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Saint Francis DeSales

Our Homeschool Weekly Report, May 2-7 week 31

May 2-7
I will be going out of town for several days next week. I promised my sister-in-law that I would spend some time with her once the initial support one gets after the death of a loved one started to fade. I knew that she might need me the most then, and I think we both need to grieve and learn how to get beyond the grief together.
 For that reason, I was not going to be home for Mother's Day, so the kids decided to celebrate it a week early. Katie picked these beautiful flowers...
and arranged them for me. Aren't they beautiful?

Steven, Katie, James and Quentin went to Dogwood Festival in a nearby town. It is just a little town fair, but it was pleasant for the afternoon and they always love a good funnel cake.
We are still in rehearsal for our play, Once Upon a Time, and this week the theater director took photographs for the newspaper.

week 31


Graphing and Scale

scaling the Eye of Horus by drawing a graph,October 2009
We have done a lot of work with graphing and scale before when they designed restaurant floor plans and when we made a model of the solar system, and scaling the Eye of Horus by drawing a graph  but we briefly went over it again.


Grammar: Review of Nouns

We reviewed what we have learned about nouns by writing the answers to these questions in their English notebooks.
  1. Write eight interesting sentences using one noun in each, in the ways listed below. Underline the nouns.
    1. as a subject
    2. as a Possessive
    3. as an indirect object
    4. as an Appositive
    5. as a predicate noun
    6. as an object of a preposition
    7. as a direct object of a verb
    8. as the subject of a plural verb
  2. Remembering that all proper nouns are capitalized, that all sentences begin with capitals, the rules for possessives and how appositives are used, punctuate the following paragraph. (Paragraph taken from their history/science texts, with the capitalization and punctuation removed.)
  3. Can you explain the use of every noun in these sentences? (Sentences from texts.)


Ancient Rome: The Republic, part I


We added some things to our timeline.
Founding of the Republic
Sack of Rome by the Gauls


We read about who was important during this time. We read mainly from Famous Men of Rome. They made a notebook page, writing down what they had learned.

Horatius and Mucius the Left-handed
Coriolans and the Fabi
Manlius Torquatus and Appius Claudius Caecus


We added place names to our map.
Red Sea
Straight of Gibraltar
Atlantic Ocean
Mt. Vesuvius
Seven Hills of Rome


We learned about many aspects of the way Romans lived. We focused on schooling and craftsmanship. We made mosaics and a wax tablet.

Latin Roots

This week was a difficult week for their Latin roots study as many of them were too similar. We looked at the Latin words pro which means for, before, forward or in place of, prae which means before or in front of, ad which means to, toward, near or next to, jacio and jactum which means throw.


  1. What beautiful flowers! Happy Mothers Day Phyllis!

  2. Your children are so thoughtful and beautiful. And I had tears in my eyes about your plans for supporting your sister, while still grieving yourself. Even though my father has been gone almost 8 years, there are those moments of grief that hit like a lightening bolt. I'm glad you are there for each other!

  3. They are gorgeous flowers.

    Hugs to you and your sister-in-law, it is always the time after the initial outpouring that's the hardest because everyone else seems to of forgotten how much you're hurting, and they don't always understand why you aren't better now.

  4. What a fun but busy week. I had wondered what you were up to, and missed your visits! I hope your time away is everything you want and need it to be. My prayers are with both you and your sister in law.

  5. It was a lovely and kind thought to wait until the initial support had faded back into everyday life, to go and be with your sister-in-law.

  6. I pray that your visit is going well. What lovely flowers.
    Blessings, Dawn


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