This week was a good, solid, full week of school. You know how rare those sometimes can be, since sick days, special events, doctor appointments, field trips, and who knows what else seems to encroach on precious school hours. The teacher in me just delights in these uneventful weeks where we have nothing at all going on. And since we have two field trips PLUS a doctor appointment coming up next week, I was especially grateful for some quiet, work-filled days now.
Our plant study took us to leaves this week, the food factories of plants. We read several library books about leaves and the process of photosynthesis, and copied this helpful diagram into our notebooks.
My kids love to draw, and I think they learn a lot by drawing pictures and diagrams of what we study.
We read about the beginning of Islam in A Child’s History of the World, which led to some great discussion.
To go along with our study of the Middle Ages, we are reading The Story of Rolf and the Viking Bow. We are only a few chapters into so I can’t say much about it yet.
Since it is about Vikings and we will soon be reading about Vikings in our history, we went ahead and made this fun Viking boat art project using directions from this art teacher’s site. I love mixed media art projects, especially when they include collage. We did these over two days, much more quickly than the art teacher says in her instructions. Have to love the flexibility of homeschooling!
Aren’t they cool?! We used oil pastels, watercolor, Sharpies, colored pencil, markers, and techniques such as splatter paint, sprinkling with salt, and wrapping with cling wrap. I had as much fun as the kids, maybe more. I won’t tell whose is whose.
Eliana finished her last chapter test for First Form Latin, so now we are gearing up and preparing for the final exam, which covers material from the whole book. I plan to spend another week reviewing before doing the exam next Friday. Second Form Latin is on our shelf waiting for us as soon as we’re ready. Actually, I’ve already done the first few lessons on my own, so I know what we’re getting into and am excited to head there!
I hope you had a great week!
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