Thursday, February 26, 2009

Weekly Report...Week 20

We had a "thumbs up" kind of week. We completed everything I had planned with the exception of the history project. I just can't seem to get on the ball with that. Especially if there is a lot of prep work involved.

Tapestry of Grace (Both)
I still can't shake the feeling that I am not using this program to it's potential, even in the grammar stage. I think I need to add in some read alouds. Maybe start doing the read alouds they have scheduled or even reading one of the in-depth history books they suggest. I will have to give this some more thought.

History...this is the week Magnus has been waiting for. We learned about the Mayans, the Aztecs, and the Incas. We discussed the influence the Spanish explorers had on their daily life and survival. Exploration and Conquest continues to be a big hit around here.

Mapwork...we labeled the different tribes on a map of Central/South America. I didn't realize the Inca Empire was so big!

Literature...Magnus is reading Morning Girl by Michael Dorris. It's been kind of a challenge due to the fact that he has discovered the Redwall series by Brian Jacques and only wants to read them. These books are roughly 350 pages each and he has read three of them since this past weekend!

Language Arts (Magnus)
Grammar...more review of sentence structure this week.

Spelling...I decided not to start the program this week. I needed to spend sometime familiarizing myself with it and learning how to teach it. Granted, that hasn't happened, but I hope to get to it this weekend.

Writing...we started Writing With Ease Level 2 this week. So far so good. Narration needs work...he gives ALL the details, but it'll come in time.
On a side note...our charter school purchase the Teaching Writing: Structure and Style by Andrew Pudewa DVDS and notebooks. Some other moms and I are going to work through the series on Monday afternoons and then get a co-op going so we can work through the Student Writing Intensive Level A with our kids. Not sure I am going to join in with the co-op...I want Magnus to work through WWE before we tackle SWI A. I may save that for next year. Regardless, I am excited about having other moms to do this with.

Phonics (Thane)
Every day, my choice to change to Ordinary Parent's Guide to Teaching Reading is reinforced. Thane is moving along. When I tell him it's time for reading he gabs his book, plops on the love seat, and waits for me to join him. The snuggles make it so worth it! We finished the easy short vowel sounds and will move onto blends next week. It will definitely be more of a challenge. We'll see how he does.

Also started him on the Explode the Code books. He loves them and gave them a thumbs up!

Magnus...he has completed worksheets everyday this week on four digit addition. On top of that, I introduced him to subtraction (finally). He understood it quickly. on telling time. With there only being digital clocks in our house, working with the "hands" proved to be a little hard. Will have to continue working on this concept a bit.

Continued learning about birds this week. We focused on their development. They completed a few worksheets and watched a great video about eggs. It showed the development of the chicken and the process an egg goes through from the farm to the grocery store.

Yea for me! We actually did it this week! The boys got a kick out of the song this week. They even made up a dance to it. I had to listen to it at least 10 times every day!

(Yes, Magnus is dressed up like an Indian. You'll see why.)

Magnus also built a model of a casa (house) and had to label the porta (door), murus (wall), and fenestra (windows). He got pretty creative.

P.A.C.T. Classes
Science...cancelled this week
Kidspiration...did something. Not sure what. working on a drawing of a weaver bird. Can't wait to see that one!
Music Appreciation...we attended a school program instead
PE...we attended a school program instead

Mrs. P's Kindergarten Class..."N" Week...he shared is Nerf gun.
Music Appreciation...we attended a school program instead
PE...we attended a school program instead

Wednesday, our charter school invited a Native American to come talk to the kids about the life of a Plains Indian. Lizard Woman (her name...I love it!) brought all kinds of things to show the kids. Later, they got to try their hand at the Bow and Arrow. My little, creative, "I have to immerse myself" child dressed up like an Indian. I love that it doesn't matter to him if the other kids are going to do it or not (they didn't). He does it because he wants to.

Thanks for stopping by! See you next week!


Sailmom said...

I love the pic of the boys dancing! lol! And I'm willing to bet that nobody thought he was weird for dressing up! If we'd been there, Dari would've been dressed with him. And... is that costume made out of a pillowcase, by any chance? ;D

~Angela (mommylawyer) said...

Great week! And I completely understand what you mean about history projects. That's my struggle these days, too.

Lori C., Texas said...

Sounds like a great week! I love Magnus' costume!:) I have yet to get Latin done! It never happens around here. Hopefully, next year we will get to it!:)

Our Westmoreland School said...

OMG, Andrew and I started reading the first Redwall book and couldn't get through the first few chapters! Way to go Magnus!

We started WWE 2 this week too and my ds wants to rewrite the entire story for his summary. We're working on it, but it's so hard to figure out what to actually write down and what to discuss down to a single a sentence, iykwIm.

Anyway! Great week! Love the Indian costume :)

Melenie said...

I love the house with sticky notes and what a fun history week. It sounds like you have done so much and having a great time doing it.

Julia said...

Great report. Love all the pictures.

Just some guy... said...

Great job this week, home-school mom! Looks like you and the kiddos learned lots and had fun.