2018-19 School Year–Week Thirty-Two

Last week was a short week of school, but we were so busy, I didn’t even get a chance to think about what we did until today!

On Monday, we went to the monthly homeschool day at the Missouri History Museum. It’s been a long time since we had room in our schedule and enough interest in the topic to make it to one of these events, but we were really excited about the topic–poetry and prose. It fit in perfectly with Turkey and Bunny’s current study of Medieval poetry and prose, plus we got to hear a Cardinals historian talk about the process he went through writing his most recent book, which was amazing. The craft activity was also very popular…the children got to make magnetic poetry kits. While Bunny and Ladybug chose to use poems written by local authors, Chickadee wanted to do something a little different, so Turkey wrote a fun poem for her. We also finally got to see the Muny exhibit, which is good, because it will be wrapping up soon. While we were in Forest Park, we also took a walk to enjoy the beautiful spring blooms.

As for the rest of the week…well, like I said, it was short. We did find time on a nice morning to practice our increasing tennis skills. Turkey and Bunny learned more about thermodynamics and continued to read To Kill a Mockingbird. Ladybug started adding and subtracting negative and positive numbers and read about the Counter-Reformation and the Council of Trent in history. Chickadee read a few more Dr. Seuss books on her own, and worked on reading and writing word numbers in math.

The rest of the week was spent observing Holy Week and preparing for Easter, which may have been a break from school, but left us even busier than we are during the school week. The children had many choir commitments from Palm Sunday through Good Friday, which they enjoyed, but their voices are all ready for a rest! We’re back to work tomorrow, and we have less than a month left in our school year, so it’s full speed ahead until we’re done!

2018-19 School Year–Week Thirty-One

Another week closer to the end of the year, and we’ve been busy!

Turkey and Bunny worked on using equations to solve problems involving money and percents in math. They started the second chapter on thermodynamics in science, and learned about enthalpy and Hess’ Law. Their creative writing assignment allowed them to practice writing a submission for a college application in the form of a poem. They also began their study of To Kill a Mockingbird.

Ladybug started working with negative numbers in math…I was honestly surprised to discover that she hadn’t done that yet! She wrote a chronological narrative of the life of Julius Caesar. She read about the Renaissance in history. In science, she learned about the social relationships of horses.

Chickadee continued to work on reading whole books, including Little Bear. She is almost done Explode the Code for the year. In math she practiced measuring and revisited telling time.

We also managed to fit in the field trip I was hoping to go on this week…we visited the National Blues Museum in St. Louis for the first time! It was a small, but really cool place, with lots of information we’ve never encountered before, and quite a few hands-on displays. We even got to listen to a musician play while we were there!

After our tour of the museum, we decided to take a walk around St. Louis and enjoy the beautiful spring weather and throngs of happy Cardinals fans who were in town for the afternoon game:

We have another field trip planned for what is going to be a short week of school next week, and then just about four weeks of school left after Easter!

2018-19 School Year–Week Thirty

What a week! Turkey and Bunny finished The Scarlet Letter. They both said it wasn’t a very interesting book, but I think the very good discussions we had, and their reactions to the story, suggest otherwise. They also finished the first chapter on thermodynamics in science. In math, they graphed two equations on the same plane, and calculated their intersection points. They spent time in medieval India and Korea in history.

Ladybug has reached my favorite period of time in history…that surrounding Martin Luther and the Reformation, which included the story of Henry VIII and his many wives. She worked on taking notes on index cards in writing. In science, she read about hackneys. Her math involved a lot of review, including using base-2, which she isn’t really a fan of.

Chickadee is now reading whole books on her own! She started with a classic, Green Eggs and Ham, and also read Hop on Pop and Put Me in the Zoo. It has been a lot of fun to see her older siblings’ reactions to this, because they have a lot of fond memories of reading those books themselves. Turkey, in particular, is excited for her to read Go, Dog, Go, because it was one of his favorite first books to read to himself, which I didn’t even realize until he told me about his memories of it this week!

