Saturday, November 22, 2008
Friday, November 7, 2008
Aly painting her piece. Both girls are very crafty.
And that was just Monday...whew! Tuesday we voted and took the girls with us. We had to vote with a paper ballot so I was able to share with the girls what it looked like and how I filled it out. We won't talk about who won...we'll just pray. Wednesday we needed a day off. The house had become dirty, the laundry was overflowing, and groceries had to be bought. We decided to make up the day next week, but we've already made up all but math and science for Skyeler.
So here's what we DID accomplish this week...
Phonics - Explode the Code pages 47-54
Math - Saxon 2 lessons 35-37 - plus 10 numbers, pairs, & inches
Reading - This week Aly read her first "big" chapter book, "The Sisters Grimm: The Fairy Tale Detectives." She has read other chapter books but this one was a biggie, over 200 pages AND small print. She was so proud of herself and so were we. I haven't read it yet, so it is hard to check for comprehension, but I did hear her talking about it with Skyeler and she seems to know what it was about. Brag Alert: I checked it online at Scholastic and it was a level R reader. Aunt Cheryl tests Aly periodically to let me know how she's doing in reading. Aunt Cheryl tested her at level M/N for independent reading in September so level R is a big accomplishment!
Five in a Row - This is our unit study. We read a book for 5 days in a row and pick out things about the book to learn about during the week. This week we finished up "A Pair of Red Clogs." This book was set in Japan and we created a lapbook with some Japanese numbers, a flag of Japan, a map locating Japan, weather words, and and origami piece that Aly made. In fact, she did origami for hours one day. I meant to take a picture of her lapbook and post it but forgot. Maybe next week.
English - Scott Foresman English online pages 45-46 - asking sentences
Science - Apologia Physical Science working through module 5
VideoText Algebra - completed lesson D1, D2 and a quiz
English - Rod & Staff lessons 34-37 and Wordly Wise lesson 6
Literature - reading "Stowaway" which is definitely NOT a favorite. She's plugging along but insists on telling me that she's given it a fair try and she just doesn't like it. I guess she's not into a boy stowing away on a ship in the 1700's. I haven't finished reading this one (the first since we started Sonlight). What I've read is certainly not spectacular.
Latin - Skyeler finished week 3 in the Memoria Press study guide for Henle Latin I. We got our books late for this course,they were on backorder, so we are a little behind. So far, so good. I have no background in Latin so I hope that she continues to understand it. My plan was to study ahead of her, but that didn't last long.
Piano - She seems to be going along at a good pace with piano. She plays by ear so lessons have been a little trying for her. It's good for her though.
Geography - She worked on finishing the labeling for Canada and the U.S., their states, provinces, territories, and capitals. This is for her co-op class that is doing Mapping the World by Heart. By the end of December she will have to map North America and certain of it's features by heart.
Aly & Skyeler
History - we did pages 73-110 in "George Washington's World" this week. Both did a written narration on George III of England. We like the stories in GWW however, we do not like how it hops around just when we are getting into a particular person or event. It's a little hard to follow. It is better than "Augustus Caesar's World" which we read last year for our study of Rome.
Wow! It looks like we did accomplish something this week. Some weeks it is so hard to tell. This was one of those weeks. After reading some other blogs with Weekly Reports, I need to remember to take pictures of the everyday kind of things we do in school. I also want to include some of their narrations eventually. Hopefully, I'll get better at describing what were doing.
Saturday, November 1, 2008
The stash! Aly doesn't like anything with nuts so the rest of us get all the Snickers, Peanut M&M's, and Butterfingers. I'm good with that!