Monday, February 21, 2022

Homeschool Update: Weeks of 1/31/22 and 2/7/22

We had friends over for story time on February 2nd, and they ended up sharing a cold with us.  Since we didn't do very much school during the time we were all sick, I've combined these two weeks into one post. 

Morning Time 

Poems: From Favorite Poems Old and New, edited by Helen Ferris (Doubleday Books, 1957), I read aloud: "The Way Through the Woods" by Rudyard Kipling, "Open Range" by Kathryn and Byron Jackson, "In the Hours of Darkness" by James Flexner, "Freedom" by Jessamyn West, "Postman,"  "My Heart's in the Highlands" by Robert Burns, and "I'd Love to be a Fairy's Child" by Robert Graves.  

Music: We started reading Joseph Haydn, The Merry Little Peasant by Opal Wheeler and Sybil Deucher and listened to some of the pieces included. 

Singing: We practiced singing the US Naval Hymn "Eternal Father, Strong To Save." 

Art Appreciation: From Tell Me a Picture by Quentin Blake, we discussed a painting from Seasons of Splendour by Michael Foreman, A Scene from El Hechizado por Fuerza by Francisco de Goya, Night in the Park by Edward Hopper, a painting from The Adventures of Pinocchio by Robert Innocenti, The Garden Enclosed by David Jones, Clown by Ken Kiff, and Exhibition of a Rhinoceros at Venice by Pietro Longhi. 

Catechism: The girls watched Saint Brigid of Ireland for her feast day on February 1st and the Story of St. Scholastica for her feast day on February 10th. We practiced singing Ave Regina Caelorum. 


C. and I continued reading from In Bible Days. We covered these sections: "Crossing the Desert," "At Mount Sinai,"  "The End of the Wandering," "The Conquest of Canaan," "In the Days of the Judges," "The Kingdom Established," "David the Hero King," "Solomon in All his Glory," "The Kingdom Divided," "Great Prophets," and "By the Rivers of Babylon." She also worked on the Moses and David Bible Activity Sticker Books I found at Dollar Tree, and she read Ruth, Moses, and Joseph and his Brothers by Maud and Miska Petersham. 

M. covered all of these sections from George Washington's World

  • To the South Seas with Captain Cook
  • Oxygen
  • The Steam Engine
  • His Majesty George III
  • Frederick the Miser and Louis the Waster
  • Marie Antoinette, the Little Austrian Princess
    Lafayette, a Young French Nobleman
  • Italy, the Land of Beauty
  • A King and a Painter of Spain
  • Pirates
  • The Empire of Turkey
  • Poland
  • Enter Napoleon Buonaparte
  • The Empress and the Sultan
  • Home to China
  • Japan and the Passing World
  • Holland and Her Trade
  • Alexander Hamilton, Boy of the West Indies
  • John Paul and the Hated Slave Trade
  • Spain's New Colony
  • Over the Mountain with Boone
  • Rebellion in Massachusetts 
  • The First Congress
  • The Battle of Bunker Hill
  • John Adams Selects a Commander

She also started watching 1776 and she read The Marquis de Lafayette: Bright Sword for Freedom by Hodding Carter. 


We worked on BFSU Lesson A-1, Rocks, Minerals, Crystals, Dirt and Soils. Independently, M. and C. each looked at Rocks and Minerals by Caroline Bingham. I read aloud Let's Go Rock Collecting from the Let's Read and Find About Science series.  We also watched a variety of videos: 

While they were sick, the girls watched a few episodes of BBC Wonders of the Solar System


C. drew a kitten following video instructions from Art for Kids Hub. She also drew a snow bunny. M., C., and E. made Valentines for family members and mailed them. 


M. worked on conjunctions exercises from Simply Grammar and watched Conjunction Junction. Then she did Rex Barks Exercise 1-6 and Simply Grammar p.70, about prepositions, and watched Busy Prepositions. She also watched The Tale of Mr. Morton to help her with Rex Barks exercise 2-1, which was out first foray into diagramming with this book. 

In Grammarland Caroline listened to Chapter 5: Mr. Adjective, Chapter 6. Mr. Adjective Tried for Stealing, and Chapter 7: The Quarrel between Mr. Adjective & Mr. Pronoun & Little Interjection, and she watched the Schoolhouse Rock videos about pronouns and interjections 

M. worked on an original story entitled "John the Thief."  

C. finished On the Banks of Plum Creek

E. read through a whole bunch more of our easy readers - too many to name. Her favorites are the Oliver and Amanda pig series and the Mildred and Sam series. She also enjoyed In a People House. She also read a few lessons in The Ordinary Parents' Guide to Teaching Reading. 

At lunch, we read aloud Amos Fortune, Free Man.


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. C. finished Life of Fred: Cats. M. did two chapters in Life of Fred: Kidneys.

Preschool Skills

E. continued doing some exercises in her cutting workbook. 

Instrumental Music

M. and C. both practiced piano and recorder every day. E. had a piano lesson with Daddy. 


From experience, we learned about how colds are spread.

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