Archive for September, 2015

Week In The Life (Why Must Your Name Be That Of Romeo?)

September 27, 2015

Happy Fall!

Honestly, I can’t believe it’s time already. I think it’s because summer felt more like spring. So far, fall is still feeling like summer. Anyway, I have managed to get all the bedding washed and hung outside to dry at least one more time. Now to take stock in our fall clothing. Both girls are in need of new clothes. It wouldn’t be bad if they weren’t so picky. Neither like to wear jeans. This is fine for the little one right now, finding pants for her age isn’t much of a problem yet. The bigger one however, well it seems all that teens like to wear are jeans (at least that is what stores think). Besides sweats, or leggings, selection is sparse. Not to mention she is not much of a shopper. I need to take the girls shopping on different days. One likes to make a day of it, the other wants to just get in and out (takes after her dad).

It’s not just clothes that can be a problem. Little Sis finished Breaking Dawn and is on the look out of what to read next. She really wasn’t into the whole vampire/ werewolf angle of the story, as she was with the love triangle (The Phantom of the Opera is her favorite story). This is where I fall short because I detest romance stories. It doesn’t help matters that she reads well above her grade level, and since this is for independent reading, and not school related, makes it even more challenging. Thanks to some great friends’ recommendations, she is 6 chapters into the Hunger Games trilogy. Hopefully this keeps her busy awhile. I could always use more recommendations though. I pretty much have our school reading list made, so books like The Princess Bride and Anne of Green Gables have already been chosen.

Is is just me, or do other homeschoolers face this dilemma too? We read SO much here as a part of school, what is left for entertainment? Do you have children above grade level and struggle with finding resources that interest them? Little Sis has problems fitting in with groups, though she is 9, 10 November, she is very mature for her age.

For instance reading clubs, for her age, focus on Magic Tree House reading level books, which I use for our history jumping off point (so school related). She would not choose to read this on her own for “entertainment”, and is well past this level.

She gets board with stories like Clementine, that are geared toward her age, and longs for more intellectual conversations. She would love to discuss Twilight, but children her age don’t really know what it is, or parents don’t allow their children to read it yet. (I have no doubt this child will graduate early). Well, she is the child that never really “played” with toys. She beats us at all our games and is constantly looking for more challenges (why, the girls are combined together for school lessons). “You were born older George.” I would love suggestions. ūüôā

Homeschool

Language Arts

Handwriting

The girls copied So Oft As I Her Beauty Do Behold by Edmund Spenser in cursive.

http://www.bartleby.com/40/79.html

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(Little Sis)

So, how did I do handwriting? I purchased a cursive Painless Learning Place mat, before that I wrote the cursive letters on the chalkboard, for the girls to copy from. I picked seasonal poems for the girls to copy and practice. The same for handwriting. They would copy sentences off the board to practice. It could be from anything, stories you’re reading, or famous quotes, but I always tied it to lessons. You learn to print and write by practicing printing and writing.

Composition

I do have a few books we will start using in 2016 to help with the girls writing and punctuation, but for now I am just having them practice writing book reviews, poems, and essays. This week’s assignment was continued from last week. First, they needed to take notes while watching PBS’s American Experience documentary on Theodore Roosevelt. Then, they needed to use those notes to write an essay about him. Last, they practiced typing by putting them on my blog. I wasn’t really concerned about what they wrote as much as learning how to do it.

I printed a picture of Theodore Roosevelt, then printed their essay on the back. Little Sis’s was 2 1/2 pages. Sky’s was 2 pages. I didn’t give them a page length.

http://www.usa-printables.com/Presidents/26-Theodore-Roosevelt/26-teddy-roosevelt-03.htm

Spelling/ Vocabulary

Little Sis did the fourth grade list 3 at Homeschool Spelling Words.com. Right now she is flying through the lists and she has asked for harder words, but I think I will continue to see if the words get more challenging.

Sky’s words came from our story this week, Romeo and Juliet. She uses Quizlet.

procure, intercession, transgression, waverer, pensive, grievance, predominate, cunning, fickle, vial, heretics, sallow, fray.

