Monthly Archives: February 2014

Week 25

Memory Verse: He will take great delight in you, He will quiet you with His love, He will rejoice over you with singing. -Zephaniah 3:17

Poetry: Love Between Brothers and Sisters by Isaac Watts

Hymn: Come Thou Fount of Every Blessing

History: The compass, gunpowder, Hundred Years War, Joan of Arc

Science: Uranus and Neptune

Five in a Row: break

Read Aloud: The The Last Little Cat by Meindert Jegong

Artist: Norman Rockwell

Composer: Johannes Brahms

A Few Photos From Last Week:

Johannes Brahms

We learned about Venn diagrams last week when we were comparing Jupiter and Saturn in science. We decided to make one comparing Elliot and Caroline. Turns out they have a lot of differences, with a few similarities such as brown hair, freckles, liking books, and being born on a Wednesday.

We had a wonderful Valentine’s Day lunch with a friend of my family, whose house I used to play at as a little girl.

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Creating a Free-Reading Book Catalog

I had an idea come to me sometime last year which has been really helpful that I thought I’d share. Since the time that Elliot became a reader, I wanted to make sure to keep him well stocked with reading material and I was doing a lot of research on books that he might like. At first, I would just keep a mental note of new ones I came across, thinking that I’d remember the next time we were at the library, but then we’d get there and I’d be trying to remember what that book was that I wanted to find for him. I’m not a big fan of just picking books at random at the library, because you just never know what you’re going to find in there and I’m uncomfortable with that for when my kids are reading on their own. But at the same time, I don’t want to be a complete control-freak-mom who choses each and every book and when they’ll read it. So I’ve been working on creating a massive “catalog” of books that, as far as I can tell by reading reviews, are of good quality with content I approve of. The entire thing is thirteen pages long, separated into three groups: beginning readers (around K-2nd), established readers (3rd-8th), and mature readers (9th and up). I’ve got three copies of our catalog, one for at home, one for our library bag, and one for the car (in case we stop in at a book store and I don’t have our library bag). Now, no matter where we are, Elliot can choose from lots of options for his next book and I can rest assured that it’ll be something I’ve already looked into and approve of. It’s a win for both of us.

Right now I’m up to thirteen pages of books/ series that I would guess add up to around 1,500-2,000 total books. It would appear that we’re pretty much set with ideas for free-reading through all of high school.

This is Elliot’s most recent choice, a book about a dog and cat’s adventures in the time of Noah. He absolutely loved it and flew through all 432 pages in less than a week.

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Week 23

Memory Verse: He will take great delight in you, He will quiet you with His love, He will rejoice over you with singing. -Zephaniah 3:17

Poetry: Love Between Brothers and Sisters by Isaac Watts

Hymn: Come Thou Fount of Every Blessing

History: West Africa in the Middle Ages, Churches in the Middle Ages

Science: Saturn

Five in a Row: Mike Mulligan and His Steam Shovel by Virginia Lee Burton

Read Aloud: The Twenty-One Balloons by William Pene Du Bois

Artist: Norman Rockwell

Composer: Johannes Brahms

A few photos from last week:

Mapping the Crusaders’ Journey to Israel

We made a hurricane in a bottle after learning about Jupiter’s “great red spot” storm.

Josh and I saw Saving Mr. Banks a few weeks ago and it inspired an interest in P.L. Travers’ Mary Poppins so we decided we’d read it together as a family in the evening so we can compare it to the Disney movie.

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