~26 weeks completed and 130 full days~
This week we were blessed to have another good week all the way around. As I type this I can feel a sore throat and congestion coming on, and know this is the case for a couple of the kids too, so praying that the weekend and week ahead will bring good health for us all…on to our school week…
In HISTORY we continued with our studies of the Agricultural Revolution, the Enlightenment, read about Peter the Great and Hanna worked on her bio of Marie Antoinette, as well as added dates to her timeline and did some mapping work.
We also attended a history class for homeschoolers at our state museum. Hanna got to participate in a skit during class and really enjoyed it.
In READING and HANDWRITING Joe continued with daily lessons from Abeka’s 5K Handwriting and read to me each day a reader of his choice. I have noticed a huge improvement in his handwriting in the last three weeks. The extra writing practice each day is really paying off.
In ELA Hanna read Charlie and the Chocolate Factory for an upcoming project, completed another assignment in her genealogy workbook and completed the next lesson in Winston Grammar. She also started a journal. This is something I’ve wanted her to do for quite some time but she does not share the same enthusiasm about it as I do. We came to a compromise, she asked if she could write an ongoing story in her journal instead of a daily log. I figure if this makes her happy and excited to do, then it’s fine with me. The point is to have daily writing practice, and this works!
Hanna worked away in Teaching Textbooks Math 6 with no problems.
Once again SCIENCE was lots of fun. We compared/contrasted plant and animal cells using a microscope.
I read the book Greg’s Microscope with Joe. He loved it! He wanted to look at salt grains through the microscope just like Greg did in the book. We did, and they looked just like shown in the book. Joe thought this was so cool. Next, we wet the salt and let it dry—just as in the book, and looked at it the next day. It looked like crystals—again, another big hit with Joe. This is a great book to introduce microscopes and what they do/are used for to young children.
We conducted an experiment to demonstrate the semi-permeability of an egg’s cell membrane. We aren’t quite through with this experiment. How-to and results on this one next week. I’ll just say it is lots of fun so far!
We used an egg, tape measure, mason jar and white vinegar.
My little Jack enjoyed playing—this week his fave was puzzles. He did puzzles all morning most days of the week. I was impressed by how fast he could put some of the difficult ones together. He is really good at puzzles!
Hanna attended an ART class at our local art museum. The class was about sculpture. She learned about a particular artist, studied their work and then made a fabric and wire sculpture similar to the one she studied.
The assignment was to make a hand from fabric and wire. The hand was to hold items that are of personal importance to the sculptor. Hanna’s hand is holding a book (she is definitely a bookworm! ) and a roller skate (she LOVES to skate and is very good at it!). She also made a letter “H” out of wire for her name and attached it to the outer edge of the hand. She did a wonderful job, and had such a fun time in the class.
stART, Read.Explore.Learn, Kids Get Crafty
With my three boys we read, The Mitten, by Alvin Tresselt. I’d never read this version of the book before, but we all enjoyed it just as much as the one written by Jan Brett.
After we read the book, I helped them all make handprint mittens. We made handprints on construction paper. After they were dry I traced a mitten outline, cut it out, applied glitter to the outer edges, glued the mittens onto another piece of construction paper, glued cotton balls on the bottom of each mitten and wrote their names and date on each one. I love how they turned out.
Hanna and I continued to work together on SEWING lessons in her book. This is my favorite thing right now. I am so excited to be learning to sew. I absolutely love doing this with Hanna. We completed four lessons this week. Here are a couple we did—yes, we are still sewing on paper. I think we have 3 more paper lessons and then we move to some fabric:-). **I scannned in these images, so they are a bit blurry.**
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