Fables, Myths and Fairy Tales.  We are still working on making an outline from a story, dressing it up with -ly words, strong verbs and adding who/which or because clauses to make it interesting.  He is a natural writer but it resists these lessons.  He likes to write his own stories more than learning to take notes and retell!  This program teaches grammar and vocabulary through editing to improve the writing though and I really like it.  We spent about 15 minutes on Wednesday and 20 minutes of Friday doing these lessons so we keep it very brief.
  • Completed 5 pages of Easy Grammar.
  • Completed 5 lesson in All About Spelling Volume 3.  We only have 2 lessons left!
  • He finished reading Arabian Nights.  He is involved in his own personal book challenge from BeeBee and he is doing well towards his goal of completing 10 chapter books by the end of February.
Z - Kindergarten
  • Completed 4 lessons in Right Start C.  He loves math, playing store and using his abacus.
  • Completed 1.5 lessons of IEW PAL.  He hates writing and doesn't enjoy practicing his reading...sigh....
It's been a rough week around here.  We didn't accomplish much from our loop.  Tony did complete an electronics lesson with N and "The Giver." 


Monica . . . said...

aw, sorry it was a rough week. It looks good on paper, though!

My name is Tiffany said...

Sorry that you did not accomplish all you set out to do. However it looks like it was a good week. Way to go on the Math and Latin tests!

Sonshine Classical Academy said...

I think you accomplished quite a bit. Thanks for sharing your read alouds...I'm going to have to check those out. That prayer schedule looks great too.