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Thursday, August 19, 2010

First Week of School

I am so proud of my kids, because they've really had a great attitude this week. I suppose it's the newness, and it will wear off, but for now, I am loving it!

For more information on our curriculum, see this post.

Funny had a short math review, then jumped right back into her Saxon Math 2. This week we reviewed adding doubles, +1, and +0, as well as telling time. Scrappy is working to finish up MUS Beta. He's been working with money. Goofy was assigned MUS Primer's lesson 1 on Monday, and had completed through lesson 5 by the end of Tuesday, because he wanted to. I am glad I have the next book for him already!

Funny and Scrappy have started a new spelling book this year, Sequential Spelling. So far, we all love it. I think it is one of their favorite subjects. We did have to go buy a trifold display board to divide them up though, as they were always quite interested in what the other was doing. Day one word: in. Day four word: pinning.

Goofy has been working on phonics. I am using what I feel is a McRuffy crib notes book, and while it's working for us so far, I am definitely glad we've covered some phonics work before.

Goofy groups rhyming words. Bat, cat, pat. Cap, tap.

We've also started Primary Language Lessons. The two oldest wrote a few sentences from dictation. I am excited to see how they will progress from here. They've also been working through a workbook on parts of speech. This week: nouns.

The new Science book is amazing! We have all learned so much already. One of our highlights of the week was investigating gyres and currents. We used a 13x9 casserole dish filled with water, some Rice Krispies, and 2 hair dryers (we covered safety too!) that the kids blew across the top of the water from opposite ends. This created their very own gyre! This showed us how the wind affects ocean currents.

Is it a duck? No, it's just the Mediterranean Sea!
The yellow circle indicates the Roman Empire at its largest.

We've learned about the fall of the Roman Empire in Social Studies this week. The kids did some map work identifying the Mediterranean Sea (it looks like a flying duck!) as well as the Roman Empire at its largest point. Everyone made their very own "eat like a Roman soldier" meal.

Scrappy and Funny open up their Roman soldier meals. Of course, Funny's looks like a flower.

We've also covered health (smoking), music (orchestra), and art (block lettering) this week.

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  1. It sound like a good start. I hope the momentum continues!

  2. Sounds like lots of learning and fun have been accomplished this week. Glad it's going well.

  3. Sounds like a great start!
    Janet W

  4. Looks like a productive week. Hooray for cooperating kids. That does make our week!

  5. Sounds like a good week! Yay for good attitudes!

  6. I love it when the school year gets off to a good start! It is momentum building! Although, we found a few things to tweak last week, I am pleased with our start. Now, to keep up this pace! It's up to me, I keep telling myself.

  7. I love the Roman meals! Such a good idea.


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