Sunday, January 16, 2022

Homeschool Update: Week of 1/3/22

Weekend Activities

The kids had Skype calls with both grandmothers. We went to the Latin Mass on Sunday and ran into some friends from the summer and visited a bit. C. learned to tie her shoes. Monday was a snow day, and the girls played in the snow with the twins and watched The Snowman. 

Morning Time 

Poems: From Favorite Poems Old and New, edited by Helen Ferris (Doubleday Books, 1957), I read aloud: "White Fields" by James Stephens, "Velvet Shoes" by Elinor Wylie, "Casey at the Bat" by Ernest Lawrence Thayer, and "The Duel" by Eugene Field 

Catechism: The girls colored pictures of St. Elizabeth Ann Seton for her feast day on Tuesday and watched an episode of Stories of Saints about her.

Music: We read Amahl and the Night Visitors and listened to the soundtrack. Then the girls watched the 1978 TV version of the opera. We sang Gaudete along with the King's Singers. 

Art Appreciation: We studied Giotto's Adoration of the Magi and read Madeleine L'Engle's accompanying reflection in The Glorious Impossible.


First Grade: C. looked through Mesopotamia by Lorna Oakes. I read aloud the sections from Builders of the Old World called "Tower-Temples," "The Laws of Hammurabi," "Books of Clay," and "School Days in Babylon." She colored a picture of Hammurabi, then watched a video about writing in cuneiform and attempted to write in cuneiform herself using modeling clay and a wooden stylus. 

Third Grade: M. read these sections from George Washington's World

  • A Boy of Virginia
  • Daniel Boone, A Boy of the Backwods
  • John Adams, A Farmer Boy
  • John Hancock, A Boy of Boston
  • Benjamin West
  • The Friendly Printer 
  • England vs. Spain in the New World
  • Fray Junipero Serra
  • Frederick, Soldier King of Prussia
  • Johannes Sebastian Bach


We started BFSU Lesson C-6: Friction and watched several video demonstrations:  


E. read The Whales Go By and Love is in the Air by Jonathan Fenske, as well as some selections from The Adventures of Little Bear, including A Kiss for Little Bear and Birthday Soup.  

C. finished The Life and Adventures of Santa Claus by L. Frank Baum and the first three books in the Stella Batts series. She continued reading The Adventures of Dr. Doolittle by Hugh Lofting. To Gran, she finished reading aloud  Philomena by Kate Seredy and started to read Sarah Somebody. In the evening with me, she started reading The Enormous Egg by Oliver Butterworth. 

M. read the second Tumtum and Nutmeg book, as well as Isaac Newton: The True Story of His Life as Inventor, Scientist, & Teacher by John Hudson Tiner, Daniel Boone: The Opening of the Wilderness by John Mason Brown, and The Witchcraft of Salem Village by Shirley Jackson. She started reading Fire on the Wind by Geoffrey Trease. 

At lunch, we continued reading aloud/listening to The Vanderbeekers of 141st Street by Karina Yan Glaser. After dinner, my husband continued reading The Tale of Despereaux by Kate DiCamillo. In the car we listened to My Side of the Mountain Jean Craighead George. 

C. began listening to Grammarland, and she did the first worksheet, about nouns. M. started working in Rex Barks by Phyllis Davenport, and we're supplementing with exercises from Simply Grammar: An Illustrated Primer by Karen Andreola.  

C. wrote some poems on her own, and M. worked on finishing birthday and Christmas thank you letters.


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 Wednesdays.


C. started a sign language course on Udemy through the local public library.

Instrumental Music

M. and C. both practiced piano and recorder every day.

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