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Saint Francis DeSales

Our Homeschool Weekly Report, March 8-14, week 21

March 8-14

Week 21


The beginnings of Quentin's bat cave exhibit.


This week the younger boys started on a project that may take a couple of weeks. They are building miniature zoo displays for little plastic animals. It will show that they have taken into consideration the animals'  needs, the zookeepers' needs and the needs of the public who comes to see the animals.


After Alex finished up the Phylum Arthropoda, he began his study of Phylum Chordata, which should take a while longer. He began with the different Orders of the Class Reptilia.


Combination Plates at La Fiesta Restaurante

This week for their math, we looked at combination prices for the menu items at our fictional Rosada's La Fiesta Restaurante. I gave them the prices of each item and they figured out the prices of each of the possible combination plates. Then I gave them $5.50 and said that they could pick any combination plate and then had them figure how much change they would get back. 

Celebrating Pi Day on 3.14

We had to have pie for National Pi Day. Since we were at another doctor's appointment, we bought an already made one this time. This, of course, led to a review of what Pi is.


Letter Writing

They worked on writing letters this week. Quentin wrote to Playmobil, asking for them to make a line of Star Trek sets. They are not as aware as they might be that most kids his age don't know Star Trek, especially the older version, which he favors. We talked about when Katie wrote to the Oreo company years ago, suggesting that they make their Oreo filling green for St. Patrick's day, and they sent a nice letter back to her, including coupons.


Disasters around the beginning of the 1900's

A Night to Remember, Dinner from the Titanic
The Titanic sinks April 1912
States to Achieve Statehood in 1912: Arizona and New Mexico
William E. B. DuBois (writer, help fond the NAACP)
Robert Peary, first to reach the North Pole, 1909
President Taft and Wilson 27th and 28th Presidents
Jim Thorpe wins gold medals in 1912 Olympics
17th Amendment to the Constitution, 1913

 Depression Era Cooking

This meal was made up of corned beef hash, poached eggs, canned peaches and toast.
We made the hash the easy way, using canned corned beef and frozen diced potatoes, seasoned with a bit of Worcestershire sauce. I served them on diner plates that my parents gave me that they got from a real diner. They loved it!

Canned Food

This meal lead to the discussion of the term "canned." The term is applied both to foods stored in an aluminum can and for preserving foods, typically in thick glass jars. Which came first? 
We looked up the term "canned" in the Oxford English Dictionary and it seems that the original use for the term "can" is any sort of vessel that holds liquids, from a milk can to a drinking cup. When food began to be preserved in jars, they were called "cans" and the process called "canning," while most of the other uses for the term were dropped. Glass jars were largely replaced in commercial canneries with cylindrical tin or later aluminum cans, and the label, "canned" stayed mainly with them, with the few exceptions, such as the process of preserving foods in jars, and milk cans.

  • Vacation Under the Volcano, Mary Pope Osborne
  • Pompeii, Buried AliveEdith Kunhardt Davis
  • Bodies From the Ash: Life and Death in Ancient Pompeii, James M. Deem
  • DK Eyewitness Arms and Armor
  • Don't know Much About Mythology; Everything You Need to Know About the Greatest Stories in Human History but Never Learned, Kenneth C. Davis
  • The LEGOS Idea Book, Daniel Lipkowitz
  • DK Nature Encyclopedia
  • DK Science Encyclopedia
  • Children's Guide to Insects and Spiders, Jinny Johnson
  • Panda Math, Ann Whitehead Nagda and San Diego Zoo
  • Poetry Speaks To Children, Elise Paschen, Dominique Raccah, Wendy Rasmussen and Judy Love
  • I love to draw!, Jennifer Lipsey
  • Lunch Money, Andrew Clemmets
  • Card Games for Kids, 
  • Play with Us: 100 games from Around the WorldOriol Ripoll
  • Art Auction Mystery, Anna Nilsen
  • Awesome Chesapeake: a Kid's Guide to the Bay, David Owen Bell
  • Brainstorm! The Stories of Twenty American Kid Inventors, Tom Tucker and Richard Loehle
  • The Right Dog for You: Choosing a Breed that Matches Your Personality, Family and Life-style, Daniel Tortora
  • Canning and Preserving for Dummies,Amelia Jeanroy and Karen Ward
  • Watching Water Birds, Jim Arnosky
  • Imagine...a door without a room: would you be indoors or outdoors?
  • Mosquito Bite,Alexandra Siy
  • Beachcombing: Exploring the seashore, Jim Arnosky

High School


We skipped the chapters in Exploring Creation with Biology on Botany, hoping that the weather will be getting nice enough for us all to do some plant explorations later on this month. Sam is now on the last chapter, on Reptiles, Birds and Mammals, which is mostly review for him. He enjoyed learning about how reptile and bird's eggs are different. He had also never heard of a Tuatara.


In Algebra, (Teaching Textbooks) Sam is working on freeing X from a fraction. In Logic (Traditional Logic), he is working on Enthymemes. In an enthymeme, part of a three-part deductive argument in which part of the argument is missing because it is assumed. Next week, he will have to write his first paper for Logic.

English and History

He reviewed and wrote about France's history up to Napoleon and then learned about France turning into a Constitutional Monarchy, then back again to a Republic after Napoleon III's death. He also studied how Prussia became a kingdom with Friedrick and Wilhelm II.

Foreign Languages

In Latin (Visual Latin), Sam is working on the Dative case. In Greek (Elementary Koine Greek, Year 2 and Athenaize), he is working on verbs.

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  1. Awesome! We are almost to the 1900's. I look forward to exploring them with the kids. You guys always have the best fun. I wish you were my teacher.
    blessings, Dawn

  2. I'd buy Star Trek playmobil, but I agree with much sadness not as many kids are being steeped in the awesomeness that is Star Trek. I am working on my kids on that though.

  3. The food looks great, your book list is drool worthy and I love the letter to Play Mobil! Great week!

  4. Love that bat cave and I think the depression era cooking is a great idea. Thanks for sharing on HammockTracks and I hope you'll return this week.


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