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Saturday, November 1, 2008

Week 7 Report


It has been a busy week! Dh had surgery on Tuesday which added extra stress to the week and I didn't think this week would end. A lot of books came from the library that I've wanted to look at and I've received a few books through the mail, I have reviews I want to post so that will be coming up soon. I will also be posting more about our 5th-8th grade science plans as I have had a chance to see the resources.

Explorer's Bible Study Genesis: This week we read in Genesis 6 and completed the work orally. Camille is getting better and better at finding the answers in the text and I'm feeling validated about not having her write the answers to the questions anymore.

Horizons Math 3: Going well, she completed through lesson 35 this week, right on track. We have had some comprehension problems lately, maybe I was just impatient. I explain step-by-step and she went, huh? and I struggled to find a different way to present the information. So I repeat the step-by-step instructions, sometimes I think she's looking for me to provide the answers for her so she doesn't have to do the work. Like I said, this was a stressful week- we'll start fresh next week.

I do wonder in the back of my mind if there is a better program for us than Horizons, although when I looked at other programs nothing else clicks. Math-U-See tempts me a lot because of others' reviews and the success Camille is having with Prima Latina DVDs. She really enjoys having Mrs. Lowe as a co-teacher. My nagging feeling is that Horizons is moving too quickly, that she may need more time on one concept. My instincts are usually dead-on but my fear in this one is that I've bought Horizons sets 1, 2, and now 3 and if it isn't working out for Camille- I'll have to start buying a new math program. Writing it out, it seems silly but I'm also very convicted not to switch programs unless there's a problem and I'm not convinced there's an actual problem yet.

Prima Latina: This week we learned about nouns. Confession: the prayers are not going well for us- I think the problem is that there's too much new words in the prayer to memorize and pronounce. From lessons 1-4 it was The Sanctus and in lesson 6 it's The Doxology which we know very well in English but the Latin? Glori Patri is about the only thing that is manageable. Lol.

Otherwise Camille is doing very well in Latin, she's memorized her vocabulary and doing well with the practical Latin. We've dropped French completely, I decided to wait until after Latin studies are done to pursue another language. This was a weight taken off my shoulders, now I have to decide what to do with all our French books, especially the elementary level ones.

Primary Language Lessons: Camille is blossoming and enjoying the writing assignments in PLL, this week she wrote a story about a robin coming back in the spring to build a nest and two letters between friends regarding dog-sitting. She struggles with putting her thoughts in order before she writes, she wants to write and then organize her thoughts, she has not made the connection of being able to orally narrate a story and write it the same on paper-as she writes, she changes it. I've made no changes to what she wrote.

A Robin's Story
A robin is going to go and get some food and also make a nest of twigs for it and pine straw. The robin is going to lay some eggs in seven weeks. After the eggs are hached the robin is going to get some food.

I was not sure what to do, to correct her to leave it alone and allow her to grow in this area as she practices. I decided this week to leave it alone. She was supposed to write the story from the robin's point of view and PLL even gave her a prompt to use but she chose not to use it. This is hard! Do you force a child to follow directions or allow them to be creative and go with the flow? We'll be using Writing Tales 1 next, we're Lesson 121 of 164 of PLL.

Explode the Code 7: Completed Lesson 7 this week


Camille's Poetry Notebook

Poetry: Foreign Lands by Robert Louis Stevenson is almost completely memorized! Camille needs to work on the last stanza and she will be done. A homeschooling friend's son is memorizing it alongside Camille although he already has it done. The kids are going to video themselves and share them with each other. Camille is thrilled to be doing this with J! We will move on to Windy Nights after reviewing ALL of our previously memorized poems.

PhotobucketTapestry of Grace, Redesigned Year 3: This week has been a doozy. I found my enthusiasm again, South America is a refreshing change from U.S. History! We are still reading Once On This Island, which we are enjoying very much. Camille did wonderful map work this week on Ecuador, Venezuela and Columbia, colored their flags and we watched Wild South America from Netflix, we loved it. We did not get to Adoniram Judson, Camille is still reading Johnny Appleseed by Will Moses. We'll read Adoniram Judson next week and finish Johnny Appleseed before reading Ox-Cart Man.


from Easy Make & Learn Projects: Human Body by Donald Silver and Patricia Wynne

Life Science: Head to Toe Science
We learned about the muscular system this week and Camille wrote some vocabulary words and enjoyed it. Guess who now has weekly science vocabulary to accomplish? I went ahead and made vocabulary worksheets for her so that she doesn't have to write the word and the definition, as we study each day she'll write the definition of the vocabulary we covered. In reality it isn't much in a day but in one week she'll be defining up to 20 words. We'll see how it goes. My public school trained brain thinks she should be doing this while my CM side isn't quite comfortable with it yet. Here's her muscle project from this week.

