Weekly Update – Spotlight on my Youngest

This week we have moved on to Africa to study animals. Decca read One Small Square African Savanna, Akimbo and the Crocodile Man, and Akimbo and the Snakes.

We have had Akimbo and the Crocodile Man on our shelves for a long time, and Decca never wanted to read it. He thought it looked boring and too young for him. I finally convinced Decca to read it as part of our study this week, and he loved it. On Wednesday I ordered Akimbo and the Snakes for him, and I think I will order the rest in the series for next week. I love when the kids discover a series of books that they love and can’t wait to read. It is one of the joys of homeschooling.

Akimbo and the Snakes is about Akimbo’s visit to his uncle’s snake farm. In it the uncle milks two cobra snakes for Akimbo to see. Decca was very interested in this so we spent some time on YouTube watching videos of snakes being milked.

Decca researched various animals of Africa this week. His favorite was the warthog, which seemed an unlikely candidate to me, but what do I know. I am not an 8-year-old boy, and I do not pretend to understand the inner workings of their minds. 🙂

Decca also continued working through Beast Academy this week. He is working on skip counting and hundred charts. I am constantly amazed at how high the thinking skills are in this book. Anyone who might be worried that their older child might not be challenged by these books are probably in for a pleasant surprise. The workbook questions get very hard very quickly and require a good amount of figuring out. This sometimes frustrates Decca to no end, but when he finally figures out a problem he is very proud of his accomplishment.

Decca also composed several songs in piano this week. Most of his songs that he works on he does not write them out, as it would be too difficult for him at this stage. He composes much more complicated songs than he would be able to write out. For these songs I record him playing, and he takes them into his teacher, and she gives him feedback. However he did attempt to write some songs this week for beginning piano players because he thinks it would be so awesome if he made his own piano books for others. His first song is called Ride.

And just because we cannot possibly go a week without doing something Scooby related (as my son is very obsessed with Scooby) Decca and I created a bar graph of his Scooby Doo books to see what author wrote the most books in his collection.

And that is our week in review.