Home School Life Journal

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

Our Homeschool Weekly Report, March 7-13, week 24

March 7-13
This week has been a super busy week for us in terms of out-of-the-house activities.
This week the kids have gone Bowling with Friends...

Roller Skating with the homeschool group...
and to the Mall with Friends.

We have also had two doctor's appointments (one with Katie's neurologist, and one with Alex's psychologist) and an appointment to review Alex's Social Security benefits.

week 24


I have started a new math curriculum, which I am very excited about (review coming up). We worked on measurement and fractions this week.


We had a grammar review this week. I gave them these questions to answer in their notebooks.

  1. In order to write or say a complete sentence, what two things must you have?
  2. Which of the following are complete sentences? (listed a few sentences and a few fragments from their history and science texts.)
  3. What is meant by "direct object"?
  4. What are three ways you may express the present tense?
  5. What three ways of using a noun have you learned?
  6. Can the verb "to be" take a direct object?
  7. Give one sentence using a simple subject, a simple predicate and a direct object.
  8. Can you find a predicate noun in the following sentence? (Sentence from history/science text.)


Ancient Greece: Invaders and the Dark Age

This week we learned about Invaders and the Dark Ages (1200-800 BC). We learned about the Ionians and the Dorians and then we learned about the columns which carry their names.

Photograph:The Lincoln Memorial, made of marble from Colorado and Tennessee and limestone from Indiana, stands in West Potomac Park in Washington, D.C. The outside columns are Doric, the inside, Ionic. A skylight lets light into the interior. The cornerstone was laid in 1915. Henry Bacon was the architect.
Then we compared the columns in a place we have visited, Washington DC. The Lincoln Memorial has Doric columns outside and Ionic columns inside.
ionic columns
Inside the Lincoln Memorial.

Ionic columns can be found in a lot of places throughout Capitol Hill, such as the U.S. Capitol, the Supreme Court Building as well as other buildings.

corinthian columns
Corinthian columns at the National Archives building.

Greek Roots

This week the boys learned logos which means word or study, hydros which means water, helios which means sun, and dia which means through, between, across or apart.


This week we looked at the spring constellations of Ophiuchus and Serpens, Boötes and Draco.

What We Are Reading

We are reading D'Aulaires' Book of Greek Myths. We read about the Minor gods, Nymphs, Satyrs and Centaurs and began reading about the Mortal Decendants of Zeus, Europa and Cadmus, Tantalus and Pelops, Danaus, Perseus and the Gorgon.
We are reading Famous Men of Greece. This week we read about Cadmus and the Dragon's Teeth, Perseus and Lycurgus.
We are also reading Theras and His Town, which tells of the differences between Athenians and Spartans and have begun a book that is set in the Roman Empire, Detectives in Togas.


  1. I bet you've been sleeping like rocks by the end of each day this week! Looks like a lot of fun.

  2. Another great week!! I love the Doric columns study. I love architecture. Mythology is one of our favorite things! Happy weekend Phyllis!!

    1. Yes, the boys love this period in history. They like the weapons and the like the most, though.

  3. You are getting so much done. I love to hear about your studies. I love all of your projects and field trips.
    Blessings, Dawn

    1. Thank you! It is not easy to get it all done when we are out of the house so much. We tend to be home-bodies so we don't know how to handle it when we go out more than a couple times a week. LOL

  4. I'm not entirely certain any of my children (or indeed me) would pass your grammar test!
    It looks like you had a wonderful and busy week, spending lots of lovely time with friends and family.
    I hope all the appointments went well.
    Have a great weekend, Phyllis.

    1. LOL I am sure you all would! You have to remember, too, that we have been studying this all year. Funny thing....but I can know the grammar and yet not use it properly all the time. LOL
      Yes, all the appointments were just routine checks to see that all is the same with them, which it is. Hope you have a great weekend and a lovely week ahead.

  5. Oh! I love talking about the different kinds of columns. Too bad my children don't love to listen to it yet :-)

  6. I find that if we're out a few times in a week, then we tend to recuperate when we are at home. Going out does take a toll on our energy, even though we enjoy ourselves very much everytime we're out. I'm in awe of how much you get done in a week.

  7. I wonder what it is about columns that is so fascinating? The distinction between the different types is one of the few things that stayed with me from school. The ones you have visited are beautiful.
    I'm looking forward to hearing about your new maths curriculum. I love how you do maths.

  8. Sounds like such a fun week! I loved D'Aulaire's mythology book, and learning about mythology in general and their associations with astronomy.

  9. I really need help with teaching grammar. What books do you recommend?

    It looks you're having fun and learning a great deal! It's so hard to find the right balance.

  10. I am doing my own grammar program because I couldn"t find any i really liked
    If i had to recommend a book i would recommend simply grammar by karen andreola
    (my keys on my computer are sticking and not letting change from upper to lower case)

  11. Hi Phyllis,

    I tagged you for the Why Write a Blog meme, if you're interested :) http://mariespastiche.blogspot.ca/2014/03/why-i-blog-blog-hop.html

  12. Looks like we've been reading some of the same books! Our roller rink has a Christian skate night which is fun, but very loud and noisy! I just might steal your test for Jerry!

  13. It's interesting looking at your column pictures. The buildings here are so much older and even though the columns are the same type, they look older.... Maybe they just need a good power wash and a paint job?


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