Friday, September 27, 2013

Weekly wrap-up - we're swimming along!

What a great week! We added something fun into our schedule this week - swimming! Monday, Wednesday, and Friday mornings we head to a near by pool for family swim time. It's been great!


Anna has made it to day 20 of the Walk With Jesus reading plan. She will finish it tomorrow. She hasn't mastered any new verses. She's just been reviewing her old ones. I'm going to have to encourage her to start working on some new ones next week.


Anna loves sketching. This week's sketches were off Dad flexing his muscles, a little guy we looked after one day this week, and one of her Barbie dolls. I'm thinking I'm going to have to try to add something different next week, but all she wants to do right now is sketch so we'll see how that goes.


Continuing with our lessons from First Language Lessons. We had some more fun reviewing linking verbs by making sentences with cards again. We talked about the four kinds of sentences and how commas are used in dates, addresses, and lists. We also started working on making a booklet of a poem called The Year.


I still can't get over Anna's attitude change towards math. She can't wait for math time. One day this week we looked after a little guy for a couple of hours so we included him in our math play. Anna enjoyed teaching him the names of the pattern blocks and helping him problem solve to make the patterns on the pattern mats. The rest of the week we had fun with a new math activity. I'm going to call it math fun with food. I'll tell you more about that in another post. Suffice it to say that we used split peas, chocolate chips, raisins, a teaspoon, and a tablespoon to cover a number of different math topics including estimating, counting by tens, counting higher numbers, adding, and subtracting.


This week we decided to learn our province's official anthem, The Ode to Newfoundland. I didn't realize there were so many verses in it. I only remember hearing the first and last verses. We found a YouTube Video of the Ode to Newfoundland and printed the lyrics and practiced all week. I think she did a pretty good job of learning it.


We finished listening to The Wonderful Wizard of Oz this week so we downloaded the movie and watched it. Anna often sketches on the white board while shes listening to The Wonderful Wizard of Oz chapters. Anna has been continuing reading her Magic Kitten book during silent reading and is almost finished it.

Social Studies

We finished chapter 3 of Story of the World and learned about Augustine and the medical monks. We googled for pictures of the monks manuscripts and talked about how much work it would be to write all books by hand. We also discussed municipal elections more, especially on voting day when we took Anna with us to vote and she anxiously awaited the results. We also took some time this week to review the continents.


Anna struggled some with spelling this week but still managed to keep a pretty good attitude. There were a few words that she just couldn't seem to remember, but finally did. She managed to finish all the words in groups seven and eight words lists.


Continuing with our lessons in Writing with Ease, we finished the week three lessons. She enjoys narrating the passages from Dr. Dolittle and doing the dictation exercises. We are also continuing with learning cursive writing. She finished all the rockin' round letters and is working her way through the glide n slide letters. She's doing great!

And that's our wrap-up for this week. Why not join in with the Weird Unsocialized Homeschoolers weekly wrap-up mime?


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