Bible: We discussed the trinity. God is three persons and how he has been around even before the world was created. Later in the week we read about Nicodemus and his conversation with Jesus about being born again. I had a moment there talking with the boys about heavier things. As I mentioned in a post last year 2013 Christopher will begin personal times with God. He will study the many names of Jesus.
LA: Writing, writing and writing more is our focus. Several days a week Christopher completes a writing prompt in his journal. We have two or three lessons remaining in our unit on nouns and verbs. I wrote sentences on the white board and Christopher would come up and separate the sentence into two parts, the noun portion of the sentence and the verb portion. This was practice for him to identify that all sentences have a noun and a verb. The he would underline the noun once and the verb twice.
For additional challenge adjectives were introduced. Our next unit is devoted to adjectives however, I wanted to see how much he knew about adjectives.
Below we started with the sentence ducks fly. Adding an adjective made the sentence better. I don’t critique all of his writing because that would be discouraging. However, during our guided instruction time I want him to think about how he can turn a good sentence into a great one.
Emmanuel is working on one handwriting worksheet per day. He has been a trooper and his handwriting is coming along.
Math: We worked on fractions this week 1/2, 1/4 and 1/8 and horizontal lines, vertical and oblique lines.
Emmanuel worked on his three math facts this week. He is having some trouble with adding zero. So we will slow down to ensure mastery.
Christopher and I played the sums of ten card game. We removed all Kings, Queens, Jacks, Jokers and tens. The aces counted as one. The cards were lined up from A, 2, 3, 4, 5. Each person was given seven cards. The purpose was to place a card on top of another card and the sum equal ten. If you did not have a card that would add up to ten you had to draw two and miss a turn. Very fun.
Poetry: Last term we studied the works of one poet all term. This term we are reading various poets but studying the elements within the poem rhyme, alteration, simile, metaphors, etc.
This week we read through several pieces and identified words that rhyme.
History: Our journey learning about the presidents began with George Washington and John Adams we added a page about them to our presidents notebook.
We spent some time with the pledge of allegiance. The boys know the pledge but we were able to find out what many of the words mean, like pledge, allegiance, republic, indivisible, liberty, and justice. The history of our flag is quite interesting. The original version was written by Francis Bellamy. It has been modified over the years to its current state. I will write a separate post about this. After our lesson about the flag we ate a patriotic snack.
Science: In addition to our regular science we spent some time on our first interest led chemistry project. We broke out the chemistry set and had our first lesson mixing acids and bases. We mixed citric acid and baking soda in water and observed an awesome chemical reaction. We also cooked pancakes some with baking powder some without so we could see the difference.
Christopher reading the recipe and checking the amounts needed.
Took a brief moment to review the phases of matter. The butter was a solid but sitting on the heat turned into liquid.
We observed that the pancakes without the baking powder did not rise. They were horrible, but the pancakes with baking powder were delicious.
FIAR: The snow has melted in our area but I thought this would be a great time to pick up a few books about the winter season. This week our FIAR activities were based on the book Katy and the Big Snow. Separate post written about this book.
Spelling: Christopher aced this weeks spelling test.
This was a wonderful week. I am proud of the progress we made and I am happy to see Christopher reading books about the presidents because he is interested in them. Perhaps I’m on to something here.