Friday, January 22, 2016

Weekly Wrap-up: Week 17 - Focus, Focus, Focus!

It's been one of those weeks where *I*  just wanted to break from school and housework, and just read and crochet and stay warm in cozy PJs. What's a homeschool mom to do? I prodded on, knowing that we're aiming for wrapping up the year by the end of April and taking too many breaks won't get us there. The kids did great despite *my* lack of focus. Unfortunately, I didn't feel like taking photos either, so this post doesn't have many. The kids are off to spend some time with their Dad this weekend; a perfect time for THIS mom to reboot.

CORE WORK

CATI
  • English Grammar 101: Section 5 Modifiers - Adjectives and Adverbs (100%), Section 6 - Prepositions
  • Writing - Martin Luther King, Jr. 5 Paragraph Essay
  • Vocab Test Grade 9 List 1 (89%)
  • Laddie (Stratton Potter)
  • Khan Academy Pre-Algebra - 83% Completed

SAM
  • Grammar and Writing Handbook: Unit 2 - Commas, Unit 3 - Verbs 
  • Grammar Smart Junior: Nouns
  • Writing - Descriptive Writing 5 Essay Paragragh
  • Grammar Ninja - Level 2
  • Cursive Copywork - James 1:19
  • Rascal (North)
  • Khan Academy Math 4 - 45% Completed
  • Saxon 65 - Lesson 4 (Equal To/Less Than/ Greater Than), Lesson 5 (Naming Whole Numbers), Lesson 6 (Addition Algorithm), Lesson 7 (Ordinal Numbers)

Sam's struggling a bit with the Grammar and Writing Handbook, so I found Grammar Smart Junior at the library and we're reviewing some concepts before moving on.

A slower, simpler way to review grammar with Sam.

ASTRONOMY
Sam continued on with Lesson 8: Rocks, studying meteors and asteroids and creating a model of the solar system.
  • Notebook Page/Project Page
  • Comets, Comas, and Orbits
  • Halley's, Hale-Bopp and Shoemaker - Levy Comets
  • Kuiper Belt, Oort Cloud and Asteroid Belt
  • Meteorites, Meteoroids and Meteors
  • Asteroids

GENERAL SCIENCE
Cati started Module 7: The Fossil Record this week. She made a fossil cast and model of the carbonization process as well as an experiment of mineral evaporation. 
  • How Fossils are Formed
  • Features of Fossil Records
  • Petrifaction 
  • Carbonate Residues and Impressions

Cate used Plaster of Paris to make a fossil model...with her colorful flair.

U.S. HISTORY and GEOGRAPHY
I read aloud to Sam from History of Us: The First Americans Prehistory-1600 (Hakim). We covered chapters 13-15.
  • Vikings or Norseman
  • Archaeology, Anthropology, Historians, and Zoology to Determine History
  • Early Maps
  • Johannes Gutenberg and the Printing Press
  • Renaissance Period
  • Improvements in the Compass and Cartography for Sea Navigation
  • Henry the Navigator
  • Christopher Columbus
  • Ptolemy

MUSIC HISTORY, GEOGRAPHY and CULTURES
Cati studies Music History with Easy Peasy Homeschool, and continued on with Year 3 Geography and Cultures. Since the lessons are quick, she completes one week per day, sometimes more. This week she completed weeks 4-8.
  • Double Bass
  • Harp
  • Woodwinds

ENRICHMENT

Cati

Cate made Girl Scout Samoas Copy Cat Cookies. They were delish!

Sam
  • CNN Student News

DAYS COMPLETED: CATE - 109 | SAM - 104

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Happy Homeschooling!

14 comments:

  1. Those girl scout cookies look divine! Have a great weekend break, Jessy!

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    1. They were yummy! But took numerous steps to make...Probably not a cookie we would make often.

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    1. Well, it's not a FULL weekend. The kids only go overnight...but it's nice to have the time each month.

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    1. They were! But I don't think we'll have them all that often! To labor intensive for us "quick cooks".

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  4. Look at all you accomplished! I saw the recipe for those cookies and was toi intimidated to make them!

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    1. The cookies do require several steps, so we probably won't make them often. I'm too impatient with cooking and baking to spend 2 hours making 3 dozen cookies! LOL

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  5. Oh, those cookies... Could you send some down here, LOL! North Carolina looks more like Maine right now with a foot of snow and I don't think I stocked enough chocolate to make it through. It looks like a good week for all of you. I hope you have a restful weekend.
    Blessings, Danw

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    1. Did you remember hot cocoa with mini marshmallows? They're a must for snow storms! LOL

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  6. NIce job on the cookies...we still have 1 box of thin mints in the freezer from last year..LOL...

    I LOVE that fossil!

    Enjoy the weekend

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    1. How did a box of Girl Scout cookies last a whole year? I'm amazed! A box with my crew doesn't make it a day in the cupboard!

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  7. I love your blog header! Beautiful tree pictures! :)

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    1. Thanks, Shecki! It's the new-ish look!

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