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Our Homeschool Weekly Report, March 21-27, week 26: Steven's Birthday

March 21-27


Steven had a birthday this week and he loves chocolate and raspberry, so I made this chocolate-raspberry torte cake. It is frosted on the sides with chocolate frosting but on the top and as a filling between each layer is a raspberry whipped cream. Chocolates decorated the top.

week 26

This Week

We had a fair amount of time out-of-the-house this week, most of it for doctor's appointments. On Tuesday, Sam and James had dental/orthodontist appointments. Wednesday is our co-op day. Thursday we went to DuPont for James' seizures. He has been diagnosed with Complex Partial Epilepsy and has been prescribed Oxcarbazepine, which seems to not have too many side-effects and may also help his anxiety disorder as well.



Quentin had his first "a-ha" moment since we have started our new math program, Learn Math Fast System. We were going over fractions and the program approaches each topic in many different ways so even though in the beginning he had that confused look, his face suddenly cleared and he exclaimed, "Now I understand!" He answered all the remaining questions correctly. I will be writing a full review of the Learn Math Fast system soon.


Quentin's sketch of the Battle of Salamis
Ancient Greece: Persian Wars,  499-449 BC

This week we learned about the Battles of the Persian Wars:
Ionian Revolt
Marathon, 490
Thermopylae (under Xerxes, Darius' son)
Salamis (480)
Plataea and Mycale (479)
Quentin's statue of an Athenian soldier.

Athens: Themistocles and Aristides
Sparta: Leonidas
This is a game that Quentin made all by himself. He came up with the idea and made a prototype. He worked out the problems with the prototype and then made this board and pieces. I will be telling you more about it soon, but I wanted to show it to you this week.

Organization of the Delian League. Smaller states paid money to Athens for support of her navy, beginning the Athenian empire.

Greek Roots

For their Greek roots study the boys learned astron which means star, dendron which means tree, chronos which means time and para which means beside or along with.


Astronomy: Constellations

We continued with our study of the constellations, including the Greek myths behind them.

Fine Arts

James finished his still-life painting. He will be beginning another project next week.

In The Kitchen

Chili Garlic Beef Stir Fry with Coconut Rice I howsweeteats.com
Chili Garlic Stir-fry with Coconut Jasmine Rice from How Sweet It Is 
This week we tried a few new recipes and also had some tried and true recipes. Every morning Steven makes a big breakfast of sausage or bacon, eggs and French toast or pancakes.

Monday: We had Tuscan Bean Soup with Kale (recipe from One Bite at a Time by Rebecca Katz) and crescent rolls for lunch. This was very, very good. For dinner, we had a spicy Black Bean Chili (recipe from One Bite at a Time by Rebecca Katz) with warm-from-the-oven French Bread and a salad. It was rated as so-so.

Tuesday: We had leftovers for lunch. We had beef tacos for dinner. This is a staple for us, tried and true.

Wednesday: We had McDonald's for lunch before co-op and for dinner we had a Grecian Casserole (recipe at Homeschool Mosaics.) and Spinach Orzo with Pine Nuts and Feta, but we substituted rice for the orzo so that my gluten-free kids could have it. We liked the Spinach Rice, but was only so-so about the Grecian Casserole.

Thursday: We had a soup of Butternut Squash Soup with Pear, Apple and Ginger (recipe from One Bite at a Time by Rebecca Katz. We decided that we would rather have a chunky soup than a smooth creamy soup, so we did not blend it. It was really, really good and would be a great fall staple. For Dinner, we had Pantry Pasta, which is a pasta dish with artichoke hearts, Kalmata olives and Parmesan cheese (recipe from One Bite at a Time by Rebecca Katz) and Chili Garlic Stir-fry with Coconut Jasmine Rice (recipe from How Sweet It Is.) All three of these recipes were keepers for us.

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  1. OK -- that torte you made looks FABULOUS! I am drooling now and am super sad since we are gluten free now! What a lucky birthday boy!

    I also love the artwork - you have a talented artist on your hands, Phyllis! It looks like you all had a great week.

    I so appreciate you linking with Collage Friday each week!

  2. As always, I am super impressed with the art work and the cooking! I am in awe of all you get done!

  3. I can't wait to hear about his game. It sounds like one my boys would love to play.

    YAY for diagnosis and medicine that helps with multiple things.

  4. The torte looks so yummy (I love chocolate and raspberry too). The game looks neat - I look forward to hearing more about it.

  5. Agh! All that delicious-sounding food is making me hungry! :)

    I'll have to check out the math.... It sounds interesting. Thanks for sharing the link. We're on the hunt for a decent calculus one next - M is just moving through algebra but then her curriculum of choice stops. It's the only one she's really liked so far so I'm hopeful that we can find an acceptable replacement.

    Happy birthday to Steven!

  6. Oh the torte. What a lovely birthday cake.
    Blessings, Dawn

  7. Happy Birthday Steven! That torte does look divine!

  8. The still-life artwork is GREAT! The food looks and sounds delicious!! And birthday blessings to your wonderful husband!

  9. Love the game!! Your kids are so creative! Yay for the light bulb moment in math. Having many things in math I didn't get, I know how fun those are. Oh, and are you for hire? I'd love to have the torte for my birthday ;).

  10. The torte looks absolutely divine! I love how the flower painting came out! The game that Quentin created is awesome too! Have a wonderful new week, Phyllis!


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