A bit late, but here is a wrap-up post for last week. Is there ever a normal week? Last week saw one whole day disappear to doctor’s appointments, chiro appointments, and soccer practice. We also had a great excursion with our homeschool group, again to a nearby town, where we got to tour an old gold mine. Bible: Started in Grapevine again. We are using the OT Overview Level 3 for Skeeterbug. We are in Part 2. We haven’t used it since February, and when I pulled it out Skeeterbug excitedly asked “Oooh, can we do that?” So we did. We read the passage from the Bible, the summary in the teacher’s guide, and then Skeeterbug draws the picture. While he’s finishing his page I read the corresponding story from The Child’s Story Bible by Catherine Vos. Lovely.
Writing: Skeeterbug finished Writing With Ease Level 2. He’s hoping never to have to do writing again. No such luck, mister! I’m planning to continue with the next level of WWE and also begin IEW’s Bible Heroes. More on that later. Math: Skeeterbug is still drawing. This week he worked on hexagons and stars. The warm-up sections of all these lessons has him learning multiplication and practicing mental addition and subtraction. He does some of the drill sheets and continues with CWP, so even during all these drawing lessons he is still working on arithmetic. We will be done with this drawing section early next week. Phew!
History: Continued learning about the Romans, we have much reading to do on the subject! I’ve got to decide on some activities now. Human Body: Reproductive system. We’ve been reading books on the subject, coloured our appropriate parts to hang on their body outlines. My younger two both wanted to hang all the parts (the boy parts and the girl parts) on their bodies because they were all on the same colouring page. Much discussion ensued. 🙂 We also made our edible cell model, very much enjoyed by all the kids as you can imagine given all the lollies involved!
Devotions: Butterflies, hummingbirds. We don’t have hummingbirds here in Australia. We found this great video where they are eating out of people’s hands. So neat!
Spelling: Skeeterbug finished steps 26 & 27. We ran into some words he has a bit of trouble with, words where you change the ‘y’ to an ‘i’ before adding a suffix. One more step to go! Since I don’t have the next level yet (and it will be several weeks before I can get it here) he will practice his words from this level using Spelling City. I’ve set up all our word lists on there and I’ll just let him play games and practice for the next few weeks. Art: We made germs this week. Yep, germs. Beautiful. This is Skeeterbug’s.
Grammar: Hmmm, I don’t think we got to grammar this week. Phonics: Jitterbug continues in his ETC C book. He’s hit a ‘hard’ part on Reading Eggs. I didn’t get to the AAR lessons this week, we will start them again next week.
Science: We read the rest of Lesson 2 in Zoo 1, now need to make our birdfeeders. Maybe over the weekend??? This has been slow going. I’m not really a bird fan so I admit to dragging my feet. Handwriting: Skeeterbug decided to work in his printing book this week instead of his cursive book. The others plug away at theirs. They especially enjoy using the Handwriting Without Tears app. (Which, by the way, is being discontinued. The new version will require a yearly license fee per child, so if you’ve been thinking of getting the app do it now!) I also got Ladybug this pre-writing book during the Dollar Days sales at Teacher Express, something else to colour and practice writing lines and shapes. I printed these two to a page, so this little book is about size A5 (half a regular sheet of paper).
Literature: Started Homer Price and Bunnicula (a short read). I’m planning to make doughnuts to go with Homer Price, which is something I haven’t done before. Should be fun. Planning to also start The Horse and His Boy soon. Soccer: First official game so it’s worth mentioning. 😉
And, because there is no picture of Ladybug in this post, here is a picture of her in her Easter dress which she didn’t wear until this week because it came all the way from America and didn’t quite make it here in time. She was very excited to wear it, thanks to her auntie for getting it for her.