Thursday, April 1, 2021

Homeschool Update: Week of 3/15/21

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): "Wind Song" by Lilian Moore, "March Weather" by Tessa Ransford, "Silent Song" by Roger Stevens, "If You Find a Little Feather" by Beatrice Schenk de Regniers, "Dayflight" by Geoffrey Summerfield, "Brooms" by Dorothy Aldis, "Pigeon and Wren" by Anonymous 
  • Articles from Vol. 18 No. 5 of National Geographic Young Explorer (Scout edition): "Puffin Parents,"  "A Giant Cactus," and "Looking in a Mirror" 
  • Art appreciation: Archery of the Mandan by George Catlin from Come Look with Me: World of Play by Gladys S. Blizzard 
  • Catechism: Lesson 20, "The Seventh, Eighth, Ninth, and Tenth Commandments of God" from The New Saint Joseph Baltimore Catechism
  • Singing: "Molly Malone" (recording by the Dubliners)
  • Music Appreciation: The Four Seasons: Spring by Antonio Vivaldi 
  • Memory work: 
    • C: planets, marks of the church, continentsl days of the week, months of the year, address, phone number, "The Tiger" by William Blake
    • M: seven sacraments, books of the Bible, 13 colonies, countries of Europe, address, phone number, "Sea Fever" by John Masefield 


We continued working on BFSU Volume 1 Lesson B-4a. We finished Birds in their Homes and read Discovering Trees by Douglas Florian. We watched Home Sweet Habitat from Crash Course Kids. We also watched "Classifying Living Things," a video from Visual Learning that I accessed through the library's subscription to Just for Kids Access Video. 


M. read about China and Japan in A Picturesque Tale of Progress. C. continued listening to me read D'Aulaires' Book of Greek Myths and she did some coloring pages of the gods and goddesses she heard about. 


M. and C. both did Khan Academy daily. M. also worked on two-digit multiplication and C. also worked on two-digit addition with renaming on the soroban. M. did two more chapters in Life of Fred: Ice Cream.

Reading and Writing 

We started reading aloud Dandelion Cottage by Carroll Watson Rankin at lunchtime. C. is still reading Betsy-Tacy. M. did some grammar pages in Comprehensive Curriculum of Basic Skills Grade 3.

Physical Education

We had a playdate at the playground on St. Patrick's Day and our regular weekly playdate with the neighbors' grandkids on Friday.

Instrumental Music

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

Other Activities

M. and C. worked with modeling clay and E. used play dough. C. made a birthday card for my grandma's boyfriend. 

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