Friday, January 8, 2016

Weekly Wrap-up: Week 15 - Back to Basics

So, where were we? Ah, yes, week 15.  Almost a half year completed. A tad more really since we did summer studies. We will celebrate our 100th day next week! But what happened this week?


  • English Grammar 101: Section 5 Modifiers - Adjectives and Adverbs, Quiz 95%
  • Writing - How to Wake up with Energy 5 Paragraph Essay
  • Vocab Test List 12-14
  • The Swiss Family Robinson (Wyss)
  • Khan Academy Pre-Algebra - 78% Completed

  • Grammar and Writing Handbook: Unit 2 - Possessive Nouns
  • Writing - New Year's Perfect Paragraph
  • Grammar Ninja - Level 2
  • Cursive Copywork - 1 Corinthians 13:13
  • The Borrowers (Norton)
  • Khan Academy Math 4 - 46% Completed

Waiting in the van for Cate to finish band practice is a perfect time for Sam to do copywork, grammar, reading, Mad Libs, A History of US, and this week some literature-based math. I read aloud Fun with Roman Numerals (Adler) and we played Roman Numerals War.

Mars was our focus this week in Apologia Astronomy. Sam completed his notebooking page while I read aloud from the text, and he built models of the Sojourner rover and Olympus Mons.

Cati started Module 6: Foundations of Geology in Apologia General Science this week. She conducted an experiments on the difference between rocks and minerals, separation of sedimentation, and physical weathering.

  • Vocabulary: Catastrophism, Mineral, Uniformitarianism, Weathering, Humus
  • Soil, Rocks and Minerals
  • Types of Rock
  • Mineral Classification

I read aloud to Sam from History of Us: The First Americans Prehistory-1600 (Hakim). We covered chapters 5-9.
  • Anasazi
  • Inuit
  • Northwest Native Americans
  • Potlaches
  • 15th Century Land and Animals
  • Plains Indians

Sam also played U.S. Geography: Level 3 Expert on Sheppardsoftware, scoring 48 out of 50 states.

Cati is studying early American music history with Easy Peasy Homeschool. Since the lessons are quick, she completes one week per day, sometimes more. This week she completed weeks 27-34.
  • Slave Spirituals
  • Songs of the Confederacy
  • Mendelssohn
  • Strauss
  • Major and Minor Scales, Notes, Steps and Accidentals
  • Composed Music with Beatlab


  • Jazz and Concert Band
  • CNN Student News
  • Baked Blueberry Oatmeal Cookies, Homemade Cheese Pizza, Spaghetti
  • Planned and Shopped for Meals with a Budget 

  • CNN Student News
  • Cooked Egg, Sausage and Cheese Breakfast Sandwiches, Homemade Meatballs with Cheesy Centers
  • Planned and Shopped for Meals with a Budget


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Happy Homeschooling!


  1. Love how you break it all done Jessy. Productive week...also love the "Enrichment" title - might start using that 8) Enjoy your weekend.

    1. Thanks, Melissa! I decided to try something new with how I did these weekly wrap-ups, something that would be easier to copy and paste into a Google Doc so I can print it out easier for our portfolios at the end of the year. I look at these weekly wrap-ups as a way to record what we do so it'll be great for records.

  2. Lots of great learning going on. We just finished week 20! I am so excited. We do 40 weeks so we are at the half way point. We love the History of Us series.
    Blessings, Dawn

    1. How're you, Dawn? In Maine, we are required to complete 175 days of instruction, so our number of weeks depends on meeting that requirement. Usually we're only hitting about 75 days this time of year, but we haven't taken much time off for vacation or illness. The kids have been mostly great learners this year!

  3. You're kids look like they enjoy doing their work. I like seeing what they do. :)

    1. My daughter is especially motivated and independent this year! She gets up super early and has more of her work completed by the time Sam and I start. She likes studying when it's quiet and calm! LOL You and your family are in my thoughts!

  4. I'm jealous that you're halfway through, we're not even close.

    1. We started in the summer months! LOL We pretty much have homeschooled year around at this point, taking off about 4 weeks for "summer". It does get us closer, quicker to our completed days.

  5. Happy New Year, Jessy!! Thanks for linking with Collage Friday!

    1. Thanks for stopping by, Mary! Happy New Year to you and yours too!

  6. Happy 100th day of school! You guys have accomplished so much already!

    1. We're not quite there, Sylvia, but we'll be celebrating 100 days next week. But how to celebrate?!


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