Friday, July 9, 2021

Homeschool Update: Week of 6/28/21

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 "Insect" by Tony Mitton, "All Day Long" by Kanoko Okamoto, translated by Kenneth Rexroth and Ikuko Atsumi, and "A Hot Day" by A.S.J. Tessimond. 

This week, our picture book theme was America. We read A More Perfect Union: The Story of Our Constitution by Betsy and Giulio Maestro and America the Beautiful published by Cottage Door Press, and Grandma read An American ABC by Maud and Miska Petersham during our visit to her house on the weekend.  


We learned to sing "America" from Go In and Out the Window: An Illustrated Songbook for Young People (The Metropolitian Museum of Art, 1987).  We listened to Appalachian Spring: "Variations on a Shaker Tune" by Aaron Copland, A Midsummer Night's Dream: "Scherzo" by Felix Mendelssohn, Marche Militaire by Franz Schubert, and Piano Sonata No. 11 in A: "Turkish Rondo" by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. 

M. and C. practiced piano and recorder every day except Friday, Saturday, and Sunday when we were away. We had a sing-along on Sunday with Grandma and Aunt B.


 We studied Angel with an Olive Branch by Hans Memling from the Louvre Art Deck: 100 Masterpieces from the World's Most Popular Museum by Anja Grebe and Erich Lessing. 

The girls made drawings for all of our New York relatives as well as birthday cards for Aunt B. 


We continued working on Lesson 6, "The Son of God Becomes Man" 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 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.  


As review, M. read the sections of A Little History of the World  that corresponded to the time periods she learned about this past year.  C. had the week off from history. 


M. and C. did Khan Academy. C. did some work with subtraction without renaming in Singapore.

Reading and Writing

We finished all of our outstanding books before we left for New York: Eleven Kids, One Summer, A Necklace of Raindrops, Baby Island, and Anne of Green Gables. C. and I also read Burt Dow, Deep-Water Man by Robert McCloskey, Sylvester and the Magic Pebble by William Steig, and Phoebe's Revolt by Natalie Babbitt. 

Physical Education

In New York on the weekend, the girls learned to play wiffle ball. They also ran around outside at my grandmother's house. 

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