Reading

More Shakespeare Sonnets.

We read Romeo and Juliet from Tales from Shakespeare, then read along with the play.

https://librivox.org/romeo-and-juliet-version-2-by-william-shakespeare/

http://www.gutenberg.org/ebooks/1513

This has been their favorite Shakespeare story so far, and Little Sis caught the similarities between the story and the Twilight series. Edward right away reminded her of Romeo.

Reading Comprehension

They took the quiz from SparkNotes.

http://www.sparknotes.com/shakespeare/romeojuliet/quiz.html

Mathematics

Reading

Basher Math A Book You Can Count On

Working

Warming up with XtraMath.

Little Sis continuing with Grade 3 Math Made Easy.

Sky, Kumon Pre-Algebra.

Science

Sky requested we watch PBS documentary about Gorongosa National Park. It’s basically showing how the ecology of the park changed after the civil war in Africa, and what they are doing to restore it and why.

History

Music

We finished the music history of the Tudors from BBC’s radio Podcast. I am hoping to add penny (tin) whistle lessons into our lessons soon.

World

I read about Elizabeth the first from Lives of Extraordinary Women by Kathleen Krull, and we watched the Kings and Queens documentary about her (YouTube).

I printed a picture of her and the girls came up with 10 things they learned about her. (I print lines on the back of the pictures for them to write on.)

http://www.hellokids.com/c_27092/coloring-pages/famous-people-coloring-pages/famous-british-people-colouring-pages/british-kings-and-princes-colouring-pages/queen-elizabeth-i

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Theater

I took advantage of Amazon’s Prime deal Friday for $65. We were going to try it next year anyway, so why not save a few bucks too. We have been watching Rocky and Bullwinkle cartoons that spoof the serial and melodrama. I am impressed with how ahead of their time the humor was. Very pre-Simpsons adult cartoon humor.

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The Arts

So far, we’ve seen one Shakespeare play live and one on YouTube, so this time I picked a¬†ballet of Romeo and Juliet to watch (YouTube¬†Prokofiev’s music and Allessandra Ferri as Juliet was a perfect.combination).

We finished PBS Mystery, Auther and George. The girls really liked the series and can’t wait to read Sherlock Holmes. We also watched one of my favorite Disney movies, The Great Mouse Detective.

P.E.

We took advantage of fall with a visit to a local pumpkin patch.

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The real challenge was the corn maze.

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It took us over an hour to find the 24 hidden trivia posts. We all slept good that night. ūüôā

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Well, Fall we welcome you! Peace for the journey.

Theodore Roosevelt (Sky)

September 24, 2015

In New York, 1858 on October 4, a baby boy named Theodore Roosevelt was born. He would later go through many hardships, and at the age of 42 he would become the youngest person to ever become President.

Theodore was a sickly child raised in a fairly well off family, he had asthma that was so strong it almost stopped him from breathing. However, his father would hold him close while riding in a carriage throughout the night, so Theodore could get break from his asthma. Theodore loved his father, who was nicknamed “Great Heart”. Though sometimes his father could be scary, he considered his father to be his best friend through his childhood. (His mother was a pretty woman from the south.) ¬†Sadly, his father died of stomach cancer on February 9, 1878.

Later in Theodore’s life, he went through hard training and healed his asthma by strengthening his immune system. During this¬†time, he had a crush on a beautiful woman named Alice Lee (whom he was very protective of). After some time, Alice was married to Theodore and was now Mrs. Roosevelt. The house they lived in was named: Lee Home. However, at the age of 25 Theodore faced tragedy. While Alice was in child labor ,dying of kidney disease, his mother was also dying. Within hours they both died. Alice was only 22, and Theodore’s mother 48.

Theodore had a daughter, who he named Alice after her mother, but he never mentioned her mother to her, and he showed little interest in her due to his mourning. Through time, Theodore remarried his childhood sweetheart Edith Carow on December 2, 1886, even though he didn’t want to remarry. He had his first child with Edith, a son that he named Theodore Jr.¬†Theodore had a total of 6 children, the youngest a son he named Quentin.

