Friday, January 23, 2009

Week in Review!

Andrew has finished his work on "The Caterpillar" and moved on to "Work." While he only started this poem Tuesday, he's already got it memorized!

We flew through the history of Mesopotamia and the Sumarians. There wasn't much extra we could get on that subject, so Andrew did all that was reccomended for extra work, but our reading was really non-existent. We need to go to the college library, but I REALLY don't want to drive an hour away...

Grammar, handwriting and spelling are continuing on super smooth. Next week, we'll complete the cursive alphabet. After that, all spelling, narrative, dictation and copywork will be done in script. Woohoo!

We did change the format for narratives. Andrew was doing one every day, for his reading. Read one chapter, write a narrative. Then, there were additional narratives for history... oh, and the copywork and dictation... and finally, the work needed for FLL. I realized, it was way too much, so we backed off. Now, we have a minimum requirement (two narratives, two copyworks, one dictation) and rely on history and grammar to give us the work.

Multiplication is going easier than addition did, go figure! We did start off with flash cards. I had Andrew write and review the rules and hints for multiplication, and we worked on memorizing up through four. He has done really well. Today's test was 25 problems and Andrew got them done in ten minutes!

Science has become a passion. We studied the solar system this week. We went on Nasa's web site, on Nasa's kid web site, on some other web sites I'd seen on the Hive. We watched the Nasa channel all week and probably learned more there than we did in all the books and sites we'd used. Andrew found some really cool things we could do to 'help' Nasa, so we'll be adding more projects. I'm pretty sure he doesn't need this much in depth Astronomy in 2nd grade, but he's really enjoying it, I'm really enjoying it, and I can't see that it would hurt anything. It's so exciting, who can resist?

So, all in all, a good week. I think I need glasses, suddenly I can't read the kitchen clock and I've had headaches off and on for about two weeks :( Not something I wanted or expected. We skipped the library today, because I wanted to go to the teacher's store in Fredericksburg. If you're near there, unless you want a workbook or a poster, I wouldn't waste the gas. ERG, there was nothing I wanted there. Woohoo, 45 min drive for a poster of the sun (I was not walking away empty handed).

That's it!


  1. Just returning the visit. Glad you had a good week.

  2. Looks like you had a busy week and are finding a good groove! Good job ;0)

    Have a good weekend!

  3. Great week! That's awesome that astronomy has struck such an interest in your son! That's what homeschooling is about...

  4. Glad you had a great week. Funny how multiplication is easy than addition isn't it. It is great that your son is inspired by astronomy. Keep up the good work.

  5. Hi- saw you on Sunny Patch and was lurking around. Wanted to say hi. I have a DD 5 and we are planning to also use FLL, interesting to see your comment about it being redundant :(

    Look forward to visiting more.