This week we wrapped up Week 4 of school and we are almost done with Week 21 of TOG Yr2 U3 Puritans in New England. We have about two more days of work on Week 21 and then we can move on to Week 22. Noodle has more to do than Bear, but I am trying to keep them on the same week as best as I can. I have to say I love this curriculum. I love it because it is an awesome guide and I don't have to do it all, it is like a buffet to choose from - a little of this, a little of that and "oh, not that, we don't like that." I have made checklists and revamped them about 4 times. Still, I am not content with my system of planning. I like the Sonlight style planner, but I don't like assigning dates, days of week names or numbering to things so here I am still annoyed with when and how to check things off the list. I may have to accept that I will never find the perfect planning system and that I may not be able to keep each student's lesson plans in the same place.
We are taking approximately two weeks to complete one TOG week so far. Bear didn't have much reading this week because we do most of the reading the first week and spend the second week wrapping up geography, art projects and writing assignments. We chose not to use This Country of Ours that is a main suggestion for this unit and instead opted to go with a text we had on hand that TOG suggests as an alternative - an Abeka book called "Heritage of Freedom." I have always loved Abeka so it tickles me that we can use this text without really "doing Abeka." So, this week he finished his Compare and Contrast paper on the Jamestown and Plymouth Colonies. I love this period of history and I wish he did too, but he just wants to get through it. For Fine Arts he is working on making a spear with an arrowhead he is fashioning out of a rock that he was thrilled about smashing up.
Bear's unit long history project is a "Book of Colonies" so he worked on that this week by adding Massachusetts to the book. The only reading he did this week was an article by John Winthrop and his "Church in History" readings. For Boy Scouts he worked on Merit Badge requirements for Personal Fitness and Personal Management, and also Public Speaking. He is taking an Introduction to Speech class at co-op that is helping to fulfill his requirements for that Merit Badge.
We watched Glenn Beck together last night - the "Founding Fridays" are always fun history supplements. This week was about how Hitler came to power and what he did. It had nothing to do with our current history studies, but it was interesting to watch. I prefer when he has historians on to talk about how things really were when America was beginning and information about the lives of the founders, etc.
For Bible we are still working through the study on Spiritual Warfare. It is very interesting!
For Science Bear wrapped up Module 2 of Physical Science and took the Module 2 test - 94% - YAY!!!! He is definitely my science geek. This module bored me to tears, but he soaks everything up and reads additional science books "for fun." Whatever! He is also doing surprisingly well with Algebra so far and even said, "Mom, so far Algebra is easy." SAY WHAT? This child DETESTS math and not a day goes by in our homeschool experience that he hasn't whined, complained and spit venom about math - who invented it, why does he need to know this $#&#& and so on and so forth. He made the "easy" statement while we were in the car and it was all I could do to keep from running off the road. We'll know soon enough if he is going to eat his words. I truly hope that something has changed and that indeed "algebra is easy" for him because after years of torture, we BOTH need this to be true!
He also did his regular work this week in English, Health and Logic. Monday we will do our Pageant of Philosophy reading and discussion about Rene Descartes.
Noodle continues with his daily reading lessons and he is doing much better, but still getting stuck on those /ang/, /ing/, /ong/, and /ung/ diagraphs.
We went to a neighboring town library yesterday to get a year long membership so we can check out books on tape etc. Our local library sadly stinks. We found "Mr Popper's Penguins" on cd which it so happens is the read aloud we are about to start. I was so excited to find it!
For Science this week we talked about Zebras, Hippos and Foxes - more mammals. He added them to our food chart and he knew whether they were carnivores, omnivores or herbivores - I was very impressed because usually during science reading he is rolling around on the floor and I am never quite sure if he is listening or not. We also did another experiment called "Runaway Pepper" and he got the giggles doing that. Basically, he put pepper in a bowl of water and then dropped in a drop of liquid soap and the pepper "ran away" from the soap. I am not sure what it had to do with this week's science, but he enjoyed it.
Filling out the "lab report" for the Runaway Pepper experiment.
This is another small project we did for science. We learned that Foxes have extraordinary hearing, so to simulate how foxes hear we made "cone ears." This also gave him a case of the giggles.
Lastly for science we filled out the narration pages. I ask him what he knows about each animal we learned about, I write down what he says and then he draws a picture of the animal.