In 1895, he became the commissioner for the police department, and fought against the laziness there at the time. He also invested in navy ship building. During the time, while McKinley¬†was president,¬†Theodore was a lieutenant in the army that was fighting Spain. He called his army The Rough Riders. Theodore led them into battle, winning the war and not fearing death. In 1900, Theodore became McKinley’s Vice President. Theodore was not happy with the idea, but continued to be Vice President anyway. In September 14, 1901 McKinley was assassinated,Theodore became President. Theodore was one of the few vice Presidents, and the youngest, to become President.

In 1904, Theodore was elected President of the United States, it would have been his father’s birthday.¬†Theodore moved in a place called “The Executive Mansion” that was in very poor condition, however Theodore and Edith cleaned it up and renamed it “The White House”.

While president, Theodore fought big corporations and fought for miners due to his fear of a revolution. Theodore also made the Panama Canal. ¬†He was given the nickname “Teddy”, much to his distaste, for refusing to shoot a bear cub. This is how¬†the stuffed bear became known as the ¬†“Teddy Bear”.¬†Theodore was the first President to travel outside America, and was cousins with Franklin Roosevelt (who would later become President). Roosevelt made a mistake by saying he wouldn’t run for President after his term was over, so sadly he was only elected President for 4 years. At the age 50, he retired.

When times in America got hard Roosevelt tried running for President again and made his own party called The Progressive Party, also known as Bull Moose Party, because Taft was running for re-election in the Republican party . Though Roosevelt got more votes from citizens, he sadly lost to the Democrat Woodrow Wilson and left for a South American expedition.

At the age of 55 in 1914, Roosevelt went down a dangerous unknown river and was wounded with a broken leg that got infected, and then contracted a tropical fever. His son luckily rescued him, and Theodore along with his son returned to America. Sadly, Theodore was blind in one eye and never fully recovered from his illness.

Back in America, World War 1 was starting and Roosevelt wanted to have an army prepared to fight, but Wilson wouldn’t allow it and Theodore thought of him as a coward.¬†Theodore wanted to fight in the war, but sadly couldn’t.¬†His sons fought in the war, all but his youngest son survived. Theodore went into a depression and became sickly. In 1919 Roosevelt died in his sleep at the age of 60 years old. He was buried at Sycamore Hill.

Theodore made the child-labor rules in America we know today. He created the FDA, and was a naturalist. He also believed immigrants should follow the American way if you planned on living here.¬†To this day we are still familiar with many of Theodore Roosevelt’s famous quotes like: “My hat is in the ring.”, “Speak softly and carry a big stick.” , and his face is one of the four Presidents engraved on Mount Rushmore. ¬†He is one of my personal heroes for the bravery and wisdom he showed America.

References

PBS American Experience TR

Theodore Roosevelt (Little Sis)

September 22, 2015

Theodore Roosevelt was the youngest man to be president at the age of forty-two. He became president after the assassination of William McKinley. In his life, he experienced many things including sadness, happiness, and madness.

One October day, 1858, in New York City a baby boy was born. As a child, he loved his father very much. His father was his best friend. Theodore suffered from terrible asthma, and some nights he didn’t even know if he was going to live the next morning. Since his lungs were very weak from asthma, his father would take him to go hiking and to get some exercise to make his body healthier. He did actually recover from his asthma by exercising everyday.

When he turned seventeen, he decided to move out and attend college. Two years later, while Theodore was still in college, his father passed away from stomach cancer at the age of forty-six. Theodore suffered from depression after receiving the sad news.

While still in college, Theodore encountered a young women named Alice Lee. He claimed he would marry her one day. Theodore, at first was shy to ask for her proposal but when he did, she accepted.
In 1880, Theodore and Alice’s wedding was prepared and set. When Theodore graduated, they moved into a house they named “Lee Home”.

When Theodore was twenty-three, he got involved with politics and chose the republican side. The years quickly passed. In 1884 Alice was pregnant with a baby girl. After Alice had the baby, two days later she died from bright’s disease ( a disease involving chronic inflammation of the kidneys). After Alice’s death, Theodore named the first baby girl Alice. But, once he had named her, and being overcome with grief from his wife’s death, he rejected Alice and gave her over to live with his sister.

