Friday, April 1, 2016

School Summary - India and Israel Gain Independence, South Africans and Chinese Don't

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A Summary of March7-18
It's a little sad that I'm already looking forward to our spring break, isn't it? These two weeks, when we got our first hint of spring outside, seem to have been the most "just get it done" weeks of our school year.
Here's what we did:

Things that were scheduled:
Tenor's math has been killing us. It takes him so long to complete. I've been talking with other homeschool moms and it seems like he's taking a bit too long. I'm going to order the Saxon Math plans from My Father's World and see if he can retain comprehension and get done faster.
Language Arts (Grammar with Writing and Literature for both; Spelling for Soprano)
Soprano finished Call of Courage and started The Mixed Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler.
Greek and Computer Science (Tenor), American Sign Language, Photography, and Sewing (Soprano)
If it isn't math that's dragging us down, it's sewing. If it's not sewing, then it must be Computer Science. This course has so many projects/papers that he's never going to finish. We're going to have to cut down on the amount that's assigned or we'll be doing school until school starts again.

My Father's World 1850 to Modern Times
These two weeks touched on events going on in the world post-WWII. I think we hit 5 of the 7 continents in 2 weeks.

Bible: This year we will be learning (reviewing) basic Christian beliefs and memorizing key Bible passages. We spent two more weeks working on verses from Psalm 46.
History and Geography: 
Project-wise: we did the yoga poses (I was away adjudicating at a music festival so Bass did school but no pictures) and the Apartheid and Supporting Laws activity.
We've done dam construction before so we skipped that one, skipped the cooking (although we ate jelly doughnuts from the store) and skipped making little red books. I think the youngling and padawan are getting to that age when small craft projects don't really speak to them anymore. We also did the outlines and writing from outlines, timeline pieces, and maps.
Science: We're also using the World of Science reading assignments to review what we learned this summer.
Other MFW: 
Music:  We have the iPod playing at lunch most days. We listened to Gershwin for another week, then used The Young Scholar's Guide to Composers to learn about another American composer, John Williams. (Being pretty big Star Wars fans, this was a fun musician to study.)

Art: Another week of marker techniques.

And we squeezed in a field trip. Every year our state offers free admission to state museums on Charter Day. We went to the state museum which had a range of exhibits.
His hair spike looks like the duck's feather spike. lol
When the Turnpike was fancy
You can see them all in my Youtube playlist for weeks 17-34.

The Presidents by the History Channel

Favorite Books: 
A Country School House by Lynne Barasch
Behold the Trees by Alexander
Dirt on Their Skirts by Doreen Rappaport
The Memory Coat by Woodruff
Watch the Stars Come Out by Riki Levinson
When Jessie Came Across the Sea by Amy Hest
Dwight D Eisenhower by Mike Venezia

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