Friday, September 14, 2012

Weekly Wrap Up: Fall Week 3

We started our school week on Sunday with a Nature Walk. 
The walk turned into a geography lesson. The kids decided that they will be doing some map making of the trails that we will walk. Eventually they will have mapped out acres of land.
If it wasn't for this boys' love of nature I am sure I wouldn't of known the beauty and relaxation of a nature walk. DJ motivates us all to get out and enjoy nature.

While walking an impromptu history lesson took place. They are reading a plaque about the bell that teachers used to notify their students that there was a fire.

Putting the parts of a letter together.
Skill builder
DJ completed lots of language works this week. DJ loved working with putting the parts of the letter together, this is an activity that comes with Write Shop D but I made it into a Montessori inspired work. He brainstormed to begin making his first published writing which is a letter. Made another cover using duct tape for his language journal that he happily glued his skill builder work in.

DJ's reading level is skyrocketing everyday!! Yes, he is definitely in a sensitive period for language. Together we are reading The Snake Charmer by Jamie James which has a reading level of 18years old and up. There are words that he still needs help with and understanding, but for the most part it is very right on with his reading skills. I videotaped him reading a page. 

Well almost a page the camera battery died while I was recording.   

 Ken completed her first sloppy copy and first dictation. She has been doing a lot of reading as well. I think her favorite thing was using a highlighter and write out this week.

   Michelle has been writing up a storm as well as completing activities in the above workbook.                                                                          

Ken is still very much into learning her long multiplication with the Checkerboard.
She even illustrated her love for the Checkerboard in her math journal.
Teaching Textbook Algebra 1 is just the right fit for Michelle. This week she did lessons 6-9 which covered converting percents, decimals, and fractions, also learned how to find the interest.
 DJ spent his math time this week reviewing multiplication and division facts, then recording the work into his math journal.
                                                     Cultural Studies
Latin was fun and at the right level for everyone. The two elementary students worked on greeting words, learned how to say student and teacher this week. Also they learned that the letter " w" isn't in the Latin alphabet.
   Michelle conjugated verbs and  mastered to her high standards chapter 1 in Latin For Children.
They all enjoyed doing related Time Line of Life work. In the picture above DJ is matching using a working model to label and match die cuts to the appropriate era.                                                                        
Ken and Michelle did some research on The Hominid .                                       

Our Favorite Resource this week is our new art education program Meet the Masters.
We did the preview lesson this week and the kids were just so grateful  for this program being added into our days.
They loved the optical illusion worksheet too.
  They did a lot of exploring with their new art materials. Can you guess who did these works of arts?
Well that pretty much sums up our week. How was your week?

Linking up to Weekly Wrap-Ups hosted by Weird, Unsocialized Homeschoolers

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  1. Looks like it was a busy week of learning.

  2. We use WriteShop, too, and really enjoy it.

    I love all the hands-on learning you incorporate into your week!

  3. I'm always blown away by how much quality work those three accomplish in a single week. They must be so driven - and the environment so perfectly suited to their needs!

  4. Nature walks are awesome. For us, being in Texas, it is now cooling down enough that a Nature walk would be enjoyable. Can't wait.
    You guys do a lot of work. I don't even know if I'm worthy to read this. lol

  5. Very interesting post. The children must enjoy learning. A Nature Walk is indeed wonderful. Take care and have a good weekend.

  6. Looks like another great week. Checkerboard multiplication looks like fun!

    I don't know if I told you this before, but every time I read your blog title, I sing the Pink Floyd song in my head!

    1. LOL. The song is exactly where I got the blog name.

  7. Sounds like a busy, productive week! We love nature walks, too :)
    Thanks for linking up with Favorite Resources.


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