Friday, August 13, 2010

Weekly Wrap Up: The One That Was “Normal”

Weekly_Wrap-UpWeek number two has come and gone without anything dramatic or unusual!  Olivia had two baseball games this week.  One was good, one was….less than good.  The kids had fun though!

We took a wonderful field trip to the Frontier Culture Museum. I just love this place!  So many things to see and do (like carding wool) and each of their reenactors have so much knowledge about the roles they play.  Click here to read all about it.

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Both girls are moving pretty quickly through their math.  Olivia has finished the first 19 lessons of her math and Lindsey has finished 15 lessons.  Approximately the first 30 lessons of Abeka are review, so that’s why we’re moving so quickly.  We’ll slow down once we get to to the new items.

We completed the first year of All About Spelling this week.  We’ll begin year 2 on Monday.  I haven’t really looked at it yet, so I’m not sure if we’ll be moving as quickly through this segment or not.

Olivia and Lindsey are both enjoying the First Language Lessons.  They have both memorized their first poem “The Caterpillar” and can recite it without any help.  Olivia really likes the narration and copy work from Writing With Ease.   She’s also really enjoying using the StudyPod to hold her books during the copy work sessions.

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In our Maryland study this week, we completed our state coin sheet for our notebook.  We studied the Baltimore Oriole (the bird not the team).   Both girls also finished up their 2 page layouts in their United States coloring books.

We learned about our 2nd famous person from Maryland, Thurgood Marshall.   Thurgood Marshall was known as “Mr. Civil Rights” because he spent his long career fighting for equality for all Americans.

Books we used:

A Picture Book of Thurgood Marshall; by David A. Adler
Portrait of African-American Heroes; by Tonya Bolden

To wrap up our state study, we typically cook a meal from our Eat Your Way Through the USA by Loree Pettit.  However, the main portion of this mean is crab cakes.  I’m very allergic to shellfish, so we skipped that, but we did make a lovely pound cake from the Maryland recipe list.

1cup milk
2 cups sugar
2 sticks butter, softened
3 cups flour
4 eggs
2 tsp. vanilla
2 tsp. baking powder
1/2 tsp. salt.

Cream sugar, eggs, butter and vanilla.  Gradually add sifted flour and baking soda.  Add milk.  Bake at 350 for 50 minutes in a greased loaf pan.

We started back into Latin this week.  The songs really help us all to remember the phrases so much better than just trying to memorize them alone. We’re incorporating this weeks words (greetings) into our daily lives, or at least attempting to do it when we don’t forget. 

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3 comments:

  1. Sounds like a great week! We just started All About Spelling and I LOVE it so far. I really enjoyed First Language Lessons with my older two also and plan to use it with my little guys.

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  2. Sounds like an awesome week! What a cool field trip.

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