Monthly Archives: August 2013

Week 4

I’m always talking about how homeschooling is so great because you set your own schedule and can take advantage of more opportunities that pop up. Well, we ended up taking a week off to spend some time with our family in Galveston and the kids also spent a few days at their grandparents house. They were able to spend time with their cousins, whose parents are missionaries and have been living overseas for over two years. It was a great opportunity we could not possibly say no to even though we had already started school.
This week we’re getting back into our regular school routine, which looks a little something like this:

Memory Verse: I, the Lord, speak truth; I declare what is right. – Isaiah 45:19

Poetry: The Days of the Months -Anonymous

Hymn: Blessed Assurance

History: Ancient Greece, gods and myths, the Trojan War

Science: The Sun

Five in a Row: Grandfather’s Journey by Allen Say (continuing study of Japan)

Read Aloud: The Secret Garden by Frances Hodges Burnett

Artist: Pierre-Auguste Renoir

Composer: Johann Sebastian Bach

A Few Photos From the Last Few Weeks:

Extra Fun Reading for History

First Completed Memory Verse

Beach Fun

At Nana and Grandpa’s

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Week 3

Memory Verse: He is the rock, His works are perfect, and all His ways are just. A faithful God, who does no wrong, upright and just is He. – Deuteronomy 32:4

Poetry: The Days of the Months -Anonymous

Hymn: Blessed Assurance

History: Ancient Egypt, Mesopotamia, Babylonia and the Jews

Science: The Sun

Five in a Row: Grandfather’s Journey by Allen Say (continuing study of Japan)

Read Aloud: Boy of the Pyramids by Ruth Fosdick Jones

Artist: Pierre-Auguste Renoir

Composer: Johann Sebastian Bach

A Few Photos from Last Week:

We added the first timeline figure to our Book of Time, the Egyptian Pharaoh Menes.

Bedtime Reading on Ancient Egypt

This is our most recent idea for fun and creativity during mid-day breaks or when school work is done for the day. We just bought a bunch of PVC pipes and parts and let them go at it.

She’s proudly advancing through the next Explode the Code book.

Math

We’re continuing to add to her Apologia Junior Astronomy Notebook. She was supposed to come up with her own mnemonic for remember the planets (including Pluto, which is technically no longer considered a planet, but we still acknowledge where it is). “My very excellent map just sets us near pancakes” is what she came up with to remember their order. Ironically, she has a hard time recalling her mnemonic…we may need to go back to the drawing board.

This was our first project for astronomy. Our balloons represent the sun and the planets. The sun is obviously not accurately sized because it would be much too big. And the planets aren’t spaced accurately either, but their sizes are approximately proportionate and they’re in the correct order.

We tried Japanese hibachi for the first time, since Caroline has been learning about Japan and Elliot is also currently reading a book that takes place in Japan.

The kids both made very sophisticated choices, Elliot having the shrimp and Caroline ordering steak. We definitely don’t order those things for our kids very often! They both finished every last bite of it too.

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Week 2

Memory Verse: He is the rock, His works are perfect, and all His ways are just. A faithful God, who does no wrong, upright and just is He. – Deuteronomy 32:4

Poetry: The Days of the Months - Anonymous

Hymn: Blessed Assurance

History: Ancient Egypt

Science: Introduction to Astronomy

Five in a Row: A Pair of Red Clogs by Masako Matsuno (learning about Japan and weather)

Read Aloud: Boy of the Pyramids by Ruth Fosdick Jones

Artist: Pierre-Auguste Renoir

Composer: Johann Sebastian Bach

A few more photos from our first week:

Astronomy Notebooks

I’m organizing everything we memorize in a new way this year. Each of the kids have a memory work notebook so we can keep track of it all.

I’ve divided the notebooks into categories for Bible verses, poetry, quotes, and “other” for anything else that may not exactly fit into one of these categories.

At any given time we’ll be working on one Bible verse and one other selection, most often a piece of poetry. Right now we’re working on memorizing The Days of the Months poem. “Thirty days has September…”

First Picture Study for Renoir

This year Elliot is keeping a reading log and response journal. We’ve been keeping track of every book he’s read since January 2012 (he’s very proud of his current 140 books…) but never in a very organized way.

I’ve included a list of 16 questions to respond to about the book he’s currently reading. Each week he can pick whatever question he’d like to answer

In the back of the journal I’ve included information on the different literature genres, elements of a story, and literary devices, as we’ll be discussing those things with regards to what he’s reading and it may also help him answer some of the questions.

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