24.9.10

Weekly Report: Week Nine (days 041-045) - Quarter Done!

I admit it, I love writing these weekly reports. Day by day, it's so easy to get lost in the minutiae, not to mention I have a tendency to focus on what I haven't done. I hold myself to a (too) high standard many times; the weekly report is a refreshing anecdote to that.

Purple Child (aka The Carnivore; no budding vegetarian here) is mostly peeing in the potty. If I can get her pooping in the potty (she seems to think potty = pee only), I think we'll have the potty training done. She's stayed dry at night for months already. She may or may not know yellow, red, blue, and green. Like any good future Slytherin, she's playing her cards close to her chest. And may I just say I'm overjoyed to have another Slytherin in the house? :D

Fabulous Boy covered time and measurement this week in RS A. The measurement lessons felt way too simplistic (which is longer?), so we winged it a bit there. I'll make sure to treat the similar lessons in RS B with a bit more respect, when it comes around again. We also read Beanstalk: The Measure of a Giant, which sort of ties in with the measurement theme.

FB covered more digraphs and a few three-consonant blends in OPGTR. I decided I'm going to break out the AAS phonogram cards to help with digraphs. Once it clicks with him that it's a different sound, he has it; otherwise, he tries to sound out the digraph. He completed a lesson in ETC and started another; I think I need to order the next book soon. He also read four Bob books to me. We continued to learn about proper and common nouns in FLL, and talked about Davy Crockett and Sacagawea via WWE. In HWT, he learned about 't' and 'd.'

Books this week included The Adventures of Spider, Henri Matisse: Drawing with Scissors, People, Rhinos for Lunch and Elephants for Supper!, Why Mosquitoes Buzz in People's Ears, What's Under the Sea?, Where Does the Garbage Go?, stories from African Folk Tales, and one of our favorites, Bringing the Rain to Kapiti Plain. Our copy is almost falling apart; I may need to invest in a hardcover copy.

In history, as you may have guessed, FB learned about ancient Africa. He and EG watched an episode of Lost Civilizations (from Netflix) about ancient Africa, as well. In theory, we may do an African Feast on Sunday.

FB enjoyed Master's Academy on Monday and homeschool soccer on Thursday; no oceanography class this week.

Together, we listened to the Classics for Kids episodes for Mozart and Haydn.

Eclectic Girl had another busy week. She finished the chapter on graphing in LoF Adv Algebra, and did drill each day. There was no math olympiad this week, but she worked in Introduction to Number Theory each day.

EG's literature selection this week was Tales from China. While we were at the beach last weekend and on the way home, she read Chasing Vermeer and The Wright 3; now she's working her way through Outliers. She completed sentences 13-16 in Practice Voyage, lesson three in Caesar's English II, and the non-writing assignment portions of chapter 2 in Essay Voyage. Have I mentioned how much I love Caesar's English II? It is superlative.

In science, EG read Eyewitness Horse, and finished the next unit in PLATO Life Science. Just two more units left! She already read a portion of chapter seven in Science Matters and watched lecture five from The Joy of Science lectures from The Teaching Company. No history of science class this week.

History this week covered ancient China, and she wrote a nice summary about Confucius. Latin was the tail end of chapter four, preparing for the final assignments in the workbook, which I will be grading... tomorrow. ;) I am pleased - this is right on target for the number of chapters she needs to cover to complete the book this year.

Music appreciation this week was to read Story of the Incredible Orchestra and complete two outlines. For art appreciation, she read the pages in Art about "Civilizations of the East." She also read in Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain.

EG's logic class seems to be going well; since it's conducted online, it's really our first experience with her taking control of a course in this way. I do still list it in her planner, but just as "complete one half of logic assignments" twice, and "webinar, noon."

Public speaking was a bit of a surprise this week. The teacher's syllabus, passed out on the first day of class, stated that there would be expository speeches presented on September 27. Excellent, we had thought, because we'd be out of town the weekend preceding September 20, for which there was no homework listed. When we got home Sunday evening, EG told me she thought there was one page in her workbook, and maybe a speech? We looked at the syllabus again, were reassured, and EG merely did the brainstorming page in her workbook. You can guess where this is going, right? Her teacher had redone the syllabus, but not passed it out to the students nor emailed it to the parents. So EG had to wing her expository speech on Monday morning. Ugh! Why pass out a syllabus if you don't follow it? I suppose it's a good lesson for her to learn, but I was really looking forward to her having an opportunity to learn to use a syllabus before she got this particular lesson.

The rest of her Monday classes & lessons went well, as did trumpet lesson, homeschool soccer, and band, all later in the week.

I can't believe we're a quarter of the way through the year! Yes, I am definitely doing a happy dance. :)

9 comments:

Daisy said...

A great review! I love weekly reviews also for the exact same reason. They help me focus on the positive. We love the picture books you mentioned. Another favorite was Mufaro's Beautiful Daughters.

Sounds like you took the expository speech in stride. That probably would have sent me off the deep end as a student.

Daisy said...

I just had to mention that embedded comments are going crazy with some Firefox users. I've had to log into Explorer to make it work for the last couple of weeks.

Doesn't make it any easier that I've had a rum and coke either, but you are worth it. :-p

WildIris said...

We loved reading Chasing Vermeer and The Wright 3.
I guess your daughter will know to expect the unexpected from her speech class.

Geez, I'm feeling like I'm not doing enough after reading through your week and I'm not even potty-training a little one.
Awesome week! I look forward to reading your next week.

jonnia said...

After reading about this overflowing week, I really feeling guilty! We played most of the time these past several days. Next time the schools are out and you want to let your kids run with a pack, come on over!

WildIris said...

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Tiffany @ Lattes And Life said...

I love your Slytherin comparisons! My son is the same. I'll think he's not paying attention, or just isn't getting a concept. Then days later he'll recite word for word what I was trying to teach him. Little booger.

Robyn said...

You had a great full week! Too bad about the speech class. I think I would have had knots in my stomach over that! GL potty training! I have a girlfriend pregnant with her 2nd set of twins... her youngest now are 7! I can't imagine... kudos to you!

Mandy in TN said...

Off to look at Henri Matisse: Drawing with Scissors and Chasing Vermeer! How is Number Theory going?

Smrt Mama said...

I'm so excited to be at the quarter mark! We're actually 2 days down, still, but almost there.

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