While still grieving, Theodore spent time as a Rough Rider cowboy. The Rough Riders made fun of the way he talked very fancy and the way he wore leather boots. He declared he wouldn’t marry again, but after seeing his childhood friend, Edith Kermit Carow, he changed his mind. In 1886, Edith and Theodore were married. Soon after the marriage, Edith and Theodore had a baby boy named Theodore Junior. After Theodore Junior, the children piled up all the way to six (with Alice returning to live them).

Theodore joined in the war against Spain when he heard that the United States was fighting against the Spanish. The reason he went to war was because he wanted his six children to think of him as a hero. The war ended almost as soon as it started, and the United States had won over Spain. Soon after fighting with Spain, Theodore went into another war against Cuba.

In 1901, Theodore Roosevelt became vice president under William McKinley. One day, William McKinley was assassinated ¬†by Leon Czolgosz, and Theodore then became President. His first day in the White House was September, his fathers birthday. While he was president, he declared to fight against the rich, who were getting too much, and the poor, who were getting too little. People were scared of him because they thought of him as a time bomb, they didn’t know if or when he was going to blow his fuse.

When he was forty-six years old, he was elected president of the United States for the first time. While Theodore was president, he had miners dig coal for winters and helped settle their coal strike. He negotiated the Panama Canal, he started the FDA (Food and Drug Administration), he was the first president ever be shot in film, first president to win the Nobel Peace Prize, and helped save thousands of acres for national parks.¬†Once, he couldn’t bring himself to shoot a bear cub ,so they named the Teddy Bear after him (though he did not like to be called Teddy).

Whenever he was stressed, he would write. He wrote over thirty-six books. In one of his journals he wrote, “I have tried and failed”. One day he made the great mistake by saying he wouldn’t run for president again, this stayed with him for the rest of his life. He was fifty years old when his presidential term came to an end in 1909.

After he left the White House, Theodore Roosevelt didn’t know what he was going to do with his life. After awhile, he decided to visit Africa. In Africa, he sent letters to Edith and she would write him back. He hunted a lot of wild animals including lions, elephants, zebras, rhinos, and water buffalo. After almost a year of Theodore and Edith being apart, Edith decided to visit Roosevelt in Africa. After Theodore got bored in Africa, he decided to go to Europe before returning home. When he came back to the United States, the Wright Brothers asked him to take a trip with them on the airplane that they invented.

One day in 1912, while Theodore was trying to run for president again, on his way to make a speech he was shot near the heart by John Schrank. He was hurt by the assault but refused to seek a hospital and continued to give his speech.

World War 1 started in 1914, Theodore wanted to join in the war but being older,overweight, and partly blind he couldn’t. However, all four of his sons did go. Sadly his youngest son didn’t come home from the war. Theodore and Edith found out ¬†he had been killed. Theodore loved his youngest son very much and was heart broken when he found out. His son was only nineteen. World War 1 ended in 1918. Theodore died a year later in 1919 at the age of sixty.

I personally thought Theodore had a good heart and was strong spirited and full of wisdom. His words spoke the truth and he lived to be a descent age. He lived a long adventurous life.

References

PBS American Experience TR

http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/americanexperience/films/tr/

Week In The Life ( “The Nest of the Devil” )

September 20, 2015

Well, it has been four weeks since my surgery and I am finally getting out and about. I can honestly say this has been, by far the hardest thing I have ever gone through. Pain and mental wise. Your mind feels the same, so you think you’re able to just get up and do something. However, your body tells you different. You would think I would love being waited on, and having everyone else doing the things I would usually do. The first week was nice. By the second week I was ready to do something, anything!

I’ve been able to cut my pain medication down to once a night, then just two Advil come morning. This week, I was finally able to get behind the wheel and take the girls to a few homeschooling events. The real test was Saturday.

We went to a local art fair, where they had several streets blocked off filled with art vendors. I was SO ready to get out there. I woke up this morning a little sore, but no more sore than any other morning.

