Home School Life Journal

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

January 23-February 5, Our Homeschool Weekly Report, week 14

January 23-February 5
You have probably already noticed that our "weekly" report covers two weeks worth of time. 
We went to my sister-in-law's house for the weekend. I stayed on for a couple of more days to spend some time with her. As soon as Steven and the kids got home, the flu began to settle on my oldest two. We all got it in the end, and so a week's worth of time was devoted to being sick (again!)

week 14


The Keeper of the Tales

We rehearsed our play for this year. They are coming along nicely, but several of them need to be more serious about memorizing their lines. Our manager, Hope, is working on securing a stage for the performance. The theater that we used last year offered us only one possible date and that is the same date as our group's big field trip to Philadelphia, so we are looking at alternative stages.


Warm Colors and A Field of Flowers


Medieval History: The Carolingians (751-843)

We studied France's history beginning with Clovis and ending with Chalemagne. We read, did narrations, colored maps and did an exercise in which we divided our land as they did, among their sons.

  • Read from The Kingfisher History Encyclopedia, pages 114-115. Make notes of key words as you read. Write a few sentences about what you have learned in your history notebook. Another option is to use the Medieval History Portfolio, Homeschool Journey or Write From Medieval History, Level 2, pages 133-35 and I39-41.
  • Read Greenleaf Guide to Famous Men of the Middle Ages, chapters IX and X.
  • Color an appropriate map such as the one with History Odyssey, Pandia Press, Level 1 (1-4th grade), Level 2 (5th-8th grade), or make a map that indicates the area that was occupied by the Muslims, the Pyrenees mountains, the areas of the Saxons, Lombards, Franks, Allememani (Bavaria), and the North Sea, Baltic Sea and the Mediterranean Sea. Locate and add the city of Tours.
  • What areas did the Muslims (Saracens) intend to conquer?
  • Describe the character of the French kinds of this period. What were they interested in? Describe the duties of the Mayor of the Palace.
  • Name two famous Mayors of the Palace and tell about what made them famous.
  • What was the significance of the Battle of Tours?
  • What does "Martel" mean and why was this name given to Charles?
  • Who interacted with the Saxons and the Lombards and what was the nature of the interaction?
  • Describe Charlemagne's attitude toward learning and in what ways did he attempt to further education in France?
  • Create an illuminated letter.
  • Compare Charlemagne to Alexander the Great. How were they alike and how were they different?
  • Include appropriate dates on your timeline.


Malaysia and Indonesia

We finished our study of Malaysia and Indonesia. We looked at maps and postcards, tested out their language, sketched the Malaysian flag, and ate two dishes from the area.


Human Biology: The Muscular System

We learned about smooth muscles, skeletal muscles, keratinization, collagen, ligaments, cartilage, tendons and chitin. (post to come)


Quentin: Geometry 

  • Reviewed terms: point, ray, line, line segment, angle, vertex. Acute, right and obtuse angles. Intersecting, parallel, perpendicular.
  • Practiced using a protractor to measure angles. 
Place the straight edge of the protractor along one ray of the angle. Identify the number in degrees,to which the other ray points.

  • The sum of the three angle measurements of any triangle is 180 degrees. Types of triangles: isosceles, equilateral, scalene, right.
  • A quadrilateral is a four-sided figure, of which there are five variations, with some overlap between them: trapezoid, parallelogram, rhombus, rectangle, square.
  • A square is a rectangle and a rhombus. 
  • Polygons: pentagon, hexagon, octagon, decagon.

James: Pre-Algebra

Solving for x


We did divided words with ea in them into ones that make an long a sound and those that a-air sound.

High School

Sam has been doing well with Rosetta Stone's Japanese, Teaching Textbook's Algebra II and The Power is in Your Hands Composition curriculum.

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  1. I hope you're feeling better. I've been wondering why you've not been so active online, I've missed your comments. Tell the flu to go away!

  2. I hope everyone is feeling better now!

  3. I'm so sorry everyone had the flu -- I hope it's GONE now! How do you get all of these wonderful things done? I'm always amazed by you. :-)

  4. The flu is awful! I hope your all through it now.

  5. Oh, no! :/ I hope everyone is feeling MUCH better now! What a way to end a nice trip visiting family!

  6. I hope you all are better. I am amazed that you got anything done this week at all. The flu is supposed to be nasty this year.
    Blessings, Dawn

  7. I'm with Ticia - I missed you too!
    I do hope you all are over the worst of it and building up your strength once more. You did incredibly well with your school given you had illness floating around!

  8. Sorry you've all been sick! Those dishes certainly look very good!


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