We never did go on the field trip I had hoped for this week…instead, we stayed home during our roof replacement on Tuesday, which was a learning experience itself! We are definitely going to the Missouri History Museum in a little over a week, though, and we’ll also be visiting the St. Louis Science Center at some point this month…and if I’m really ambitious, we may visit another new-to-us location, as well!

2018-19 School Year–Week Twenty-Nine

Following our much-needed spring break, I feel like I can see the light at the end of the tunnel that is this school year…suddenly, we have less than two months to go!

Turkey and Bunny learned quite a few new things this week. They graphed hyperbolas in math and learned about the First Law of Thermodynamics in science. They also learned how to calibrate a thermometer (our was off by approximately two degrees), and how calorimeters work. In history they learned about the creation of duchies in what was Francia. We came so close to finishing The Scarlet Letter…that will be complete next week.

Ladybug constructed two-level outlines in writing…and enjoyed doing it! She also continued to work with percents in math. Her science lessons focused on horses’ hearing and sight. In history, she read about Central and South America…the Mayans, Aztecs, and Incas, as well as the Conquistadors who came to those countries, and the beginning of the slave trade.

Chickadee started (and came close to finishing!) and new book: The Best Trick. She learned how to carrying while adding! She also starting subtracting with two-digit numbers.

I think next week, we’re going to have a field trip day while we have our new roof put on…trying to do regular schoolwork with all that noise and activity doesn’t sound like much fun to me!

2018-19 Curriculum

I once again had good intentions of sharing this list closer to the start of our school year, but as always, time kind of got away from me…can I still blame the broken ankle I had last fall? Anyway, here is what we’ve been working on this school year, in grades ten (Turkey and Bunny), six (Ladybug), and one (Chickadee)…I hope I remembered it all!


  • Treasury of Daily Prayer


For Turkey and Bunny

  • Math-U-See Algebra 2

For Ladybug

  • Horizons Math 6

For Chickadee

  • Horizons Math 1

Language Arts

For Turkey and Bunny

  • The Creative Writer, Level Four
  • Wordly Wise 3000, Book Ten
  • Analytical Grammar
  • Poetry, Prose, and Drama–Book One

For Ladybug

  • Spelling Workout F
  • Handwriting Without Tears Cursive Success Grade Five
  • Wordly Wise 3000, Book Six
  • Writing with Skill, Level One

For Chickadee

  • Sonlight Language Arts 1
  • I Can Read It book series
  • Explode the Code books 1-3
  • Spelling Workout Level A
  • A Reason for Handwriting Grade One


For Turkey and Bunny

  • The Emperor Constantine
  • Romeo and Juliet
  • The Scarlet Letter
  • To Kill a Mockingbird

For Ladybug (with Chickadee listening in)

  • The White Stallion of Lippizza
  • Misty of Chincoteague
  • Justin Morgan Had a Horse
  • King of the Wind
  • Brighty of the Grand Canyon
  • The Black Stallion


For Turkey and Bunny

  • The History of the Medieval World

For Ladybug (with Chickadee listening in)

  • Story of the World volume two and supplemental materials


For Turkey and Bunny

  • Apologia Exploring Creation with Chemistry and MicroChem kit

For Ladybug (with Chickadee listening in)

  • WinterPromise Equine Science


  • Duolingo
  • Tennis
  • Kantorei or Schola Cantorum (choirs)


  • The Grandma’s Attic series

2018-19 School Year–Week Twenty-Eight

We made it through the last week before spring break!

This was a week about wrapping stuff up. Turkey and Bunny completed chapters in math and science. They’re also very close to finishing The Scarlet Letter. In creative writing, they wrote in the style of surrealism, which was a lot of fun!

Ladybug learned how to think like a horse in science. She worked on probabilities in math. She wrote an essay about “The Bowman,” which is a fictionalized story about the Battle of Agincourt. In history, she read about Columbus, Vespucci, and Magellan.

Chickadee finished her last “I Can Read It” book this week! She practiced skip counting some more in math. We also finished reading A School of Her Own, which means we have to hope the library can find the rest of the books in the Grandma’s Attic series in their system, because that was the last book we have in our personal library.

