Our first week flew by so fast we found ourselves immersed in our second week in a blink!
Here's a snapshot of accomplishments by the crew ~
Violet has been reading and narrating up a storm for her first few weeks. Books read so far:
- I, Juan de Pareja (a book which I pre-read and thoroughly enjoyed). We tied in a bit of Art History and Appreciation to this book and she viewed the paintings of Burillo, Valasquez and compared some Carravaggio. Our selected resources were the Sister Wendy Complete Collection and The Story of Painting (why didn't I find these incredible gems sooner???)
- Columbus and Cortez: Conquerors for Christ by John Eidsmoe. This is like a complete history in itself, very in depth and not watered down at all, it's a very refreshing read for her.
- Christ and the Americas - read up through chapter 7, exploration up to the French explorers
- The Story of the Church - She's reading from Part III The Birth of Protestantism from about 1400AD onwards. This past week she read about Martin Luther and wrote an excellent opinion paper on how he affected the Church and created his own religion. (Violet is really enjoying this book, it is excellent).
- Catholic Girls Guide - just finished The Rose section on "Love of Neighbor" and said she wanted to try putting some of it to the test with her little brother ;-)
- Pride and Predjudice - she and I began reading aloud together, as I have never read this myself (I know, some of you just fainted).
- Also squeaked in a few Nancy Drews, a Trixie Belden and some AG books for fun!
Other work for Violet included all of Ch 1 and the Ch 1 Review & Test in her Forester's Algebra 1 book. Excellent review of material from last Spring and she LOVES the Home Study Companion DVD lessons. They are very well done and the instructor is so thorough, a big thumbs up in my book :) We went with this option after my review of Algebra programs at Mammoth Math, such a helpful comparison of materials, I am so grateful!
For Earth Science she did quite a bit of reading and a few introductory quick labs - a clay model of the earth and it's layers and some temperature comparisons. Next week she'll be looking at ecosystems and environmental changes in the earth. Violet also did some lovely nature study on wildflowers in the Handbook of Nature Study and a local wildflower book.
Next up Matthias ~ Books read:
- The Bronze Bow - this is his main book for religion and historical fiction and will probably finish it next week sometime. Violet keeps asking him which part he is on as she has read it twice (it's SO good mommy), so we're getting daily narratives from him and it's coming along nicely.
- Famous Men of Greece: Draco and Solon - Our first foray with this book. Matthias enjoyed reading this and was sorry to find out that Draco was so loved by his constituents they smothered him to death with their cloaks. He included them in his timeline with nice captions.
- The Greeks - for mapwork and information gathering in classic Usborne style
- A Little History of the World - narrated the chapter on Homer
- The Story of the Church - he read the introductory pages and first part of Part I about the Church at the time of the Roman Empire about 1AD.
- The Tempest - (Lamb version) read and narrated, now on to Twelfth Night
- Also a book called Sea Legs, a Hardy Boys, and finished the 50 Things Every Young Gentleman Should Know (this one is super cute, I'm thinking bday present for his 12th)
Matthias also completed Ch 1 and the Ch 1 Review & Test in the Forester's Algebra 1 book with Violet. They are both loving it and he said he wants to do both Algebra 1 & 2 this year :))))) Go Matthias!
Chemistry was fun for him and Seamus, they read a few chapters together from The Mystery of the Periodic Table (this is a good one) and did a few experiments. We are really enjoying the Easy Genius Chemistry as well, it's a really good fit for the upper elementary levels and Seamus is just following along. They are also doing some weather related science every morning. Matthias has read and narrated the first several pages in Handbook of Nature Study on Climate and Weather (pgs 780-807). He's also collecting materials to create his own weather station. Hope to have pictures up sometime next week :) *I should also note that Matthias created several History Scribe and Notebooking Pages for his History, Book of Centuries, Science and Religion work these past two weeks. They are such a nice resource to have on hand :)
Grammar, Latin and Vocabulary are all going well. He's really putting forth such a great effort with his subjects this year, it's been a joy!
Semaus is next ~ Books read:
- Wild Weather Days - he read about Hail, Thunder and Lightning and created some notebook pages on each and narrated his readings
- The Best Book of Weather - a perfect Kingfisher book, read about Hurricanes (naturally) He and Matthias also tracked Earl and looked at some pictures of hurricane activity on Google earth!
