This was a pretty quiet week of school. Ladybug worked word problems centered around “distance equals rate times time” in algebra 2. She did more problems involving stoichiometry in chemistry. In history, she read about the early Lombards, as well as Japan and China. She already finished her grammar curriculum for the year! We continued our discussion of To Kill a Mockingbird. We turned our attention to Star Wars Everyday for a change of pace, and she made Hoth Chocolate Snowballs to celebrate what was, in the end, a pretty lackluster snow day in terms of snow, but still fun.
Chickadee did word problems involving perimeter and area in math. She finished the chapter on ungulates in science. We continued reading The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe. In grammar, she reviewed conjunctions and the various ways commas are used. In history, we read about the line drawings of the Nazca and the giant heads made by the Olmecs.
I think we’re still trying to get used to being back to our normal routine, because this was a weird week. We didn’t get quite as much done as I had planned, but that was partially because we had an unexpected field trip opportunity pop up. I was disappointed that the Missouri History Museum discontinued their “Homeschool Days,” something we really enjoyed pre-pandemic. They have replaced it with “History Exploration Days,” however, so we went to that for the first time today. The topic was architecture in the city of St. Louis and beyond, and we especially enjoyed the “Sizing Up the Skyline” workshop, which looked at how architecture has been (and is) judged. In general, though, I felt like even though it’s advertised as a family program for all ages, it skewed quite young, so I’m not sure we’ll go back for one of those events.
There was regular schoolwork this week, too, of course. Ladybug made conversions between the metric and imperial systems in algebra 2. She finished the chapter on stoichiometry in chemistry. We continued our discussion of To Kill a Mockingbird. In history, she read about Harsha’s defeat by the Chalukya dynasty. She also read some examples of experimental fiction in creative writing.
Chickadee learned how to determine if figures are similar or congruent in math. She learned about horses and ponies in science. We continued to read The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, and she really dislikes Edmund! In history, she read about Philip II of Macedon, and especially Alexander the Great (and added another item to her list of Seven Wonders of the Ancient World).
We still haven’t returned to themed cooking, but both Chickadee and Ladybug baked something this week. Chickadee helped me make a “Birthday Cookie Cake” from the My Little Pony Baking Book, and Ladybug and I made “Thick Frosted Speculoos Cookie Bars” according to a recipe I saw Molly Yeh make on Girl Meets Farm:
Following our extended Christmas break, we finally got back to work this week! But we started with something fun…a trip to the St. Louis Zoo. It was the perfect January day to visit, because many of the animals were very active!
We also did actual work. Ladybug did a lesson on ratios in algebra 2. She started reading To Kill a Mockingbird. In history, she read about the life of Muhammad and the continuing decline of the Persian Empire. She identified noun clauses in grammar. She wrote a short play in creative writing, using Stitch from Lilo and Stitch for her inspiration. In chemistry, she worked with the concept of stoichiometry, and found that the math wasn’t too intimidating!
Chickadee worked on identifying polygons and drawing circles with a compass in math. She started a chapter about ungulates in science, beginning with her favorite animal, the elephant. All of her grammar this week was review, which was convenient after so much time off! She read about Greek mythology, and also some of the battles of the Greeks, as well as the first marathon, in history. We started reading The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, and we made Turkish Delight!
We hit the halfway mark in both math classes this week, so it’s all downhill from here!
Before we get back to work following our Christmas break, let’s take a look at this year’s curriculum. Ladybug is in 10th grade this year, and Chickadee is in 5th. Yes, I am annoyed that they’re at different places in the history cycle…even though they’re using different texts, it’s much easier on my brain when they’re in the same time, but what are you going to do? They are doing the same religion this year, so I guess that balances it out! The beginning of the school year seems like a very long time ago, so I hope I haven’t overlooked anything we’ve already done.
Treasury of Daily Prayer
Math-U-See Algebra 2
Horizons Math 5
The Creative Writer, Level Four
Wordly Wise 3000, Book Ten
Poetry, Prose, and Drama–Book One
Spelling Workout E
First Language Lessons Level Four
A Reason for Handwriting Cursive E
Wordly Wise 3000, Book Five
Writing with Ease Level Four
The Emperor Constantine
Romeo and Juliet
The Scarlet Letter
To Kill a Mockingbird
The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe
The History of the Medieval World
Story of the World volume 1 and supplemental materials
Apologia Exploring Creation with Chemistry and MicroChem kit
Apologia Exploring Creation with Zoology: Land Animals of the Sixth Day
Cooking (featuring Recipes from the World of Tolkien)
Tennis/Personal Physical Fitness
The Lord of the Rings series (we’ll see how far we get)
This was a weird week of school because it fell between our short Thanksgiving week and the start of Christmas school. We did wrap some things up, and even though we didn’t read The Fellowship of the Ring this week, we did make three new dishes from Recipes from the World of Tolkien: Beorn’s Warm Baked Cheese (brie baked with honey and topped with pecans and dried cranberries), Westfarthing Fairings (light, crispy cookies flavored with lemon and fall spices), and Traveler’s All-in-One Breakfast in a Pan (which we had for breakfast-for-dinner).
Ladybug worked on isolating a variable in an equation full of variables in algebra. In chemistry, she finished the chapter introducing the concept of moles. We also finished reading The Scarlet Letter. We wrapped up adverb clauses in grammar. In history she read about the Persians and the Byzantines.
Chickadee learned how to identify and measure angles in math. She finished the chapter on rodents and other animals (including rabbits, hedgehogs, armadillos, sloths, and anteaters) in science. In history she read about the Medes and Persians (and Cyrus the Great), as well as Athens and Sparta. She also enjoyed reading The Best Christmas Pageant Ever for the first time!
Up next: two weeks of Christmas school featuring crafts, cookies, and stories related to Christmas in Germany/German-speaking countries!
We started the week with another favorite field trip…we took a hike around Cahokia Mounds. The Interpretive Center is still closed, so we couldn’t go in there, but we did take a trail we’ve never been down before, and really enjoyed seeing some different things (and we also came across several deer!).
Ladybug worked on calculating percents in algebra 2. She learned about moles (the measurement, not the animal) in chemistry. In history, she read about the deaths of Justinian and Khosru of Persia. We started the last section of The Scarlet Letter. She worked on writing non-linear dialogue in creative writing. Although we took a break from reading The Fellowship of the Ring to focus on some of our favorite Thanksgiving stories, we did bake Bilbo’s Eleventy-First Birthday Cake (even though it’s also not currently his birthday!):
Chickadee reviewed time zones in math and worked on converting units of time. She started learning about rodents in science, by learning what makes a rodent a rodent. We continued to read about the ancient Greeks in history, including their alphabet and how it relates to ours, and some of the stories of Homer. She continued to identify prepositional phrases in grammar, focusing on ones that work as adjective phrases.
Next week will be a short week of mostly fun and catching up, and then Thanksgiving!
Last Tuesday was one of my favorite days of the year…the day where we take the walking trail all the way around Creve Coeur Lake! Even though this is about the time we usually go, there were far fewer leaves this time, probably due to the winds we had last week. While I missed the foliage on some of my favorite parts of the walk, I appreciated that we had a whole new perspective this time around!