Week 25 of Homeschool: We built an Ames Room and watched pennies shrink, wrote an original short novel (Field) and Illustrated the cover (Francis), learned about the Anasazi and reminisced about our trip to Bandelier National Park, listened to Herbie Hancock’s Watermelon Man and learned how to play it on piano and drums, learned about ocean zones and handmade soap with fish in each layer, wrote the three body paragraphs for our Faces of History paper and cited all the sources in our Bibliography, learned how to find the area of a circle, played parts-of-a-sentence Bingo, painted a tropical scene with watercolor, learned latin 3rd Declension Noun Endings, practiced writing singular and plural possessive nouns, and wrote our first Essentials paper, pre-Essentials (Francis couldn’t wait!)!
Week 24 of Homeschool: We built a table tennis ball-launcher, wrote the final draft for our imaginative essay about the wonders of the ancient world, made origami bunnies, worked on reading comprehension, did research on fun things to do in Sacramento, labeled parts of speech, learned about Vietnam’s traditions and geography, worked on prefixes and contractions, learned how to make soap and had fun designing our own creations, worked on music theory, finished our one paragraph essay about our favorite cartoons, drew a deer using colored pencils and new techniques, read tons of Diary of a Wimpy kid books, and worked as waiters and dishwashers at our annual church auction!
Week 23 of Homeschool: We practiced drawing a map of the world, wrote a rough draft for an essay about “My Favorite Cartoons,” learned about the science of bridges and tried a bridge-building-challenge, learned all about the four types of ocean floor, delved into the mysterious world of ancient mound builders, wrote the key word outline for an imaginative five paragraph essay about the wonders of the ancient world, gave a presentation on our art classes and colored pencil drawing of a cat, worked on reading comprehension, learned about the coral habitat, worked on Latin, located ancient Mesoamerican civilizations on a map, learned how to find the area of a triangle, and had a blast (with glow sticks) with our Classical Conversations community!
Week 22 of Homeschool: We learned about the artist Michelangelo and painted portions of the Sistine Chapel laying on our backs, learned how to find the area of a square, laid out a timeline of all history and recited every event, wrote a paper about water, looked at helping verbs, learned the parts of a volcano and made a toothpaste volcano explode, practiced our drawing skills on a portrait in art class, aced a grammar test, prepared for our Faces of History paper, learned about the ancient Aztec culture, practiced drums and piano, worked on Latin second declension noun endings, looked at African countries on the map, and taught Latin to our class (Field) by applying declension endings to Latin words!
Week 21 of Homeschool: We played piano for Certificate of Merit, practiced drawing Africa freehand, learned how to write using the Mayan number system, painted a watercolor landscape, wrote a paper about our bedroom (Francis), worked on Latin, looked at the geography of Malaysia and Singapore, worked on reading comprehension, learned about the different kinds of volcanoes, created our own calendar system, worked on vocabulary words, learned about Durer and made block prints, worked on word contractions, learned about the ancient civilizations of Mesoamerica, looked at helping verbs, learned how to find the area of a rectangle, worked on sentence diagramming, and built a time machine!
Week 20 of Homeschool: We learned about rock characteristics and categorized some, found the highest mountain on every continent, took a colored pencil drawing class and drew a cat, learned metric measurements, read scriptures about self-control, learned about fossils and made our own with seashells, practiced our editing skills, learned about Prince Henry in Portugal, learned about the artist Angelico and painted in his style, looked at the the geography of the Hebrew Empire and the Middle East, researched for our Faces of History paper, finished reading Through The Looking Glass, and played Scrabble!
Week 19 of Homeschool: We gave a presentation on our Rubik’s cubes, reviewed Latin noun cases, learned about the Renaissance artist Ghiberti and created our own metal reliefs, worked on reading comprehension, aced our grammar test (Francis), took a class on how to paint landscapes with acrylic paint, looked at 3 kinds of rock, made a faux leather art portfolio, played math games, learned linear equivalents, improved sentences, memorized the definition of a helping verb, wrote a key word outline for a paper on Mt Vesuvius, made a gingerbread pull-apart, and recorded piano pieces to submit to Certificate of Merit!
Week 18 of Homeschool: We wrote a paper about Pentre Ifan, read the first 2 Diary of a Wimpy Kid books all by ourselves (Francis), learned about the Kush, worked on reading comprehension, looked at the layers of the earth and took our own core samples with layers of clay, drew a commissioned work, reviewed Latin noun cases, worked on our watercolor skills, learned liquid equivalents, gave presentations on our X-Box controller, learned how to make nouns and verbs agree, worked on perspective in drawing, looked at the geography of Laos and Cambodia, diagrammed sentences, and learned about the artist Giotto and painted using egg tempera!
Week 17 of Homeschool: We read Norse Myths and learned about Thor, wrote a two-point paragraph about our favorite game, worked on drawing skills by breaking things down to their simplest forms, labeled parts of speech and types of sentences, practiced drums by playing duets, wrote a paper about un unlikely winner of a horse race, practiced piano, learned about Ancient Egyptians and life on the Nile, worked on averages and long addition, had our first drawing lesson with our new teacher, threw a pot on our wheel and painted it to look antiquated, started writing a book about the history of video games, and went to the snow with church friends!
Week 16 of Homeschool: We continued our Advent readings, wrote sentences and improved them, learned the science of snowflakes, drew the Grinch (Francis), created prepositional phrases, read more in Through the Looking glass, continued marking parts of speech, read books about snow, conquered the highest level in our math flip-books, started the rough draft for our IEW paper, performed Silver Bells at a piano recital (Field), Read in Where The Red Fern Grows, worked on reading comprehension, built a gingerbread house, and saw Elf The Musical!