Monday, May 5, 2014

School Summary - Slavery, Renaissance Art, and Martin Luther

Field Trip to Hershey Gardens
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A Summary of April 7-25
The end of our co-op year always seems to free up our days much more. We are getting closer and closer to the end of our year. It's getting hard to stick with it, especially since the weather has finally turned to spring. We did two weeks of work with a week-long break for Easter. It was nice to have a week off but getting back to school that following Monday was a little rough.
Here's what we did:

Things that were scheduled:
Soprano has been enjoying Life of Fred interspersed with her Saxon math. She finished up Life of Fred Apples and began Life of Fred Butterflies.
Language Arts (Grammar, Spelling, Penmanship, Reading, and Writing)
Typing, Spanish, and Civics for both.
Tenor finished Greek and continued with PA History. Soprano had two weeks of organizing lessons in her Home Ec book.
My Father's World Rome to the Reformation
We're so close to the end. We are on weeks 30-31 of MFW. We finished up the Central/South American explorers and then went back to Europe for studies about slavery, renaissance art, and then the beginning of the Reformation.

Bible: We continued learning our passage in Philippians (Chapter 2:3-13) and finished 1 John. We read about various heroes of the Reformation including, John Wycliffe, John Huss, Martin Luther, and William Tyndale. It's amazing what the men and women of that era endured to spread the truth of the Bible and get Scriptures into the hands of the common people. We owe so much to them and their sacrifices.

Science: We completed several lessons from AIG's Our Universe. We continued studying the individual planets: Mars, Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, Neptune, and the dwarf planets: Pluto and Eris. We did several demonstrations and experiments including seeing how big Jupiter is in comparison to the earth, seeing how Uranus rotates differently than the other planets, showing why Neptune looks blue, and figuring out how much we would weigh on other planets.
Filling "Jupiter" with many "Earths"

The sun (red exercise ball), Jupiter (white bowls), Earth (marble)
We finished up reading about Cortes and Montezuma and then talked about slavery. We (with some grumbling) tackled the painting the Sistine Chapel Ceiling activity. The next week we dove into reading about the start of the Reformation.
Other MFW: 
Music: We listened to a few pieces by Beethoven and kept listening during our lunch time. We've been trying to rotate our lunchtime composers by revisiting Haydn and Mozart.

Art: They had a few drawing assignments based on Da Vinci's works. We also listened to "Masters of the Renaissance" by Jim Weiss.
We are really far behind on watching our web videos but they're saved in my playlist. You can see them all in my Youtube playlist for MFW weeks 19-34.

Favorite Books: 
Da Vinci by Mike Venezia
Leonardo's Horse by Jean Fritz
Breaking Into Print by Stephen Krensky
Fine Print: A Story About Johann Gutenberg by Joann Johansen Burch

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