Monday, July 26, 2021

Homeschool Update: Week of 7/12/21

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 Moon at Knowle Hill" by Jackie Kay, "The Song of Hau, the Red Fox," a wintu song translated by Jeremiah Curtin, "First Fox" by Pamela Gililan, "The Blue Water In," a Southern Paiute song translated by John Wesley Powell, and "A Dragonfly" by Eleanor Farjeon. 

From A Book of Americans by Rosemary and Stephen Vincent Benet (Holt, Rinehart, and Winston, 1933) we read poems entitled: "John Paul Jones," "Abigail Adams," "John Adams," "Benjamin Franklin," "Benedict Arnold," "Thomas Jefferson," "Alexander Hamilton," "Aaron Burr," "Johnny Appleseed," "Lewis and Clark," "Dolly Madison," "James Monroe," "John Quincy Adams," and "Andrew Jackson." 

Our author for the week was Margaret Wise Brown. We read Three Little Animals, Love Songs of the Little BearThe Diggers and Sleepy ABC. We also listened to the CD from Goodnight Songs and watched the Weston Woods video of The Wheel on the Chimney. Grandma read The Old Mill on Skype on Saturday. 


We sang "On Top of Old Smokey" from Go In and Out the Window: An Illustrated Songbook for Young People (The Metropolitian Museum of Art, 1987). 

We listened to the Russian Dance from the Nutcracker by Tchaikovsky, Háry János Suite: Viennese Musical Clock by Zoltán Kodály, Water Music: Hornpipe by George Frideric Handel, Triumphal March from Aida by Giuseppe Verdi and Brandenburg Concerto No. 2: Movement 1 by Johann Sebastian Bach. 


We studied The Rialto Bridge by Canaletto from the Louvre Art Deck: 100 Masterpieces from the World's Most Popular Museum by Anja Grebe and Erich Lessing and watched some videos about the bridge itself. The girls made wind chimes using kits from Dollar Tree. 


We continued working on Lesson 7: "Jesus Opens Heaven For Us" 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.  


This week's readings were: The Legend of New Amsterdam by Peter Spier, "The Wishing Pear" from  American Adventures by Elizabeth Coatsworth (Macmillan, 1968), and "The Gift of Saint Nicholas" and "The Ghost of Dark Hollow Run" from Yankee Doodle's Cousins by Anne Malcolmson (Houghton Mifflin, 1941). 


The girls are still watching episodes of Mr. Wizard's World. We'll resume BFSU in September.


M. and C. both did some work in Singapore and Khan Academy every day. C. is doing addition with renaming and M. is working on converting units of measure. 

Reading and Writing 

At lunchtime we're reading One Day and One Amazing Morning on Orange Street by Joanne Rocklin. At dinner, my husband read from The Three Princes of Serendip. M. started reading A Book for Jennifer by Alice Dalgliesh aloud to Gran and finished the second Borrowers book. C. read a review copy of a forthcoming beginning chapter book, Ivy Lost and Found by Cynthia Lord. E. read and recorder her video for Dad and Sam.

Physical Education

We went to the pool with friends during the week, and M. and C. went again on the weekend with my husband to practice swimming. M. and C. also ran around outside on the hill next to our neighbor's house. 

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