Tuesday, October 12, 2021

Homeschool Update: Week of 10/4/21

Weekend Activities, 10/2/21-10/3/21 

On Saturday, M. made her first Confession and went to the 5pm Mass. On Sunday, the girls rode their bikes in the morning. 

Morning Time 

Music: I finished reading aloud Ludwig Beethoven and the Chiming Tower Bells by Opal Wheeler (E. P. Dutton & Co., 1942), and we listened to the rest of the pieces referenced in the book: 

Singing: We continued working on "Be Thou My Vision." 

Poems: From Favorite Poems Old and New, edited by Helen Ferris (Doubleday Books, 1957), I read aloud: Praise for Created Things by St. Francis of Assisi, "A Vagabond Song" by Bliss Carman, "Goblin Feet" by J.R.R. Tolkien, and "Travel" by Robert Louis Stevenson.   

Art Appreciation: We looked at St. Francis of Assisi by Margaritone d'Arezzo found in The Vatican Art Deck by Anja Grebe. 

Catechism: On Saturday, we sang "Dear Angel Ever at My Side" to celebrate the Feast of the Guardian Angels. On Monday, the feast of St. Francis, we read The Canticle of the Sun illustrated by Fiona French  and Clare and Francis written by Guido Visconti and illustrated by Bimba Landmann. We prayed a Rosary on Thursday for the feast of Our Lady of the Rosary, and again on Friday.


First Grade: C. and I read Skara Brae by Olivier Dunrea and we started Life Long Ago: First Farmers by Leonard Weisgard. We also read Wheels and Sails, The Beginning of Settled Life, and Learning to Live Together from Builders of the Old World by Gertrude Hartman. C. watched a short video about Skara Brae to finish out the week. 

Third Grade: M. covered these sections from The World of Captain John Smith by Genevieve Foster:  

  • John Smith, Sightseer in Italy
  • Galileo
  • A Royal Wedding
  • Grand Opera and the Violin
  • John Smith and the Terrible Turks
  • John Smith, Slave
  • Cervantes and Don Quixote
  • Boris Godunov
  • The Queen Is Dead
  • King James I
  • The Globe Theater
  • Ben Jonson

On Thursday, she also read about the Battle of Lepanto from National Catholic Register  and watched Christopher Check: The Secret Weapon at Lepanto on YouTube.


First and Third Grade: We started Lesson D-4, Land Forms and Major Biomes of the Earth. From EasyTeaching.Net, I printed fact sheets about Deserts, Grasslands, the Rainforest, and the Tundra and the girls and I used them to fill in a worksheet for each of those four biomes. We also used a biome map to help us identify the climate at different places on Earth, and we looked at a climatograph for Damascus, Maryland.

Independently, M. read Tundra by Delia Goetz and Deserts by Gail Gibbons, and C. read Grasslands by Delia Goetz and In the Rainforest by Kate Duke. 

On Friday, we reviewed the water cycle and discussed the concept of a watershed. We watched What is a Watershed? on YouTube. 


M. had rubber bands put on her molars on Monday to get ready for her orthdontic appliances to be put in on the 18th. We talked about making sure not to eat anything chewy or sticky in order to prevent having them fall out too soon. 


M. and C. each did a few pages in their Mad Libs reading workbooks. 

I started reading aloud the next section of Three Children and Shakespeare, which retells  A Midsummer Night's Dream. M. is still working on her Shylock speech.

E. continued practicing words beginning and ending with consonant blends in The Ordinary Parents' Guide to Teaching Reading. We started reading aloud More Milly-Molly-Mandy Stories together. C. continued reading Farmer Boy. She also read a Boxcar Children mystery and continued reading 26 Fairmount Avenue by Tomie dePaola to Gran over Skype. M. continued to read Martin the Warrior to herself and she read a short story from The Little Bookroom to Gran. 

We finished Tatsinda on audio. My husband is still reading aloud Polly and the Wolf in the evenings.

We also had story time this week with a few friends. Because different people came, I re-used the farm theme. We read Early One Morning by Mem Fox and Christine Davenier, Click Clack Moo by Doreen Cronin and Betsy Lewin, Catch That Chicken! by Atinuke and Angela Brooksbank, and To Market To Market by Anne Miranda and Janet Stevens.


C. started working on This Little Light of Mine in sign language. 

Typing & Handwriting 

M. and C. both practiced typing skills on Typing.com. M. copied questions from the Catechism in cursive and C. practiced some new letters.


The girls did chalk art in the driveway. 


M. continued to work with a protractor in Singapore 4A. On Wednesday, she and my husband read a chapter from Life of Fred: Jellybeans. M. did Khan Academy every day. 

C. worked on subtraction with renaming using the soroban in both Singapore and with me for extra practice. She finished the addition and subtraction of Singapore 2A. She also did Khan Academy every day. On Wednesday, I read aloud a chapter from Life of Fred: Cats

 E. continued to practice adding and subtracting within 9 on the soroban and she worked on being able to identify the numbers represented by different configurations of the beads. 

M. drilled multiplication and division and C. drilled addition and subtraction using the Flashmaster app. 

Physical Education

The girls rode bikes around the park near our house on several afternoons. 

Instrumental Music

M. and C. practiced piano and recorder almost daily.

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