Afternoon Tea & Fairy Tale: skipped, Camille was reading Johnny Appleseed so I let this slip this week.
Draw Squad: very cool, we love it.
Needlepoint: We ran out of white yarn from the little kit, very frustrating.
Composer biography: I, Vivaldi came in this week so we'll read it next week.
Piano Lessons: Camille has started working on Christmas songs.
Field Trip: none this week due to Halloween

Independent Reading: Camille is reading The End of the Beginning by Avi and loving it.

PhotobucketI know it seems like we've done a lot even with the stress of dh's surgery -he had bone spurs removed and a few of his cervical vertebrate fused together and Halloween this week with it's extra activities like carving a pumpkin, I just have a hard time letting go of stuff that we could have done.

Too many times this week, I felt rushed to finish and I really dislike that feeling.

Nature Study
Oh, before I forget- for nature study this week, we observed Red-Tailed Hawks from our backyard, a few different types of butterflies (thanks to the blooming milkweed plant) and I've been keeping an eye on the mantisflies.

Danny, 20 minutes after finishing Trick or Treating. Yes, the lollipop is stuck to his forehead. Lol.





Mama to 3 all-boy boys said...

I am struggling with what to do with math also. It is such an important subject and I want my son to feel comfortable with it. I am actually thinking of moving TO Horizons because of the spiral approach -- I think my son needs that constant review, and Singapore (which I do love) does not have enough review built in for him. And just one piece of gentle advice -- give yourself permission to slow down in math. If Camille is stuck on a new concept, camp there till she gets it. I am a box checker type person, and it is hard for me to do that sometimes, but the fruit has always been there! LOVE the lollipop picture of Danny -- that is a keeper!

Michelle Waters said...

Cute pictures! Nothing beats a tired child!!

We review Prima Latina prayers at lunch. I keep a notebook right at the table so we can go over them. We'll just use them as our grace. This has worked for all so far - we're on the final one right now. It's LONG (the Pater Noster) so it's taking a little more time. Good luck!

Michele said...

My girls were super heroes too! Your week looked great - I see it tired Danny out! Where were we supposed to link Halloween pics? I have some up on my blog.

Happy Halloween and Happy All Saints!


Karen said...

Cute pictures. Your kids are adorable.

I hope you dh's recovery goes well.

Karen said...

I think your weekly reviews are very inspiring!

That last picture of Danny is absolutely classic.

We use Saxon Math. It's very thorough but I have no qualms about skipping things my daughter already understands and we don't do all the suggested activities, unless she needs the extra work. My mom has used Saxon exclusively with my brother to great success, while I only had it in high school. I really wish I had a more solid Math background. (We are 2nd generation homeschoolers.)

Kimberly said...

Hi! We are using Saxon (grade 1) also. So far, we like it...

I love the photo of your son! LOL!!

Kit said...

My first attempt at a reply got eaten. Trying again. If by chance you get two replies from me, that is why.

This doesn't sound to me like a failed math program. It mostly sounds like a kid under stress this week. There is a possibility you might need a little more work on this topic before moving on, so supplementary material might be useful.

A free source of material is the CSMP math program. This is a complete, award-winning, spiral, k-6 math curriculum that is particularly strong in logic and mathematical reasoning. It offers practice worksheets looking quite different from many other programs, so your child will feel she's been given a different type of activity while working on the same skills.

Math Mammoth is an inexpensive source of material. Her bound books of worksheets are available by either grade or, in grades 3-8, by topic. For grades 1-4 she offers complete math curriculum in both bound and ebook format. Her prices are quite low. She also offers a great deal of free material on her website.

Either of these programs would mesh well with Horizons and offer you material you can easily use to extend, reinforce, and review as needed.

I hope this is helpful.

Tracy said...

Looks like a great week! LOL on the lollipop! Cute!