Weeks 5 & 6–Wrapping up

The last 2 weeks have been a bit of a blur, but some good learning going on!

L wrapped up Beast Academy 3C. I was quite pleased how he handled the “Challenge Problems” in the last few pages. I sat by his side while he worked them out, offering hints, correcting a few calculation mistakes, but for the most part he did the work of organizing the problem and developing the approach for solving it. This week I pulled some MEP lessons to review multiplication facts and division theory. Beast Academy 3D has arrived, but I think we’ll finish up the couple MEP lessons I’ve selected. L has also asked to do some Life of Fred, so I may pull out book 9 for him to do. I’ve also ordered a series called Murderous Math for fun, but we’ll see.

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L used fraction circles to understand part of his math.

Language Arts has us wrapping up Grammar Town. We reviewed the last of the parts of speech and prepositional phrases, and learned about some new types of phrases. We reviewed simple and compound sentences and learned about complex sentences. Spelling had us working on -ed and -es endings. I combined these two concepts in a dictation activity today.

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words ending in the -es suffix in sentences with independent and dependent clauses

I was quite happy with how well he did on this!

Soon he’ll start practicing in Practice Town, and we’ll start learning in Paragraph Town. I think I’ll let him finish the Reading Comprehension workbook before starting the vocabulary book Caesar’s English.

We are also wrapping up Story of the World Volume 3. We learned about the Alamo and the Gold Rush of 1849. L made a flip book about famous fighters at the Alamo. He wrote a great summary of the Gold Rush from an outline I provided for him.

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It looks like a lot of red, but mostly I was just pointing out things we’d been learning about that appeared in his writing: making that connection between our grammar practice in isolation with a “real-life” application.

I also hope for him to have some time working on his “Gold Dig” activity he got as a gift a while back; he had started it, but never finished–this seems like the ideal to wrap that up too!

In science we’ve been learning about the atmosphere and wind. We had a little glitch due to the government shut-down because a couple of our on-line resources are not available, but I think I found suitable substitutes. We made a clay model of the five layers of the atmosphere and a weather vane.

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I couldn’t get the ugly sticker out of the way. The blue layer needed a lot of playdough and I didn’t have enough of one color so I mixed various blues.

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We haven’t had a chance to try it out yet!

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One of our butterflies also “hatched” last week. This warm weather could cause the other two to emerge as well, and unless it stays warm, that won’t bode well. :/

We still have a wind experiment to do but we need a windy day to do it. We should be learning about air pressure today or Monday, and I hope then to make a barometer.

Piano lessons have been going well. L’s practice is paying off with an improvement in his technique and rhythm-keeping skills.

We haven’t had as many art lessons recently, but we did squeeze one in on Tuesday, and the boys drew a bird using the elements and techniques we’ve learned to date. C got frustrated at the point of coloring in and quit [still not sure why--something about thinking I was leaving him behind?], but L and I created quite nice images.

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L’s bird–notice the beard!

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C’s bird–I think he did pretty good, but he wouldn’t stick around to color it in.

Mama's bird

My bird


We had the opportunity last week to go on a field trip with C’s school to a state park. We had a nature presentation of artifacts one of the teacher has collected through the years [skulls, nests, snake skins, etc]. Then we took a hike. This turned into a longer trek than expected because of a change in the trail. We clambered over rocks near the river. Some of the kids needed to be carried. The one family with a stroller [which would have been ok on the old path] had to turn back. But we finally made it, and enjoyed our lunch in the open air.

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Hanging out over the water after our hike


C has been less interested in reading with me and doing “school work”. I did get out the Life of Fred “Apples” book and work a bit with him in there. And we read “Mike Mulligan’s Steam Shovel,” and I demonstrated the power of steam by boiling a kettle and having it turn a pinwheel. Mostly I feel that between his preschool and our day at co-op that there isn’t a lot of time to focus on him. He doesn’t seem to mind though. When he is home and I’m not working with him, he’s been spending a lot of time building with blocks or Legos. But I was hoping to do more.

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We did practice counting thru Chutes & Ladders.

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And he learned to climb the wall. Funny, it’s usually me who feels like she’s climbing the walls!


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