2018-19 School Year–Week Fifteen+

Since Thanksgiving week is never a full week of school for us, I combined last week’s wrap-up with our full week this week, starting with our annual hand-and-footprint turkeys and our completed Thankful Tree for the year:

Turkey and Bunny have been doing one of my favorite things in chemistry…balancing equations. Unfortunately, I don’t think they enjoy that activity as much as I do. They have also been completing the square in math. They finally made it to the fourth act of Romeo and Juliet. Their creative writing assignments have focused on poetry. In history, they learned about Gregory the Great, among other things.

Ladybug worked a lot with decimals in math. She continued to practice outlining in writing. In science, she learned about horses’ diets…both what is good for them to eat, and what is bad. Her history lessons have focused on the Crusades. She’s also enjoying reading Justin Morgan had a Horse for the first time!

Chickadee practiced counting different kinds of coins in math. She also learned more beginning blends in reading. There’s been a lot of overlap between the words she’s learning to read and her spelling words, which is nice. We’re getting close to finishing Treasure from Grandma, and she was worried that was the last book in the series…until I told her we have two more books at home, and should be able to get the rest from the library!

We had a Christmas-related field trip this week, and it tied into our medieval-focused history for the year, too! We went to the Boar’s Head Festival for the first time since Chickadee was a baby. It was a lot of fun to experience the production again, and it gave us a good approximation of a medieval celebration.

2018-19 School Year–Week Fourteen

I think this week of school felt a bit more “normal,” although we haven’t had school in the actual schoolroom since I broke my ankle. We’ve been making do with having our lessons in either the living room or even my bedroom.

Turkey and Bunny worked more with factorials this week, and they both scored 100% on the test, so it was a good math week! In chemistry, they learned about physical and chemical changes, as well as density, and did a few experiments to illustrate those concepts. Next week, they get to balance chemical equations, which was always one of my favorite parts of chemistry! They finally finished Act Three of Romeo and Juliet, and got to write a short story in the style of experimental fiction in creative writing, which was a lot of fun to read!

Ladybug worked with fractions in math, which was a nice follow-up to her review of decimals last week. Her science lessons focused on horse health, especially as related to the digestive system and vision. She also started her literature study of Justin Morgan had a Horse. In history, she learned about the feudal systems of medieval England and Japan, and their knights and samurai.

Chickadee practiced more subtraction and learned how to count by 2s in math. She also reviewed counting coins. She did a great job on her spelling lessons this week! She is continuing to improve in reading and handwriting, and she loves the stories in Treasures from Grandma.

We also had an unexpected mid-November snowstorm this week, which gave Moose a snow day. Since we had already taken the day off on Monday with him for Veteran’s Day, we still had school, but the children did have time to go out and play in the snow for about an hour yesterday afternoon. Bunny came in and grabbed my phone to take a picture of their snow creation to show me (snow and a broken ankle don’t really mix!)…I love their interpretation of Iron Man and Spider-Man:

The one thing we didn’t do this week that we normally would have was our annual “Thanksgiving School.” I place the blame for that partly on my ankle, and partly on the fact that Thanksgiving is so early this year. We weren’t going to be able to take our normal field trip to Cahokia Mounds, because there’s just too much climbing there for me right now, but I didn’t mean to skip over the books and crafts we should have been doing. I’m hoping to make up for it a little bit next week, with the reading of at least some of our favorite Thanksgiving books, and our favorite Thanksgiving craft: hand and footprint turkeys, but we’ll just have to see how it goes. At least we’ve more or less kept up with our Thankful Tree…I am thankful for many things, especially this CAM boot that allows me to walk around more than I would have been able to in a cast, and all of my helpers who have kept the house running!

2018-19 School Year–Weeks Twelve and Thirteen

What a week(s)!

Originally, I was going to do my weekly wrap-up for week twelve last Sunday…a few days late, because I was feeling lazy last Friday, and I wanted to share our Extra Life for Kids marathon on Saturday. Which I did…kind of. Except that on Saturday, in the middle of the marathon, I broke my ankle. By the time Sunday rolled around, I was lucky I could remember how to type anything, much less a homeschool wrap-up, so instead, I saved it to go with this week’s summary. Despite my ankle, we had a mostly normal week of school, except for the part where we did all of our subjects downstairs, because I couldn’t make it upstairs to the school room!

Turkey and Bunny have had all kinds of fun in math. They learned about Paschal’s Triangle, factorials, and binomial theorem. In chemistry, they learned about molecular geometry and non polar and polar covalent bonds. Their creative writing assignment had them writing a scene from a play, which went nicely with their continued study of Romeo and Juliet. In history, they studied Justinian, among other things (I think…it’s been a very long week!).

Ladybug got to learn about horses’ hooves and teeth in science. In math, she has been working with decimals. Her history lessons focused on medieval England…Edward the Confessor, the Norman conquest, the development of the English language, and the history of English castles. So basically all my favorite stuff! She’s almost done with Misty of Chincoteague…had it not been for the topsy-turvy week thanks to my broken ankle, she probably would have finished it already, and started her next horse literature selection, Justin Morgan Had a Horse.

Chickadee continued to work on subtraction in math. She practiced reading words that begin with blended sounds. She also enjoyed learning about English castles…she would like to play hide and seek in one! We finished Still More Stories from Grandma’s Attic, and she’s a little sad at how quickly the books are going. We get to start Treasures from Grandma next, which I’m really looking forward to, because it contains some of my favorite stories to share!

