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Sunday, October 26, 2014

Homeschool Wrap Up Week 10

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Can you believe it is almost November?  I sure can't.  The school year is going by so quickly, but I suppose it always does.  We had a short week since we took half of Thursday off to go play at a friend's house.

Week 10 in Our Homeschool

Bible: We finished up Purposeful Design and went back to What On Earth Can I Do?  We had some really good discussions to go along with what we were reading about protecting your eyes from seeing things they shouldn't and the importance of watching what you say to people "keep your tongue from evil."

History: We completed lessons 19-21 in Mystery of History Volume III.  Our lessons were on Cortes and Pizzaro Conquistadors of Spain, Ferdinand Magellan Sails West, and Martin Luther and the spread of the Protestant Reformation.  We added timeline figures to our timeline, made memory cards, and did the mapping assignments.

Science: We only had one day of Exploring Creation with Chemistry and Physics since I loaned the book to a friend for a few days so she could look over it.  We did do two experiments about the first law of motion.  We also did another lesson of Fascinating Chemistry.

Spelling: Alex did not do spelling this week since we were working on chinese.  Anthony and Christian did some review.  They are doing well spelling the words as we are doing them, both in writing and aloud.  But we are still struggling with recognizing the words in our reading.  We can just finish the lesson and have a corresponding reading lesson with the words and they won't recognize them.  I am thinking that I may get the All About Reading Level 2 workbook and teacher's guide to work on some fluency exercises.  That may help their reading along a bit better.

Language: Alex finished lesson 3 of Chinese and Nick finished lesson 34 of Visual Latin.  Next week we are setting those aside and will be working on a new product from Compass Classroom called Word Up!  That teaches Latin and Greek root words.

Literature/Writing/Grammar-Christian has been reading Grandfather's Journey for Lightning Lit and completed the workbook exercises.  He also started a composition comparing and contrasting it to the book Umbrella.  Anthony has started reading Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, which he loves so far.  Nick and Alex completed lesson 9 of Fix it! Grammar and are working on lesson 8 of IEW Medieval History.

Math - Nick and Alex finished lesson 10 of their books (Pre-Algebra) and Delta.  Christian and Anthony finished lesson 9 of their books (Beta and Gamma.)

My Father's World Creation From A to Z

This week we started on the nest unit.  In this unit Lily is learning about different types of animal homes, with a focus on nests.  The Bible lesson focuses on God taking care of us.  We are also learning the number 5 and the letter "n."  So far this week we have done a picture box activity of the letter n, written the letter n in salt,  She also did a letter worksheet of the letter n, a picture page choosing words that start with n, a math page that she had to put a certain number of eggs in a nest, a worksheet that she had to choose the correct beginning letter of 6 words, and an activity matching the correct animal to the correct habitat.  We also researched different types of bird nests and looked at pictures of them online, and we made an edible nest out of pretzels, peanut butter, and chocolate chips.  I had some cute pictures of the nests but apparently deleted them off of my phone before I uploaded them :(  (we don't want to talk about the fact that my camera is broken...again)

Other Activities this Week:

The older boys finished their soccer season this week.

Christian is still playing.  We had soccer Monday.  Lily had gymnastics on Tuesday.

Thursday we had a play date at a friend's house, a 4 H meeting, and a soccer game.  With so many activities planned we decided to use our Pizza Hut Book It coupons for supper and I got a large cheese pizza for the other 3 children to eat.  Friday we had a field trip to Crater of Diamonds State Park.  Saturday our local library did a program.  They had stories, crafts, games, and refreshments. The children had a great time!

The bunnies turned 3 weeks old this week.  They are getting really fat!

The kittens have made themselves quite at home at our house.

Christian and Anthony won a writing contest from Hewitt Homeschooling.  Christian wrote a composition on Duck Billed Platypuses and Anthony wrote one about having an allergic reaction to the rabbits.  They won $25 and a set of 9 books.  They were so excited!

I hope you had a great week in your homeschool!

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