Literature ~ We finished The Long Winter this week. I think this may have been our favorite Little House book so far. There was so much to learn and talk about in this book! We discussed in great detail perseverance, sacrifice, reasons for risking one's life, and getting through a terrible trial with a cheerful heart. We had lots of conversations about how blessed we are to have a bounty of food. We also did several activities.
- Made a snow covered town during a blizzard on our window
- Discussed emergency preparedness and reviewed our important information
- Learned about the Earth's water cycle
- Watched the movie, Stanley and Livingston
- Learned the medicinal uses of Ginger
- Learned about the battle at Wounded Knee
- Watched You Tube videos about the rotation of the Earth
- Made a button lamp
- Completed a lap book for The Long Winter from Homeschoolshare
- Ate a loaf of sourdough bread and thought about what it would be like to eat only water and sourdough bread for two to three months like the Ingall's family did
- Discussed what happens to one's body when they are starving or becoming malnourished
In Other School Topics ~ We received the next level of All about Spelling and should get the next level of Teaching Textbooks next week. The kids really enjoyed having a spelling bee and they did a great job. I am very pleased with the spelling program we are using. I do think I am going to change course for Goldilocks in math. I have tried more than six math programs with her, and she is making very little progress. I think I need to admit that she is not college bound and that she is very learning challenged. She is still struggling on a second grade level in math. It seems, at this point, that I need to start moving her into consumer math and using a calculator. Fortunately, the careers she thinks about doing some day do not require a college education.
This week we did ~
- Math every day (mostly word problems and multiplication)
- Read three chapters in the Life of Fred (dogs)
- Worked on two chapters from Social Stories
- Listened to Al Capone Does My Shirts
- Finished The Long Winter
- 15 minutes of writing every day
- 20 minutes of reading every day (more for some kids)
- Lots of science videos on You Tube
- CNN student News (the kids favorite time of day)
- Explode the Code
- Multiplication games
- Prairie Primer projects
- Dance classes
- Aerial Arts classes
- Cartooning class at the library
- Doctor appointments
The Rest ~ We sure aren't having a long winter around here. Our weather seems to rotate between warm spring days and ice/sleet/rain mix. We woke up to ice all over the yard one day this week. All of the garden tools were frozen together and made a perfect popsicle for Boomer. Also, several of the wine bottles we got from Freecycle to decorate our secret garden were full of water and broke. The ice was still in the same shape as the wine bottle.
I am joining Homegrown Learners.