We had another fabulous week. Every day my heart is warmed as my children say, "This is the best year of school ever, Mom!" Their positive attitudes are encouraging me to continue working hard to find fun field trips and activities. I hope the rest of our year goes this well.
Math: Anneliese and Trevor both completed lessons 8 - 11 in their respective Teaching Textbook programs. My order of Life of Fred book arrived this week and Anneliese jumped right into them. She says she loves Fred. I have read a chapter aloud to her and Trevor and Anneliese has read a few chapters to herself. She is answering the questions after each chapter on a piece of graph paper that she keeps in the math section of her notebook.
Language Arts: This week Anneliese read pages 30 - 54 of Grammar Island. She read about adjectives, definite and indefinite articles, the sides of a sentence and verbs. She began diagramming sentences with the knowledge she has so far. Anneliese still loves grammar and she has started doing some notebooking about grammar definitions. Anneliese completed lesson 10 of All About Spelling Level 3 and Trevor completed lesson 1 of All About Spelling 2. He completed pages 12 - 15 in Printing Power, practicing his capital letters, numbers and the letters T & t. They both listened to me read Mummies, Pyramids, and Pharaohs by gail Gibbons and Mummies in the Morning by Mary Pope Osborne. They both drew a picture of a scene from Mummies in the Morning.
Science: Trevor and Anneliese started unit 2 of chemistry which is about atoms. They completed a lab about how small atoms are by putting scents in balloons and seeing if they could be smelled through the balloon and a lab about whether atoms move by watching food coloring diffuse in three different temperatures of water. We read Atoms by Trumbauer and What's Smaller than a Pygmy Shrew? by Wells.
Social Studies: Anneliese and Trevor completed the first half of lesson 2 in History Odyssey - Ancients. We read pages 108 & 109 of the Usborne Internet-Linked Encyclopedia of World History and The Best Book of Early People by Hynes. They completed a map about the fertile crescent and found that area on our globe and wall map. They both drew a picture of something they learned in this lesson, Anneliese drew early people in an igloo-shaped house and Trevor drew neanderthals in a cave with cave paintings. They both observed the picture of the Lascaux cave paintings in the Essential History of Art. Anneliese looked up and copied the definition of the word tribe and Trevor practiced his handwriting copying tribe. Our geography books arrived this week. Anneliese and Trevor completed weeks 1 and 2 for Daily Geography Practice grade 3 and grade 1, respectively.
Electives: Our art supplies and curriculum arrived and we completed lesson 1 of Artistic Pursuits K-3 Book 1. They used an ebony pencil and drew something they saw today or yesterday. They both chose to draw pictures of each other riding their bikes yesterday. We will start our Latin lessons next week. Anneliese and Trevor listened to me read Stone Soup by Marcia Brown and answered the questions in Suppose the Wolf Were an Octopus K to 2.
Field Trips: Friday our family went to the Washington State History Museum to view the exhibit Wrapped: The Search for the Essential Mummy. We had lots of fun making rubbings of hieroglyphs, examining the sarcophagus and looking at the coffin that has prayers from the Book of the Dead written all over it. He saw some hieroglyphs we recognized from Mummies in the Morning. The kids completed the scavenger hunt in the Washington State history portion of the museum and got neat log pencils. We picnicked on the steps of the UW Tacoma campus afterwards. They both want to go back again soon. Thank you to the King County Library for providing our pass.
PS The pictures are terrible because they don't allow flash photography in the museum and no photography was allowed in the mummy exhibit. Sorry. :(