Friday, March 6, 2009

Weekly Report...Week 21

Due to this time...we were able to only get a bit of our work done.

Tapestry of Grace (Both)
History...we touched on Martin Luther and the Reformation.

Literature...Magnus is reading Thunderstorm in Church by Louise Vernon. It is a story about Martin Luther and he is really enjoying it.

Read Aloud...I started reading Mr. Pipes and Psalms and Hymns of the Reformation by Douglas Bond. The author is friends with Collin's parents.

Language Arts (Magnus)
Grammar...moving right along in his Growing with Grammar. I like this program.

Spelling...well, I had planned to start Spelling Power this week, then the Administrator of our charter school okayed the purchase of Phonetic Zoo and asked me to pilot the program. So, I am waiting for that to be ordered and given to me. I hope it'll work. If not, then we'll give Spelling Power a shot.

we did a few days of the Writing With Ease program. I also started watching the Teaching Writing Style and Structure videos from Institute for Excellence in Writing. This is good stuff! I am very excited about this. However, since we just started the WWE, I thought about putting off the IEW until next year. But, after talking it over with the classical advisor at our charter school, I am going to continue WWE three days a week and then work on the "key word outlines" only for the other two days. I plan to use the Christian Liberty Press Nature Readers and the Usborne Encyclopedia of World History for text for the outlining.

Phonics...even though he reads at a Jr. High level, I am still having him work through the Explode the Code workbooks. He is on book 4 1/2 right now.

Phonics (Thane)
His reading continues to improve, however, I think I may be pushing him a little fast. I am going to slow things down a bit, play some games and read from some easy readers like the Bob books. He is my "workbook" kid so I also have him completing the Explode the Code books. He is working on book 1 1/2 now.

Math (Both)
A strange thing happened this week. Thane and Magnus were both learning the same thing in each of their books. Of course Magnus' was a bit more advanced, but with the way Thane has been with numbers, I just had him doing Magnus' work. So, they got to do their math lesson together. It was about using nonstandard units of measure (like a paper clip, our feet, markers, ect.) to measure things. They both enjoyed it.

Science (Both)
Due to me being sick, we did get to it. No worries...there is always next week. Besides, if I am feeling better, we are planning a trip to the ocean to look at tide pools on Sunday. Say your prayers!

Latin (Magnus)
He did chapter 9 which was a review of the previous 3 chapters.

P.A.C.T. Classes
The boys were able to attend all of them this week with the exception of Science. Ms. Carla was ill again.

Be sure to come back the beginning of next week to check out the pictures from the beach!


Kim said...

Wish I was going to the beach! Have fun!

Lori C., Texas said...

Sounds like a good week! I hope you feel better soon. I want to go to the beach!!:)

Kristine said...

Sounds like a good week, despite being sick. Get well soon & have fun at the beach!

zelda said...

Sorry you weren't feeling well. Here's to a healthier next week!

Anonymous said...

Punky - Take a little time off to "heal thyself" so you and the boys and Collin can fully enjoy the tide pools. As always, take pictures . . .