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

January 15-21, 2016 Our Homeschool Weekly Report, days 53-57 and 123...I Can Draw! Lesson 2: Shapes and a Royal Portrait

January 15-21, 2016 
This Week

 Look what Steven and Midas found at the beach. Since it is so big, it must have come from a ship and washed ashore.
 Katie made us these adorable bento box lunches one day. The cat is a tuna sandwich.

We had our first two snows of the year...
 which led to lots of fires in the woodstove.
On the way back home from one of my physical therapy sessions, I saw this gorgeous sunset. I just had to stop and take pictures.


days 53-57

Alex started using his Magic School Bus Astronomy kit that he got for Christmas. He began the unit with constellations.
He completed another drawing in his art journal. This time, we used shapes to make a "Once Upon a Time" prince. 

123...I Can Draw! Lesson 2: Shapes and a Royal Portrait

One way to start a drawing is to use simple shapes. Circles, squares, ovals, triangles and rectangles can be combined to make all sorts of drawings.
We made a royal a portrait, using just shapes!
Begin by drawing a rectangle at the bottom of the page. This is the shoulders of your portrait.  
Draw a square on top of the rectangle. This is the neck.
 Draw an oval on top of that. This is the head.
Draw a face by adding small ovals for eyes and ears, a small triangle for a nose and small rectangles for eyebrows and a mouth. You can add the same sort of lines we worked on last time to make the hair.
Add a crown and necklace by drawing a row of small triangles across the head and neck. Decorate the crown and necklace with jewels made of very small squares and circles.


source: 123 I Can Draw!, Irene Luxbacher

Alex also completed some short answer questions on the Peloponnesian War. He practiced telling time.

James, writing down vocabulary words for his science work.
James and Quentin resumed their study of the Lymphatic system.
map from History Odyssey, Middle Ages, Level II
They mapped the Holy Roman Empire and Capetian France and completed an outline for Capetian France. 


  • Read from The Kingfisher History Encyclopedia. Make notes of key words as you read. Write a few sentences about what you have learned in your history notebook. Another option is to use the Medieval History Portfolio, Homeschool Journey.
  • Color an appropriate map such as the one with History Odyssey, Pandia Press, Level 2 (5th-8th grade).
  • Include appropriate dates on your timeline.
Quentin worked on spelling words with the aw sound (such as water, sock, author, crawl or daughter). James worked on his first big narrative essay writing project (about a friend.)


A video posted by Phyllis Bergenholtz (@bergfam7) on
James has taken up the piano, and Quentin is continuing with his voice lessons. I am hoping for a duet in the future.
Sam resumed his Japanese, Algebra II and English Composition work.

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8 comments:

  1. oK SO I love everything about your week! That snow, pictures...the woodstove (COZY), love me some tea! Imagine the stories that follow that huge rope! LOVE IT! Enjoy the weekend!

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  2. I love how you guys go to the beach even in winter! Katie's food art is awesome, too!

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  3. OUr week was quite full with doctor's appointments, one for each day, and sickness.

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  4. It's amazing how you teach all these different subjects to different ages. The bento box looks delicious!

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  5. I love Katie's creation and that giant rope is something. What a lovely week.
    Blessings, Dawn

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  6. That cat sandwich is adorable! Sounds like a nice, relaxing week.

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  7. I've got to show Rose the cat sandwich. She's probably enjoy making some :-) Looks like a great week!

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  8. What a wonderful week! It was lovely to hear James play the piano. Our guys have all taken up music of some sort and I am looking forward to the day they form a band :)

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