Thursday, July 8, 2021

Homeschool Update: Week of 6/21/21

Morning Read-Alouds 

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), we read: "Puddle" by Nick Toczek, "The Sun Has Long Been Set" by William Wordsworth, "The Pond" by Amy Lowell, "One Two Three Four Five" by Anonymous, and "Where Go the Boats" by Robert Louis Stevenson.

Our illustrator this week was Virginia Lee Burton. We read Mike Mulligan and his Steam Shovel, Choo Choo, The Little House, and The Emperor's New Clothes as well as Big Machines, a picture book biography of Burton by Sherri Duskey Rinker and John Rocco. Grandma read Maybelle the Cable Car

We also read the articles from National Geographic Explorer Volume 20, Number 1 (Pathfinder Edition): "Rethinking Spinosaurus" by National Geographic Staff, "The Transformer" by Brenna Maloney, and "Turning Trash into Treasure" by Glen Phelan. 


We listened to Rodeo: "Hoe Down" by Aaron Copland, "In the Hall of the Mountain King" from the Peer Gynt Suite by Edvard Grieg, Orpheus in the Underworld: "Can-Can" by Jacques Offenbach, and the William Tell Overture by Gioachino Rossini. 

 We learned to sing "The Fly and the Bumblebee" from More Songs to Grow On by Beatrice Landeck (Edward B. Marks Music Corporation, 1954). 

M. and C. practiced piano and recorder daily.


This week's painting was The Two Sisters by Theodore Chasseriau, found in from The Louvre Art Deck: 100 Masterpieces from the World's Most Popular Museum by Anja Grebe and Erich Lessing. 


We continued working on Lesson 6, "The Son of God Becomes Man" in The New Saint Joseph First Communion Catechism. We read about Saints  Aloysius Gonzaga, Thomas More,  and John the Baptist from Picture Book of Saints by Lawrence G. Lovasik (Catholic Book Publishing, 1979).

Memory Work

E. recited the months of the year, days of the week, four directions, marks of the church, and continents. She continued to practice "Happiness" by A.A. Milne. 

C recited the 50 states, planets, Great Lakes, countries of Europe, the oceans, the books of the Bible, and our address and phone number. She continued practicing "maggie and milly and molly and may" by e.e. cummings. 

M recited the 50 states, the countries of Asia, the books of the Bible, the Kings and Queens of England, and our address and phone number. She continued to practice Oberon's speech from A Midsummer Night's Dream, Act II, Scene 1 by William Shakespeare.  


In Builders of Old World, M. read:  "The Father of Modern Astronomy," "Magic Glasses," and "The Struggle to Advance Knowledge." This marks the end of her history for curriculum for second grade. 

C. and I finished reading Norse Gods and Giants


In Singapore, M. worked on converting time between hours, minutes, and seconds, and years and months. She started doing some algebra basics in Khan Academy. 

C. worked on addition and subtraction without renaming in Singapore and continued working in Khan Academy. 

Reading and Writing

I started reading aloud Eleven Kids, One Summer by Ann M. Martin at lunch and my husband continued reading A Necklace of Raindrops at dinner. We also continued listening to Anne of Green Gables in the car. M. read Jasmine Green Rescues: A Lamb Called Lucky on the Kindle Fire. With C., I continued reading aloud Baby Island. E. listened to the audiobooks of Raggedy Anne and Andy stories. 

Physical Education

M. and C. went to the splash park with friends on Wednesday. All three girls played on the playground and in the field at the church potluck on Thursday, and they played with friends at the Adventure Playground again on Friday morning. 

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