This week we read about the Minoans, their frescoes, their bull jumping, the myth of Theseus and the Minotaur as well as the legend of Atlantis.
The boys started their lessons in Koine Greek using Greek Alphabet Code Cracker by Christopher Perrin. This is perfect for my spy-loving code crackers, for it treats the Greek alphabet as if it were a code to be broken to figure out the clues to a simple spy mission. The book also has 8 units and we plan to be studying the Ancient Greeks for 9 weeks, so it works out perfectly. We worked on the first five letters, alpha to epsilon.
We also learned the Greek root words photos, which means light, graph, which means to write or to draw, tele, which means far away or distant, and metron which means measure. They had a lot of fun putting them together and making new words.
With the winter Olympics and our study of Ancient Greece coinciding, I had to take a bit of time to study this as well. We began this week with how the Olympics began and what they were like then.
Greek Myths and Famous Men of Greece
We began reading D'Aulaires' Book of Greek Myths and I am using Cheryl Lowe's Teacher's Guide. This week we read about the Titans. We are also reading Famous Men of Greece (Greenleaf Press) and I am asking them some of the questions from the Teacher's Guide. This week we read about Theseus.
Since many of the constellations were named after characters in Greek myths, I thought that a study of the constellations simultaneous to the study of Greece would be interesting. We began with Orion.
Geography: Northern Africa: Morocco
We finished up our study of North Africa by celebrating with a Morrocan dinner. We had Moroccan butternut squash and chickpea stew with couscous. Steven and I loved it, but the kids didn't so much.
We reviewed some of what we have been working on before our holiday break:
- Name the three ways of expressing the Present Tense.
- Give the Present Tense of the verb "to be."
- How do you recognize an English Infinitive?
Quentin and James worked on fractions this week. Quentin worked on equivalent fractions and began adding and subtracting fractions.James related fractions to decimals and practiced converting improper fractions and multiplying fractions
What Else Did We Do This Week?
This has been a busy week for us. On Tuesday all four boys went to the dentist.
He does his work on the computer while they eat lunch and skate.
Co-op classes went well this week.
|Nature Crafts class|
We had a field trip planned to the Air Mobility Command Museum in Dover, Delaware, but it had to be cancelled due to snow, sleet and the like. We will reschedule it for next month.
Also, this coming weekend is The Great Backyard Bird Count.
|Phil playing mancala with Katie, April 2013.|
Update on my Brother
The physicians, and there is a whole team of pulmonologists and cardiologists, can not figure out what is wrong with my brother. They only know that his lungs are not working as they should on the molecular level. They have also said that his lungs, instead of being soft and pliable are like cement. He is still on the Ec-Mo (heart-lung machine) and is sedated. We are asking for continued prayer on his behalf, and for his wife, who has been a wonderful champion in my book. I plan to visit him this weekend despite the fact that he is sedated and probably will not know I am there. It all brings up for me the importance of cherishing each moment you have with your loved ones and the importance of making time for them.
- The Usborne Encyclopedia of the Ancient World
- D'Aulaires' Book of Greek Myths, Ingri d'Aulaire and Edgar Parin d'Aulaire
- Famous Men of Greece, John Haaren, Addison B. Poland
- Ancient History Portfolio, Homeschool Journey
- Greek Alphabet Code Cracker, Christopher Perrin
- 2014 Winter Olympics Unit Studies, Amanda Bennett
- Mathematics... A Way of Thinking, Robert Baratta-Lorton
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