I’m really looking forward to having next week off…hopefully, we’ll even get to enjoy some nice weather at some point!

2018-19 School Year–Week Twenty-Seven

We have one week of school left before our spring break, and I’m feeling a little burned out, so I’m going to hit the bare minimum as far as highlights of this week’s work.

Turkey and Bunny graphed parabolas in math. They read about the Vikings and the early kingdoms of England in history. Ladybug learned about different breeds of horses in science. She also learned about medieval west African kingdoms (Ghana, Mali, and Songhai). Chickadee moved on from just counting money to adding it. She continued to try to read everything she encountered…and was successful a lot of the time! We didn’t get to play tennis this week, because the weather was just too gross…maybe next week.

We just have to make it through five more days of school, and then we can take a break…and if we’re lucky, maybe we’ll even have some spring weather to go with it!

2018-19 School Year–Week Twenty-Six

Finally, the end of February!

Turkey and Bunny learned how to graph circles and ellipses in math, and if you’ll pardon the pun, discovered that there’s a bit of a learning curve to doing them correctly. In science, they studied exothermic and endothermic processes. Their history lessons focused on Basil, Cyril, Methodius and the creation of Moldavia. They also analyzed the rhyme scheme of a poem in creative writing.

Ladybug used what she learned about bisecting angles last week to construct other shapes this week. In science, she learned about the different markings on horses, and the effect they can have. She read about the kingdoms of Spain and Portugal in history. She also read and analyzed a short story in writing.

Chickadee got to read a story about elephants this week, which was very exciting to her, because elephants are her favorite animal! She had a review lesson in spelling, which was also exciting, because it meant she didn’t have a test. She practiced skip counting in math.

So March is finally here, which is always a relief. We’re looking forward to our spring break in a couple of weeks, but first we have to face another snowstorm…but spring will be here soon (I hope!).

2018-19 School Year–Week Twenty-Five

We made a lot of progress this week!

Turkey and Bunny breezed right through the lesson on the distance and midpoint formulas in math, and are ready to start a new chapter already. They also started the chapter on solutions in science, and I discovered that they already knew some of the information about solubility from listening to Don Wilson advertise Tums on the old Jack Benny radio show…I’m not even kidding! They wrote more poems in their creative writing course, and progressed farther in The Scarlet Letter.

Ladybug had a very exciting week in math…she learned how to bisect angles with a compass! She learned about the Princes in the Tower in history…as much as you can learn, anyway, given that no one knows for sure how that story ended. She continued her literature study of Brighty of the Grand Canyon, and learned about tack, and especially different saddles, in science.

Chickadee learned different ways to spell the “ow” sound this week. She also finished a two-week long series of short stories. Her reading has really taken off! In math, she worked on sequencing and shape names. She also enjoyed hearing more of the stories about Mabel as a teacher in A School of Her Own.

In other news, I finally planned out this year’s summer school. I had a really hard time coming up with an idea, but once I did (we’re going to study Rick Steves’ Europe), the lessons pretty much wrote themselves, and I’m really, really excited about it!

2018-19 School Year–Week Twenty-Four

Another week of school is complete!

Turkey and Bunny didn’t have a whole lot of new work this week. They did start graphing inequalities in algebra, and I was very impressed with how much they remembered about doing so from algebra one! They got to write a nonsense poem in creative writing, which was fun for them and me! Their history lessons focused more on Charlemagne and the time immediately following his reign.

Ladybug reviewed time zones in math. She also calculated the surface area of different objects. She read about the War of the Roses in history. Her horse science lessons focused on how to tell when something is wrong with a horse. In horse literature, she finished King of the Wind and started Brighty of the Grand Canyon. She also wrote a five paragraph essay about octopuses.

Chickadee continued to add three-digit numbers in math. She also worked on putting events in the correct sequence. Her spelling words all contained different ways of making the long “e” sound. She’s trying to read everything she sees, in and out of the house!

The girls also made a fun Valentine’s Day craft which is now hanging in our school room:

We still have a full month before we have any kind of a real break…I hope we make it that long!