Home School Life Journal

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

September 5-11, Our Homeschool Weekly Report, week 2

September 5-11
What did we do this week?
(sorry for the blurry phone pic)
The boys went to homeschool roller skating. 

Week 2

English (The Logic of English)

  • Grammar: Nouns
  • Spelling: Plurals, when to use ck
  • Dictation
  • Composition
  • Phonograms (ck, ee, ng, th), short and long vowel sounds

Math (Learn Math Fast)

  • Addition of multiple Multi-digit numbers
  • Adding Fractions

Chemistry (Exploring Chemistry and Physics): Building Blocks of Creation

  • Variety of Atoms
  • Atom Anatomy
  • Atom Charges
  • Electron Energy
  • Clouds, Shells and Orbitals
  • Valence Electrons
  • The Periodic Table of Elements
  • Bonding Basics

History: Ancient History: The Celts

We began our history studies this year by backing up a bit and reviewing. We ended our study of Ancient history last year with the end of the Roman Empire, but as we go into the Dark Ages or the Early Middle Ages, we needed to back up a bit and review the Celts. We read from The Kingfisher History Encyclopedia. We will be using this as our spine this year as we travel through the Middle ages. It is sort of like a glorified timeline. We read selections from Write from Ancient History Level 2 by Kimberly Garcia. They completed narration sentences from what they had learned and copywork sentences in their history journals. As our read-aloud at night, we are reading Black Horses for the King by Anne McCaffrey, which is one of my very favorite books. It is set in fifth-century Britain, and the story follows a Celtic lad in service to King Arthur. We are also reading Tales of King Arthur by James Riordan. 

World Geography and Culture (World Food Cafe)

We learned about Morocco this week and had a Moroccan feast. We learned about the people and their customs as well as the foods they eat.

Bible: Picture This!

my teaching pages

We began our Bible study this year using the Good News Bible and Picture This! (Review coming soon.)

"Therefore, let the minds of young children be well stored with the beautiful narratives of the Old Testament and of the gospels; but, in order that these stories may be always fresh and delightful to them, care must be taken lest Bible teaching stale upon their minds." 

~ Charlotte Mason ~

Co-op: Leadership/Team-building and Art (Drawing)

For the Leadership/Team-building class at co-op, they worked on non-verbal communication...

and in art class, we worked on contours. This semester I am using Hooked on Drawing: Illustrated Lessons and Exercises for Grades 4 and Up by Sandy Brooke.

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  1. Another great (and busy) week! I like the unusual art lesson. You seem to get loads done each week. Do you teach your two younger sons together?

  2. I love your drawing lesson! I also love Logic of English: Essentials. It moves too fast for Rose (my 2nd grader), so I've put it aside for a little while to reintroduce it to both Rose and Firecracker when they get just a couple of years older :-)

  3. What a great week. I love the look of the Moroccon feast. I wish I could smell it.
    Blessings, Dawn

  4. I keep putting off doing any real art studies, and I need to get them going, just haven't quite decided what I want to do.

  5. sounds like you've had an excellent week

    I am Annette @ A net in time (http://anetintimeschooling.weebly.com/a-net-in-time-blog)

  6. Love your homeschool Phyllis it is always filled with excitement and inspiration! Thank you for sharing.

  7. We were talking about Morrocco this week too! I hadn't even thought of trying foods from the different countries we are studying. I think I'll add that in! As always you succeeded in making each moment beautiful this week again!


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