Saturday, February 4, 2012

Weeks in Review - Jan 22-Feb 4

In the midst of the difficult time I've had lately, blogging hasn't really been at the forefront of my mind. I've kept up with laundry and feeding the people who live in my house, but everything extra has fallen to the wayside. Now that I think I'm through with the funk I've been in, I will hopefully be able to pick up the rest of the pieces of my life. My house needs to be thoroughly cleaned, I need to get caught up on school stuff, and I have a couple of posts running through my head that might actually find their way to the blog soon.

Bible - We're continuing the life of Jesus. We studied the temptation of Jesus in the wilderness and Jesus' first miracle of turning the water to wine at the wedding in Cana.

History - We finished up our study of the Vikings and began studying the Medieval period in Europe. Kings, nobles, peasants, knights, serfs, and castles are definitely fun topics. This coming week, we'll begin building a model of a castle. The small people are definitely excited about that. I'm sure there will be plenty of pics from that for next week's week in review.

Science - The girls and I started Astronomy. We began by learning about the basics of astronomy - what it is, important people like Copernicus and Galileo, and creating mnemonic devices to remember the names of the planets in order. Since Pluto has been demoted from planet status, we made 2 mnemonics - one with Pluto and one without.
My Very Excellent Mother Jumped Suddenly Up Near Palaces.
My Very Exciting Morning Just Started Under Noodles.
Then we began studying the sun. We learned about sun flares and sun spots, drawing pictures of the sun.
This is Sassy Pants's drawing. I thought she did a great job for a 4 year old.

We also talked about why you shouldn't look directly at the sun. Then the older girls wrote speeches to tell others why they shouldn't look at the sun.
Ballerina's speech: You should not look at the sun because it will burn your eyes. But your retina doesn't feel the pain.
The Boy spent the past two weeks studying the 5-kingdom classification system for living organisms.

Math - The Boy learned the FOIL method of multiplying polynomials. He caught on to that really quickly. Turning words into polynomial expressions was a different story. Things like: the sum of a number and twice the difference between the number and four confounded him. We did finally get through that section with some success, though, and now we'll get to move on to first-degree equations. Woohoo!
The twins have started memorizing their multiplication facts. So far they've learned their 2's, 5's, 10's, 7's, 12's, 3's, 4's. I was a little skeptical when I saw that their math book had them learning their 7's and 12's so early, but it was presented by learning how many days in 1 week, 2 weeks, 3 weeks, etc., and how many months in 1 year, 2 years, 3 years, etc. This made it more concrete for them, and they're doing well.

Preschool - Sassy worked on classifying and sorting shapes. 

She also worked on letter recognition.

1st grade - Little Red is reading well enough that now she can rearrange mixed-up words to make sentences. 

Other stuff - I mentioned earlier the funk that I was in for the past couple of weeks. Plus we had a couple of days where Sassy was sick with a fever. One of the benefits of homeschooling is being able to adjust your plans for the day when you need to. We spent a day just being a family - well, just me and the small people because Robb had to go to work. We played board games and did some cleaning around the house.
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