Wednesday, June 23, 2021

Homeschool Update: Week of 6/7/21

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: "The Sea" by James Reeves, "Busy Bugs" by James Carter, "Worm Words" by Tony Mitton, "The Song of a Mole" by Richard Edwards, and "The Snail's Monologue" by Christian Morgenstern, translated by Max Knight. 

We also read the last two articles from the digital edition of Vol. 20 number 4 of National Geographic Explorer (Pathfinder edition): "Newfoundland Wildlife" by Justine Ammendolia and "The Wonder of the Falls" by Libby Romero.  

We're also doing a summer reading project with Grandma. Each week, Grandma and I choose an author or illustrator to focus on. I read books by that person during the week, and Grandma reads one aloud on Skype on Saturday. This week, we chose Roger Duvoisin, and I read Veronica,  Nubber Bear (written by William Lipkind), and Donkey - donkey by Roger Duvoisin and my mom read The Camel Who Took a Walk (written by by Jack Tworkov). 


We attempted to learn to sing "Little White Duck" but it was too difficult, so we switched to "Polly Wolly Doodle." On Friday, we did a sing-along of all the songs we've learned so far. 

We listened to Piano Sonata No. 11 in A: "Turkish Rondo" by Mozart, Pictures at an Exhibition: "The Gnome" by Modest Mussorgsky,  and Háry János Suite: "Viennese Musical Clock" by Zoltán Kodály. 

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


This week, we studied Reader at the Window by Adriaen van Ostade from The Louvre Art Deck: 100 Masterpieces from the World's Most Popular Museum by Anja Grebe and Erich Lessing. 


We reviewed lessons 1 through 5 in The New Saint Joseph First Communion Catechism

Memory Work 

E. recited the months of the year, days of the week, four directions, marks of the church, and continents. She recorded her video recitation of "First Fig" by Edna St. Vincent Millay and started to learn "Happiness" by A.A. Milne. 

C reviewed the countries of Europe, the oceans, the books of the Bible, and our address and phone number. She recorded her video recitation of "The Owl and the Pussycat"  by Edward Lear and started to learn "maggie and milly and molly and may" by e.e. cummings. 

M reviewed the countries of Asia, the books of the Bible, the Kings and Queens of England, and our address and phone number. She recorded her video recitation of "The Goat and I" by Robert Service and started learning Oberon's speech from A Midsummer Night's Dream, Act II, Scene 1 by William Shakespeare.  


For M., this week was all about Shakespeare. In Builders of the Old World, she read the sections called "Education Spreads Among the People" and "Great Poets and Playwrights." She also read Bard of Avon by Diane Stanley;  Shakespeare: His Work and his World by Michael Rosen (part of which she read with Gran on Skype), and William Shakespeare and the Globe by Aliki, as well as A Midsummer Night's Dream retold by Georghia Ellinas and illustrated by Jane Ray and William Shakespeare's Macbeth by Bruce Coville and A Midsummer Night's Dream from Shakespeare Stories by William Garfield. 

She also watched Shakespeare's Globe (Films for the Humanities and Sciences, 2006) and a recording of a 2016 performance of A Midsummer Night's Dream at the New Globe Theater. (I've never seen her laugh so hard).  

C. and I continued reading Norse myths from D'Aulaires' Norse Gods and Giants


M. and C. watched several episodes of Mr. Wizard's World during the week. 

Reading and Writing

E., C., and M. all wrote thank -you letters to Gran for the fun things they did on their visit to her house. 

In the car we continued listening to Anne of Green Gables. I started reading aloud Charlotte's Web to M. and Baby Island to C. and continued reading aloud Winnie-the-Pooh with E. At lunch, we continued reading aloud The Four-Story Mistake. 

Physical Education

On Tuesday, we went to homeschool field day. E. ran around on the playground and M. and C. participated in traditional lawn games: egg toss, wheelbarrow race, sack race, relay race, tug-of-war. M. made a new friend who shares her first name, and we had another playdate with her on Thursday, followed by another playdate with the neighbors' grandkids that same afternoon.  

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