Friday, March 5, 2021

Homeschool Update: Week of 2/22/21

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): "Snowman Sniffles" by N.M. Bodecker, "Snow Spell" by Berlie Doherty, "Tam Snow (To Kaye Webb)" by Charles Causley, "Icicles" by Anonymous, "Whether the weather be cold" by Anonymou
  • Articles from Vol. 3 No. 5 of National Geographic Explorer: "Weird and Wonderful Caves" by Glen Phelan, "Freaky Frogs" by Dan and Michele Hogan, "Vanishing Cultures" by Wade Davis, and "A Wild School" 
  • Art appreciation: Shahnama (The Book of Kings)  of Shah Tabmasp, Siavush Plays Polo Before Afrasiyab (180 verso) by Abu'l Qasim Firdausi, Qasim, Son of Ali, Mir Musarrir (Supervised by) Shah Tahmasp from Come Look with Me: World of Play with Children by Gladys S. Blizzard 
  • Singing: "Camptown Races" by Stephen Foster
  • Music Appreciation: Tritsch-Tratsch Polka by Johann Strauss, Jr.
  • Catechism: Lesson 18, "The Second and Third Commandments of God" from The New Saint Joseph Baltimore Catechism
  • Memory Work: 
    • M.: Monarchs of England, books of the Bible, seven sacraments, countries of Europe, Great Lakes, "Sea Fever" by John Masefield, addition and subtraction flashcards
    • C.: days of the week, months of the year, marks of the church, cardinal directions, "The Tiger" by William Blake, multiplication and division flashcards 
    • E.: "Icicles" by Anonymous, letters and numbers flashcards 


M. was interested in learning about the sense of taste, so we watched an Operation Ouch video featuring some taste test experiments. 


This week we started lesson A-7 in BFSU, which is about the mixture of gases that make up air and about the difference between mixtures and chemical reactions. Rather than perform the experiments ourselves, we looked them up on YouTube and watched these video demonstrations: 


C. and I read up to the American Revolution in History Can Be Fun. M. read about Marco Polo and started reading about Genghis Khan. She drew a picture of Genghis Khan for her book of centuries.  


C. did a worksheet of two-digit addition with renaming to practice with her soroban. M. went back and corrected mistakes she made in previous lessons of Singapore 3B. 

Reading and Writing

We continued reading aloud The Green Poodles by Charlotte Baker. 

C. did some exercises in a workbook called Rhyme Time Language Workbook Grades 1 - 3. She also read some chapters in Betsy-Tacy and Tib. To Gran on Skype, she read aloud Stardust by Jeanne Willis and Briony May Smith, A Holiday for Mister Muster by Arnold Lobel, Bernadette's Busy Morning by Ila Hodgson. 

M. did some exercises in Comprehensive Curriculum of Basic Skills Grade 3 involving putting words into the right order to form a sentence and identifying complete sentences.  She's still reading Dr. Dolittle's Return independently, and White Stallion of Lipizza by Marguerite Henry to Gran over Skype.

E. continues to be completely enamored of the Mercy Watson series. She is also enjoying the Frances series, especially A Birthday for Frances

Instrumental Music

C. practiced piano and recorder each day.

Other Activities

We had a playdate in the neighborhood gazebo on Wednesday. On the weekend, M. and C. played the board game Trouble. We attended the Latin Mass on Sunday.

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