Week in the Life (In 1492 Columbus Sailed the Ocean Blue.*)

Welcome 2017-18 school year!

This was our first year taking summer off. Well, not really off. I mean learning never really takes a break. I guess I should say that our summer was less academic looking.

I took the summer to really think what I wanted our school to look like this year.  What did the girls want our school to look like? It helped a lot to type up Sky’s course descriptions (that is not all of them). It gave me examples of what she still needed to work on and what she didn’t. Both girls agreed that they wanted more table work and fewer documentaries. (In other words, they just want to check off boxes so they can have more time to pursue their own interests. School kills natural curiosity. I am so thankful I am able to see the difference.)

We are busier socially now that the girls are older. We have more outside commitments now too. This means the bulk our academics need to take place at the table. It also means I need to narrow topics and follow a more structured schedule. Something that will require lots of discipline on my part.

There is SO much available to homeschoolers today. Homeschoolers that have finished their journey are publishing curricula. Teachers are uploading their lessons online. Publishers are seeing homeschoolers as a wonderful asset to their business and releasing more books. Podcasts, YouTube videos, information at our fingertips, and man I am beginning to feel overwhelmed. Not to mention that I have two very different children with complete opposite learning styles. So, I picked out my favorite spine resources and wrote out my plan.

I have always preferred to work out of a book for my spine and then add resources for deeper study with the girls notebooking, or journaling information instead of taking tests. This creates a portfolio and lets me see the girls’ progress. I purchased 5 subject spiral notebooks for mathematics and language arts courses and the girls will continue to add journal pages to their timeline binders for science and history.

I decided to finish our Scandinavia studies over Christmas School. It just seems more fitting.

Language Arts:

Grammar:

English Vd: Parts of Speech YouTube. We watched Nouns.

Little Sis read about Nouns from The Absolutely Essential Grammar Guide for Kids.

Sky read about Nouns from The McGraw-Hill Handbook of English Grammar.

Both girls completed the nouns daily exercises from Daily Grammar.com.

The girls had A Sentence A Day.

 

Spelling:

Little Sis is continuing her work in The Critical Thinking Co. Word Roots Beginning workbook.

Sky started The Thinking Tree LLC. Spelling Time: Master 150 Misspelled Words journal.

This is a small example of how differently the girls learn. Little Sis wants clean workbook pages.

Sky needs color and doodles. Spelling lists and memorization do not work for her.

 

Vocabulary:

subjugate, nautical, perseverance, carvels, masts, evocative, psychoneurosis

 

 

Writing:

Reading: Seize the Story Chapter 8: Plotting and Scheming. Both girls worked on writing their stories for at least 10 minutes a day.

Sky received her first essay assignment for the school year. What does it mean to be an American?

She watched: Thesis Statements from 60-second Recap on YouTube and read Developing a Strong Thesis Statement from Writeshop.com.

She brainstormed ideas for her thesis.

 

Mathematics:

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The girls started Learn Math Fast Volume 1 chapter 1.

The author suggests starting the math series from the beginning. This volume starts with adding and subtracting numbers up to 5 and ends with multiple digit multiplication and long division with decimals. This is a full curriculum with tests and the problems are worked out to see the answers.  I hope to be done with this volume by the end of the year.

 

Science:

Microbiology:

Sky did a brief review by watching the 3 Crash Course A&P Immune System videos YouTube.

Sky kept up with the progress of the pups at Wolf Park.

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Yes, we made a projection of the solar eclipse, only 90% where we live. We watched NOVA: Eclipse Over America and NASA’s live coverage.

 

History:

American:

I am using Zinn’s A Young People’s Guide to the History of the U.S. for Little Sis this year and will be adding Crash Course and Tom Richey videos for Sky.

I don’t know how I exactly feel about Zinn’s book yet. I like that history is told from a Liberal perspective. I did think it would be a bit more politically correct though. I doubt they call People of Color, blacks. So why still call Native Americans, Indians? Even the girls were getting frustrated by the constant reference. Indigenous or Native anything would have been better than Indians. I will continue using it, for now. Hopefully, it gets better.

We read Chapter 1.

Reading:

We read Who Was Christopher Columbus.

I was impressed with this being it was geared towards young children. It didn’t give gory details but allowed for certain topics to be introduced by parents. Oh, and it was politicly correct. Native Americans. 😉

Watched:

History Summarized: The Mayas, Aztecs, and Incas from Overly Sarcastic Productions and Water and Classical Civilizations from Crash Course on YouTube.

 

P.E.

Walks around the block.

 

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Electives:

Film Study:

Sky watched Crash Couse Film History episodes 5-7. We will be watching German movies these next couple weeks.

We watched Diabolique (French).

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0046911/

Clouzot was one of those directors that worked for German cinema.

 

Art History:

The girls learned about Edvard Munch.

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Watched:

Edvard Munch Biography Goodbye Art Academy

Edvard Munch The Scream Art History Online

Let’s Create The Scream Artrageous with Nate

 

Both girls found Instagram over the summer. Slime and slime videos are all the rage. Little Sis has been making fan signs for her followers.

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She made over 20 of them.

It feels good being back in the swing of things. I think all of us needed the exhale of summer break. However, as Sky likes to quote “Winter is Coming”. Time to inhale.

Peace for the journey.

 

*Annonomus history jingle.

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