Home School Life Journal

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

Snapshot Summary, October 3-9, week 5

Snapshot Summary, October 3-7
Science and Nature Study
Sam took a Physical Science test. Alex is working on his Physical Science lapbook.

James' notebook page
notebook pages free from Apologia

We are still working on our fish unit and sketched the different shapes of fish.

For our nature study, we gathered and looked at fall leaves and compared them to the colors we saw last year.

History and Geography
 I made up this worksheet to review the American History we had done last year. They needed to glue the correct arrows so that they pointed from the year on the timeline of when the settlement was established to the area on the map where the settlement was located.
 We reviewed the American History we had done last year.
We looked at the similarities and differences in the colonies, and why the different settlers came.
We looked at Colonial Daily Life.
We added Massachusetts to our Postcard-Geography album.
Sam is mapping the Great Lakes area.

Alex's journal

Quentin  worked on picking out nouns and verbs from sentences he had created.
I read him a story and he draws pictures and narrates sentences about the story. We then use these sentences for his grammar work.
James worked on dictionary skills in some of the words in A Grain of Rice and he also worked on picking out prepositions.
In spelling they both worked on the sounds of "u".

Quentin is working on his addition and subtraction facts through 18.
To practice his addition facts, I made a 4 x 4 grid and randomly put numbers up to 18 in the blocks. He picked up dominoes one at and added the amounts on each side together and then crossing out the answer on the grid. Once he got four in a row he won a little treat. He cheerfully played this game several times. Much easier and more fun than a worksheet.
James is working on 3 and 4 digit addition and subtraction with regrouping. We are finding the partial product method so much better a way for him to learn than the usual carrying method. I began using it with multiplication, but I find it also useful for addition, particularly with regrouping. It is so much better a method for those with dyscalculia, those still working on place value or those struggling with math. Using graph paper or turning your notebook paper on its side is also a good method for keeping the columns in line.
Sam has begun Logic, in addition to his Algebra.
Foreign Languages
Sam is reviewing his Greek and is working on Indicative and Imperative moods in Latin.
(For a great review of Visual Latin, hop on over to Hodgepodge.)

Our Favorite Resource This Week
I know this series is already a favorite for many homeschools, but each time I go through them I am impressed by how much detail they go in and how prepared students are for high school biology if they have already been through this series.

What We Are Reading
Although this only has black and white drawings, they are beautifully detailed. This is a great book to get a sense of what it was like at this time and area of America.

Other Fun
James made this plane for the 2x2 Lego Challenge.
Although not for the challenge, Quentin made this walkie-talkie out of Legos, to use in his pretend play.

Household Ways
Katie treated us to this breakfast with Fried Apple Pancake Rings. They were really good with cups of apple cider.
We made Crockpot Baked Beans to go along with our Massachusetts geography study. They were tasty, but never softened like I like them.

We also tried and liked this week...

Portobello-Pesto Pizza
Weekend Snapshots


  1. Anonymous7.10.11

    Looks like a great week. Your meals look delicious!

  2. I really like your domino idea for math. I think one of my sons would respond well to that activity. Glad you had such a productive week!

  3. Katie is turning into you personal chef - good for both of you!!

  4. I've read about several families using the Exploring Creation series, and everyone seems to like them.

    So many good things in your week :) I am intrigued by the partial product method, and I will investigate...

  5. Your week looked great. I'm really impressed by your timeline American settlement worksheet. I always think I'm going to get around to making something impressive like that, but I don't! Thanks for sharing your week.

  6. As always your weeks always look so fun and so full of good food. Selena is so wanting to get out and gather leaves. While we are watching them change they haven't began to fall yet.

  7. First of all, that pizza looks so good!! So do the Apple Rings. Katie can come cook for us for awhile. :) We use Apologia for Science too. Along with Real Science 4 Kids. I love your "Fish Shapes" did you make that yourself? Your Fall leaves are much further along than ours! How beautiful Phyllis!

  8. Another WONDERFUL week at your home, Phyllis!

    We're using Apologia Astronomy this year, but we did enjoy the Swimming book as well. (I think our favorite is still Botany though.)

    Baked beans can a LONG LONG time to soften! We don't make them often because of that. We're impatient. LOL (We're going to try making apple butter this week though.)

  9. Karen -No, I did not make the page. You can get notebook pages for the Apologia books at the Apologia website. Here is the link for the Swimming Creatures notebook...

    Just click on Course Notebook.

  10. You already have such beautiful fall leaf colors! We are seeing mostly brilliant yellows around here with just a few tips of red. I really liked your review time this week and your thorough study of fish!

  11. I'm in awe of how much you teach your children! Thanks for linking up again.

  12. Phyllis, thank you for the link! Just looking over your posts I know you just feel so blessed to have Katie. She seems like such an amazing young woman. My Mother always told me that sons were wonderful, but every Mother needed a daughter. :)

  13. Looks like a great week. All the food looks yummy. Glad to hear you're liking Swimming Creatures. We're doing Flying Creatures and I'm already looking forward to doing that one next.

  14. Your weeks are always so filled with fun, but educational. I need to motivate myself to get with it and plan some fun things. Keep up the good work.


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