Our Week in Review …
A lot of time was spent with science this week. Most of our other academic areas were sacrificed.
Science: “Little fish” placed the finishing touches on the habitats.
The ocean and polar habitats involved painting, printing and cutting, paper molding, and baking clay …
The second unit started this week: Plants. Week 6 had “little fish” exploring fungi, spores, and yeast. She began the mold-growing experiment. This caused a diversion. I made a comment about growing penicillin, which led to many pictures and much studying on the difference between the mold she should be growing versus penicillin, as well as the investigation into harmful molds.
She watched the slice of bread closely and took photos to document the mold growth.
Vocabulary and sketch were completed. “Little fish” did lots, and lots, of reading this week on mold! Yuck!
Language Arts: Grammar took a back seat this week in favor of outlining. Final outlines, after much discussion and practice, were completed for the habitats.
You will notice a few spelling errors in the work. However, notice how the phonetic spelling is more predominant. I am very pleased with the progress. I still need to find just the right mix of learning resources and teaching techniques to keep spelling moving forward. She is guessing at spelling instead of looking up the word too. Is she ignoring that the word looks wrong or does not make sense the way that she spelled it? Does she have a visual dictionary? There will need to be some adaptation or change in my original plan. I found two or three words that did not have the phonetic spelling because of pronounciation problems. Again, I would tend to sway on my thinking from the week prior, and I can see where continuing with Megawords would be of a great benefit.
Outlining is improving! “Little fish” will still try and “cram” too much information or indent/not indent in the wrong place, but what a difference over last year. Last year, she didn’t know what the word “outline” meant. Hopefully, she will be able to outline content from her history by the year’s end.
Spelling: Lesson 20, spelling /ô/ and /ôr/, plural or possessive nouns
Math: Two decimal digits (hundredths), and adding decimals with hundredths. Division worksheets for review (Math Mammoth workbooks and printables).
Logic: Deduction and Inference – pages 52-56 of Logic Countdown