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, November 8-14, week 11

November 8-14
week 11

Ancient History: Persia

James' (age 12) notebook page, using History Portfolio materials
We learned about the Persians...
 Cyrus the Great and his uniting the Medes and the Persians,

Zarathustra, comparing and contrasting with modern Hinduism,


The Battle of Marathon (which we will go into more when we do Ancient Greece),

Satrops, or govenors,
the Ten Thousand Immortals,
Persian Carpets

English Grammar: The Present Tense

I had them locate the complete subjects and predicates in a passage from their History text. We also went over tenses, and particularly the Present tense. Tense expresses the time of action or being. The present tense may be expressed:

  • Simple Present (he walks)
  • Progressive Present (he is walking)
  • Emphatic Present (he does walk)
The form "to be" is irregular in English, as it is in most languages. Never confuse the verb "to be" with the Progressive Present.

Jewish History: Tzitzit

Then the Lord said to Moses, "Speak to the Israelites and say to them: "Throughout the generations to come you are to make tassels on the corners of your garments with a blue cord on each tassel. You will have the tassels to look at and so you will remember all the commands of the Lord." -Numbers 15:37-39 NIV

We learned about and made tzitzits.

Geography: Southern Africa

notebooking pages from Discover Africa
This week we looked at Malawi. We learned that this is a poor area and that it has traditional African religious rituals. We learned about the Zambezi River.
Our local support group is holding a history and geography fair in January, and Alex will be completing a display on Northern Africa. Starting next week, then, we will be skipping to Northern Africa and doing those countries before finishing up Southern Africa.

Co-Op Classes

 They made these cute birdfeeders in the Nature Study class, which might be more aptly named Nature Crafts class.
They are working on rehearsing their scenes in Drama class.

In The Kitchen

To celebrate Veteran's Day, we had nachos made with red and blue tortilla chips, to make a patriot lunch.
Pepper Steak over rice - recipe on NoBiggie.net
We made this Pepper Steak recipe from NoBiggie. It was very good, but we need to double the recipe when we make it again. We used half the tomatoes it called for. We will be adding this to our monthly rotation.
We also had Beef Stroganoff, Crockpot Beef Stew, Southwest Mango Fish Tacos (I just substituted grilled fish for the chicken) and Chicken Wings with sauces.

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  1. I am always in awe of how much you get done. I love your huge collages. The bird feeders are very cute.

  2. I teach a primary life science class at co-op that would more aptly be called animal craft of the week :-)

  3. I ditto everything Lucinda said. LOL. You are such a great example of a homeschooling mom. Ken is in drama class too and is enjoying the class so much. Thank you for sharing.

  4. Love your week, especially the birdfeeders! Going to check out some of your recipes now:) Thanks for sharing!

  5. What a great week. I really love the notebooking page. I am simply itching to get back to our history studies (and to have our books out of storage). Thank you for sharing!

  6. You've reinforced my opinion that you're the bestest homeschooling mom in the world again!

    1. Thank you all so much for your kindness, but I am just the same, no better or worse than all of you! I learn so much from all of you each week.

  7. You are always up to so much great activity. I love the little bird feeders. I bet the birds loved those.
    Blessings, Dawn

  8. I always love to stop and look at your related sources links, I always find something great to go along from them. Or something I want to buy.


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