We’ve also been trying to remember to do a thankful leaf every day. That’s been a little challenging, because the tree is upstairs, and we’ve been doing school downstairs, but I’m sure we’ll catch up. I always love seeing what the children are thankful for, and how that reflects what we’ve been doing!


2018-19 School Year–Week Eleven

Each week seems a bit crazier than the last!

Turkey and Bunny did begin conjugates in math, as promised. Fortunately, they mostly thought they weren’t too bad. Their history lessons focused on medieval India, particularly Java. They had their choice of writing either a horror or crime short story in creative writing. In science, they began dealing with polyatomic ions. They also finished the second act of Romeo and Juliet.

Ladybug thought math was interesting, because she got to work with base-2 this week. She finally got to meet the title character in Misty of Chincoteague. She learned about the Vikings, and a bit of Norse mythology in history. (I discovered how much of my knowledge of Norse mythology comes from the Marvel movies!) She also worked on rewriting sentences without using clichés.

Chickadee started subtraction in math! She began her second I Can Read It book, and was very excited to discover that the first story is about a family of her favorite animal (the elephant). She had her first handwriting lesson that was not straight review, and got to use one of her fancy pieces of handwriting paper, which was very fun.

Yesterday, we had a field trip to the most sincere pumpkin patch we could find, where we picked out what Turkey thinks is our best pumpkin yet (not the biggest, but the one with the most perfect shape), and his standards are very high! Since we waited to go after Moose was done with school, I’m not sure it counts as a school field trip, but I’m going to share a picture anyway!

I have a few fun things planned in the weeks leading up to Thanksgiving, including our annual nature walk, but I’m still hoping that we can keep going without taking a full fall break!

2018-19 School Year–Week Ten

A lot happened this week!

Chickadee probably had it the easiest. She did learn how to add three numbers in a column, and practiced adding two-digit numbers. She is close to done with her first Explode the Code book, and has also completed her first I Can Read It story book. And we finished More Stories from Grandma’s Attic, and started Still More Stories from Grandma’s Attic.

Ladybug learned about exponents and roots in math, and if that wasn’t enough, she also started working with scientific notation! She continued to learn more about horse movements in science…I had no idea there was so much to consider in how a horse moves! She also started reading another classic horse story, Misty of Chincoteague. In history, we returned to France, and read about Charles the Hammer and Charlemagne.

Turkey and Bunny continued working with Lewis Structures in chemistry, and learned how to indicate double and triple bonds. They finished their introduction to imaginary numbers in algebra…I think conjugates are up next. They started the second act of Romeo and Juliet, and for all they claim they don’t like the play, their written work has been excellent, and we’ve also had some really good discussions. In history, they learned about the Hephthalites in Central Asia as well as the Wei Empire in China.

We haven’t had a fall break yet, but we have had several four-day weeks, so I’m going to try to just keep going until Thanksgiving week…we’ll see how that goes!

2018-19 School Year–Week Nine

If I were being completely honest, I would just say imaginary numbers, and end it there, because that’s about all my brain can handle right now…

…But, there were other things this week, even for Turkey and Bunny (although, the imaginary numbers did take up a lot of their brain space!). They also learned about Lewis Structures in chemistry, as well as more on how to “read” the Periodic Table. They finished the first act of Romeo and Juliet. Their creative writing assignments continue to impress me!

Ladybug has started mixing some more complex equations with the order of operations in math. She finished her study of the White Stallion of Lipizza. She also learned the importance of center of gravity to both horse and rider in science. And in history she read about Clovis and the Kingdom of the Franks.

Chickadee learned how to “read” the quarters of the hour on a clock in math. She read some longer stories out loud, and they included “qu” sounds! Her handwriting is improving, as are her map-reading skills. Her enthusiasm for school is a lot of fun!

2018-19 School Year–Week Eight

Can I be totally honest for a moment? I’ve been having a really hard time writing these weekly wrap-ups this year, and for a pretty silly reason. I’m finding it hard to remember everything we’ve done across three grade levels, even within the span of just a week this year! I find that I have to quiz the children on what they’ve covered in their subjects (not a bad thing, I guess), and look back over my lesson plans at the end of the week just to keep up. Even then, I’m sure there’s stuff I’m forgetting, which is probably why the wrap-ups have been so short! Anyway, I’ll continue trying to keep up with it, but you’ll have to be patient with me, and assume if there are big gaps in the reviews, it’s not because we’re slacking off or not doing every subject, it’s just that I can’t remember everything!

Turkey and Bunny started working with fractional exponents in math, which looked intimidating at first, but turned out to be not too bad. In grammar, they identified participle and gerund phrases. Their study of Romeo and Juliet has been going really well, and even though Turkey still says he hates the story, I don’t think he actually minds the work too much.

Ladybug has continued to learn some basic geometry in math. Her history lessons focused on the Aborigines in Australia and the Maori in New Zealand. She was surprised to discover that she knew some of the information from watching Moana! In addition to outlining, she also created narrative summaries in writing.

Chickadee has now had several spelling tests, and is doing a great job! She learned how to rewrite horizontal math problems vertically. Her reading skills improve daily. She also loves listening along with everybody’s lessons…it will be interesting to see how much of it sticks as she gets older!