Friday, October 2, 2015

School Summary - State Capitals

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A Summary of September 14-25

These two weeks felt like a piece of cake (mostly) after the past week.
Here's what we did:

Things that were scheduled:
Language Arts (Grammar with Writing and Reading for both; Spelling for Soprano)
Soprano did an animal worksheet for reading.
Greek and Computer Science (Tenor), American Sign Language, Photography, and Sewing (Soprano)

My Father's World 1850 to Modern Times
Our first two weeks of MFW were focused on state geography then we had two weeks of history. We've just finished two weeks of learning state capitals.

Bible: This year we will be learning (reviewing) basic Christian beliefs and memorizing key Bible passages. We learned 1 Peter 2:24 and 2 Corinthians 5:17.

History and Geography: 
It was helpful to have a few easier weeks with everything else going on. We learned and reviewed state capitals. They each had marked improvement between their pre-tests and post-tests. We've been trying to learn them from the Animaniacs' song but we tend to mix up the verses. They also did a few state sheets and learned about our one and only PA president, James Buchanan. 
We got free passes from our local library to visit his home, Wheatland.
Clockwise from upper left: Wheatland is an example of Federal architecture; President Buchanan's desk that he used while in the White House (they somehow smuggled it out when he left office); his niece, Harriet's piano that he bought for her; his pink patterned china; his carriage that he rode in around Lancaster; Harriet's Louis Vuitton luggage (a fashionista before they existed)
We read about but skipped the Creole and Cajun cooking. We ended up going out to eat and ordering pain perdu (French toast) instead.
The pain perdu we shared; Tenor ordered shrimp in the spirit of Louisiana cooking.
We're also using the World of Science reading assignments to review what we learned this summer.
Other MFW: 
Music: We finished up our study of Stephen Foster.
Art: We learned about Millet, earth colors, and Jairus' Daughter.
You can see them all in my Youtube playlist for weeks 1-16.

The Presidents by The History Channel

Favorite Books: 
James Buchanan by Mike Venezia
An Apple for Harriet Tubman by Glennette Turner
Apples to Oregon by Deborah Hopkinson (Oregon)
B is For Beaver by Marie Smith (Oregon)
Minty by Alan Schroeder
Oregon's Journey by Rascal (Oregon)
The Price of Freedom by Judith Fradin

To finish up these weeks, we visited the National Christmas Museum for Smithsonian Museum Day. They had displays of Christmas through the years. I thought the displays of the 1800s through mid-1900s would be fit well with the history we'll be studying this year.
A 1930s 5 and Dime Store
A Tudor style village for Victorian-era characters

A Little Women Christmas scene

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