Friday, March 20, 2009

Week Two of Five

I couldn't blog last week. The week before there had been a ton of snow. Since nothing conked out during the snow, Westmoreland County decided to keep with tradition and screwed everything up the week after, while ostenably making repairs. IOW, no phone, no internet, for a week (a WEEK) while Verizon and Metrocast 'fixed' things that hadn't had problems. Rant off.

We've kept up with two chapters a week for history. It's put a damper on the extra things we do, but I'm getting better at saying, we can do that the next time around. This week we studied the Israelites escape from Egypt and the Phoenicians. We're making Pita Bread right now, that was one craft I could fit in ;)

In science, we've made all of the planets to scale. Granted, we had to be inventive, I didn't have any paper big enough to make a 33 inch Jupiter, but we improvised. Next week we will hang them up in the living room and work on description cards. Underneath we're going to hang up the smaller picture we made. The planets are to scale, but tiny and it shows their distances from the sun (to scale). We were thinking about moving on to third grade in June. Andrew will be done with nearly everything and that way his 'grade' corresponds with his age. Now, I wonder if we won't stick with Astronomy a little longer.

Drew is breezing through Spelling Workout. We got a few snags this week, soft and hard g and c. For some reason, my spelling skills have tanked even harder than usual. It's pretty bad when the teacher corrects the student and misspells the word herself. I just hope he ends up a better speller than me.

In math, we learned area and perimeter for squares and rectangles. We found the area of the play room floor and the perimeter of the house :) Multiplication is still not easy for Drew, but this week has shown him how useful it is. Thank goodness for real life situations. It's not often we do math skills that are so easy to equate to real life situations, but area and perimeter fit right in there.

We're reading so many books right now it's a little hard to keep up. We read the story of Saint Patrick on Monday and Tuesday, but returned to Greek Gods and Godesses right after. It's not hard to keep his attention when the stories are so interesting!

Oh, we joined the Y and now Andrew has a homeschooler's gym twice a week. We couldn't make it yesterday (thank you, again, Verizon), but we've gone three times now. Andrew is really enjoying it. It's almost like homeschooling has made him more outgoing. Does that make any sense?

That's it. We did more, but nothing worth writing home about ;)

Language: 100%
Math: 98%
Latin: 98%
History: 100%
Science: 99%

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