Week 7 of Homeschool: We “adopted” trees in our neighborhood to check on and take care of, studied the excretory system, learned the capitals of Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota, Wyoming and Nebraska, grew crystals on paper dinosaurs, learned about Napoleon in Russia, the War of 1812 and the Monroe Doctrine, saw the Lion King Jr. live on stage, practiced our upper and lower-case letters, wrote a story about a time-traveling closet, practiced skip counting 13’s, played Body Bingo and practiced our knowledge of the body, listened to our heart beats with our Auntie/Nurse and her stethoscope, practiced cursive handwriting, and listened to Vivaldi’s Four Seasons (like a million times)!
Week 6 of Homeschool: We learned about the Louisiana Purchase and Lewis and Clark, practiced skip-counting 11’s & 12’s, learned the capitols of Wisconsin, Illinois, Iowa, Missouri and Arkansas, made our own covered wagon for pioneering out West, learned about the digestive system, went on a field trip to Bishops Pumpkin Farm and got to take a hay ride and pick our own pumpkins, practiced cursive and letter recognition, studied John 1:6, learned the irregular verb “to do,” cut out leaves and made fall trees, captured and observed a friendly stinkbug and made a giant pumpkin cookie!
Week 5 of Homeschool: We skip-counted 9’s and 10’s and made flip-books, studied the life and times of George Washington, learned about the 5 senses and made booklets, performed an experiment to see how epidermal cells are rubbed off, studied John 1:5 and looked up key words in Greek, learned the capitals of Michigan, Ohio, Indiana, Kentucky and Tennessee, studied the irregular verb “to be,” practiced perspective by using a vanishing point, read Peach Pit Popularity, practiced cursive and learning letters, learned the Latin words for brother, sister, father and mother and wrote about the printing press!
Week 4 of Homeschool: We skip counted 7’s and 8’s, performed an experiment to measure our lung capacity, visited Machado Orchards in Auburn, and learned about fruit and how it is processed (even into pies!), learned all about the brain and made brain hemisphere hats, made life-size human bodies and added body parts, learned about the Declaration of Independence and made replicas, studied the 3 parts of the nervous system, studied participle parts, wrote more about our trip to Santa Fe, studied Latin verbs and learned a Latin song about family members, made abstract art using color quadrants, learned about Florida and prayed for the people affected by the hurricane, and wrote thank you cards for Francis’ birthday!
Week 3 of Homeschool: We learned about three kinds of muscle, wrote about kids bringing cell phones to school, learned about the Boston Tea Party and made our own colonists dressed as Mohawk Indians, took our fingerprints and compared our unique differences, turned our family into Minute Men and Red Coats (the boys versus Mommy & Daddy!), made an original colony American Flag, practiced drawing an image upside-down, wrote about our vacation to Santa Fe, learned the capitols of Maryland, Virginia, West Virginia, North Carolina and South Carolina, wrote our own “Mayflower Compact,” studied past participles, skip counted our 5’s and 6’s and worked on adding doubles, studied Latin pronouns, learned new Latin songs and practiced drawing!
Week 2 of Homeschool: We learned about the Pilgrims and Plymouth Plantation, read Pinocchio, learned about the bones of the Axial Skeleton, built the Latin alphabet with letter blocks, caught a praying mantis and learned about its molting process, practiced writing our names, learned the capitals of Vermont, New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania & Delaware, studied John 1:2, finished reading Classical Music for Dummies & Started reading Opera for Dummies, worked on skip counting 3’s and 4’s, used pattern blocks to complete mirror images, made paper dinosaurs and dinosaur bone cookies for Francis’ 4th birthday, performed a water drop lens experiment, wrote a story called “The Boy President” and had Daddy teach us school for a day!
Week 1 of Homeschool: We reminisced about last year and set goals for the new school year, watched the solar eclipse and made eclipse-shadows, learned about Columbus and Charles the 5th, read A Cricket in Times Square, practiced our history timeline with hand motions, learned how circles, dots, angles, lines and curves form the basic components of art, worked on our numbers and played fun math games, learned about persistence of vision, worked on U.S. capitals and our map of America, learned 3 Latin songs and studied the Latin alphabet, started reading Johnny Tremain, learned about the 4 types of human tissue and used our storyboard to tell stories!
Week 35 (our last week!) of Homeschool: We learned about New Mexico desert scorpions, created a Pueblo using addition, launched New Mexico hot air balloons in alphabetical order, re-read The Phantom Tollbooth, saw the Santa Fe Symphony perform at St. Francis Cathedral, did an artifact scavenger hunt at the Palace of the Governors, saw how the ancient native americans lived in the caves at Bandalier National Monument, explored the New Mexico History Museum, saw the oldest house and the oldest church in the U.S., visited the San Ildefonso Pueblo, explored the Grand Canyon, and went to the Spring Festival at El Rancho De Las Golondrinas and learned how to spin yarn and punch tin!
Week 34 of Homeschool: We learned fun facts about outer space, studied the faces and vertices of cones and cylinders, learned more New Mexico facts, reviewed the bones and organs of the human body and studied the digestion process, packed for Santa Fe & mapped out our route, studied Psalm 37, wrote about saving versus spending money, learned the difference between goods and services, and created art using pointillism!
Week 33 of Homeschool: We made slime from scratch then turned it into a bouncy ball, studied more of Santa Fe’s history and drew a trip route to Santa Fe, compared the first first family’s portraits to the current first family to see what we could learn, read about Marco Polo’s Journey to China and made our own paper like the Chinese, read about pueblos then built one from qwirkle blocks, and learned about manatees!