Jack was content to do nothing but play with play-doh every.single.day this week—seriously. I had a whole week of Itty Bitty Bookworm curriculum printed out, bagged up and ready for him, but each morning all he
demanded asked for was play-doh. Ok, truthfully I have been dog tired all week long, Joe is sick and cranky, so I took the easy way out and just let him play with his play-doh and trucks each time he asked. Hopefully I’ll get all that I’d wanted to do with him this week done next week.
I did manage to get him involved in a Fall art project along with Hanna and Joe. My plan was to have him make leaf prints with maple leaves and paint on brown cardstock. He started out making the leaf prints and there were some very pretty ones on his paper. I turned my back for two seconds to help Joe with his art, and when I turned back to Jack I found him like this:
He’d decided to fingerpaint and smeared all of the leaf prints into a fingerpaint blob. Oh well, he had fun. Fingerpainting is his thing right now, so that’s pretty much art for him:-). Here is his finished picture, bless his heart:
I continued to reinforce silent “E” with Joe in reading. We didn’t move on to phonograms as I’d planned. I’ll wait until he’s well to do this. He did enjoy playing our silent “E” games from Happy Phonics, playing on Starfall.com, and reading to me from his BOB Books—there really is a giveaway for these coming, I’m just moving slower than usual these days with my posts:-).
For handwriting I used ETC Book 2 and printables from Progressive Phonics.
In math we played a few math games, completed pages in Abeka K5 workbook and Joe continued to enjoy playing Dreambox. He’s been trying it out now for about two months and I really think it is a good supplement to a solid math curriculum. I do not think it is suitable for stand alone math, but do think it is excellent for reinforcement and extra practice.
We all enjoyed reading aloud together in Botany. We read about the parts of a tree branch and found one in our own yard to identify specific parts we read about. We also learned how to identify trees and went on a walk through our neighborhood using what we’d read to identify trees we saw. We learned about the parts of a tree’s trunk and what purpose they each serve.
Below on the small branch we observed you can see the terminal bud at the very end, a couple auxillary buds, as well as the nodes and the amount of growth the tree had in one year between the old terminal bud scars.
We have a couple more lessons to complete and then will move on to Apologia Zoology 2.
HISTORY and BIBLE
We continued to read and love Story of the World Volume 2. We read about the invasion of barbarians, fall of the Roman Empire, the Celts, Angles and Saxons, and enjoyed some Celtic stories such as Craith and Beowulf.
Hanna and Joe labeled two maps, Hanna recorded several events/people on her timeline, made lapbook pieces for the first two chapters, and took Chapter tests 1 and 2.
The kids made crumbling Roman pillars (out of sugar cookie dough) and then finished them off barbarian style:-).
I was amazed at the history behind Roman gladiators. I never knew how they came to be or how they were recruited. I was also very surprised at the “entertainment” that went on and was enjoyed at the Coliseum by spectators. The book Gladiator, by Richard Watkins, was fascinating to me. Hanna and I both read it alone during the week. It was not suitable for Joe. Jamie and I are going to watch the movie Gladiator starring Russell Crowe this weekend for a little more on this subject:-). The kids watched some educational videos on the Romans from our SC Streamline account membership. I don’t know if each state has this option through their public TV station, but it would be well worth checking into. I got a free membership with my homeschool association number, as well as free training on how to use it by one of their instructor’s at the SCETV building.
We read about The Tower of Babel and Abraham this week in the Old Testament. However, next week we are going to go ahead and begin the New Testament since it correlates with our Middle Ages history study this school year. We will be using Acts of the Apostles from Discover the Scriptures.
I had Hanna and Joe choose from several different Fall art projects I found online. They both did a very good job and their pictures turned out pretty. Our bulletin board is almost full of new Fall pictures.
Joe chose a fall watercolor tree collage.
Hanna chose a fall pastel landscape using chalks.
I think that about covers the highlights of this past week. All in all it was a good week even with Joe being sick. Now, to get everyone well and figure out how to get my two littlest ones to nap in the afternoons again. We’re going on week 4 of an afternoon nap strike and it is really, really taking it’s toll on mama…