This week, MG is in Unit 2 of Preparing, and we are both s l o w l y beginning to get the hang of it and each other. Geez, I feel like a first time homeschool mom!
History :: Life After the Flood
Reading About History
This week, we moved from Grandpa’s Box to Life in the Great Ice Age, published by Master Books. This book is wonderful, with so much information woven into a delightfully rich story of the boy Jabeth and his family. The back has lots of information as well, and everyone in our house has loved reading it and/or looking at the pictures.
This week, we read through the book, The True Story of Noah’s Ark. It is a beautifully illustrated book, and the author weaves ideas and fact together so nicely. As a matter of fact, this book has already been shared at church AND at our VBS (Answers in Genesis’ Incrediworld theme)
MG is continuing in the book, Uncovering the Mysterious Woolly Mammoth: Life at the End of the Great Ice Age. (I think I forgot to put this in last week’s WIR post. oops!) While she is enjoying the book, having her read the Ice Age book in the RAH is a little confusing to her. In this book, the main character in the Ice Age book is now grown and the leader of his tribe. Knowing that each book talks about different times ahs been a little bit of a challenge to her, but keeping the readings far separated in the day and getting those narrations done along with the book. This week’s drawing and written narrations were improved from last week, so I’m feeling better about how this is going to work.
Research: This week’s research was to think about, read about and talk about Noah’s Flood and to find other versions of this story. It led to great conversation and book-diving!
Vocabulary: not much to share here, as I seemed to have not gotten a snap of it. Getting better – I made a template card for her to copy, so that she would know what I expect in terms of how the card is to be filled out, and quality. We’re working on quality here.
This week’s Robert Louis Stevenson poem is “Bed in Summer” and what a difference the weekend makes! Last week was tough in completing this block, and I’m not sure why. Well, that’s not entirely true. We pressed through William Wordsworth last year, and it didn’t go so well. This week, I read it first, often, and with her. I exaggerated the expression and it worked so much better – she even smiled during our poetry time!
Our Poem Innovation involved consideration of meter and couplets, which made her work a little bit, but she had a great innovation to show for it. On our last day (Day 4 in the guidebook), she chose to write the poem and illustrate it. I am seeing an improvement in her self-confidence through drawing!
Grammar: MG is working on Rod & Staff 3: Beginning Wisely. Not much to share.
Reading/Literature: In DITHOR, we are continuing our focus on Fantasy as MG reads The Borrowers.
Dictation: this is going a little faster and with less resistance than last week. The key in all things with MG is to keep it casual and easy-going.
Working through Math-U-See Gamma…
MG is continuing One Small Square: Arctic Tundra. Her copywork is improving and she is learning to (read: resigning to the fact that she can’t skim) read everything on the pages assigned – everything. She completed the Ice experiment and had a blast doing it. EK got into the action, even!
Bible Study was a focus on Psalms 1:1-2, adding verse 3 to the mix. I would love to say that this week’s time together has been rich and fulfilling, but then I would be untruthful. Truth be told, for some reason, it is here that the road gets hard. I’m praying over it, ya’ll, and would love the backup support.
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But where were EK, HR, and SA?
I have no idea.
Just joking!!! Let me show you:
Coming up – last week, for real!