Home School Life Journal

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

Our Homeschool Weekly Report, September 6-12, Week 2

What did we do this week?

I think it a bit amusing to see all the posts about homeschooling and socialization, because we are having a hard time fitting school work around all their socialization opportunities. :)
 We went roller skating.

An Ice Cream Social with our homeschool support group.
Quentin and James had a wonderful learning experience aboard the Schooner Sultana, a replica of a British schooner that patrolled the North American coast just prior to the American Revolution.

Week 2

History and Geography

East Africa: Tanzania

 Alex has been learning about Tanzania this week. 
We learned about bongo flava, a traditional African music, Tingatinga, an enamel painting method, and Makonde, a modern sculpture style named after a tribe in Tanzania.
14 cows
We read this book on September 11th, while we were studying Tanzania; a perfect fit.
"In June of 2002, a very unusual ceremony begins in a far-flung village in western Kenya. An American diplomat is surrounded by hundreds of Maasai people. A gift is about to be bestowed on the American men, women, and children, and he is there to accept it. The gift is as unsought and unexpected as it is extraordinary. A mere nine months have passed since the September 11 attacks, and hearts are raw. Tears flow freely from American and Maasai as these legendary warriors offer their gift to a grieving people half a world away..." from the back of the book


James and Quentin both worked on archaeological projects for each other to do. 
Quentin made a layer cake archaeological dig for James. 
James made his archaeological project in a box of sand to set up a different type of dig for Quentin.

First Farmers, Domestication of Animals and the First Cities

Quentin's (age 9) history notebook pages
 We pulled from a couple different sources to make this notebook page. The map came from Eastern Hemisphere Explorer, The list of the domesticated animals comes from Remembering God's Awesome Acts...
and the pictures of ancient breeds of sheep came from History Portfolio.  The quote was their copywork for the week. We also reviewed what we had learned about the first farmers and the first towns four years ago. We located Jericho and Catal Huyuk on a map.
Sam began researching the elements that make up a civilization, narrowing it down into three categories.



We began our English Grammar work with the noun. They have already studied nouns, so it is review, but we covered the many ways that nouns are used.
  • Proper Nouns
  • Common Nouns
  • Abstract Nouns
  • Collective Nouns



We began a list of geometric terms such as point, line, line segment, ray, angle, vertex and planes. We put these in their math journals.
We looked at intersecting lines, parallel lines and perpendicular lines on a map of our town. 

We played a dot and line game. Players take turns spinning a spinner, getting either perpendicular or parallel lines, to indicate the direction in which to place their lines. As squares are made, they are captured by the player putting his initial in the square. It can also be played on a geoboard, with the lines made with rubber-bands and the boxes claimed with colored plastic game markers.

Fine Arts

Drama Class

I didn't have anyone in taking pictures, so I only had this one photo I snapped before class was over of Quentin doing a scene with another student in class. They are acting out simple improvisations now.

Art Class

Chalk Pastels

Physical Education

Sports Night


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  1. Love all the archaeology activities! Thank you for sharing.

  2. I always laugh at the socialization comments from non-homeschoolers. They have no clue on the resources available.

    The chalk pastels reminds me I want to start some lessons with the kids.

  3. Love the layer cake dig - super creative. You are having amazing fun this year. I am jealous :)

  4. Another amazing week. I LOVE the dig cake! In fact I love the entire Archaeological study. That is what I wanted 'to be' when I was younger. I love what you said about having a hard time 'schooling' with all the activities. I feel the same way! I would love to see the Schooner Sultana! Awesome. Happy weekend Phyllis!

  5. Love the dig cake! Such a great idea :o

  6. I hear ya on the socialization thing as we are very busy outside the "school room" lol. Love what you all did this week!

  7. Yes, your poor unsocialized children! Why they hardly got out of the house all week...
    haha, love this week and all that you experienced together:)

    Love the dig cake too:)

  8. I love the archeological dig projects that James and Quentin did for each other!!!

  9. I think you fit in plenty of school for the week. It's good to have fun. (roller skating) - The cake with the skeleton is awesome. How creative.

  10. The archeology projects were great! That was my concentration in college.


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