Tuesday, January 26, 2021

Homeschool Update: Week of 1/18/21

Morning Time 

  • Poems from Sing a Song of Seasons: A Nature Poem for Each Day of the Year selected by Fiona Waters, illustrated by Frann Preston-Gannon (Nosy Crow, 2018): "White Fields" by James Stephens, "A Morning Walk" a Southern Paiute song translated by John Wesley Powell, "Small, Smaller" by Russell Hoban, "Over wintry wind-whipped waves" by Anonymous, "Shell" by Ted Hughes 
  • Articles from: National Geographic Explorer: Trailblazer Women in Science Issue 
  • Art appreciation: Route 6, Eastham. by Edward Hopper from Come Look with Me: Exploring Landscape Art with Children by Gladys S. Blizzard 
  • Singing: Red River Valley, Gloria from Mass VIII (Missa de Angelis)
  • Memory work: C.: continents, directions, planets, months, days of the week, "The Tiger" by William Blake; M: marks of the church, 7 sacraments, oceans, Great Lakes, 50 states, 13 colonies, first eight books of the Bible, "A Christmas Carol" by Kenneth Grahame; E: numbers 1-10, letters of the alphabet 
  • Catechism: Lesson 14, The Resurrection and Life Everlasting and Lesson 15, The Two Great Commandments from The New Saint Joseph Baltimore Catechism 
  • Music Appreciation: "A Midsummer Night's Dream: Scherzo" by Felix Mendelssohn 


This week we learned about the water cycle. We read Water for Dinosaurs and You by Roma Gans and conducted experiments with evaporation as described in Early Elementary Science Education by Shannon Jordan. We also watched several water cycle videos: 
M. did her first mission with her Go Pi Go robot: creating an obstacle course. 


M. read Joan of Arc by Josephine Poole and Angela Barrett and Joan of Arc by Louis-Maurice Boutet de Monvel and  she colored a stained glass coloring book page of her image from Shining Light Dolls. She also looked at Rulers of Britain by Peter Somerset Fry, Chaucer and His World by Ian Serraillier, The Canterbury Tales by Selina Hastings and Reg Cartwright, The Canterbury Tales: An Illustrated Edition,  and A Taste of Chaucer: Selections from The Canterbury Tales by Anne Malcolmson. She watched What Was Life Like? | Episode 5: Medieval - Meet a Medieval Monk, What Was Life Like? | Episode 6: Castles - Meet A Medieval Noblewoman, and the three episodes of Chivalry and Betrayal: The Hundred Years War. She;s also working on memorizing the monarchs of England through the Plantagenets using this rhyme.

C. started reading History Can Be Fun by Munro Leaf, and she was introduced to pyramids, pharaohs and papyrus, Mesopotamia, the Tigris and Euphrates and the Phoenicians. She really loves this book and is really excited to read it each day. She reads it aloud to me, and I just jump in to help with tricky vocabulary.


C. has gone back to working on Singapore math. She is working on the money exercises using the skills she practiced in the Complete Book of Time and Money

M. took a break from Singapore this week to get some extra practice reducing fractions to their simplest forms. I generated worksheets of 20 problems, and she worked on ten each day. 

Reading and Writing 

M. continued reading Our Little Crusader Cousin of Long Ago to Gran on Skype. (They will finish by the end of next week.)

C. is now reading Henry and Beezus by Beverly Cleary.  

Instrumental Music

Both girls practiced piano and recorder

Other Activities

On Wednesday, the girls painted with tempera paint. On Friday, they had a masked playdate outside with friends.

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