This week something very exciting for me happened. Nick started driving himself! He drove the truck Monday and Tuesday while he dad drove the car to make sure everything was functioning properly and then he started driving the car on Wednesday. Monday when I told the children we did not have to have all our work finished by lunchtime they cheered. It will make life a bit easier to not have to leave to drive him to school. And he even volunteered to run to the store for me the other day to buy milk when we were out. It is handy having another driver in the house again.
Week 28 in Our Homeschool
Bible: We are on Vol 1 of the Answers Books for Kids, part of the Elementary Apologetics Curriculum from MasterBooks. This week we completed 4 lessons on topics such as: Why did God make a week 7 days long?Why was the first person created a boy?Why did God let Adam name the animals? Did Adam give the animals the same names we call them today?
Read Aloud: We read 4 chapters of Brady (we only have two left to finish the book), and 3 chapters of YWAM's Abraham Lincoln. One of the things we read about was Abe's mother, aunt, and uncle dying of "milk sickness." We had never heard of this so we googled it to see what it was. Technology comes in very handy when it comes to things you may want to learn more about. In case you are curious it was a sickness that was caused when a cow ate a poisonous plant called white snakeroot. It killed the cow and those who dank the tainted milk.
Geography: This week we learned about the Philippines.
History: In America's Story Vol 2 we read lesson 4 on Important People of the Civil War.
Music Appreciation: In Music Appreciation 1 we completed lesson 6 on Beethoven's Fur Elise. Every time I hear that song it reminds me of the McDonald's commercial from when I was a child of the little girl at the piano recital. Anyone remember that? I looked it up on Youtube and showed it to the children.
Science: We continued on in our study of Chapter 2 of Exploring Creation with Anatomy and Physiology by finishing reading the chapter and doing the notebooking exercises. We have one experiment left to finish the chapter.
Math: Christian and Anthony completed 4 days of A + Interactive Math (2 lessons per day.) Emmie wanted to try it out too so she did 3 lessons and also did a lesson in MLFLE. Lily completed several lessons in MLFLE. She is learning division and has figured out that LEGO pieces make good math manipulatives.
Spelling/Reading: Anthony and Christian finished Step 12 of AAS Level 5. Emmie completed lessons 44 and 45 in AAR Level 1 and Lily completed lessons 32 and 33 in AAR Level 4.
Language Arts: In Basic Language Skills, I reread two pages of the story to Emmie and she read one sentence to me. We did a picture study. She worked on a page of lowercase letters, and made dictionary pages from her word list by writing the word and drawing a picture. The pages were included in the curriculum and I really like that idea. Lily is still working on daily grammar for Language Arts but I have a new review starting next week for Homeschool Navigator, a language arts curriculum and she will be the guinea pig for that. The boys are still working through the lessons on Because of Winn Dixie in Readers in Residence.
Other Activities this Week:
Monday Once a month I get to go out to eat with some homeschool friends. This is something that I am so thankful for. It is nice to sit down with people who understand and share ideas and frustrations along with all of the good things too!
Tuesday the girls had gymnastics.
Wednesday at Kid's Club our lesson was on First Kings 18:1-40 and the theme was God is real.
Thursday Lily had piano. Both girls had ballet, and our baby chicks arrived (Nick picked them up for me.) There is nothing cuter then baby chicks! They don't stay that way long though....Last year we were wearing shorts the day we got our chicks. This year it has been freezing cold! But it's supposed to be 80 on Thursday.
Friday we ran errands and then were indoors the rest of the day because it poured down rain all day long. It was Art's last day at his job. He starts his new job Monday morning.
I have been shopping for next year's curriculum. It is not easy to do with just catalogs and a computer. It would be nice if there was a convention that was close enough to go to so I could look at things in person, but the closest is several hours away. So I am thankful for online samples and the catalogs that come in the mail.
This is Carl. Alex found him in the shop. Everything that wanders into my yard becomes a pet.....
I hope you had a great week!