Sunday, January 18, 2009

Weekly Report- Week eighteen 2008-09

This week we started learning about the Vikings for History.  There were projects to do but we will have to get to them next week.  Life outside of our school day has been distracting.

Mim - Working on small motor skill mostly.  Sorting beads and picking them up with spoons and chopsticks and tweezers.  She has been "working" in her own little notebook coloring pictures for us while the big kids are working on their lessons.  The last batch of play-dough has been left out so play-dough  is on hold until I make me.  I hope to get some more pre-school like activities for her upcoming birthday.

Abigail -

Handwriting -  She is nearly through learning all of the cursive letter forms but she is a long way from using cursive full time.  It will take a lot more practice.

Latin - ch. 6 of Lively Latin.  I thought it was starting to go over her head when she fussed about it and refused to work early in the week.  Later she gathered up all of the worksheets and did them in her room and on her own just fine.  It would seem that Latin is going well and she really is enjoying it.  Grammar has been wrapped into Latin because the latin grammar was more challenging and she was keeping up so I see no point in continuing a lower lever grammar that she found boring.

Math - focusing on fact memorization for a few weeks

Spelling - We have gone back to All About Spelling.  Abbie really enjoyed Spelling Workout, because she just loves worksheets, but she wasn't actually learning to spell!  We used AAS last year and I dropped it because she didn't like it.  Oh well!  It is highly rule intensive and is as multi-sensory as I have ever seen a spelling program, so that is what we are doing.  We have been memorizing the phono-grams and their sounds.  Next week we will move on to the rules and spelling lists.


Handwriting - Since Christmas he has been required to write everything in cursive.  There have been a few assignments that had to be re-done but it hasn't been too terrible.

Math - taking a break from his K-12 math to focus on learning the math facts.  I thought these would have come by now but I was wrong so we are back tracking.  The foundation in these skill building subjects is so very important.  Once the facts our down we will move through MathUSee lessons quickly, picking up some of the needed K-12 lessons to get him testing into the next level for the public school system.

Latin - Lively Latin ch. 6 and still having fun!

Spelling - Learning the phono-grams and rules with Abigail while still going through the K12 spelling lists.

Writing Strands 3 - working on lesson 3 this week

Grammar - Rod and Staff lessons 50 - 53


David has finished all of the Handwriting Without Tears workbooks so he doesn't specifically have handwriting anymore.

Math - Epsilon lesson 18

Latin -  Lively Latin lesson 9

Writing Strands 4 - lesson 6

Grammar - Rod and Staff lessons 56 - 57

David does science at his mom's house but Abbie and J are doing earth science.  We talked about Sedimentary and Metamorphic rock this week.  

We have also started a Memory binder.  Nope, it's not some cue thing with pictures but it is a great learning and teaching tool.  Each morning we start off school by going over the things we are memorizing.  I have a sheet protector in the binder for each subject so it is easy to slip in the things we are working on.  Next I will add a section for review but so far we have nothing archived for review.  We practice our Bible verse, grammar definitions, Latin definitions, Latin vocabulary, math facts, spelling rules as well as layers of the earth and types of rock for science.  Poetry is coming soon!

I wish I had done this long ago but it is so much easier with more kids.  You end up with the group pressure to recite, participate and chant and less individual anxiety over getting it wrong because everyone is doing it together.  Even Mim wants her turn to "recite" the Bible verse.  It is a great addition to our mornings.

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