How easy it is to take our back for granted. You don’t realize how much we use it until you can’t. This week I plan on adding walks around the block back into our days. I am also adding Yoga back into my mornings. We are near an indoor pool, and I am thinking of adding swimming on the weeks we don’t have homeschool gym just shake things up a bit.

From the garden:

Papa was able, on top of everything else he was doing, to get the garden all ready for next year. We still need to plant garlic though. This will be the second year planting with our garlic.

From the kitchen:

During all that has been going on, I have really been getting good at cooking with a crock-pot. I’ve cooked a whole chicken, baked potatoes, meatloaf cooked over the baked potatoes, even lasagna. I’m actually having a hard time not wanting to use my crock-pot now. I love the time I am saving by using it. With our school hours getting longer, my time spent cooking meals needs to get shorter. There are very picky eaters in this family of mine. When you are spoiled on eating fresh foods, processed foods just don’t cut it. One child would rather starve than eat frozen types of dinners (think pizza, chicken nuggets, even french fries). My crock-pot has been the perfect solution.

From the school front:

Language Arts

Reading

This week the girls tackled A Midsummer Night’s Dream.

https://librivox.org/a-midsummer-nights-dream-by-william-shakespeare/

We read along with our e-readers (book free at Amazon).

Since seeing Othello, the girls have been curious about Shakespeare. I loved English Literature class back in high school. Actually, I always had stories, or books read way before we as a class did. So, I never understood the big deal about Shakespeare being hard. Maybe ,it’s from all the silent movies I’ve watched, but when something is acted well, you really don’t need to understand what is being said. I really didn’t see Shakespeare being harder than anything else I might have been reading at the time. So, I wondered what the girls would think about him.

The only thing I read to them before seeing the play, was a summary of the story from Tales of Shakespeare by Charles and Mary Lamb. While at the play, I asked them if they were following what was going on. They both gave me a look like they couldn’t believe I had asked. “What is there not to follow?” That came from Little Sis, 9 soon to been 10. On the way home, I explained that some think Shakespeare to be a bit hard. Neither of them could believe it.

Maybe, it’s all the Dickens we’ve read lately, or all the PBS we’ve watched. Maybe, it’s the fact I’ve never “dumbed-down” anything with them. I’ve never looked at “maturity” as something that occurs at a certain age. I know people older than myself that I would never call mature. I’ve never forced the girls to watch anything they didn’t want too. Little Sis still does not like watching nature programs showing animals as the prey, and I will never force her to watch either. What I do know, is our Shakespeare study is moving right along.

After we finished reading the play, they took the test from Sparknotes.

http://www.sparknotes.com/shakespeare/msnd/quiz.html

We read the summary from the Tales of Shakespeare, the girls following along with me on their e-reader. I read about Shakespeare from Lives of Writers by Kathleen Krull, and we read more Sonnets. I am still continuing Beatrix Potter stories too (by request).

Spelling/ Vocabulary

Little Sis did list 2 of the 4th grade spelling words. Sky took her test at Quizlet.com. Her words were,

tarry, beguile, progeny, enamor, officious, condole, visage, pomp, abjure, sovereignty, tempest, dowager.

Writing

The girls copied the poem The House on the Hill by Edwin Arlington Robinson.

http://www.poetryfoundation.org/poem/174242

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We went over how to write an essay with Essay Mama’s essay writing guide,

http://www.essaymama.com/blog/essay-writing-guide/

and the girls wrote their rough rafts for their Theodore Roosevelt essay.

Reading Independently

Little Sis is 3/4 of the way through Breaking Dawn. I am 60% through Clash of Kings. The book is really picking up for me now. Sky started reading the graphic novels of Game of Thrones (there are 4 graphic novels for the first book).

Mathematics

Reading

Math A Book You Can Count On

Working on

Warming up at Xtramath.com

Sky, Kumon Pre-Algebra workbook.

Little Sis, 3rd Grade Made Easy.

Science

Reading

Science in the News about Pluto.

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The girls took a science quiz, and only missed 1.

http://www.pewresearch.org/quiz/science-knowledge/

We compared the size of North America with the size of Jupiter from IFLS.

http://www.iflscience.com/space/universe-north-american-scale

Watching

NOVA Dawn of Humanity documentary.

