Weekly Update

This week we started a unit on the brain using Ellen McHenry’s curriculum. The boys are loving this, and I think if their enthusiasm lasts through out the unit we will order more of her materials.

Tru coloring in a brain image.

To go along with this unit Tru is reading Phineas Gage: A Gruesome but True Story About Brain Science. The story of Phineas Gage is a highly interesting one, and I recommend the book to anyone studying the brain.

Decca began a new unit on Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of Nimh. I am embarrassed to admit that I have never read this book before. We have only read the first five chapters, but Decca seems to be enjoying it. He did comment that we have read so many books about mice and rats lately that he is not sure he can read anymore for a long time.

We are making a lapbook to go along with our studies. I just decided this at the last minute, so this is not a fancy lapbook by any means, but Decca likes it. Along with the lapbook Decca is completing activities in his Moving Beyond the Page workbook.

The outside of his lapbook.

An activity on rats

An activity from the inside, here he wrote an original story featuring Mr. Ages.

Working on a plot flowchart from Moving Beyond the Page.

Also this week Decca continued working on math with Life of Fred, did language arts and math on Time4Learning, made a movie with his Legos, and wrote many, many stories. If he could he would write all day.

Making a movie

One of his stories he worked on this week.

Decca also got his braces on this week. He was not happy about this, but he is adjusting.

He truly has a metal mouth.

In other news my mom celebrated a birthday this week. The kids and I took her out to eat and gave her a travel book on Europe. She is hoping to go there next year, so I thought she would enjoy a book to help plan.

Happy Birthday Mom!

Autry has been working hard practicing for her first solo at a concert in a few weeks. In addition she has been working on her Christmas concert which is just a week after the solo concert. Tomorrow we will be going to Disney Hall to hear the Los Angeles Chamber Singers perform. It is a dress rehearsal, and the kids at OCHSA were given free tickets. I can’t wait to see the performance tomorrow, and I look forward to hearing Autry in her own concerts.

Autry with her class performing a concert at OCHSA. She is third one from the left in the second row.

And that is our week in review.

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