Friday, February 20, 2009

Weekly Report...Week 19

Due to sickness...again...this was a light week.

Tapestry of Grace (Both)
History...Read about Magellan and his explorations. It sadden us to hear that he died before reaching India, his final destination. The boys are really enjoying the book Exploration and Conquest by Betsy and Giulio Maestro. I had to talk to them a bit about slavery and that was difficult.

Literature...Magnus has misplaced I, Juan de Pareja so he was unable to finish it. He better find it because I can only renew it one more time!

Lapbooks...we finally finished putting our Middle Ages lapbook together.

Language Arts (Magnus)
Grammar...still reviewing sentences, fragments, and questions.

Spelling...I received Spelling Power and we did the survey and placement tests. According to that, he is at a 4.5 grade level in spelling. I don't see how that is possible. Anyhow, it said to start him on flow list D, but I think I will start him on C. He likes the idea of only doing spelling 15 minutes a day. We'll see how he likes it after next week when I show him exactly how he is suppose to study the list words. There are several steps involved and I don't think that is going to sit too well with him. He thinks he has better ways of doing things. (Where does he get that?)

Writing...we are going to be starting Writing With Ease next week. Narration and dictation just aren't getting done. This will aid in that as well as provide him with much needed copywork. I am excited about it.

Phonics (Thane)
Ordinary Parent's Guide for Teaching Reading is working beautifully! He is reading the words and not the pictures! He likes the optional activities at the end of some of the lessons and I have been adding in some of the games from Happy Phonics.

Magnus...learned 4 digit addition this week. According to the book, we were supposed to take 5 days to work on the concept on the abacus and then "several days" doing it on paper. Well, we did 3 problems on the abacus and then moved onto paper. He got it! He understood it! We spent the rest of the week doing the worksheets. He is very proud of himself...I am proud of him too!

Thane...I didn't do any formal lessons with him since he was under the weather. He did ask to do some worksheet though. I gave him a sheet of 45 problems with questions where the answers would be from 1-50. Problems like 28+13 and 17+12. He only missed 8 of them!

(Think this child is tired of having his picture taken?)

Science (Both)
We started studying birds this week. We learned about their beaks, feet, and feathers. The boys have shown interest in bird watching in the past...I know where they get that from...and they are able to identify several. We have several hawks in our area and when they hear it's call, they rush out the door to try to locate it. I like being able to share my interests with them.

Latin (Magnus)
I had really good intentions. Doesn't that count for something?

PACT Classes: Magnus
Science...Monday was a holiday
Kidspiration...Monday was a holiday
Music Appreciation...cancelled for some reason
PE...didn't go due to illness

Mrs. P's Kindergarten Class...didn't attend due to illness, but we worked on his worksheets.
Music Appreciation...cancelled for some reason
PE...didn't go due to illness

Thankfully Thane was feeling better so we were able to go on the Aerospace Museum Field Trip on Thursday. Be sure to check out all of the great pictures! If you didn't click on the link, then just scroll's the next post.

Thanks for stopping by! See you next week!


Kim said...

I hope good intentions count for something- I have them too!

Chucki the Parrothead said...

Sounds like a productive week. I'm glad everyone was well enough for the field trip.

Robin of My Two Blessings said...

Sounds like a good week. We are enjoying writing with ease. Looking forward to hearing what you have to say about it. Wasn't the aerospace museum neat. We were there not long ago and had a fun time.

Summer Fae said...

I hope that your son is feeling better really soon.