Friday, September 6, 2013

School Summary - Diving into Ancient Rome & Meeting Julius Caesar

Tenor's self-portrait for science
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A Summary of August 12-23
We had another 1/2 week of sorts where we did our My Father's World studies and electives but put the 3 Rs on hold. Our second week was a full week of everything. While the work wasn't overwhelming, the attitudes everyone had didn't quite help things go smoothly. We've been wrestling through those issues and trying to still get the schoolwork done. I'm hoping in another week or so we'll be more into the routine of doing school.

Here's what we did these two weeks:

Things that were scheduled:
Language Arts (Grammar, Spelling, Penmanship, Reading, and Writing)
I still need to decide what I'm going to do for Soprano's writing. I just need to sit down and look at the IEW Student Intensive A and figure it out.

They started all their electives. The work is spaced out so that it hopefully won't be too much during our weeks with all of our regular work. They continued with Typing and both added in
Spanish, Geography, PA History, and Civics.
Soprano did her first Home Ec lesson and Tenor jumped into Greek.

My Father's World Rome to the Reformation-
At the end of last year, we finished up MFW with Alexander the Great and Ancient Greece. This year we picked up with Ancient Rome.
Bible: We started reading about how the Bible came to be.
Science: I'm not using the anatomy resources as scheduled by MFW. We were blessed to be able to buy a complete set of the Answers in Genesis curriculum so we'll be working out of the Human Body volume but adding in MFW books if they fit. We'll read most of the First Encyclopedia of the Human Body, do a few experiments from The Human Body for Every Kid, and maybe 1 or 2 things the Body Book. I also picked up the Magic School Bus Human Anatomy science kit on Amazon that we'll incorporate. These first two weeks of MFW we did a few introductory lessons, read about Leonardo Da Vinci's scientific work, had a lesson about cells, tissues, and organs, and one on the skeletal system. We did the cell model
Lemon Jell-O and a grape for our cell model
and backbone model from Human Body for Every Kid.
Making the Backbone Model
Soprano's self-portrait for science
Science Body System wheel
History: We read about how Rome was founded,
Soprano's narration about Rome's founding
the Punic Wars, the conquest of Greece, Pompeii, and Julius Caesar.
Soprano's Pompeii worksheet
Tenor's coloring sheet done while we read Augustus Caesar's World
Tenor's Roman School page
I'm also incorporating Story of the World Volume 1 as well as Mystery of History Volume 1.
Week 1, we skipped Streams of Civ on days 1-3. Instead I read SOTW 9209-211, p212-213, and p227-230. Week 2, we skipped the SoC reading and substitued MOH p334-336.
We also made our wax tablets using tan Sculpey clay and little wood 'mosaic' trays from the craft store.
Other MFW: 
Music: Week 2 we started listening to the story of Haydn.
Art: Lots of lessons on perspective in the first two weeks.

BBC Shakespeare Animated Tales: Julius Caesar Part 1, Part 2, and Part 3
Julius Caesar Part 1, Part 2, and Part 3

Favorite Books:
Roman Numerals I to MM by Arthur Geisert
See Inside Your Body by Katie Daynes

Things that we didn't get to:
Cell Activity Video
Rome Reborn Video
The History of Missions Video


  1. Looks like you guys are off to a great start! I saw the Magic school house human body kit on Amazon too and thought about buying it. Do you guys like it so far?

    1. A few of the experiments will be repeats for us but we're using the AIG book instead of the MFW schedule. I'm not sure if more of the experiments would be duplicated if you strictly use the MFW resources. It's a bright/glossy kit that I got with an Amazon gift card... It's a little young for my kids and doesn't have a ton of content. I don't know that I'll buy another one.

    2. Thanks! I was worried about the age level too. I found a few models online that we purchased instead. The kids are really into legos so I figured they might like putting together a few of the human body models. We shall see :)

  2. Looks like you're having a great year so far! Thanks for sharing with us!

  3. Jennifer, we have completed weeks one and two, and I enjoyed seeing how you worked through the material. Question for you, are you watching the movies you listed on Amazon, or did you purchase them? (Julias Caesar's Rome, and Roman City)THey look like great resources.

    1. I emailed you Tracy but in case anyone else is interested, most of the non-web videos that we watch are from our local library.


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