Whew! This week flew by. I can't believe it's Friday, already. I even missed last weeks WiR. Too much to do, too little time! I miss my summer bloggathons.
History, geography, church history:
Lower and Upper Grammar
We rounded out our studies of 1800's China and Japan by reading about the lives of Children, fashion, shoguns, and really worked on geography. We completed some simple activity/lapbooks that we'll piece together next week and then I'll post pictures. We also finished our biography of Hudson Taylor -- what a story filled with miracles. Truly incredible life for Christ and most inspiring. We also continued our study of Florence Nightengale.
Dialectic and Rhetoric
We talked about Asia: Japan and China, the Crimean War and how it ended the Concert of Europe; as well as, the geography of the war; the rapid expansion of the telegraph network (submarine cables are pretty cool and rather impressive); the presidency of Franklin Pierce the Kansas-Nebraska Act, Gadsden Purchase, and Ostend Manifesto. We're building up to the Civil War. I can't wait. It's a tragic time in our nation's history, but most interesting and poses many opportunities to talk about humanitarianism. I'm looking forward to it.
We also finished up and wrote a summary on Hudson Taylor. It was a nice family read aloud.
Grammar: more poetry with Emily Dickinson
Dialectic and Rhetoric, including DyD read Tom Sawyer and studied the kinds of characters for literary analysis. TOG shines here and I LOVE IT!
All grammar and Dialectic:
We studied speed, gravity and velocity. We have a great experiment coming up with a sailcar we made, I just need to grab one little things to complete the project.
High School Honors Biology:
We had our first discussion over the intro., info. on bio, classification and cell types. Good stuff. We read and wrote a paper about Carl Linneaus with another in the works for Pasteur. Once a book arrives, we'll be starting a pond project which will count for Bio. and Boy Scouts :) The boys are already enjoying Bio. much more than Gen. Sci. and Noeo Chemistry. They are also finding out Momma means business for high school. They're working their tales off so they don't lose privileges.
Pre-level 1 still working through c, o, a, d and starting blending words this week: cod and cad. It's a slow process, but moving along nicely. AtG is an eager and pleasant student.
Level 2: In language arts, we sang what we dubbed, "Silly Songs with Mrs. Beers." You've heard of Silly Songs with Larry, no? Well, Veggie Tales offers such, and Mrs. Beers offers a silly song to learn when to use IE or EI. My kiddos can spell neither, weird, foreign, sovereign, forfeited, leisure, seizing, either, heifer's, counterfeit, protein -- pretty nice spelling list for 2nd and 3rd grade. Have I mentioned I love PR!?! We also focused on adverbs and verb tenses this week.
Level 3: Finished up to week 10 in Robert Fulton using acrostic poetry, outlining, note-taking and paragraph formation. In grammar we studied nouns, possessive pronouns, and adverbs. We're waaay ahead in spelling still, so we have a few weeks before we start that again.
AtG practiced writing letters and did some addition exercises.
The Ant worked on number families and understanding parts, wholes and the Communicative Property in General (no, he doesn't know that's what it's called)
Ax Man reviewed much this week and moved forward in his understanding of place value.
DyD worked on multiplication of decimals.
Lil' Mother worked on decimals in algebra
Bard worked through Tri and Quad-nomials in LoF and started on square roots of trinomial equations.
ROGD did functions, graphs, calculating graphs, domain, range, linear equations, slopes, etc.
Write Shop finished up lesson 8 and started 9. Still loving the program.
We also made expected progress in Latin and Logic. We're doin' alright over here. Pushing my boys to be proficient is a challenge, but one I think we'll figure out soon enough. Quizlet and Purpose Games brought us the practice we need and hammered out those vocabulary words -- all bazillion of them!
Finally, we joined a church this week, St. James AME. Small and, yes, mostly black. I have a love for the passion of black folks. It's something you either understand or don't. We all feel at home and are so pleased to be a part our new church family. It's a lovely little place full of passion for Jesus, love for community, and waiting for the Holy Spirit to move and move and move. It's happy to find a home.
See ya'll next week. Hope you had a wonderful one too!