Monday, February 7, 2022

Homeschool Update: Week of 1/24/22

Morning Time 

Poems:  From Favorite Poems Old and New, edited by Helen Ferris (Doubleday Books, 1957), I read aloud: "Father William" by Lewis Carroll, "Big Brother" by Elizabeth Madox Roberts, and "A Comparison" by John Farrar. 

Music: We finished reading Mozart the Wonder Boy by Opal Wheeler and listened to these pieces: 

We continued singing "Mozart's Lullaby" from The Fireside Book of Children's Songs

Art Appreciation: We looked at Don Quixote and Sancho Panza by Honore-Victorin Daumier and Saint Paul on Malta by Adam Elsheimer in Tell Me a Picture by Quentin Blake. 

Catechism: On Friday, the girls watched The Story of Saint Thomas Aquinas and listened to Pange Lingua Gloriosi and Adoro te Devote


C. and I continued reading In Bible Days, focusing on these sections about Moses: "Seven Years of Famine," "Let My People Go," and "Out of Bondage." She worked on a Moses sticker book I found at Dollar Tree and watched a clip from The Ten Commandments showing the parting of the Red Sea. 

M. read these sections from George Washington's World

  • Pontiac, the Patriot
  • George III
  • George and Martha Washington
  • Thomas Jefferson and His Mountain
  • The End of the Seven Years War (1763)
  • Goethe Sees Both Sides
  • Catherine, Empress of the Russians
  • Voltaire and His Pen


This week's BFSU lesson was C-7: Push Pushes Back. We went over the information in the corresponding chapter in Early Elementary Science Education and watched the first ten episodes of Eureka Physics.


C. worked on Grammarland Chapter 4, "Serjeant Parsing's Visit to Schoolroom-shire." She finished reading The Voyages of Dr. Dolittle and started On the Banks of Plum Creek. In the evening, we started reading aloud The Golden Bull by Marjorie Cowley. 

In Rex Barks, M. did exercises 1-4 and 1-5 and an adjective activity from Simply Grammar. She read Catherine the Great by Katharine Scherman, The Flight and Adventures of Charles II by Charles Norman, and Captain Cook and the South Pacific by Oliver Warner, and she started Stowaway by Karen Hesse. 

E. has been zipping through the easy reader collection. She read 40 books in January, including: 

  • Because a Little Bug Went Kerchoo by Dr. Seuss writing as Rosetta Stone 
  • Who's A Pest? by Crosby Bonsall 
  • Green Eggs and Ham by Dr. Seuss 
  • Piggle by Crosby Bonsall 
  • The Adventures of Little Bear by Else Holmelund Minarik
  • Come and Have Fun by Edith Thacher Hurd 
  • What Have I Got? by Michael McClintock
  • Thunderhoof by Syd Hoff
  • Chester by Syd Hoff 
  • Robert the Rose Horse by Joan Heilbroner 
  • Mine's the Best by Crosby Bonsall 
  • I Am Better Than You by Robert Lopshire 
  • Put Me in the Zoo by Robert Lopshire 
  • Who Will Be My Friends? by Syd Hoff
  • A Fly Went By by Michael McClintock
  • Tales of Oliver Pig by Jean van Leeuwen 

We also read a story from More Milly-Molly-Mandy.

At lunch, we started Miss Plunkett to the Rescue by Jane Flory as our read-aloud. 


C. worked on multiplication and division in Singapore 2A and did some soroban practice. M. worked in Challenging Word Problems. Both girls did Khan Academy almost daily. Both girls also did chapters from Life of Fred on Wednesday. E. reviewed "little friends." 

Preschool Skills

E. continued doing some exercises in her cutting workbook. 


C. continued her sign language course on Udemy through the local public library, but has decided to take a break. 

Instrumental Music

M. and C. both practiced piano and recorder every day. E. had a piano lesson with Daddy.


M. went to the orthodontist and we got instructions on how to turn the key in her palate expander. C. watched several "I'm no Fool" safety videos from Disney on YouTube.

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