Friday, March 4, 2016

Weekly Wrap-up: Week 21 & 22 - Brief Peek Ahead

With some topsy-turvy news last Thursday, we decided to take that day and Friday off as Stress Relief Days. Isn't it awesome that we can do that? We were ready to get back to schooling this week with renewed focused!


We've known for a couple of weeks now, but I thought I would finally share with you all. Next year will be the first time EVER that I will only have one student homeschooling. We will miss Cate, but she will be experiencing new adventures in learning! (Jake also attends the same school.)


  • English Grammar 101: Section 1 - Nouns - Lesson 3 (50%/87%), Lesson 4 (65%/65%)
  • Writing: 5 Paragraph Essay - Finished Rough Draft, Edited, Final
  • Cursive Copywork: Genesis 1:1, Psalms 4:8
  • The Tale of Despereaux (DiCamillo), Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Old School (Kinney)
  • Saxon 65 - Lesson 19 (Division Factors), Lesson 20 (Ways to Write Division), Test 3 (90%), Lesson 21 (Equal Parts Problems), Lesson 22 (Division with Remainders), Lesson 23 (Halves, Quarters, Tenths), Lesson 24 (Dollars and Parentheses) and Lesson 25 (Whole Number Factors)
  • Timed Addition Facts - Starting Time/Correct 9:00:17/99, Current Best Time/Correct 4:47:11/100
  • Timed Subtraction Facts - Starting Time/Correct 6:48:80/100, Current Best Time/Correct 
  • CNN Student News

His handwriting has gotten oh-so-better this year. It's not perfect, and sometimes he mixes cursive letters with printed ones, but it's legible and not huge. But the biggest accomplishment? He doesn't dread writing quite as badly!

I also started Sam on math review at Prodigy (LINK). It's a free on-line math game that encourages kids to review math concepts. (NOTE: The game is based on wizards and magic, so if you are uncomfortable with that then this resource wouldn't work for you.) My plan is to use it as a 10 minute or so review AFTER he completes his Saxon math lesson and timed facts test 2-3 times a week or when he needs a break from "the usual" text work. 

(He also has Khan Academy Math 4 where he has completed 45%.)

He also spent some time designing and building a "wheel loader" with front end suspension (as the wheels stay on the ground no matter the "terrain") out of Legos.

Sam and I finished Chapter 10: Saturn this week.
  • Notebook and Project Page
  • "Saturn: Crash Course Astronomy #18" (You Tube)
  • Saturn's Tilt, Seasons, Gas Make-up, Rotation, Rings
  • Cassini Mission
  • Scientist Biography: Christian Huygens
  • Make a Centaur Rocket Project

Cati finished Module 10: Classifying Life this week with a 100% on her test.
  • Experiment: Factors that Affect Bacterial Growth
  • Prokaryotic and Eukaryotic Cells
  • Pathogens
  • Decomposers
  • 5 Kingdom System: Monera, Protista, Fungi, Plantae and Animalia

Sam and I read chapters 22-28 in  History of Us: The First Americans Prehistory-1600 (Hakim) these last 2 weeks.
  • Hernando Cortez and the Spanish Conquistadors
  • Aztecs, Quetzalcoatl and Moctezuma
  • Rebus, Pictographic Writing, and Codices
  • Mesoamerica: Olmecs, Zapotecs, Mitla, and Mayans
  • Maize
  • Esteban and Fray Marcos Search for Cibola
  • Coronado, De Soto and Cabrillo
  • Onate, Santa Fe and Missionaries

Cati studies Music History with Easy Peasy Homeschool, and finished Year 3 Geography and Cultures last week, and started Year 4 Modern Music this week. Since the lessons are quick, she completes one week per day, sometimes more. This week she completed weeks 23-36 then 1-6.
  • Jazz and Concert Band Practice
  • Percussion, Brass and String Instruments
  • San Francisco Orchestra Historical Music
  • Listen to Identify Instruments Played in an Orchestra
  • Play and Compose Music
  • Hans Pfitzner
  • Das Christ-Elflein
  • Tchaikovsky and "The Nutcracker"

She went to Jazz and Concert band practices this week, and had her Jazz competition last Thursday. Later in March her jazz group will travel to play in the state competition!


As always, special thanks to these bloggers for their weekly homeschool blog link-ups. Click the buttons to see what other homeschoolers are doing!

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Happy Homeschooling!


  1. Awesome loader! I've got two boys who are obsessed with wizards and I was trying to come up with something fun for math review work over the summer; we'll have to check that site out.

    1. Wouldn't you it? He scrapped the loader and turned it into a plane (of sorts). Spaceship? We've only used Prodigy a little so I can't give you a good review yet. I'm not sure it's going to hold my son's attention for long as it's not "game-y" enough, but we'll see.

  2. Making math fun is sorcery.

    1. Thanks for stopping by. I'm not quite understanding your comment. Math is sorcery? Making math FUN is sorcery? Prodigy does have a wizards theme. It's not for everyone of course.

  3. Congratulations to Cate!!! I love seeing all that you all accomplish! Cool stuff!

    1. I hope you are well, Phyllis! It never seem like we do enough until I jot it down on this weekly report. And it never counts those "little things" like having the kids budget, grocery shop and make meals or simply home repairs or animal care or library runs. We're packed full of learning here! LOL

  4. Congratulations to Cate! That's awesome news! It will be weird having only one at home, but you'll also have just a little bit more free time, too! I have been doing my own experiment using salt and vinegar this week! I've been trying to set the red dye in Bethany's red pants! So far nothing has worked! She is leaving red butt stains everywhere she sits!

    1. LOL OK, I know it's probably not funny...but RED bum prints! It will be strange only having one at home. And he's older now, doing half his work independently with only some checks from me. I feel this season of my life edging closer to completion...while another is slowly approaching.

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    1. Always, Sarah! But busy is good! I don't like to be idle a lot. Sometimes yes. We all need "down time", but not every day. I like being productive!


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