Week(s) In The Life (Nordic Moominvalley Cool)

For starters, I want to mention Little Sis’s team made it to state competition (Yay!). Her team has been busy working hard on their routine. If they place at state, they move on to Nationals.

As for an update on my pinched nerve, it has not healed 100 percent yet. Which is making it a bit hard for me to sit and type for certain periods of time. So, as for now my posts they will just contain my homeschooling notes from the week. Hopefully, I can resume writing more detailed posts once I have fully healed.

 

Garden Update

Our strawberries are beginning to bloom (they are 3 times the size of last year)

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as well as our garlic. Papa has tilled the garden and we are ready to plant after mother’s day.

 

Homeschool

Week 1

Language Arts

World Literature/ Handwriting

We discussed and The girls copied the first 2 stanzas of the poem: The Great Trouble by Harry Martinson.

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(Sky)

Reading:

We finished East of the Sun and West of the Moon.

 

Vocabulary/ Grammar/ Spelling

Word: Evangel

A Sentence A Day

 

Mad Libs

 

Creative Writing:

We finished chapter 4: Setting, from Seize the Story.

The girls worked on writing their setting with 10 minutes of free writing every day.

 

Mathematics

Warming up with XtraMath

Little Sis: Fractions and Decimal workbook.

Sky: Watched Solving Equations podcasts 1-3 with Mr. Karaba- YouTube

She practiced solving simple linear equations algebra worksheets from MathDrills.com.

 

Science

 

Watched: we binged watched: Bill Nye Saves the World on Netflix.

The only thing I really want to write about this show, because I have seen it getting lots of bad reviews in my homeschooling groups, is that my only complaint is that the show is not long enough. I have been a fan of StarTalk radio before Neil DeGrasse Tyson starred in Cosmos, and got his own show. His show is an hour long, giving plenty of time for discussing controversial topics. This, in my opinion, is why it works so well. I am hoping Netflix will make the show longer. Other than that, it leads to great jumping off points for many great discussions.

Oh, and the girls have jumped on the slime bandwagon.

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It all started with a simple stocking stuffer of Aaron’s Thinking Putty that I thought would be fun. It turned into a new obsession.

Microbiology

Reading: Basher Microbiology

 

P.E.

Walks around the block and Yoga Walk

 

History

European/Geography:

We watched: The Vikings, Hip Hughes -YouTube

Crash Course: Vikings -YouTube

360 Viking Battle National Geographic -YouTube

The girls made notes for their timeline binder.

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Film:

We watched: Crash Course episode 2: The First Camera.

The Great Dictator: The End of Silence from Brows Held High -YouTube

So, I want to write briefly that the girls have been raised with film history. They have been watching Charlie Chaplin and Laurel and Hardy since they were little.

We also did a brief study into vaudeville when we read: The American Girl: Rebecca series (and their mama being a George Burns and Gracie Allen fan). The girls understand the science behind the pinhole camera and how it was first invented by Mozi from watching Cosmos.

They know Buster Keaton and Fatty Arbuckle, The Perils of Pauline, Mary Pickford, and we’ve watched the movie: A Trip to the Moon. So, there is no need for us to go over any of this again, but it might be informative to note if anyone else would be interested in this course.

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The Arts

We watched: A Viking voyage made from paper, National Geographic -YouTube.

Drawing:

We made Thumper from Dramatic Parrot-YouTube.

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Week 2

 

Language Arts

World Literature/ Handwriting

The girls finished copying: The Great Trouble by Harry Martinson.

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(Little Sis)

Reading:

We started reading: Comet in Moominland and The Kalevala.

 

Grammar/Spelling

Sentence of the Day

Mad Libs

 

Creative Writing

We started chapter 5: The Heart of a Writer from Seize the Story.

The girls are working on finding their voice while free writing 10 minutes a day.

 

Mathematics

Warming up at XtraMath

Little Sis: Decimals and Fractions workbook.

Sky: Continued working on simplifying linear equations algebra worksheets from MathDrill.com.

 

Science:

We watched:

March for Science- SciShow- YouTube

Reading: May issue of Science in the News A-Z.

 

Microbiology

Reading: Basher Microbiology.

Watched:

Do You Own Your Cells -BrainCraft- YouTube

Slime Mold Time Lapse BBC One- YouTube

 

Health:

We Watched: Allergies SciShow Kids -YouTube

 

P.E.

Yoga Walk and the girls had homeschool gym.

 

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History

European/ Geography

We learned all about Finland. The girls filled in the country on their blank map of Europe.

We watched:

Rick Steves’ Europe Helsinki and Estonia video-YouTube.

Geography Now Finland, Finland Flag Friday, and visiting Finland and Estonia-YouTube.

We listened to a few of my favorite Finland bands that the girls are already familiar with. Nightwish, Tarja Turunen, and Within Temptation.

 

Film

We watched: Crash Course episode 3: The Lumiere Brothers.

 

The Arts

Drawing:

We made Moomin from Kids Mirror- YouTube.

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Extracurricular activities:

Little Sis had cheerleading practice and Sky had equestrian lessons.

 

Peace for the journey.

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