Friday, October 31, 2008

Weekly Report

We enjoyed a great week here, in spite of the lingering effects of a cold virus. On a couple of our school days, Iron Man has shown up to do Cullen's work for him. I will say that Iron Man is doing a great job of focusing and doing his best! ;o)

Memory: Psalm 91:11 "For he will order his angels to protect you wherever you go." We also reviewed "Singing Time" from last week.

Math: Short daily drills of addition facts. Next week, I'll be adding in a little subtraction to the mix. Cullen just completed Horizon lesson 24. We've worked primarily on adding with regrouping, subtraction and telling time to the quarter hour this week.

Language Arts: Still reading from the Beginner's Bible, with one of this week's stories, Daniel and the Lion's Den, tying in with our memory verse. Free reading usually happens in the evenings, but not always. We worked a little bit on capitalization, punctuation and parts of speech with oral exercises from Easy Grammar 2. Cullen likes these a great deal. He completed Spelling Workout A lesson 18 and aced his quiz. Explode the Code work has only happened a few days this week because of computer issues, but I'm working on those.

History/Social Studies: We continued learning about Ancient Egypt, watching an Ancient Civilizations for Children DVD, reading together and working on History Pockets projects that I work into regular notebooking. We have always done oral narration after history readings, but this week I actually let Cullen dictate a couple of sentences to me that he felt most important, then let him find, cut and paste some clip art on the page. I've included photo of one. I plan to do more of these each week. Cullen enjoys the process of putting his ideas into words, as long as he is not the one who has to write those words down!

I purchased an inexpensive kit for making our own papyrus paper to later use for a little Egyptian art or heiroglyphics project. Here is Cullen putting strips of the plant into a pan of water. They'll soak for days, then he will roll them flat to dry. This is his kind of hands-on project - messy, with a strange smell and something useful as the end product.

In addition to history, we read about and discussed elections and government. These were excellent books for this age level.

Science: Another light week for science-related reading, but we dig into Real Science 4 Kids Chemistry Pre-Level 1 next week. This week, we spent some time outdoors in this gorgeous weather. See yesterday's post for details.

Music/Art: We were very light in this area, instead spending time preparing and helping to set up for our church's Fall Family Fun Fair.

One of the highlight's of the week: as we were driving around on errands, Cullen was listening to his cd of Hip-Hop addition facts. He is all about rhythm! His headphones were on, but I got to listen to him singing along, which was hilarious. Then when he finished with those, he asked for another cd. All I had handy was the Beethoven that we'd been listening to earlier during the week. Just a few minutes later, I took a peek into the back seat to find him with his chin tucked against his collarbone, furiously playing air violin! That absolutely made my day!

Cullen is waiting for his grandmother (He calls her Queenie) to pick him up for a visit while I go vote. Of course, he's already counting down the minutes till he can become Iron Man again and hit the neighborhood.
Have a safe and fun Halloween!

1 comment:

Stephanie said...

Wow! It looks like you had a great week, isn't it nice when focusing happens? Loved your notebooking pages. Here's to a great week next week.LunaLee