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, April 11-17, week 28

April 11-17
week 28


Quentin reviewed different ways to write monetary amounts, solved money-related story problems and practiced returning and counting change.

from Learn Math Fast System

James is working through the first couple of books of the Learn Math Fast System, and so we reviewed converting fractions into decimals into percentages. It was mostly review for him, but it is nice to see that he does have it down.


from Write from Ancient History Level 2 Manuscript Models: A Complete Ancient History Based Writing Program for the Elementary Writer: Developing Skills

Grammar: Prepositions and Prepositional Phrases

We picked prepositions out of their history text and we talked about prepositional phrases.
We also worked on outlining and writing paragraphs in conjunction with their history work.


Ancient Greece: Classical Greece and the Peloponnesian Wars

There is so much to study when you get to Classical Greece that we felt we just touched on it, but they were ready to move on, and so we did.There is always more time to get into more of the details the next time we get around to this period. 

We covered mostly people this week, rather than things. We also touched on the Peloponnesian Wars but there is not as much about them for the younger crowd as there was about the Persian wars. They mainly got the idea that they were between Sparta and Athens and why.

Greek Roots

In our study of Greek roots the boys learned demos which means the people or the citizens, polis which means city, pathos which means feeling or suffering and autos which means self.

Other Stuff

The most exciting news this week was that we found out that we are going to be able to perform the final production from our co-op's drama class at the local theater, instead of just at the church in which we hold co-op. This means that it opens it up to the community at large and that the kids get to experience being on a real stage, with real lights, etc.
Katie was very proud this week to have been able to master modular origami, which are separate pieces of origami, which are then folded together to make one piece. She made a handful of throwing stars...
along with many other origami toys to give to her Aunt Brenda's nieces.
kale salad with pear, toasted almonds and aged gouda

I have been enjoying continuing my obsession with kale. We had 

Kale Salad with Pear, Toasted Almonds and Gouda CheeseMiso Kale Salad with Miso Roasted Tofu and Butternut Squash and Kale Casserole.

We also enjoyed this week trying a new recipe, Tilapia and Shrimp on a Bed of Sweet Onions.

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  1. Ooh the Tilapia and Shrimp sound good. I haven't made any food to speak of this week since we are sick. I made home-made mac and cheese and spaghetti from a jar and that is it. We are subsisting mostly on crackers and home-made bread.

    1. We have had those weeks as well. I hope you all are feeling much better soon. I love your Totorro blanket!

  2. How exciting about the theater!

  3. Yes, it is, but it has put more pressure on us to make sure it is as close to perfect as we can get. I am a bit nervous now!

  4. Another great week. How EXCITING about the Theater. We are doing a very short end of year production too. I know your kids will be so excited. Great job Katie on the modular origami. :) Happy Easter Phyllis!!

  5. Love that quote at the top!
    We've been trying our hand at origami too...there's definitely a learning curve;)
    I did manage to make a few easy pieces, but my girls are much better at it than I am!

  6. Congratulations on the theater!

    My boys would love those throwing stars. They look so cool! How hard are they?

  7. Your kale recipes sound delish! I'll definitely be checking them out! How exciting for the kids to perform in a real theater! I look forward to hearing and seeing all about that experience!


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