2020-21 School Year–Week Sixteen

Hymn of the Week–“Prepare the Royal Highway” (Lutheran Service Book #343)

What a whirlwind week! We kept up with all of our Advent activities (the Jesse Tree, Tabitha’s Travels, and A Christmas Carol, plus our daily Lego build). In addition to that, Turkey and Bunny graphed with the first derivative in calculus. In advanced biology they finished the chapter on the nervous system…the brain is up next! They read about the connection between physical and emotional well-being in psychology. They continued their study of A Tale of Two Cities.

Ladybug learned how to factor trinomials with a beginning coefficient greater than one in algebra. I’m not going to lie…I really had to stretch my brain to remember how to do that, and it’s only been a few years since I taught Turkey and Bunny how to do it! She finished reading the next section of Treasure Island. In history, she and Chickadee learned about WWI and the Russian Revolution. Here’s a look at the beautiful Advent picture she colored in The Illuminated Hymnal:

Chickadee learned about equivalent fractions in math. She finished the chapter on eggs and baby birds in science. She continued to choose books from our Christmas collection for us to read out loud…there were a lot of them this week!

  • Saint Nicholas: The Real Story of the Christmas Legend
  • An Orange for Frankie
  • The Crippled Lamb
  • The Story of the Nutcracker Ballet
  • The Day Before Christmas
  • The Nutcracker in Harlem
  • Silent Night
  • Christmas in the Trenches
  • Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening
  • The Queen and the First Christmas Tree

Next week, we’re going to have a fun week of Christmas School. I’m planning on finishing A Christmas Carol, and reading some more of our favorite picture books out loud. We’re also going to make ornaments and gingerbread houses, and watch many versions of The Nutcracker! And we’re going to bake a different (and new to us!) kind of Christmas cookie every day next week. I’m really looking forward to it!

Chickadee Thursday

Here’s a look at the picture Chickadee is currently working on in The Illuminated Hymnal. I’m very impressed with how careful she has been with these complicated pictures!

2020-21 School Year–Week Two

Hymn of the Week: “With the Lord Begin Your Task” (Lutheran Service Book #869)

The second week of school is complete!

Turkey and Bunny continued to review many concepts from the last few years of math in calculus. They finished the first chapter of their advanced biology textbook. We had an interesting conversation about ethics in psychology, and also some interesting discussions about early American history. They completed the second act of Macbeth.

Ladybug also did review in math, focusing on exponents and radicals. She learned about thunderstorms, tornadoes, and hurricanes in science. In history, she and Chickadee read about David Livingstone’s exploration of Africa. She made it halfway through the third act of As You Like It.

Chickadee started reviewing multiplication facts in math. She finished the first chapter in her science book, learning about bird habitats and extinction. She started doing dictation in writing. We read more about what daily life looked like on a farm in New York in Farmer Boy.

Here’s a look at something fun the Fab Five are working on this year. I bought them each a copy of The Illuminated Hymnal to color in while we learn about different hymns from Lutheran Service Book each week. Some weeks will be student’s choice, because the hymns in this book don’t always match up with the hymns I’ve selected, but this week they were able to color a beautiful picture to accompany “With the Lord Begin Your Task.”

I’m hoping for some pleasant weather soon, so we can get outside and do something fun in lieu of our usual museum field trips!