2014-15 School Year–Week Nineteen

Last week was another fun and crazy week of school!

There was nothing much new in math this week for any of the children, so math lessons were all finished fairly quickly each day. I kind of enjoy a review week every now and again…it’s a lot less pressure on everybody. Also, when we finish math promptly, the rest of the day seems to go more efficiently, as well, which is always nice!

We started our Black History Month study this week. We’re using Heart and Soul: The Story of American and African-Americans as our main text…we read the first two chapters and discussed them. We also learned about slavery and the Underground Railroad a little more in-depth. We continued our medieval history lessons with the Wars of the Roses, which I enjoyed immensely…I love any excuse to study British history!

I decided that this would be a good week to start our new literature study, which is Anne of Green Gables, a book I’m not certain I’ve ever read in its entirety. Turkey was very reluctant to begin this book, but by the end of the first chapter, he was making speculations about what was going to happen along with his sisters!

We finished our lesson about conifers this week in science. We were able to recall some of the trees we saw on our most recent trip to the Botanical Garden when we learned about cycads, which was nice. Since we only have a few chapters left in our text, I’m planning on going back to some of the early chapters once the trees and other plants in our area begin blooming, so we can observe firsthand some of the things we learned about.

I also finally came up with a plan for this year’s summer school last week. I was starting to get a little nervous, because I usually have a least a theme by now, and nothing was coming to me. Then I remembered that we still haven’t studied the history of our state, even though I’ve been meaning to do it for a few years. I think that will be the perfect study this summer, and I’m starting to get really excited about it. I’m already planning a day-long field trip to the state capital!

Hoping for another fun week this week, as we add in a few crafts for Valentine’s Day and Mardi Gras, in addition to our regular lessons.

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