Sunday, March 3, 2013

School Days Summary - King David's Reign and King Soloman's Wisdom

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A Summary of February 8 - 22
February may be the shortest month of the year but for some reason it seems to just drag on. I think we've all been suffering from some winter doldrums. The weather has been a huge tease too! It got warm for two days tempting us with spring sunshine and then it went right back to snow. We are all anxiously waiting for warmer temps so the younglings can spend some time outside. To combat the winter blahs, we spent one week just doing our My Father's World studies and then jumped back into a full schedule the next week. Perhaps it would have been better to not do any work that first week but it will be worth it for an easier end-of-year workload.
Here's a quick look back at what we did:

Things that were scheduled as usual:
The first week they just did flashcards and played math games online.
The second week we went back to just plugging away one lesson at time with both younglings. Tenor will be moving up to the next level of Saxon math in about a month. He's is naturally talented in math so we're going to just keeping moving him up as he finishes each level.
Language Arts (Grammar, Spelling, Penmanship, Reading, and Writing)
One week off, one week as usual.Although Tenor did do his IEW Ancient History based lessons writing assignment to keep it coordinated with our MFW work.
Health: a worksheet on the 'Benefits of a Healthy Diet'
PA History: We did a worksheet on our current governor, Tom Corbett. The state website had a great biographical page about him as well as a picture that we included.

My Father's World Creation to the Greeks-
We completed weeks 23-24 which focused on King David's reign and then his son, Solomon.
Bible: We continued learning Psalm 1. The younglings had learned part of it for their Tae Kwan Do class but they hadn't finished. Our first two weeks working on it was more of a review for them. We also reviewed the 10 Commandments and Psalm 23. 
Our Bible reading has been all about the first kings of Israel. We read through most of 1 Samuel, all of 2 Samuel, and began 1 Kings.
Science: More Day 6 (people and animals) for science these past two weeks.
We tried making the fruit fly farm. Any other time, we can get fruit flies without even trying. This time... nothing!
They did have good success making fossils
doing the Solar Critters experiment, learning about Enzymes, and they loved the Oxygen In, Carbon Dioxide Out and Take Your Breath Away experiments.

History: After notebooking about Saul, we continued studying King David these two weeks. We read about how he brought the ark back, how he cared for Mephibosheth, how he sinned with Bathsheba and the consequences that followed. We also notebooked about David using sheets from this set. After that we read about his Solomon. We also looked at the Phoenicians and their alphabet and Arabia.
We continued reading a chapter a day in the Children's Homer.

Other MFW: 
Music: We listened to Handel's biography. The younglings wrote out what they remembered on notebooking sheets.
Art: For art, they created a Diptych, did a nature study with pen and ink, and drew some still lifes of household objects.

King David (What's in the Bible? Vol. 5)
2 Samuel (the Fabulous Bentley Brothers)
A History of the Hebrew Part 8: The Proto-Semitic Alphabet
2 videos about the Phoenicians here
Archaeologists Uncover 3,000 year old wall from Solomon's Time
Solomon's Temple Aerial Tour
Solomon's Temple
The Wisdom of Solomon (Moody Bible Story)

We were a little behind on these but watched several episodes of Drive Thru History from
Conquest, Canaanites, and the Holy City Episode 4
Conquest, Canaanites, and the Holy City Episode 5
Covenants, Kings and the Promised Land Episode 2
Covenants, Kings and the Promised Land Episode 3

Favorite Books:
George Handel by Mike Venezia
Why Don't Haircuts Hurt? by Melvin Berger
See Inside Your Body by Katie Daynes

This looked fun but we didn't have time: Phoenican boat craft

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