Friday, April 11, 2008

Weekly Report 4.7.2008

This week we have been spring cleaning. Books and toys have emerged from under beds, the laundry is getting done and the kitchen has been consistently clean! Still left is my room and then the actual purging of drawers, toys, clothes and the straightening of cupboards. Then we will wash all of the windows, doors and basically deep clean everything. I would love to be done by next week, but we will see how it goes.

Consequently school has been reduced so that I can take advantage of child -labor! They have mostly been working on their own rooms.

For school this week we concentrated on Latin, Math and Writing. David is writing longer paragraphs now which he really doesn't like. He is quite a good little writer but the increase in expectations upsets him. We have to be building up the expectations now though, next year is Jr. High!

Math - lesson 6 was called "The rule of 4" basically how to get common denominators so you can add and subtract fractions. David was a little nervous about fractions but he is really getting it and today we will be moving on to lesson 7 "Comparing Fractions".

Abbie did math lessons about subtracting with borrowing to the thousands place and with money. She did need to work on showing her work properly but the problems were not very difficult. We are nearly done with this book so this week I ordered the next two levels of Singapore Math. I also got the "challenging word problems" book that deals with multi step problems that I hope will be interesting to Abigail.

Latin - David is on ch. 14, 2nd conjugation verbs. It really seems like David is hitting his stride and beginning to understand the big picture. He is doing really well and even found a typo in the Latin Activity book! He was pretty proud of that.

Abbie received her own Latin book last week. It is Song School Latin from Classical Academic Press. She is loving it! She is learning practical words for introducing yourself, asking how someone is doing and words for family members and school objects. It came with an audio CD filled with cute songs to help practice the vocabulary. Whenever we turn it on Miriam starts dancing.

The girls also started gymnastics at the YMCA this week and they are really enjoying their new classes and meeting new friends.



Ruskin said...

What a wonderful week. We love Singapore Maths. It has been great for both our children (aged 10 and 12).
Song School Latin sounds good. Our two feel the same way about their Chemistry - 'The Elements' by Ellen McHenry.

Paige said...

Sounds like a good week. Thanks for sharing.