Monday, February 22, 2010

Weekly Report...Week 24

I suffered with a migraine for two days, however, school got done...I think.

History (Both)
We started reading about the various Acts King George III was forcing upon the colonists in a Landmark book by Lucille Recht Penner called Liberty! How the Revolutionary War Began. The boys completed a notebook page showing the government structure during that time and created a couple mini books that will later be placed in their notebooks. Magnus read Johnny Tremain by Forbes but claimed he didn't like the ending. "It was sad." We also added to our timeline.

Science (Both)
What? I can't hear you.

Language Arts (Magnus)
Grammar...Still reviewing using the exercises in the Teacher Resource section.

Poetry...Music of the Hemispheres by Michael Clay Thompson is brilliant! The discussion of the various poetic elements is gently laid out and easy to understand. Magnus wrote his own line of poetry this week. He thought of something that makes sound and then chose words to describe that something using words that sound like that something. Clear as mud? Here is what he wrote:

She searches and surfs the waves seeking a sleepy peace.

He was writing about the waves at the beach. See how his choice of words (she, searches, surfs, seeking, sleepy, peace) and their placement gives you the sense of the waves movement? Brilliant! Magnus also painted the scene with watercolor paints.

Writing...He finished rewriting his paragraph on Desert Tarantulas. I was impressed with it.

Spelling...Moving onto List 12 in Phonetic Zoo. Love this program!

Literature...I lost track. That boy ALWAYS has his nose in a book.

Language Arts (Thane)
Grammar...We worked more with pronouns.

Reading/Phonics...Still working through Headsprout and OPGTR. I'll be adding in the Beehive Reader from Marie Rippel of All About Spelling fame next school week.

Spelling...All About Spelling is working great with Thane. He is enjoying it and learning to spell!

Writing...We are continuing to work through Writing With Ease. I am glad I decided not to sell my books!

Magnus...We are still working on beginning geometry. He has learned how to use a T-square and a triangle to draw various shapes. I think he likes having a break from "numbers".

Thane...My allergy infected mind can't remember what we did.

Please refer to last week.

Fun Day Friday
We met with our Advisor from our charter school in the morning. After she left, we drove to the other side of Sacramento for a surprise lunch...Chic-Fil-A!! They haven't had it since we left TN a year and a half ago! Collin and I found it a couple months ago. After that we spent a lot of time at a Christian bookstore. Magnus has been wanting to do an independent Bible study so he'll be doing the Discover 4 Yourself series by Kay Arthur starting with a study on Joseph.

Tuesday...Drama (Mangus) and AWANA (Both)
Wednesday...Fencing (Magnus)
Friday...see "Fun Day Friday", park day with homeschool group, fencing (Magnus)

For those of you keeping score at home, we are STILL waiting for approval from our charter school for rockclimbing for Thane.

Thanks for stopping by!

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