Week In The Life (“Give Me Liberty, Or Give Me Death.”*)

Little Sis had her first regional cheerleading competition over the weekend. I had videotaped her routine so she could practice her non-stunting moves at home. She was ready and had them all down. Unfortunately, some of her team didn’t show up, so they had to change some of the stunts at the last minute. Then, the person in charge of their music turned it off before the end of their dance routine. So confused, half of them started their cheer, not really knowing what else to do. Sadly, they didn’t make it to state finals.

Considering the majority of the team, including Little Sis, was new to cheer this year, and with everything else that happened at the competition, everyone did their best. I am really proud of Little Sis. This was her first major competition performing, not only in front of judges, but a completely filled gymnasium, and she didn’t freeze up. I wasn’t even sure what to expect.

She still has another month of practice, this session ending with an awards ceremony. She is really enjoying it, and can’t wait for spring’s session. Now, she knows a little more of what to expect. It has been an interesting learning adventure for myself as well.

 

Homeschooling

I am trying to wrap up any loose ends we might have, before Thanksgiving. I am also trying to get us to a place where we can pick our lessons back up next year. At the end of September, our 180 days for the school year were “officially”  done. We will be finishing out the rest of the year with lessons leading us into the holidays, or what we like to call Christmas school. What an interesting journey 2016 has been. Oh 2017, what do you have in store for us?

I am pretty happy with where we are right now. I mean, I wish Sky was further along in mathematics, but she has made progress, real progress, and that makes me happy. After all, for us “winter is coming”.

 

Language Arts

Creative Writing:

Reading:

We finished reading and discussing: Basher’s Creative writing book.

We also finished reading: D’Aulaires’ Book of Greek Mythology and Fables by Arnold Lobel.

We started reading: Insanity by Cameron Jace again too.

We also watched the movie Pan’s Labyrinth (thanks, Big Sis for the recommendation).

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0457430/

Wow, what a beautiful, dark movie. It is rated R, so far from your typical family-friendly fairy tale. It is very graphic, and I do not recommend it for young children. With that being said, this movie deserves every award it did and didn’t receive. Sky really liked it, and it was a perfect example of how to create your own fairy tale.

Little Sis finished her Kumon writing workbook by writing a three paragraph essay about her favorite sport.

 

Independent Reads:

Little Sis is halfway through Flawless by Sara Shepard.

I am a quarter of a way through Shutter Island by Dennis Lehane. Last week, I just didn’t feel much like reading, and honestly didn’t know if this was the right book to read next or not. The first chapter kind of dragged a bit for me (more likely because my heart just wasn’t into it) but once I got to the part of the disappearing inmate, I was hooked.

Sky finished volume one of Monstress by MARJORIE LIU, and is anxious for the next installment.

American Literature:

Reading:

The Declaration of Independence written by Thomas Jefferson.

 

Handwriting:

The girls copied the first two paragraphs of The Declaration of Independence in cursive, adding them to their American history notebook.

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(Little Sis)

Grammar/ Vocabulary:

Sky continued working in Barron’s E-Z English book, and Word Roots Level one workbook.

Little Sis continued working in her Word Roots Beginning workbook.

Words from this week:

dissolve, unalienable, impel, institute

We also had fun learning about and playing Lewis Carroll’s invention of “word links”, or word ladders.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Word_ladder

 

Mathematics:

The girls warmed up at XtraMath.

Little Sis continued working in 4th grade Kumon division workbook.

Sky learned about absolute value from Kiss My Math and worked on some worksheets.

http://www.mathworksheets4kids.com/absolute-value.php

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History

World/ Geography:

We watched Indian Summers.

American:

Reading:

We started reading: What is the Declaration of Independence by Michael C. Harris.

We watched:

The Declaration of Independence recited by Tom Richey

The Pursuit of Happiness – What Did Jefferson Mean?…

Road to Revolution (Boston Tea Party, Intolerable Acts…

The Declaration of Independence (US History EOC Review…

Parliament Verses the Colonies (US History EOC Review all by Tom Richey – YouTube

How Not to Confuse the Declaration, Articles, Constitution Mr. Bettes Class- YouTube

What you might not know about the Declaration of…TedED- YouTube

Battles of Lexington and Concord ~The Game Station-YouTube

 

We also discussed, watched: PBS Black America Since MLK and I Still Rise.

Black America Since MLK: And Still I Rise

This is a wonderful, eye-opening series. I highly recommend it.

Civics:

We watched and discussed:

The 13th Amendment Explained: The Constitution for Dummies… Hip Hughes History- YouTube

President-Elect Trump: Last Week Tonight with John Oliver -YouTube

 

The Arts

Drawing:

The girls and I made the Cheshire Cat ~ Dramatic Parrot -YouTube

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P.E.

The girls had homeschool gym, and we walked around the block.

We have our miles down to 20 minutes each. I haven’t walked this fast since my back surgery last year. Swimming really helped strengthen my back and lungs (and worked wonders for my anxiety, I am beginning to miss it already), now I am back to walking like before my injury (woo-hoo).

Peace for the journey.

*Patrick Henry

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