Thursday, February 25, 2010

Education Update February 22-26, 2010

A-M is reading To Kill a Mockingbird.  I remember fondly reading this book in high school.   Unfortunately, I can't remember the plot at all! 

Today is A-M's birthday!  She is 14 today!   Her birthday party is tomorrow.   I will post pictures Saturday morning! 

Language Arts-E continues working with verbs in Rod and Staff.  -E-R and I-E continue working in their test prep books.  This past week we covered note taking, outlining, drawing conclusions, and propaganda techniques.  E-R was very interested in propaganda techniques.  She made the connection between propaganda and the pancake puff pan she received two Christmases ago.    

She saw this advertisement at the doctor's office and fell in love with it.   After talking about it for months, she was overjoyed to open it on Christmas morning.   I don't think I've seen her more excited about a gift ever.  Well, the pan lasted one try at pancake puffs.  It was interesting that over a year later she made the connection between propaganda and that commercial. 

Math---E finished Teaching Textbooks 7 this week!   Yah!  Next week Pre-algebra awaits him.  E-R and I-E finished Singapore 4A and moved into 4B this week.   Right now we are working with decimals.  And they continue on with fractions--E with his Life of Fred and E-R and I-E with their Key to Fractions.

Spanish---E-R and I-E continue working on their Elemantary Spanish.  

French---E is enjoying his new French class.  We picked up a mic last weekend so E could do the spoken portion of the class.   He has been very diligent to work with it everyday.

History---We finished studying Ancient India this week.   I am waiting for some materials I ordered to get going with Ancient Greece.

Science---We have been watching videos these past few weeks for our science.  Not the best answer for science.  Soon we will recieve the materials ordered and will begin learning about the solar system.   I am also planning to order the teacher and student quest to go with our Story of Science book.  

PE---A-M, E, I-E, and E continue swimming 3 days a week with competitions on Saturdays.  

Not an exciting week.   I have been working on a fundraising project that has taken quite a bit of my time.  It will be mostly finished this weekend.   I will post more about that on Sunday.


  1. This was a short week??? I am walking around the block and you're running a marathon the way your week sounds. To Kill a Mockingbird is such a good read for kids. I like the propaganda connection you E-R made. I always think of these as golden moments in homeschooling when the kids make connections like this. Pancake puff pan--what a hoot.

  2. You sure got a lot done, even with it being a "short" week. Happy Birthday to your dd = )!

  3. Whoa! This jumped out at me, " I am also planning to order the teacher and student quest to go with our Story of Science book." Is this Fabre's book? Can you give me a link? I have the book but didn't know you could buy support for it.

    Great week, as usual.

  4. I loved To Kill a Mockingbird when I was in HS!! ;)

    I am also impressed with how your daugther made the connection regarding her propaganda lesson ... way to go!!

    Sounds like a great week!

  5. I loved reading To Kill a Mockingbird as a child.

  6. To Kill a Mockingbird is a book that I love and can't wait to share with my children.

  7. Daisy, We are using The Story of Science by Joy Hakim. The link is
    I used Joy Hakim's lesson plans for the The Story of US with my older kids and really liked how complete they were. I think I'm going to use these guides along with The Story of Science for science and history.


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