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Week of 1/1/2012 and 1/8/2012

Our Week in Review …

Life has resumed to normal chaos.  We are slowly getting back into the groove.  However, in our near future, we will begin remodeling the kitchen.  I wonder how that will change things!

Language Arts:  Grammar lessons 36-42 and worksheets.

36. Words That Stand for Nouns

37. Pronouns That Tell Who

38. Pronouns That Tell Whom

39. Choosing the Correct Pronoun

40. Reviewing What You Have Learned

41. When a Noun and a Pronoun Work Together

42. Using Commas With Nouns and Pronouns

Gilgamesh the Hero: Lesson 11 and 12 in BF guide.

Math:   Saxon 5/4 Lessons 1-10

Science:  Completed the science experiment sheet for Week 6, “Can you grow mold?”

And yes, here is the mold growing strong in 2012:

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History, Ancient Studies:  Reading and research were focuses on papyrus and the Old Kingdom of Egypt.  “Little fish” read from Usborne’s Internet-linked Encyclopedia of World History, Streams of Civilization, and Great Ancient Egypt Porjects.

Art:  We are working with the families, circles, curves, lines, et cetera.  I think a gallery is in our future, but here are some of the projects.

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Week of 12/18/2011

Our Week in Review …

We spent the entire week cleaning the shelves, finding items for our portfolio, grading work, talking about our mistakes, et cetera.  Overall, we did not address any new topics formally.

We put things in our notebooks and watched a great deal of Discovery Streaming and Netflix.

This week during our science and history I allowed “little fish” to pick the video(s) for the normal lesson time.  Sometimes, you can find learning best received when it is their choice.  Topics ranged from pharaohs to Jesus and from dolphins to rockets.  It was a very informal week of study, but she watched many, many videos on a very wide range of topics for both subjects.

Language Arts:  Diagramming and Outlining practice for review.

Gilgamesh the Hero: Lesson 10 in BF guide.

Math:   Decimal review and practice.

Science:  Checking on this slice of bread is almost ritualistic at this point.  We are at week three of the mold growth.  Yes, I know.  This was a one-week experiment!.

Week 3

Merry Christmas!

“For unto us a Child is born, unto us a Son is given: and The Government shall be upon His Shoulder: and His Name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, The Mighty GOD, The Everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace. Of the increase of His Government and peace there shall be no end, upon the Throne of David, and upon His Kingdom, to order it, and to establish it with judgment and with justice from henceforth even for ever. The zeal of the LORD of Hosts will perform this” (Isaiah 9:6-7)

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Week of 12/11/2011

Our Week in Review …

Science: The report was completed.  I do not require a full summary for science.  At this point, I think that it is extremely difficult to narrate science.  As long as I can see an attempt at complete thoughts for a sentence and I see the facts, I am pleased and mark the assignment complete.  This is something that usually takes several hours for “little fish” to complete too.  Perhaps the television is not a great tool?

Here is the bread this week:



Language Arts:  “Little fish” did not have much time left in the day after math.  We did not do any grammar study.  Instead, we reviewed our work and made corrections.  No new topics were covered.

Spelling: Lesson 21 /o͝o/, working with abbreviations and contractions.  Lesson 22 /oi/ and /ou/, working with more abbreviations and contractions.

Gilgamesh the Hero: Lesson 9 in BF guide.  I have allowed her to be largely independent thus far.  I am attempting to point out that working alone does not mean that you don’t have to do all of the lesson.  It does not mean that you skip what you do not understand.  I know that this will mean going back to the beginning, but the guide is a very indepth look at this work.  I want to spend a lot of time looking at the story and the literary elements.  Once through by her will reduce the overall time, and I am assured that at the very least that the story has been read in its entirety.

Math:   Adding decimals in columns, multiplying decimals by whole numbers, multiplying decimals in columns and using decimals were the topics of this week.  Math consumed this week.  Putting all that was learned and applying it to multiplication and use proved a challenge.  I picked math over grammar this week. 

Logic:  Inference – pages 57-60 of Logic Countdown.  This finished the first book in this series.  I will pick up the second book at a later date and after Christmas.

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Week of 12/4/2011

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: PlantsWeek 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.

Day 3

Day 5

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.

Page One

Page Two

Page Three

Page Four

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

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