Home School Life Journal

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

Our Homeschool Weekly Report, June 13-20, week 36 Our Final Week of This Year

June 13-20
Flag Day (on June 14)
This was a really hot week and so there was little interest in much other than keeping cool activities such as playing with the garden hose in the backyard. Although this was our last week of school, we will be continuing to do things in the next few weeks in which we will add to this year's accomplishments. Other than this, the only thing interesting that happened was that Steven took me to the oncologist check-up and all went well.

Last Friday night, Katie and Sam went over a friend's house for dinner with a bunch of our homeschool group's older kids. The friend lives just around the corner from the theater in which they were all going to see South Pacific. I took James and Quentin to the show as well. Everyone liked the show, and of course, Quentin was enthralled. A couple of my kids now want to audition for the next show.
On Father's Day Steven got to do whatever he wanted to do. He tried out his kayak at Still Pond and he read a book at the beach. He basically just relaxed. We made him a dinner of black bean and fruit tacos and had frozen chocolate covered bananas for dessert. 
Speaking of food, we have been enjoying honoring national food days, particularly the dessert-related ones. This week for dessert we had apple strudel and cherry tarts to celebrate their respective national days.

Week 36


Grammar: Pronoun Review

  1. How many parts of speech have you learned? How many are left?
  2. Give the definition of a pronoun.
  3. What are the two kinds of pronouns you have learned?
  4. Write the correct pronouns in the following sentences. Remember that you have to have the correct gender and number.  (Sentences taken from their history and science texts.)
  5. Remember  that each pronoun has a certain use or duty in the sentence. Fill in the blanks with the correct interrogative pronouns. (Sentences taken from their history and science texts.)
  6. How do you ask a question without an interrogative word?
I have put all my grammar lessons from this year (plus a few we haven't gotten to yet) in one place. Feel free to use them, if you would like. 


Ancient Rome

We worked a lot on Roman architecture and food this week. It was so hot, we didn't do a lot of activities other than reading, discussion and planning. They did work on building an arch out of ice as it was a good activity for hot days. We planned for our Aqueduct and we prepared for our Roman feast.

Latin Roots

We continued from last week's study of numbers in Latin: (6) Sex, (7) Septem, (8) Octo, (9) Novem, (10) Decem. We also talked about the Roman calendar to explain why the Roman numbers matched up and yet didn't match up with our month names.

In The Kitchen

This week we have enjoyed Slow Cooker Artichoke Pasta, Steak and Cucumber Salad, Cuban Style Pork Chops, Spanish Rice, Southwestern Rice, Cilantro-Lime Rice and Summer Gazpacho -and all within our budget! I have gotten all of these yummy recipes from Build A Menu and I am hooked. (Click here to see my review of Build A Menu.)

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  1. So the hot weather finally hit you :) I'm sure your making the most of it.

    1. Yes, and with a vengeance! Now I see why you guys were doing anything you could to cool off. It is interesting for me to see how the weather patterns move across the country by seeing your weather vs our weather. I think there is a mutual project somewhere in there....?

  2. Glad to hear your appointment resulted in good news!
    Enjoy your end of term!

  3. National food days. I will have to look that up. That would be fun to follow along. We watched the movie South Pacific this year. I love that musical.
    Blessings, Dawn

    1. There is a national food day almost every day of the year!

  4. You really have me intrigued with the Build A Menu program.

    We still have weeks to go in our schooling, but we're pegging away at it.

  5. I'm so pleased your appointment went well. So pleased.
    Your strudel looks delicious. I've never had any success at all at making one from scratch!


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