Monthly Archives: December 2012

Week 17 and 18

I’m just going to do our weekly update for our final two weeks of the semester in one shot. Things are getting busy around here these days. We’ve been enjoying meeting new homeschooling friends, play dates, and parties. We’re pretty much just enjoying all that homeschooling has to offer to the fullest.
I’m so excited to bring another semester to a close and have a few weeks to regroup before we get started on the final semester of the year. It’s so thrilling to see all that we’ve accomplished so far. It’s goes by so fast and it’s so hard for me to believe that before long we will be completing our third homeschooling year!

This is what we’ve got going on for our last two weeks:

Memory Verse:I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; Your works are wonderful, I know that full well. – Psalm 139:14

Hymn: O Holy Night

Artist: Rembrandt Harmenszoon Van Rijn

Composer: Ludwig Van Beethoven

Five in a Row:The Hatmaker’s Sign: A Story by Benjamin Franklin retold by Candace Fleming (studying Benjamin Franklin and the Declaration of Independence)

Pre-K Literature: Nana Upstairs, Nana Downstairs by Tomie de Paola (focusing on Grandmothers, Great-Grandmothers and coping with the death of loved ones)

Read Aloud:The Light at Tern Rock by Julia Sauer

Photos from the Last Week:

She’s proud to have finished the first Explode the Code book.


We’re working on blends now and she’s been doing great.

In math Elliot has been learning about calculating the perimeter of triangles and rectangles. He asked me how you could measure a circle so we came up with this idea. We found some string and cut it to go around a circle we wanted to measure.

Then he measured the length of the string.

In addition to the circumference, we also determined the diameter. These things were not in my plan for the day, but they were taught nonetheless! It’s really fun when he initiates a new concept just by being curious about something.

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Week 16

Memory Verse: I know what it is to be in need and I know what it is to have plenty. I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well-fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want. I can do everything through him who gives me strength. -Philippians 4:12-13

Hymn: O Holy Night

Artist: Rembrandt Harmenszoon Van Rijn

Composer: Ludwig Van Beethoven

Five in a Row: Paul Revere’s Ride by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow (studying the American Revolutionary War)

Pre-K Literature: The Wednesday Surprise by Eve Bunting (focusing on the importance of learning to read)

Read Aloud:Abel’s Island by William Steig

Photos from the Last Week:

In addition to our school read-aloud, Elliot and Josh are reading Mr. Revere and I, Caroline and I are reading Stuart Little, and now the kids are in the middle of reading James and the Giant Peach together. Furthermore, Elliot’s always got at least one book he’s reading his own and last week he achieved his goal of reading his 100th book in 2012!

She’s moved beyond the three letter words and is always impressing me with what she can read.


She wanted to go all the way to 100 with our place value village, so we went for it.

Nine groups of ten were moved to the tens house, and then with the last group of ten, they all got moved into one big bag and moved over to the 100s house.

We enjoyed having the freedom to take a break and go watch Josh’s flag football game in the middle of the day.


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