Monday, November 10, 2008

Week 11 Highlights

Many homeschool bloggers do a weekly report. Since I have older kids that work out of textbooks mostly, there's not much to report. Plus the fact that everyone keeps a weekly log of their work for record keeping purposes. So I've decided to do a weekly highlight instead, which will feature a summary of what we're doing, and pictures of any projects or assignments that are something outside of the ordinary daily work...

Language Arts
All are continuing to read their literature books. The highschoolers are using literature guides that they complete along with their reading.

Pistachio is taking literature at a co-op academy. Instead of essays, they complete something called a "crunch book." He turned in his project before I could take a pic, so I will include one when I get a chance.

Almond finished reading A Medieval Feast and made her own version of the book. We are continuing with PLL. She doesn't like writing more than once sentence, unless she's making her own book!

Math continues as usual... I've ordered Singapore Math for Almond. It's the California Standards edition. I plan on working on 1B and 2A through the summer.

Cashew just started A Beka American Government in addition to Economics. He enjoys government, but doesn't care for Economics. I don't blame him. I don't even understand our economy these days!

Pistachio and Almond are working through SOTW 2, though we have been neglecting it. Pistachio finished Chap 5 and is constructing a timeline on his own. Honestly, I think it is too time consuming to do this, so I will be purchasing timeline figures to save time...Here's a sample of his timeline.

I'm thinking of getting these.

Almond is only on Chap 3, but that's because we get side tracked with other fun stuff and books! We did our first lapbook on knights! I found this FREE template on

It was a lot of fun, but time consuming! We'll try to do one a week if we can. I plan on buying some colored paper to make it more interesting. Peanut started working on her own lapbook too, based on her favorite book, Courdoroy. I thought I'd show what we've done so far, just for fun. She helped cut and paste the buttons on.

This past week we went on a field trip to the Reuben H. Fleet Science Museum, for FREE Tuesday. They had an exhibit, ANIMAL GROSSOLOGY. Here's a description from the website...

Oozing with disgusting science and hilarious hands-on learning games, “ANIMAL GROSSOLOGY” features sophisticated animatronics and imaginative animated characters adapted from the best-selling GROSSOLOGY children’s book series by author and science teacher Sylvia Branzei. The 5,000 square-foot exhibition engages visitors in a larger-than-life look at nature’s blood-sucking, vomit-munching, slime-making and dookie-loving creatures. Fundamental educational content is provided in the form of giant 3-D book walls throughout the exhibition.

Visitors to “ANIMAL GROSSOLOGY” will gain a unique perspective on the animal kingdom, with 16 colorful exhibits that bring to life all the gritty and gross facts about some of nature’s most disgusting critters. For example, visitors will discover that cows are one of the gassiest animals on earth, how leeches are used after some surgeries to assist in the healing process and why scientists are studying the slime produced by slugs and snails for clues in treating cystic fibrosis.

The boys are still doing electric bass and guitar... Cashew is learning some Red Hot Chili Peppers and Pistachio is working on solos such as Jimmy Hendrix.

Macadamia has been practicing piano on her own, and will return to violin lessons soon. She has been sick and unable to attend for a while, but has been practicing.

Almond is continuing with piano lessons and is working on Christmas songs.

All girls are attending ballet, and rehearsing for the Nutcracker. All have a part. Macadamia is a Chinese doll, soldier and in the number "Snow." Almond is a Snow Angel and mouse. Little Peanut is a Santa Helper.

Almond was just asked by her instructor to move up to Ballet 2. She is so excited!

We have been listening to Tchaikovsky and Mozart this past week, as well as studying their bios.

Macadamia and Almond worked on friendship bracelets. Almond made her first one ever!

Macadamia has been making these for years...

There's just not enough time in a day for me to mention everything we are doing... I will try to mention as much as I can each week.

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