2015-16 School Year–Week Ten

Back to work after our fall break!

This was a busy week. We started our “Thankful Tree,” and added some leaves for last week, too…if we hadn’t, our tree wouldn’t be full enough by the end of the month! We caught up on the antics of Mr. Pipes, Annie, and Drew as they travel through Europe. Math, fortunately, was mostly review, although Turkey and Bunny did learn some new things about finding the percents of numbers.

It was nice to get back to our literature studies, and catch up on what’s been happening in Farmer Boy and Tom Sawyer. We read some of my favorite chapters in both books…the harvest chapters in Farmer Boy, which are especially appropriate at this time of year, and the funeral chapter in Tom Sawyer, which may be the most famous scene in the whole book.

Turkey and Bunny finished their third module in science, and both received excellent scores on their test. They are now very familiar with how to conduct a science experiment, especially how to control it, and when single or double-blind experiments are necessary. Ladybug, meanwhile, is learning about the different kinds of feathers on birds, which is a very interesting topic for all of us.

In history, we learned about the Sun King of France, the creation of Prussia, and some of the early conflicts in the North American colonies. I sometimes wonder if my children tire of how often I say: “I love this period of history!” but it’s always true…there’s just so much to learn!

Next week, we’ll be temporarily abandoning our history studies for our yearly “Thanksgiving School.” The timing of it this year is excellent, since we’ve been learning about the early colonial period in America. This is always one of my favorite weeks of the school year…I can’t wait to get started!

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