Linking up with Mary at Homegrown Learners for Collage Friday!
This week felt a little hectic, but it flew by. Bear started back at his dual enrollment college courses on Monday. He is taking a Literature Analysis class and Texas State and Local Government. Thankfully, this semester we aren't traveling to Austin for those, only to a nearby town about 20 minutes from us.
We continued meeting with our friends for Science. When we finish another chapter of Apologia Zoology 1 I will have a recap for you to check out.
He started the week practicing his memory verse and reviewing the Law. We listened to worship music and used our Child Training Bible.
Skills drills. Saxon 5/4 lessons. He is still doing lessons that are mostly review for him. I put a lot of his work on the white board and we did a lot of mental math.
He completed lesson 2 of Rod and Staff spelling. All of his words are in cursive and he is giving me a little trouble about that. He struggles reading them, but he knows cursive lettering so I am not sure if he is having a mental block or if he just needs to whine about it. Suffice it to say, spelling is taking him longer than I think it should. Hopefully, this will pass.
This week was a mix of First Language Lessons 3 (that I can't let go of) and Rod and Staff (which I love so much). It was fun. He was introduced to diagramming. I hope he is going to like it as much as I do. This week was just simple diagramming of the subject/simple subject and predicate/simple predicate.
Literature and Read Aloud Lit Unit
TOG Literature this week was The Wizard of Oz, which will take three weeks to complete. I am reading this to Noodle at bedtime. I previously read him a Jr. Classic of The Wizard of Oz, about a year and a half ago, so this time it is the real thing. TOG calls for an abridged version, but I didn't want to do that again.
I wanted to start the school year with a fun read aloud so I chose The Toothpaste Millionaire. We loved it! This is such a great book! If your kiddos haven't read it yet then put it on their list. This is one of those books I wish I had planned better for. There are so many unit study possibilities with this book.
TOG called for reviewing the Steps of the Writing Process and the Parts of Speech. WWE and FLL both had dictation.
Also, I know I am crazy, but I ordered the new Writing and Rhetoric: Fable program from Classical Academic Press. I will find a way for us to do it. Even if I stretch it out over two years, I don't care. It just looked too good to pass up. Am I still a curriculum junkie? You bet, but what I buy gets finished now, whereas in the old days, it didn't. I can't wait for it to arrive.
I also introduced outlining this week. So far, so good.
This week was review of nutrients - vitamins, good foods etc. Chapter 3 also covered some manners and safety topics.
After spending last week doing review, Noodle started a new lesson this week. I really, really, like Prima Latina from Memoria Press. I really want to do more of their curriculum, but for now we are going to stick to just using their Latin.
This is new to us. Noodle did the first couple of assignments which were mostly about Texas land and the different regions.
This week was the start of Tapestry of Grace Year 4. Famous people Noodle "met" this week - Henry Ford, the Wright Brothers and Theodore Roosevelt. There was a lot of good reading this week about Albert Einstein and Theodore Roosevelt.
Geography A to Z was started this week. I plan to do it throughout the school year to introduce all the types of landforms. This week as Archipelago. I found some fabulous printables from Mama Jenn to go with it. TOG has them all listed for Week 1, which would be impossible to learn well, so I am stretching it out over the school year. The TOG geography assignment was a review of the continents and the oceans. That was a breeze.
We didn't get to Road Trip USA -but I bet Nicole at Journey2Excellence has a great post coming all about their Road Trip USA adventures.
Noodle did one lesson from Artistic Pursuits and we also started a new art curriculum from Barb at Harmony Fine Arts. I purchased the Year 4 program to go with our TOG Y4. Barb used TOG with her boys and she has written a lot of fine arts programs. You should check out her website.
Bear spent this week finishing up his summer condensed version of TOG Y4. It is so nuts, that the boys are on different TOG years. This is NOT the way it is supposed to be, but Bear needed Ancients for high school so it is what it is.
He continued to do his Algebra 2 work and he started a Geometry with Trigonometry course that we are reviewing.
He also continued with Russian, Marine Biology and logic. This weekend he will finish up reading The Lord of the Flies and finally, A Patriot's History of the United States.
In his "spare" time he has been working on reassembling (re-articulating) a rabbit skeleton. He got interested in this after the road trip last summer and this is his third project. He is getting better at it. He mentioned yesterday that he thinks he has changed his mind again about what he wants to "do" with his life. He says he for sure wants to work at a museum, the dream job being at The Field Museum in Chicago. I don't think he needs to change his major, but he is going to spend some more time researching since he will be completing college applications very, very soon. It has been pretty exciting watching him and his interests over the last couple of years.
When he returned from his trip to Costa Rica last month he was focused on possibly going with Marine Biology and Ecology. Now that the trip excitement has died down a little bit he is re-thinking it all. Stay tuned, anything could happen. Hahaha.
I hope you had a great homeschool week!