- RA - Handbook of Nature Study - I read aloud to him about wind direction . He really enjoyed the part about the Athens Tower. Also Home Geography - read aloud to him about wind direction and measuring distances. (I LOVE this book for this age)
- Child's Bible History - he read his first two stories (Creation and Fall of Man) and created his timeline cards with colored pencils
- Story of the World Volume 1 - beginning with Ancient Greeks, reading a few pages and then narrating to me. He was disappointed to read that the Myceneans were defeated and chased off of Crete by the barbarians. Seamus is also enjoying the History Scribe pages to illustrate his work
- RA - A Little History of the World - the section on Homer
- Danny Meadow Mouse (Burgess) - this was his first assigned literature for this year, he's reading a chapter or two each reading and then narrating (such a delightful tale).
- The Book of Dragons - 2nd literature selection (Hague version) reading and narrating and drawing some pictures of each story.
- RA - Sts. Francis and Clare (Vision book) -we read from this every Friday and have completed Ch 1 (one of our favorite Saints books)
His independent reading for pleasure lately has been gobbling up all of the Bevery Cleary's, just finished Ramona Forever and is now reading The Reluctant Dragon for a change. (There was a snippet of this in his Michael Hague Dragons book also and he was thrilled to make the correlation :)
Seamus has been doing Mammoth Math Fractions 1 (downloaded for $3.60 at Currclick at their Back to School Savings Sale) and Mammoth Math Decimals 1 also downloaded from Currclick. I love Mammoth Math! It's such a nice refreshing change from Saxon and the material is just presented in such a logical and straight forward manner, perfect for my math boy!
We've picked right back up with Prima Latina from last Spring and Seamus is whipping through his vocabulary flash cards like an ace. He copied the Sanctus beautifully into his notebook and is on to learning the Doxology now. For Geography, other than learning about Ancient Greek maps with Matthias, he is working through our Advanced Land and Water Forms Cards and Definitions downloaded from Montessori for Everyone. These are really fun and gives his some good hands-on work which he loves. Also Home Geography mentioned above :)
(First pirate to arrive and claim ship)
Sean-Paul ~ Various and sundry activities and books listed in no particular order:
- Golden Children's Bible - read aloud the Creation Story which he illustrated with a big orange and yellow sun. I over heard him chanting "Let there be light" many time throughout the week, so I'm pretty sure it sunk in ;-)
- Math Materials and Workbook - Gabriel, like his brothers is very good at math already and is eager to learn how to *do* math. We worked with the Red/Blue Rods and Numerals, The Mystery Number Game (pictured below) Cards & Counters, Addition/Subtraction work (up to 10) in his Disney math workbook (thank you 1/2 Price Books) using two bowls one filled with ten wooden acorns. For addition he puts the first number of the equation into one bowl, then adds the remaining number to it and counts them all, then writes his answer. For subtraction he places the starting number in his bowl, then takes away the second number. *Incidentally, he insisted I teach him how to subtract even though I didn't think he was ready for it, but he caught on the first time and is now a subtraction whiz with numbers from 10 and under!
- Sensorial Work - He loved working with the Triangle Box and the Small Hexagon box along with our pattern blocks. He made some fun patterns after his lesson and remarked at how his other shapes could make a hexagon too.
- Poetry - We read from A Child's Garden of Verses and the Kindergarten Children's Hour. His favorite was "My Shadow" and told me that whilst listening to Henry and the Paper Route Ramona's mom also read her this poem and Ramona said she was trying to get rid of her shadow because it was bothering her :) (Silently thanking Beverly Cleary and her clever books).
- Picture Talk - (did this at the lunch table with Seamus) - looked at the first picture titled "The Family of Jan Baptista Anthoine" by Gonzales Coques 1664, we discussed color and light and mentioned the playful dog and what the family might be doing. He said the dog's name was Benson cause he looks just like his own stuffed doogie :)
- Language Materials - Sean-Paul worked alot on writing his name as well as spelling it with our Moveable Alphabet. I don't have an Upper Case set, so just cut his first letter out of felt which worked just fine. Also reviewing the Pink Sound and beginning Pink Reading Materials which he accomplished well.
(Mystery Number Game)
I know there's so much more that happened the past two weeks, but these are mainly the learning notes I jot down throughout the day. Planning to put a "day in the life" schooling post up soon :)
Hope you are not laboring too hard today on this national holiday and spending it with the ones you love most!! Many blessings and thanks for stopping in!