Spring is here!
We have enjoyed the sunshine and worked on our garden this week. Our potatoes are up and carrots and onions are planted. On our patio we’ve planted tomatoes under the dryer vent and lettuce in the shade.
In Math we came to a stand-still with our Singapore. We worked through the lesson on finding the area of composite figures, but the homework didn’t work out so well. The girls got most of the problems wrong, and I even after working through the problems numerous times I just can’t get my answers (or I-E’s and E-R’s ) to match up to the answers provided in the answer key. My husband (also known as Mr. Math Genius) will have a math session with the girls this weekend to help them figure out the problems. A big part of me feels that the answer key is wrong! (the answer key was wrong!) In place of Singapore, the girls worked ahead in Key to Algebra.
In English we’ve almost finished up pronouns. Next week we will have a chapter review and test before moving onto adjectives. We had one day of feeling lazy so instead of our usual lesson the girls put together a Jeopardy game.
It was an excellent way to review—and actually more work than working though a lesson (but I kept that info to my self).
Essay Voyage focused on content this week. The more we work with Essay Voyage the more I like it. I must admit the classic essays didn’t excite me, and the thought of skipping them did occur to me. After reading excerpts from Alexander Hamilton’s Federalist Papers, the Declaration of Independence, James Boswell’s biography of Samuel Johnson, and Orwell’s Politics and the English Language, I am glad we ploughed through. Often the vocabulary is difficult and the reading slow, but oh the rewards of sharing the ideas with my girls! I love the discussions that have ensued. Wish I had a few more thumbs---I’d give this program 6 thumbs up!
In History we continued studying The Age of Exploration. We read about Columbus, da Gama, Cabral, Cortes, and Cabot. We focused on note-taking and forming outlines from those notes. The girls formed an outline from the notes they took last week from the article in The Almanac of World History. Birth of a New World Religion also provided note-taking practice. We discussed what lead to Columbus’s “discovery” of the New World as well as some of the consequences of that discovery. Ended the week watching When Worlds Collide.
I-E started new acting classes—improv and stage combat. She learned how to perform a slap, a kick in stomach, and a hair pull! E-R finished her pre-engineering class this week and will start robotics and animation classes in a few weeks.
A busy, full, productive week with sunshine! How was your week?
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