Week 16 of Homeschool: We created Venn Diagrams, learned our liquid equivalents, drew portraits of Mom & Dad (Francis), learned about the 14th Amendment and Jim Crow laws, translated John 1:1 into Latin, wrote a zine called “The Pre-Teen Examiner” (Field), built a parabolic microphone and listened to quiet sounds amplified, practiced adding with coins, wrote a fictional short story about the Underground Railroad, read in the McGuffy Reader, listened to the original “Jumpin’ Jim Crow” song and discussed, created art with diamond dots, read 2 tall tales by Davy Crockett, added and subtracted by 10’s, learned how to find the atomic number of an atom, listened to Romantic Classical composers and read about their compositions in Classical Music for Dummies, reviewed the history of the Reconstruction of the Southern States and the Civil Rights Movement, found the Western Mountains of the United States, looked at verb tenses, diagrammed sentences, practiced adding up bills of sale using running sums, practiced spelling, and resumed meeting with our Classical Conversations group!
Week 15 of Homeschool: We celebrated Beethoven’s 250th’s anniversary by reading about his life, cut our own hair (Field), learned all about “Ologies,” got family pictures taken, learned about the properties of water and made a maze for water droplets, read in American History, wrote about who died at Genesse Falls, worked more with tangram shapes in math, studied Latin, added endings to word roots, wrote a piano piece called ”Parting Is Such Sweet Sorrow” (Field), played Colorku (Sudoku with colors), worked on Latin and French, and had family over for Field’s Zoom piano recital!
Week 14 of Homeschool: We read about Alexander Hamilton and the Federalist Era, learned about the science of snowflakes and made 3D paper ones, read in the McGuffy Reader Volume 2, created simple circuits with paper and wire, started writing chapter 2 in our story about a Nintendo factory in Japan (Francis), performed an experiment to make bones flexible, made ornaments for our Jesse Tree, practiced for our piano recital (Field), studied Latin, read poetry, studied 2 Corinthians 1, worked on French, made ornaments for our church Christmas tree, did phonics drills, and watched actors on the set of Mom’s music video!
Week 13 of Homeschool: We studied Latin, made pumpkin cheesecake bars, diagrammed sentences, worked on spelling, made a bar graph and pie chart of our favorite Thanksgiving foods, read American history, subtracted ones, assembled all 50 U.S. States, added endings to word roots, wrote a piano piece called “Climactic Duel” (Field), cracked tangram challenges, wrote about who died at Mt. Vernon, read in New World Echoes, and got our Christmas tree!
Week 12 of Homeschool: We cut up apples to learn about fractions then tasted and charted our favorites, learned the major purposes of blood, studied the artist Roy Lichtenstein and created art using his methods, measured vertical, horizontal and oblique lines by inches, assembled life-size diagrams of our bodies replete with the major organs, bones and muscle, studied John 1:12, learned about General Robert E. Lee’s surrender, triggered the jaws on our Venus Fly Trap and learned about its amazing design, planned out 5 Raddish Kids Thanksgiving dishes, located the Southern features of the Appalachian Mountains, learned how to measure teaspoons, Tablespoons and fluid ounces, worked on spelling, learned new Latin words, and bid in an online Classical Conversations auction and won a $20 bill and a Sees Candy gift card!
Week 11 of Homeschool: We learned about the endocrine system, read the Gettysburg Address aloud (Field), learned Latin noun and pronoun rules, read the words to the Star Spangled Banner and created firework art, wrote a short story called “Camping Out,” learned about the Civil War, studied John 1:11, built a machine that blows smoke rings, learned new Latin words, practiced French and Latin on Duolingo, learned about the American artist Andrew Wyeth and created art in his style, read the poetry of Robert Frost and basked in his calm, cold world of words, met up with CC friends online, added endings to word roots, read Frog and Toad stories (Francis), counted pairs, drew turkeys step-by-step, studied the account of David and Goliath, and wrote things we are thankful for and put them on our Thankfulness Tree!
Week 10 of Homeschool: We worked on fast forms in math, learned about the 3 branches of government, lost (then found) our bunny Henrietta, looked at our ballot state measures and talked through the arguments on both sides, learned about the art of Norman Rockwell and created art in his style, built a moving model of the earth moon and sun, learned about horizontal vertical and oblique lines, built a paper lantern with constellations shining through, put together a hundred number chart puzzle, worked on spelling, carved jack-o-lanterns, learned Latin article rules, assembled the United States from memory, posted signs for John 1:1 on the trees in our neighborhood trail, diagrammed sentences, learned about Manifest Destiny and made comic strips to illustrate, and went to Bishop’s Pumpkin Farm where we drank apple cider-smoothies, took a hay ride, and picked out pumpkins!
Week 9 of Homeschool: We did spelling crossword puzzles, created art in the style of Georgia O’Keefe, learned forms of the verb “to lay,” counted with dimes and pennies, read “The Negro Woman’s Appeal To Her White Sisters” and looked at related scripture, learned about Latin conjugations, skip-counted our 15s, worked on word roots and endings, diagrammed sentences, learned the parts of the circulatory system, wrote a paper about Thomas Jefferson, gave presentations on our original comic book series, worked on our typing skills, marked all 50 states on our maps, learned new Latin words and reviewed what we’ve learned so far, hung with friends at the park, visited a real radio station where we watched mom interview and perform her music, and got tons of candy at our cousin’s trunk-or-treat, our church’s fall festival, the Citrus Heights Police Department, and Classical Conversations!
Week 8 of Homeschool: We reviewed our Latin, skip-counted our 14s, painted cover art (commissioned by Dad) for Field’s album, learned about time zones, made as many words as we could from the word “believe,” worked on spelling and vocabulary words, learned the Latin word for door then looked at the “port” still standing at Portara, Greece, learned five more states and capitals, read some more in Helen Keller’s autobiography, wrote a paper about Washington, learned about some parts of the excretory system, read about Darwin’s theory of evolution, natural selection, and the practice of good science, learned forms of the verb “to raise,” started a club and wrote its laws based on the United States Constitution, looked at fractions and patterns, learned about Picasso and created abstract representations of people, worked on translating John 1 into Latin, put together half of the historical timeline, learned about the Monroe Doctrine, created Mad Libs from our paper about Ben Franklin, learned about Vermont, and practiced drawing all 50 states free hand!
Week 7 of Homeschool: We learned new Latin words, built a wooden crane, practiced math while playing Allowance, wrote a paper about Benjamin Franklin’s important papers, built a marble rollercoaster, put together every United States puzzle in the house (!), watched The Miracle Worker and started reading Helen Keller’s “The Story Of My Life,” learned about Lewis and Clark’s covered-wagon trek and built our own, learned the basics of fractions and division, drew a self-portrait (Francis), marked every conjunction in John Chapter 1, colored the Headman Flag from early American history, compared quarters, dimes, nickels and pennies, worked on Conjunctions, practiced our editing skills, and did schoolwork while sipping Maple lattes and steamers at Peets!