~What We Are Reading~
Me: Quitting Church: Why the Faithful Are Fleeing
Bear: The Outsiders
Noodle: Adventures of Alice in Wonderland and Lions At Lunch Time
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Better late than never? I meant to do this weekly report on Saturday, but that never happened. Last week was interesting. Noodle didn't start the week out very well. On Monday he had some sort of melt down and was very disrespectful to me and his brother. He eventually composed himself, but not before he lost several privileges for the week. The rest of the week went pretty smoothly because he wanted his privileges back.
On a brighter note, I made him his own daily checklist. It's non-specific, but a way for him to know what he has left and to choose what he wants to do next. The first day we used the checklist he wanted to go in the order the items were listed, the second day he made random choices and then the third and fourth days he went back to doing things in order. I know the checklist looks like a lot, but some things are only a couple times a week and also some things take only 5 minutes or so verbally. I really am not the slave driver the checklist seems to make me.
Every morning before we begin, I have Noodle draw a line through every thing he does not have to do that day. After that is done, his list looks much better to him. As he completes his work he gets to put an "x" on the line. It is laminated so he uses a dry erase marker. I think I need to get a wet erase marker though, because the plastic laminate doesn't like to come very clean after using the dry erase.
This week we continued working on How to Study Your Bible for Kids (Discover 4 Yourself® Inductive Bible Studies for Kids) by Kay Arthur. Noodle is enjoying it. Also, we have been reading daily devotions from The One Year Book of Devotions for Boys. We are taking a little break from the Old Testament bible curriculum that we have been using.
This week was more place value and multiples. I am working on a post all about how and why we use multiple math sources, so stay tuned.
Spelling was just a review of all the words from lessons one to five.
We started Writing Rhetoric: The Fable. The first lesson centers on the fable The Lion and the Mouse. So far it covers narration, copy work and some comprehension.
I know I have said it before but I love Rod and Staff English and First Language Lessons. They are so simple to use. Noodle did more sentence diagramming, identifying types of sentences and worked with finding adjectives.
Also, he recited the poem The Land of Nod from memory.
The TOG assignment was an abridged young reader version of Anne of Green Gables and to complete the Student Activity worksheet. He really liked the story, and now I have the unabridged version on our reading list.
We finished reading Treasure Island and Noodle watched the old black and white movie that we found at the library. The movie really helped him comprehend the story better. The language of the book, although a children's story, was tough for him. He is working on the Treasure Island lap book created by Erica at Confessions of a Homeschooler.
Continuing with our WWI studies with TOG we read more from the DK Eyewitness Books: World War I. The TOG writing assignment was to write a paragraph about airplanes used in WWI. Below is his first draft - after reviewing the process of paragraph writing he will rewrite it so it talks only of WWI aircraft. He also did a coloring sheet while we listened to Diana Waring's CD segment about WWI.
He finished Lesson 5 of Memoria Press Prima Latina and is now preparing/studying for the first TEST!
Continuing with our study of Monet, Noodle read The Magical Garden of Claude Monet (Anholt's Artists) - it was filled with beautiful pictures.
Geography this week was a lot of review for the upcoming Geography Bee. We reviewed states and capitals, locations and identification of continents, countries, oceans and other bodies of water. He also did a couple of lessons from his Map Skills work book.
We didn't get to Texas History or Health - maybe next time!
Linking up this week with Mary at Homegrown Learners.