History

World

We listened to The Tudors Drama part of the radio podcast.

The girls came up with 10 facts they learned about Shakespeare.

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Theater

We watched a video from YouTube about Elizabethan Theater,

and the girls came up with 10 facts they learned about The Globe.

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Art

We watched the American Experience documentary about Walt Disney, and learned a lot about him I never knew.

The Arts

I mentioned the art fair that we went to.

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We came home with some new interesting items (my favorite being a new Santa Clause clay painted ornament, for my Santa collection), and Sky observed and asked the artists lots of questions.

Our local library is starting a homeschool STEAM class (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Mathematics) for Little Sis’s age (9-12). Their first project was a Minecraft project.

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Some new drawings from Little Sis.

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We enjoyed watching episode 2 of Arthur and George on PBS and Rice University’s production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream (found on YouTube).

P.E.

The girls had homeschool gym this week (they have it twice a month).

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For an hour and a half the girls, along with other homeschoolers, get to play in the gym. It is one of their favorite outings.

Peace for the journey.

Week(s) In The Life (Tolerance)

September 11, 2015

On this day of remembrance I am feeling a bit disgusted. This morning, I’ve already encountered an argument over religion with “my way”, being the right way. Current events from the last couple of days, pick any really, doesn’t help matters.¬†I’ve heard arguments of how “I see no color” upsets some, which I couldn’t possibly understand because I am not of color. Maybe I don’t get it.

Science has shown me, we are all human beings evolved (whatever your stance may be on evolution or religion, I think we can agree) from a common source. Yes, we have differences. We come from different backgrounds, different cultures, different countries (just like every living plant, animal, insect, thing). I get that, how boring it would be if we were all the same. However, we are still homo sapiens.

I guess I’ve never really been a “labeling” type of person. I mean I have used labels to describe where I was in my journey, but I feel labels hinder internal growth. Why do we feel the need to label ourselves anyway? (My opinion, or “theory” stripped to its core is acceptance.)

Which brings me to my point of all this. Being homeschoolers, sometime along the way the word socialization will be brought up. Honestly, I am so past this now I kind of just chuckle. Like many things, most times than not, it is repeated from something heard with no true understanding of what it really means. “School is more than education, you also learn how to work and communicate with others.” I saw how well this worked back in high school when a boy, that I sat next to in Spanish class, brought a machete to school stabbing the kids who were bulling him. My teen self would have called “socialization”, bullshit and I still do now.

History has shown me, that it will get worse before it gets better. I am hopeful for the better. 9/11 awakened in me not only what hatred looks like, but ignorance too. As a parent, my goal for the girls is to learn the opposite.

From the home-front:

With lots of new homeschoolers this year, and with lots of them starting school this week, I thought I would share a little bit more of how we homeschool. I see so many newbies asking questions about curriculum, repeating the same method used at school, at home. If curriculum is your thing and works for you, great. Really, there is no one right way to homeschool.

I’m¬†personally not a big fan. I’m not the kind of person that likes to be told what to learn, and if I “have to” learn something, I need to know the real reason why. Mathematics, for instance, is Earth’s language.

Though there are “core” subjects everyone must learn in order to acquire a diploma, how we learn those subjects is totally up to us. Curriculum, is one of the ways. Now that we are in the 21st century, there are other methods besides literature and worksheets.

Don’t get my wrong, I love literature and we use it quite a bit. One of my children however, learns better visually. So, I’ve adapted how we homeschool to fit the needs of how my children learn best.

Language Arts

These last two weeks have been all about Shakespeare. Sky, 9th grade (15), is working on her British Literature credit, and Little Sis, 4th grade (10) though well above her grade level, requested Romeo and Juliet as our next read aloud.

Being there just happened to be a performance of Othello going on at the same time, that was what we read next.

First, I read a summery of the story from the book Tales from Shakespeare by Charles and Mary Lamb (also found free at Amazon).

https://librivox.org/othello-by-william-shakespeare/

We downloaded the story for free on the tablet from Amazon to read along.

