There seems to be less and less to report. It is funny how we just putter out as it gets closer to summer. The kids just want to be playing all day long now, whether inside or out.
We started the week with a fun field trip to The Ocean Institute. The institute tied in nicely with our Sea and Sky readings, and it was a great way to spend a Sunday. We also did some work this week….
Latin – Tru completed chapter five in Latin for Children and began chapter six. He did great with his review chapter and when he played Latin Dash at Headventure Land he scored an A which he was happy about. He also likes making a Latin name every time he plays that game. He has decided he likes the name Trurius although I prefer Tru.
Math – Tru continues working through Singapore 4B. We are on lesson 23, and it has been smooth sailing. He loves Singapore and has very little trouble with it. We also began going through Math-U-See Delta again to help him with his division skills. He did Delta this week instead of his Life of Fred because I noticed he had forgotten the steps in division. We are just reviewing for a couple of weeks, and then it is back to Fred for him.
Reading: Tru is trying to finish his Harry Potter book by next week, so he has been reading quite a bit this week.
Latin – We did two chapters in Song School Latin this week, chapters 14 and 15. He enjoyed these chapters because they have to do with animals. Decca has insisted in doing his work this week in a brown colored pencil. His sibblings also taught him the signs for male and female, and he is writing it all over his work. I am not sure why that interests him, but I find that I often do not understand Decca!
Math – We have finally gotten to something that interests him in Singapore: multiplication. He loves it! We are working on that, and I came across a Miquon book that my friend gave me, and there is similar multiplication concepts in there, so he is also working on that. He loves to figure out a problem like 4+4+4+4+4 is the same as 5X4 which means 5 groups of 4 which is 20.
Language Arts – Decca is working steadily in Explode the Code 5, although I can tell he is burned out with phonics. I think next week will be our last week in this book for a while. I am having him read everyday for at least 10 minutes, which is very hard for him because there is so much more he could be doing instead. I am encouraging him though and trying to find books that interest him. I am hoping to have him reading for twenty minutes a day by the end of summer. That might be a crazy goal though!
Sea and Sky – We are still reading Revenge of the Whale, although it is getting a little intense. The boys do love it though, and I find I am the one having trouble with it. I had to skip the whole part on how they butcher a whale, and I know that I will be skipping over more parts as we go along. I absolutely refuse to read about how the men had to eat each other, although Tru will rolls his eyes at me and tell me that was real life. That may be true, but I don’t want to read about it!
I found a great old film (from the 1970’s) on Untied Streaming called Had You Lived Then: Life in the Eastern Seaport Town 1870. The film may have been a little cheesy, but it seemed to capture the time, and it tied in nicely with the topic of whaling, so I recommend it. Also in Sea and Sky we learned more about the science of the ocean, talking about the ocean currents, winds, and undersea mountain ranges. We also read up on the earliest sailors, and the very first boats that were constructed. Overall it was a very interesting week.
Autry finished a report on the Transcontinental Railroad that she had been working on for months at school. I am so glad that is over as it was stressing us out. She did great on it though, and I was proud of her because she did almost the entire thing on her own. I am trying to encourage her now to not come to me with her homework, but to instead try to finish it by herself. This was very hard when she first started school because she was not accustom to homework as there is no homework in homeschool. Now that the year is coming to an end I can tell she is starting to take responsibility for her work, and that is great to see because next year she will have even more, and I want her to be able to handle it.
In other news Autry had a very exciting day yesterday. A play was being performed at her school on The Great Horn Spoon (one of our all time favorite books), and they needed two kids to fill in for two parts. She got to play one of the parts, and she was so excited. It really made her day!
And that is our week in review.