Friday, March 13, 2015

Weekly Wrap-Up Ancient America and Middle Earth

Language Arts - Twizzler is still working on understanding nouns. He is copying a poem to help him remember types of nouns. Skittles has been copying a poem all week. He has been using his very best handwriting. 

Math- We are still practicing our multiplication facts. We spent the whole week working on our 4 facts. Today they did a Teaching Textbooks lesson. Twizzler Aced his. I have to grade Skittles still. He had to do it all on paper because the laptop is in the shop. 

Pictures in Cursive- Skittles studied Family Favourites by Arthur John Welsely. Twizzler studied Bashi Bazouk and His Dog by Jean-Leon Gerome. They both are doing wonderful with their writing. I just have to remind Skittles to cross his t's and dot his i's from time to time. Occasionally I have to send Twizzler back to write a letter more carefully but all in all I am impressed with their writing. 

History- We learned about the Americas this week. We read how people migrated over the great land bridge into North America and eventually down into South America. We read about the Olmec heads. We read about Machu Picchu. They drew a picture of Machu Picchu in their history journals. We learned about the Nazca lines. Then we tried to make our own drawings while blindfolded. 

Spelling- Twizzler's words all had 'ow' in them this week. At the end of the week he was able to spell every single one correctly. Skittles words were much more hard. I admit that they are words that even I have had to double check to be sure I spelled them right. Still, at the end of the week, he was only able to spell 3 of his 8 words correctly. So I sent him off to copy them 3 times each. We will try again tomorrow. 

Science- Skittles has been studying space for the last 2 weeks. He has learned about each of the planets and their order from the sun. Twizzler has been studying the 5 senses. He learned about sight, smell, and hearing so far. 

Literature- Twizzler has been reading Aesop's Fables. This week he read, 'The Grasshopper and the Ants' and 'Belling the Cat." He also read, 'The man who couldn't read' for his realistic fiction selection in book club. Skittles began reading the Hobbit. He absolutely is loving it. After his oral narration of the chapter, I have him write down one sentence focusing on the main idea of the chapter. So far his narrations are as follows... 
  1. Dwarves come to Bilbo's house to make him a thief. 
  2. Bilbo and the dwarves are attacked by orcs. 
  3. The camp rests in a mountain. 
  4. The dwarves are attacked by trolls. 
  5. Bilbo plays riddles with Gollum. 
I also had him write a riddle of his own today. 
What turns green when the ice caps melt yet has no life?       -Mars
Apparently he learned the above fact from his space study.

Bible- Twizzler only has one chapter left in his Awana book. Skittles FINISHED his book Wednesday. Now he is working on getting his silver and gold awards.

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  1. I miss elementary school. I blinked and now it is gone :-( So I read blogs like yours and it brings back happy memories! Thank you for sharing. Enjoy these days!

    1. It goes by so fast. I am so glad I am able to homeschool and be with them all along the way.

  2. Just stopping by from Weekly Wrap up. It's so nice to see other moms teaching cursive!

    1. Thank you. I think cursive is important for many reasons.