Despite our somewhat painful first day (go link up your first day), the week went pretty good! I am pleased with what we finished. Here are the highlights of MY week - a new flavored coffee from Starbucks - Mocha!! I am reading through a dictionary, yes, a dictionary. It is a cultural literacy dictionary to aid in our schooling. The copy in the picture is from the library, but now that I know how much I like it I am going to look for a used one on Amazon. Finally, I got an early birthday gift from my friend's daughter, LD, she made me those cute Hello Kitty magnets and two magnetic clips for my white board - love them!!!
Bible - We studied the Ten Commandments all week, how they were given to us and that God is the Lawgiver. He took his quiz and got an A. Just FYI, I grade his work because that is what he has requested. He likes the satisfaction of scoring well, and a "bad" score motivates him to do better.
Math - After starting Saxon Math 5/4 at the start of the summer we are continuing with that. He finished up Teaching Textbooks Math 3 in July and then took a TT placement test. He scored well enough to go to TT Math 5. I will be ordering that sometime this semester. Meanwhile, we continue with Saxon 5/4, which so far has relatively simple lessons, but with multiple step problems. Daily he completes a skills drill sheet, mental math and then a lesson. I am not making him write out all the lessons daily. Like I have said many times, I pick my battles. We do a lot of work verbally and on the white board to make it more fun for him.
It is my goal for him to be more than proficient with math. I have him do the skills drills daily because I firmly believe memorizing the facts is crucial to completing math problems. I also believe it is really important to know why 3 x 3 = 9 so I make connections whenever possible and when the curriculum makes a connection we dwell on it a bit. I am excited to see how his math skills advance this school year.
Spelling - I love Rod and Staff spelling. I think it is one of the best and most thorough spelling programs out there. I love the focus on phonics and the vocabulary.
Grammar - Again, I love Rod and Staff grammar. As with math, we tackle grammar mostly verbally, but I am having Noodle complete much more written work this year. This week's grammar focused on getting to know the text book, using the dictionary, and sentences including an introduction to diagramming. I love diagramming! One of my goals is for Noodle to love diagramming too - since Bear despises it and doesn't see the point.
Writing - This week we only did some WWE and talked about paragraphs before writing a paragraph. Next week when we start Year 4 TOG we will be hitting the ground running with Writing Aids assignments.
Literature - The only literature we tackled this week was a TOG assignment for A Child's Garden of Verses. I didn't even have to buy the book, I got it free for Kindle! I love when that happens.
Health - Last year we started Abeka Health 3 and didn't get very far. I am optimistic about finishing by Christmas break so that in the new year we can begin Abeka Health 4. This week was a review about Nutrients. Sadly, he took a quiz and didn't do very well.
Latin - This week was spent reviewing previous lessons since it has been a while that we did a Latin lesson. Now that we are back in a routine, Latin will be a daily thing. We are using Prima Latina from Memoria Press.
Geography - In addition to TOG map work, Noodle is "practicing" geography facts in preparation for the Geography Bee our homeschool group is hosting in October.
History - As I mentioned in our "First Day" post, we are wrapping up Year 3 TOG. Therefore we talked about multiple people and topics this week including The Statue of Liberty, Ellis Island, Alexander Graham Bell, George Washington Carver, Helen Keller and Marie Curie. Also, we briefly reviewed the Captains of Industry such as Carnegie, Vanderbilt, Morgan and Rockefeller. If we had the time we would have watched the History Channel's The Men Who Built America, again. Lastly we covered some basics about the Presidential administrations of Cleveland, Harrison and McKinley. Next week is Teddy Roosevelt.
Some of the reading was below grade level, but they were neat books, so I had him read them anyway.
Science - We continue to meet weekly with our friends, the D's, to study Apologia's Zoology 1:Flying Creatures. You can read about our science adventures in this post.
I have no high school report this week as Bear has been working most of the week and has had a part time start to school. His Marine Biology course came in and he started that and he also worked on Algebra 2, Russian and he is reading Lord of the Flies.
Next week Noodle starts our new Art program from Harmony Fine Arts and we begin Tapestry of Grace Year 4!