Homespun Homeschool Week #33

Week 33 of Homeschool: Field won Memory-Master, Zoom-style (!), we made entries in our Covid-19 Time Capsule journal, added dimes and pennies and pretended to buy items at stores, read in The Boyhood of Ranald Bannerman, wrote our own fixed-fairy-tale, found a snail and a ladybug who became friends, read The Gettysburg Address out-loud (Field), finished lesson #89 in Teach Your Child to Read in 100 Easy Lessons (Francis!), started writing a Covid-19 Constitution, made chocolate-covered bananas, read the Declaration of Independence out-loud, and had our own end of the year Classical Conversations party, including a slip and slide, a marshmallow catapult launching competition, a water ballon fight, and an egg drop contest!

Homespun Homeschool Week #32

Week 32 of Homeschool: We finished reading The Phantom Tollbooth and drew the cover, baked carrot cake cookies, wrote acrostic poetry in honor of poetry month, gave our final paper presentation in full-costume for “Arthur: King of Superb Traits,” memorized the Presidents of the United States, painted our memories of Arnold, California, learned the Identity Law for math, made a toaster and a fridge from online lego tutorials, diagrammed sentences, read in George MacDonald’s “The Boyhood of Ranald Bannerman,” learned the geography of Southern Africa, made Cardamom Cinnamon Rolls for Dad’s Birthday, learned about Nelson Mandela becoming South Africa’s first black president, reviewed Latin, and went to see our cousins, because we couldn’t stand not seeing them, but we stayed 6 feet apart!

Homespun Homeschool Week #31

Week 31 of Homeschool: We wrote letters to ourselves (so we can remember what sheltering in place was like), practiced writing with ink and a quill pen, built an outdoor fort, met up with CC friends on Zoom, learned about the Gulf War, made catapults and launched marshmallows, practiced shading techniques, looked at adjectives, wrote a movie review of Wreck-It Ralph, made a tiny Easter basket out of string, learned some ways that heat flows, painted with watercolor, looked at the parts of an orchestra, created an original recipe for “Egg Roll Bars,” looked at the distributive law for math, made Easter sugar cookies, read about Shakespeare and listened to sonnets, gave presentations for CC and posted them online, attempted to classify items we collected on a neighborhood walk, studied Latin, made resurrection rolls and painted Easter eggs!

Homespun Homeschool Week #30

Week 30 of Homeschool: We made a Spanish Galleon ship and learned about Spain, performed reflection experiments, learned the commutative laws for math, made a projector, looked at some characteristics of light, took walks and collected specimens from our neighborhood, used pattern blocks to learn math concepts, made a Spanish Cubist sculpture, looked at the geography of Oceania, worked on our end of the year paper about the legendary King Arthur, listened to Dvorak’s Serenade for Strings and discussed, looked at coordinating conjunctions, harvested our first 2 crystals and examined pieces under the microscope, reviewed Latin Pluperfect endings, performed an experiment to measure how color attracts heat, learned about the fall of communism, spun colors really fast to make white, learned about fiber optics, and made our own CC Timeline Card and posted it on Facebook where it got over 750 likes!


Homespun Homeschool Week #29

Week 29 of Homeschool: We built a tower 10 feet high, learned the Associative Law for addition and multiplication, wrote a story about the Wild Kratts and Coronavirus, learned about the end of the Cold War, made Blues-berry Crumb Bars, learned about China and made an artist’s Signature Chop, started growing crystals, practiced our odd and even numbers, had a Zoom meet up with our CC community, listened to Brahms and discussed, learned the geography of Central America, hung out with our cousins on FaceTime, looked at Latin pluperfect tense endings, made stone soup, learned the definition of a conjunction, made a finger puppet theatre, learned the third law of thermodynamics, and took walks in our neighborhood!

Homespun Homeschool Week #28

Week 28 of Homeschool: We learned about Ireland and the history of Saint Patrick, studied the Mongol empire, practiced telling time and odd numbers, learned more about viruses than we ever wanted to know, finished reading Robert Louis Stevenson’s Treasure Island and talked like pirates, colored the Irish flag and celtic knots, made a “hot air balloon” and flew it to learn about thermal heat energy, made a list of cool fake words, practiced diagramming sentences, made nifty placemats with Duct tape, constructed tall towers using craft sticks and tape, learned to paint using the watercolor technique of wet-on-wet, came up with mathematical laws that actually work, worked on spelling and reading, and saw some wild turkey at our cousins on our one outing of the week!

Homespun Homeschool Week #27

Week 27 of Homeschool: We learned the geography of south central Asia, created word wheels and used them to practice reading, worked on math stacks, drew portraits of family members, learned about the Vietnam War, diagrammed sentences, learned how to find the circumference of a circle, created original fonts, worked on Latin future perfect endings, created a Lion Witch and Wardrobe shadowbox, learned the second law of thermodynamics, worked on spelling, researched sources, brainstormed, created a key word outline and started writing our Faces of History paper about King Arthur, learned what an appositive is, played our first baseball game of the season, and made people laugh hysterically as we (Field) read our paper about a medieval time-traveling king who gets tangled up in American politics, eats McDonalds, goes to a Baby Metal concert, and discovers Picasso!

Homespun Homeschool Week #26

Week 26 of Homeschool: We learned about the Korean War, analyzed physics by building bridges then tested them for sturdiness, made shrink art for our end of the year market day sale, learned about the first law of thermodynamics and discussed the origin of life, learned how to find the area of a circle, practiced finding odd and even numbers, worked on spelling and sounding out words, looked at Latin perfect tense word endings, looked at the geography of Southeastern Asia, finished our paper about a time-traveling English king, learned what a gerund is, and listened to Beethoven, Brahms and Dvorak!



Homespun Homeschool Week #25

Week 25 of Homeschool: We worked on spelling, practiced tying shoelaces, made a list of our favorite and least favorite fonts, used peanuts-in-the-shell to count by 2’s, drew landscapes, found buried treasure in our front yard while helping Dad do yard work, started writing a story about a king from the Middle Ages who travels to the future in his throne/time machine, created an original font called “Beam Textura II,” read in “The Hobbit,” practiced adding by counting coins, reviewed all of Cycle 2 for CC so far, and won State Honors from the Certificate of Merit program for piano (Field)!

Homespun Homeschool Week #24

Week 24 of Homeschool: In honor of Presidents Day, we read about the Presidents and re-created national landmarks with paper, looked at the geography of more European countries, learned Newton’s Third Law of Motion and performed experiments with screws, nails, apples and pencils to see how simple machines work, read about Japan and made our own Daruma Otoshi game and a carp windsock, diagrammed sentences, learned about how the United Nations began, had fun coloring Narnia scenes, studied Latin first conjugation future tense endings, went on a nature scavenger hunt, learned 5 noun cases, went to our first Certificate of Merit test for piano performance, music theory and ear training (Field), played softball (Francis), learned how to find the area of a triangle, and brought home our new sweet puppy Lucy!