Friday, February 8, 2008

Week 22 Report

Praise God! I am just loving Sonlight's Core 3 -- we just finished Walk the World's Rim read-aloud, and I'm just so appreciative of these cuddles we're enjoying. Sonlight is giving me a clear framework upon which I can add other "little" supplements -- like notebooking and illustrating -- without feeling bogged down with just one subject, as I often did when we were working through SOTW 1 & 2 and the Activity Guide. History Scribe is offering a big 50% sale for the month of February (coupon word is sweetheart), so I used some Paypal money to purchase several of their products to supplement our notebooking. I'm excited to encorporate them into our lessons!

Math: I'm really pleased with all Ben is doing in math right now. We're working on 4-digit addition with regrouping, memorizing x2, x3, and x4 math facts with copywork, Flashmaster and MUS online drill. Ben is often quite competitive and tries to best is online drill time. For x3, his fastest time was 33.5 sec for 20 problems (I only accept 100% accuracy); x4 best is now 36.8 sec. Next week, we're going to finish off our review/ mastery of x5 using the same tools as this week.

Latin: This week, Ben picked out a Latin name. The author of Lively Latin admits this is her sneaky way of getting kids to practice pronunciation. Ben chose Marcus and he practiced his ecclesiastical pronunciation [which is what we learned in Prima Latina]. Next week, I'm going to have him listen to the audio download 3 times each week to continue to practice pronunication.

Language Arts: We started All About Spelling level 3 this week, and I'm pleased to say Ben's really remembered a lot of the key card spelling rules -- even more pleased that in lesson 1 he had the opportunity to review them through word analysis, which has now been incorporated into all the lessons at this level. We are also continuing on with grammar in FLL3 -- he diagrammed sentences like, "The heavy loader plows the white snow often." I know I learned how to diagram sentences in 8th grade (I can picture the location of my English classroom, even where I sat in the room), but until this "redo" of 3rd grade, I wouldn't have been able to tell you what a complete predicate was, nor a predicate nominative.* We're also reviewing poems right now, but continuing on in our memorization of Bible verses. He presented to daddy this week, "For the eyes of the Lord move to and fro, throughout the whole earth, to show Himself strong in behalf of them whose heart is perfect toward Him." 2 Chronicles 16:9 and is now working on "There is therefore no condemnation for thos who are in Christ, who walk not after the flesh, but after the spirit" Romans 8:1.

Science: We're studying about oxygen this week, and replicated an experiment similar to the one used by Joseph Priestly and Antoine Lavoisier in their discovery of oxygen. We added yeast to hydrogen peroxide and allowed bubbles to rise (oxygen). Then, we lit a paint stirer on fire, burnt it out, and quickly put it in the jar of bubbles -- it re-ignited into a small flame! How cool is that. "Mom lets me make fire!" lol!

Ben's ski lesson was cancelled this week because of poor road conditions, but (thank you, God!) both missed lessons will be made up in March. Yipee!

Just today Luke finally got his new Flexon glasses (also known as "Levi-proof"). Next week, we can return to our kindergarten lessons. I've gone ahead and borrowed a friends MUS Primer to decide if I'd rather use this with Luke right now or not. I'm now remembering that I didn't totally like Singapore's Earlybird mathematics program. We're also almost done with Dr. Doolittle, which has been a great read aloud. Jessica at Trivium Academy reminded me that I have Galloping the Globe and had wanted to use that at some point with the boys; I'm going to pull it out and see if I should use that Luke's K year. I think it would make much more sense than SL's K program, which has some great books, but since we're following a classical rotation, we don't really need disjointed studies of Egypt, Rome and Greece.

*In case you want to know, a complete predicate is the verb and all the words that tell us about the subject. A predicate nominative is a noun or pronoun in the complete predicate that renames the subject.


Alana in Canada said...

Well we haven't got to those tricky grammar terms--they make my eyes gloss over! I'm impressed if FLL3 has them working with material that complex. Sounds like you've had a great week.

Tina in WA said...

We are enjoying products from History Scribe as well. Great news about the sale... I might have to peek over there.

What a fun filled week you all had.

~Tina in WA