Home School Life Journal

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

September 26-October 2: Our Homeschool Weekly Report, week 5

What did we do this week?

We celebrated Michaelmas.

We don't usually celebrate Michaelmas (pronounced Mickel-mas), even though it is a traditional Catholic feast day, but since we are studying the Middle Ages this year, and Michaelmas followed the fall Ember Days, I thought it would be good to celebrate and learn about it this year.  At dinner, I told the boys about how Saint Michael fought against Lucifer and the fallen angels, and that there is a legend concerning Lucifer falling into a blackberry bush after being expelled from heaven by St. Michael, which is why we eat traditionally eat blackberries during this feast day.
Geese were, at least at one time, plentiful during this time of year as it was the time when the fishing season ended, the hunting season began, so roast goose dinners are traditional. Eating geese on this day is said to protect against financial hardship, according to Irish and English folk belief. Apples are harvested at this time, so they are often added to the meal as well. As geese are not readily available these days, we had a baked chicken. We also had a cheddar and apple frittata, blackberry salad and apple juice, with blackberry cobbler for dessert.
We celebrated Katie's birthday.

Week 5
We had a hard time accomplishing schoolwork this week, and some days we didn't get past the required reading, writing and arithmetic. We did accomplish a few hands-on projects...

World Geography and Culture (World Food Cafe): The Seychelles

Our geography studies this week took us to a set of 115 islands a little south of the Horn of Africa. I added our study this week to the post we had done last year on Ethiopia because we reviewed Ethiopia as we looked on the map and found La Digue Island, one of the Seychelles Islands.

United States Geography: Squished Penny Geography Album: West Virginia

We began our mainland tour of the United States with West Virginia.

Science: Chemistry

We worked on learning about atom anatomy, atom charges, electron energy, clouds, shells and orbitals and valence electrons. We made this huge diagram of an atom. I mean HUGE. It takes up most of the wall in our dining room. We glued on pictures from Real Science 4 Kids Chemistry Level II of the electron orbitals. (post on this coming up)

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

In art class, we worked on two-point perspective...

and in their teamwork class, they had the task of  working together to make the tallest balloon tower that they could using balloons, both blown-up and un-blown-up, straws, yarn and tape.

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  1. I really like those team building projects - they remind me of youth group games :) Can't wait to see the giant atom post!

  2. It looks like a busy week. Happy birthday to Katie!

  3. It looks like a great week. Happy birthday Katie! What a yummy feast.
    Blessings, Dawn

  4. Another great week Phyllis!! I love the World Geography study. I also love the team building projects. What a GREAT idea for a Co-op class. Happy birthday to your Katie. I know she is such a blessing to you all!

  5. Happy birthday Katie!

    Now I want to go read Saint George and the dragon, it's totally unrelated, but it's now in my head....

  6. Happy Birthday to Katie and looks like a great week!!!

  7. Happy birthday to Katie! I have never even heard of Michaelmas. It's very interesting! You always do find fun things to celebrate! The art work is great!

  8. Hi, I just wanted to let you know that I switched my blog to http://ablessedhomeschoollife.blogspot.com/.
    Blessings, Dawn formally My4Sweetums

  9. Happy Birthday Katie!
    I do enjoy your feasts!


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