Monthly Archives: April 2012

What’s been keeping me busy

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We decided about this time last year to make the commitment to homeschool our kids.  We started slowly, letting Boy go to half-day Kindergarten at our local public school, and keeping Girl home.  We do plan to homeschool both of them, but I thought it might be easier to start out with just one at home.  The jury is still out on whether Boy will continue at school through first grade (since his Sissy did).  His main motivation for continuing at public school next year seems to be that he’d get to ride the bus in both directions.  Doesn’t seem like enough of a reason to me.  🙂

So anyway, I’m going to TRY to post at least weekly now, so I can let friends and family know what we’re up to, schoolwise.  (And as soon as I can figure out how to make my new camera talk to my old computer, I’ll be posting pictures, too.)

So here’s what our week of April 9-13, 2012, looked like:

–       In Math, we covered two concepts from Saxon (from Lesson 110 and 111 – right angles), did several IXL.com skills (money, patterns, congruency, place values), and some multiplication/division fact-practice worksheets.

–       In Latin, we got through Lesson 19 of Prima Latina and did a lot of review.

–       In Vocabulary/Spelling, Girl finished Lesson 10 in Vocabulary from Classical Roots, and we did a little review of roots from previous lessons.

–       In Music, Girl had Harp Group on Monday, Lesson on Thursday, and practiced all the other days of the week but Sunday.  In addition, this week we started a bit of composer study, focusing on Johann Sebastian Bach.  She filled out a biography notebook page of Bach and a music appreciation page after listening to “Air for the G String.”

–       In History/Geography, we focused on the ancient civilizations of Central and South America, the Maya, Inca and Aztec empires.  We watched a couple of videos on the Maya, and a National Geographic video called “Incan Mummies.”  Girl worked on (and didn’t quite finish yet) a lapbook on Mexico.  We also read a book on Ferdinand Magellan and she completed an explorer biography notebook page.

–       Art and Science got short shrift this week, thanks to a Parent Advisory Committee meeting for the homeschool program we are involved in, and a volunteer appreciation lunch at Boy’s school.  We’ll have to double up next week!

–      We did fit in a little bit of Grammar/Writing/Copywork, with some Writing With Ease, and a little report on a story of Girl’s choice from a book of Mexican folk tales.

Other stuff we (the family) are working on includes making plans for turning our new property into a little arctic “urban” farm and gearing up for the Tanana Valley Farmers’ Market (which opens Saturday, May 12th, from 9-4! Come see it!)

Am I forgiven for not posting in forever?? 🙂

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