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Sunday, October 30, 2016

Homeschool Wrap Up Week 9

At the end of last week, I started getting a sore throat, headache, and cough.  This happens every year in October/November, although this year it seems to be hanging on longer then usual, and it is not easy to homeschool when most of what you do involves reading aloud!  We muddled through the week ok although we did skip a few things this week.  We started our week with a half day because my parents were with us until lunch time.

Week 9 in our Homeschool

P.E.: We did not do any formal P.E. this week.

Bible: In Windows on the World we read about Columbia.  The memory verse for this week was Matthew 5:14.  Our Bible reading was Matthew 5:43-6:18.

Read Aloud: For our morning read aloud we started reading Nate Saint: On a Wing and a Prayer.  We finished our afternoon read aloud, The Incredible Journey (and watched the movie for our Friday night movie), I did not start a new afternoon read aloud this week.  For our evening read aloud we finished Kneeknock Rise (not completely sure what I thought of this book but the children found it interesting) and started The Borrowers.

Poetry: We are still working on Godfrey Gordon Gustavus Gore.

E.C.C: So we are 9 weeks in.  I like this curriculum but do not love it. I love having everything laid out for me.  I love that I could buy everything all together.  I love the list of suggested read alouds. There is just not enough information for me so far on the different countries and cultures.  I keep feeling like I need to find things to add to it and I don't think I should have to because that's why I bought a boxed curriculum.  The science has not been as interesting as I had hoped and the art projects have been very craftsy but not so much artsy.  The Bible portion does not have any discussion question. We will keep plugging along.

This week we headed to South America to start learning about Brazil.  We did a map of South America, read some facts, and completed a crossword puzzle.  We talked about the money that is used in Brazil.  Our vocabulary word was zone.  In the science portion we learned about tropical rain forests.  They shaded a world map showing where to find tropical rain forests and did a greenhouse experiment with seeds.  We did not complete the other worksheet that was in the notebook for tropical rain forests I found a page on notebookingpages.com that I liked better.  Lily started the South America section of the Book of Animals.

Art: We did not do the suggested craft for Brazil, instead we sketched a frog and beetle from a Geography through Art lesson and added those to our notebook.

Science: We did not do any Exploring Creation with Astronomy this week.  We did start watching Biology 101 last week and continued watching the videos this week (upcoming review.) I had heard so much about the 101 series and was super excited to have a chance to review one.  We have been very impressed with it so far!

Language Arts: We did lesson 6 of Fix It! Grammar.  Anthony and Christian also learned about the difference between autobiography and biography and wrote their own autobiography.  Nick is working through his sentence diagramming book.  Lillian's lesson taught when to use "a" and "an." Alex's lessons have been on possession and plural possession.

Spelling/Reading: Lily completed lessons 45 and 46 in AAR Level 2.  In AAS the boys completed Step 10 and they completed lessons 25 and 26 in AAR Level 4.

Math: Nick completed lesson 8 in MUS Geometry.  Alex completed 3 lessons in Teaching Textbooks.  Christian, Lily, and Anthony completed 4 lessons in Math Lessons for a Living Education.  This curriculum had been very easy so far for Lily and not challenging her at all but I am thankful for that right now.  Christian and Anthony have done well with it so far.  I really like all the real life examples and the constant review.

MFW Creation From A to Z: Emmie started the unit for "d for dinosaur."  Emmie loves worksheets and wants school work all of the time.  I printed her out some dinosaur coloring pages and dot to dots to color during our morning school work and some letter "d" pages from notebookingpages.com to go along with this unit.  She also did her picture card page, sound discrimination page, and handwriting page.  We read "What Really Happened to the Dinosaurs?" and made a dinosaur out of clay.

Lily made a flower while Emmie was making her dinosaur.

All American History and God's Design in Nature: Nick completed lesson 32 in Volume 1 of AAH.  He is working through this faster then I thought he would and has completed through Chapter 4 worksheet 4 in science putting him halfway through week 9's assignments.

The girls decided they wanted to go bird watching one day this week in the backyard.  They found binoculars and packed a backpack full of snacks, paper, and colored pencils, plus Pinky and Snowy.  They saw a woodpecker but no other birds.

Other Activities this Week:

Monday Alex had a soccer game at 6 and Christian had one at 7.  This was Alex's last regular season game.

Tuesday the girls had gymnastics.  Christian had a soccer practice at 6 and Alex had his first tournament game.  They won.

Wednesday was Kid's Club.  I stayed home hoping some rest would make me feel better faster ( I do feel better but still am coughing.)  Art came and got the children and took them, went back to work, and then picked them up.

Thursday we had a 4 H meeting and both boys had soccer practice at 6.

Friday we had to run some errands and do our grocery shopping.  One of the errands was Alex trying to practice driving the robot our STEM team built.  He only was able to practice a few minutes and something broke.

Saturday we went back to practice driving and try to complete the course in the 3 minute time period.

Later that evening we headed to Murfreesboro for the Diamonds in the Fall Festival and Trunk or Treat.

I hope you had a great week!

Happy Homeschooling!

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