Sunday, November 21, 2010

WEEKLY REPORT - Week 10 - November 8-12, 2010

This week we finished Pinocchio! It has taken us 10 weeks, and it was a great adventure. This week, on November 14, Boy passed his test and got promoted to Yellow Belt in taekwondo! He only started in September, and the only one to make it so early. As you can tell, I'm proud of him. This same weekend Diva finished her play. She did so well, and looked so cute. I'm on a cloud thinking about my kids! They really are cool little people.

In PLL, we completed Lesson 16 where Boy did more copywork.

The rest of the copywork this week was devoted to Phonics rules. This is a good way to let them sink in.

Tales of King Arthur is getting more intrigue into it with the story of Lancelot and Guinevere. I do feel sorry for the two, as at least in this version, it seems that their loyalty to their king is so great that they suppress their love and hold back. However, they can't help loving each other. I was thinking how much easier it is nowadays, with no impending blood bath, just a nasty divorce and Lancelot and Guinevere getting married. Hmm.. maybe a modern blood bath LOL

Done with Pinocchio! He became a boy! He earned his way by working very hard and sustaining his parents. It is a dark story, but I think Boy was ready to hear it. Now we can use Pinocchio as an example. I love the shared experiences and memories with reading aloud and homeschooling in general. We were done with Pinocchio on day 2. We took a break from Literature on day 3, and on day 4, Daddy read the whole of The Pied Piper of Hamelin, a story set in our period that we're studying, the Middle Ages. It is also a dark tale, and Boy cried when he realized the children never saw their parents again. I had no idea it was written in verse, which I think makes it more sinister and memorable.

SOTW Chapter 10 this week was about the people of Australia and the Pacific Islands. I love that so far the SOTW chapter corresponds with the week of school. It satisfies the associative part of my brain. The first day we listened to Jim Weiss about The First People of Australia, and answered review questions. The second day we listened to The Long Journey of the Maori and did the coloring page. Boy also narrated and completed the mapwork. The third day we cuddled up to read the encyclopedia together, and both kids did fun activities with Daddy - they made boomerangs and Daddy painted the kids with Maori designs using red Halloween make-up. Although normally they're in black, we ran out of black paint during Halloween! With the brush, the designs came out nice! The kids are pictured on the top assuming the Maori warrior intimidation posture, complete with tongues out. They had a blast. On day 4, we read Peoples of the World to see real Aboriginals, Maori, and read a bit more about them from another perspective. Then we went on the computer and listened to the didgeridoo being played in different ways, and saw the Maoris dance.

On days 1 and 2, Boy worked diligently on two Math Mammoth review worksheets. On days 3 and 4, Boy did more drill on the computer. On the same fourth day, Boy took the 1B Test Ch. 4, and he did well.

We read about the compass, and as Boy had experience with using a compass and knowing how it worked, we didn't build our own yet again.

On day 1 we read another section about wildflowers in Nature Smart, and watched a Happy Scientist video. On day 2 Boy read about four wildflowers and stuck the stickers corresponding to each wildflower. He has an understanding that wildflowers grow at different times of year, and I notice when we go on walks or even drives, he notices many more flowers, their shapes and colors.

On day 2 Boy worked on Lesson 9, pages 40 and 41, in Spectrum Spelling. On day 3 he did pages 41 and 42, and page 43 on day 4, where he wrote a few sentences.

In Theology, I read Jacob and Esau Friends Again. Boy really liked the fact that the brothers made up. By this time Joseph had already been born, and as Boy is very familiar with the story of Joseph, he's excited to see the history behind his birth.

Every day, either I read aloud or Boy read the poem "Thursday" by Edna St. Vincent Millay.

In the span of three days, the kids both watched Muzzy's Vocabulary DVD, listened to the song CD, and played the interactive games.

This week we learned more about Giotto di Bondone, and observed closely parts of his fresco of St. Francis of Assisi.

We keep reading about Tchaikovsky, and learned that he smuggled the newly invented celesta, which was an instrument like a small piano that produced a beautiful bell-like sound. We were excited to know that that is the instrument used in Diva's favorite classical piece, and a Tchaikovsky favorite, "Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy." We listened to it again, Diva danced to it, and wondered in its magical sound. Boy enjoys Mike Venezia's cartoons and retains much.

Continuing with Drawing With Children, the kids painted fishes.

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