Home School Life Journal

Home School Life Journal ........... painting by Katie Bergenholtz
"Let us strive to make each moment beautiful."
Saint Francis DeSales

Our Weekly Homeschool Report, March 1-7, Week 20

Snapshot Summary, March 1-7

Katie has started the project of making 1000 paper cranes.

She has always had an intense interest in anything Asian. She also painted this pair of paintings this week.
True. True.

week 20
Katie has been a big help this week in taking over some of the teaching. On Monday, while I was in surgery, she completed reading lessons with the younger boys. She also helped out with science and history lessons this week.


We continued our math studies with expanding the Rosada's restaurant to a larger building. The younger boys worked on designing floorplans of the restaurant.


In our study of invertebrates, we learned about the three types of worms...
and sponges.
Katie also taught a lesson on the purposes of zoos. We also looked the early zoos in America, which came into existence during the late 1800's-early 1900's.


The boys learn about how things were different in the early 1900's. We compared and contrasted a kitchen and a barn. We also looked at products that were bought in stores.
We compared and contrasted toys with a  Toy Shop.
The Muckraking Era, 1902-1912
The Square Deal, 1904
The Wright Brothers first successful flight at Kitty Hawk, 1903
Harry Houdini
Henry Ford
Albert Einstein discovers the Special and General theories
Triple Entente, 1907

Depression Era Cooking

James made Shepard's Pie. It has mushroom, carrots, onions, ground beef and cheese in the filling and mashed potatoes, of course, on top. We divided it into three pans because Steven, the vegetarian, wanted it without meat, and Katie and Alex can't have milk products, so we left the cheese out of their's. Quentin made a cherry pie for dessert.

Game Night

Poor Sam had to decide which one of these was the most Cuddly in this round of Apples to Apples!
We have been having a wonderful time with game night every Sunday night.

The game that has been the most popular has been Apples to Apples, which we play in its Junior form. If you don't already know the game, you can see a description here and the rules here.
Besides being fun, it has a lot of learning benefits to it.
  • Category Naming/Identification/Comparison – The game, at its core, requires players to place items in categories and determine which items fit best in a given category.
  • Item Description – The adjectives that players can apply to particular nouns is expanded.
  • Literacy – This game features a significant amount of reading at the word level.
  • Word Definition/Synonyms – The green apple cards feature three synonyms for the prompt word, supporting understanding of synonyms as well as helping generate definitions for the prompt word. Likewise, the red apple cards contain some flavor text addressing the term’s definition, role in history, or a small bit of humor about the word.

books we are reading:
  • Vacation Under the Volcano, Mary Pope Osborne
  • Pompeii, Buried AliveEdith Kunhardt Davis
  • Bodies From the Ash: Life and Death in Ancient Pompeii, James M. Deem
  • How to Write a Mystery, Cecilia Minden and Kate Roth
  • Trapped in Ice! An Amazing True Whaling Adventure, Martin Sandler
  • The Garden Primer Barbara Damrosch
  • Don't know Much About Mythology; Everything You Need to Know About the Greatest Stories in Human History but Never Learned, Kenneth C. Davis
  • The LEGOS Idea Book, Daniel Lipkowitz
  • A Place for Bats, Melissa Stewart and Higgins Bond
  • Children's Guide to Insects and Spiders, Jinny Johnson
  • Panda Math, Ann Whitehead Nagda and San Diego Zoo
  • Poetry Speaks To Children, Elise Paschen, Dominique Raccah, Wendy Rasmussen and Judy Love
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  1. How am I supposed to get caught up with your posts if you keep posting this rapidly? :)

    Love her paintings.

  2. I love the fact that your daughter assists you so much in teaching. I find this so awesome.

  3. You are an amazing home schooling mom!!!! My girls were crazy over making paper cranes for a while. Has your daughter ever made the origami stars? My girls made hundreds of them in different colors and filled jars with them. very cute.
    Have a great weekend.

  4. Awesome! Thank goodness for the help of your daughter during this hard week. I love the cranes and wonderful cooking going on around there.
    Blessings, Dawn

  5. Ticia, I agree!! I keep having to remind myself to scroll down (further and further.....) Phyllis, you're putting us all to shame!! Good for Katie for helping out so much - must have been the way she was brought up! I love her paintings, they're really beautiful!

  6. I love Katie's paintings! Looks like a very full week :)

  7. The picture of you is so beautiful! As always your school week looks great. I especially love all the science and history work you all did. Of course I love your cooking recipes too.

    Thank you for sharing.

  8. Wonderful paintings, projects, learning - another fabulous week (and I love the photo of YOU)!

  9. Great week! I love the paintings and the depression era food looks good!

  10. Way to go Katie!! What a great help. Apples to Apples is a favorite around here, but it can be tough. :)

  11. Sounds like a great week of learning! I am now curious about how zoos got started~might have to look that up:)


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