They took the quiz from SparkNotes.

http://www.sparknotes.com/shakespeare/othello/

We are also reading and listening to some of Shakespeare’s sonnets.

https://librivox.org/sonnets-by-william-shakespeare-2/

http://www.gutenberg.org/ebooks/1041

Little Sis read Magic Tree House, Haunted Castle on Hollows Eve out loud on the tablet (downloaded using OverDrive).

Lastly, I continued reading more of Beatrix Potter’s stories.

Handwriting

The girls copied Sonnet 2, from the above link, in cursive that I had wrote on our chalkboard.

Spelling/ Vocab

Little Sis practiced her spelling words from 4th grade list one, and took her test.

http://www.homespellingwords.com/

Her vocabulary words came form her story ( sentry, legions, impishly, anvil).

Sky’s words were from Othello she practiced at Quizlet ( imprudent, solicit, restitution, strumpet, reproach, mettle, discretion, imposition, disposition, trifles).

Mathematics

The girls warmed up at Xtramath.

Then, Little Sis took the 3rd grade quiz from Khan’s and I started Sky with 6th grade and she completed through the 7th grade quiz. This made me extremely happy because she passed everything except the algebra problems, which is where she is now. So, 9th grade math, for her, will be Pre-Algebra from Khan’s.

Little Sis worked from the 3rd grade Math Made Easy workbook. Sky from Kumon Pre-Algebra workbook 1.

We are also reading, from the Basher series, Math, A Book you can count on. There are mental math problems for each explanation (love this series).

Science

We attended the annual Bug Fest at a local park, where Sky ate crickets. She actually did lots of research on how healthy crickets are for you before we went. Her big sister is the inspiration behind this new discovery, when she brought cheese flavored crickets with her during a visit. (Thanks Big Sis ūüôā )

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Continuing our study of bugs, we learned about how infected bumble bees self medicate themselves, and Brazilian wasp venom kills cancer cells but not healthy cells from IFLS.

http://www.iflscience.com/plants-and-animals/infected-bumblebees-self-medicate-wild

http://www.iflscience.com/health-and-medicine/brazilian-wasp-venom-kills-cancer-cells-not-healthy-cells

History

American

Sticking with the 1900s, after reading the American Girl Samantha series, we watched the PBS American Experience documentary, TR (found on YouTube). The girls took notes for their reports they will start writing next week.

We also watched the Crash Course episode on Bush 43

World

We listened to part of the BBC radio series called The Tudors, (taking us to the late 1400s through the 1600s England) with Tudor sketches.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/learning/schoolradio/subjects/history/tudors

We also watched PBS’s new series Author and George. All of us can’t wait for episode 2.

Theater

I mentioned our outing to see Othello,

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and Sky made some theater masks.

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The Arts

We watched an artists interpretation of the poems Lenore and The Raven by Edgar Allan Poe.

Then, we watched The Raven read by Christopher Lee (RIP).

We watched movies 1-3 of the Twilight series, now that Little Sis is more than halfway through book 4.

I was hoping to be halfway through Clash of Kings by now myself ,but am only 40%. This book is moving a bit slower for me, I think it is because when you take out so many characters from book 1, you need to spend more time introducing all new characters in book 2(and there are a lot new characters).

Sky made another felt animal to be the baby of her other one.

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From the kitchen

Apples, yes it is that time of year already.

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Gluten free pizza, crust made with my favorite flour, oat.

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Papa loves this crust better than my original homemade crust. We used Egg Beaters instead of eggs and reduced fat cheese, so I like how heart healthy this crust is. (Toppings, steak, green peppers, hot peppers, onions, mushrooms.)

http://www.amuse-your-bouche.com/oaty-gluten-free-pizza-crust/

Also, my new favorite oatmeal.

http://www.runningwithspoons.com/2014/04/25/oatmeal-cookie-dough-breakfast-bake/

It tastes just like cookie dough. I make mine in the microwave, heating for about 4 minutes.

I also found out I do not like sushi !

I think that just about wraps things up, I’m sure I’ve forgotten something, but this is the bulk of it anyway.

Peace for the journey.