Wrap Up of Weeks Four and Five of Seventh and Fourth Grade

 

I am trying to post a little wrap-up of each week of grades seven, four and five year old kindergarten year throughout the 36 weeks I have planned for school this year.  I hope this will encourage mothers that are homeschooling multiple children (or who want to but are worried!), and  encourage mothers that even homeschooling children of multiple ages who are far apart in age is doable.  You can find weeks two and three here.  Week one is  here. and further in back posts you can find a post pertaining to the first two days of school this year which gives insight to our general daily rhythm.

 

Our fourth week began with our girls riding in their first-ever horse show, and then the American holiday of Labor Day.  We spent that day at one of our beautiful local lakes.  We rented a boat with close family friends and took all the children tubing behind the boat and explored solitary small islands with many places to just dig and create in nature.

 

Kindergarten:  I feel as if I have lost momentum these past few weeks with kindergarten work.  This often seems to be a difficult time of year for me as I am ready for fall leaves and apples but here in the South we are not quite ready for that yet.   We did have a joyous celebration of the Nativity of St. Mary on September 8th and today of St. Euphrosynos .  Holy Cross Day  is coming on September 14th.  These have been anchors for us this month in this rather in-between weather!    After Labor Day, we did move into a fall  circle  after our opening prayers and verses, and our story is now Suzanne Down’s “The Apple Elves”, found in her “Autumn Tales” book.  I am looking forward to settling into fall over the next few weeks with wonderful projects including apple prints, leaf rubbings, baking apple bread, making a harvest wreath for the school room, making apple pies and applesauce,  telling the story of Johnny Appleseed (not really geared to kindergarten, but a family favorite!), and having a maple leaf and nutting afternoon.

 

Fourth Grade:  We have been opening with singing and Brain Gym activities, along with a new poem by Robert Frost.  During week  four we moved deeper into review of borrowing, carrying, dividing, Roman and Arabic numbers, number dictation, times tables and measurement.  We reviewed and deepened the ideas of measurement by beginning with length.  Instead of third grade measurement topics, I tied measurement into the ideas of our later Man and Animal blocks.  We started with the human body and reviewed cubit, span, and other bodily measurements  and then moved into  talking about the length of various animals, such as the blue whale, the giant squid, the African bush elephant, the giraffe and drawing these lengths in chalk outside to see how large these animals really are.  This  is also a  great way to work on nonstandard units of measurement as well.  How many homes does a blue whale cover?  We made pictures in pencil of some of these animals and practiced converting inches to feet to yards and back.   This week we have been reviewing division by measuring horses in hands and how one converts inches of horse height into the hands equivalent.  (This is important to my horse loving daughter and we even found an article about this in the magazine  “Horse Power” at the library).  We then moved into weight.  We divided clay into one ounce pieces and modeled animals from this and then weighed sixteen of these to get to one pound.  We also talked about converting ounces to pounds to tons and looked at the  heaviest land animals and how many pounds/tons they weigh and worked on drawing these animals.  We also weighed our daughter’s hamster and compared this to other small animals.   Lastly this week we will be reviewing wet and dry measurement.

Our read aloud for the past two weeks  has been “The Phantom Tollbooth” and today we started reading, “Rascal”.    Our fourth grader also started a handwork class with her long-time teacher, and church choir has begun again.

Next week we will be on a new block, although I have not decided which block to do exactly yet.  All the blocks are planned out over the summer, but I leave them all separately so I can decide if we need to move things around as we go.  .

 

Seventh Grade:  We are finishing up a combined geometry/algebra block as outlined in Jamie York’s seventh grade “Making Math Meaningful”.  Our daughter finished The Key To Geometry Book Four, and is currently starting some metric measurement and book five of geometry in that series. We have worked through the golden triangle, the Pythagorean ladder of stars, the golden rectangle, the golden ratio, and the golden spiral.  We have also puzzled through some of the geometric theorems in Making Math Meaningful and John Blackwood’s mathematics book.  We have also looked at the Pythagorean Theorem.    In algebra, we have worked through such topics as expressions versus equations, how to simplify expressions, the history of algebra in written summary, and some other algebraic topics and will continue to do some more algebra throughout the year since this is a combined block and not one dedicated to algebra alone.

Creative writing is coming along more slowly with work on a piece about imaginary space travel and walking on a planet.  This seems appropriate as we will be headed into astronomy next week.  We finished “Around The World in Eighty Days” and now are reading another Jules Verne classic, “20,000 Leagues Under the Sea”.  We have also been reading, “String, Straightedge and Shadow”, starting from page 93 onward that I saved from sixth grade in order to tie in with Pythagoras.

There is no handwork class for our oldest, but she is working hard on a latch hook rug.  Next up will be a knitting project for her sister for Christmas.  Church choir has also begun again for her.

 

That is what is going on in our homeschooling, weeks four and five.  If you share your homeschooling on a blog, please do leave a link for other readers to find you and garner ideas for their own homeschooling experience.

Many blessings,
Carrie

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3 thoughts on “Wrap Up of Weeks Four and Five of Seventh and Fourth Grade

  1. Dear Carrie,

    Thanks so much for sharing what you are are doing with your Kinder child! I do so love your blog when I am able to check in. Please do tell what Johnny Appleseed book is your family’s favorite as I’ve been eager to find one.

    We are new to homeschooling (but not Waldorf) & have really been enjoying exploring the apple tree theme as a family for early autumn. Sorry to hear that the South isn’t quite there yet. While for years we’ve been starting the school year off with a long drive to organic apple orchards we somehow never truly realized how much of a September image it truly is & what a wealth of cultural inspiration it has been for related songs, verses, blessings, stories, crafts, recipes, & activities. A really loaded poetic image which appeals to me. I hope that I can continue to find such rich seasonal images. We have made an apple pie, butternut squash and apple soup, apple snacks, and have started an early autumn wreath that will have some apple decor soon enough. My son has requested we make apple ornaments to be used on the Christmas tree so I’m looking into what exact craft that will be. Our Decembers are so jam packed that getting that done now actually makes alot of sense. He was inspired by a lovely little apple song we’ve been singing. Btw I love Be Blest: a Celebration of Seasons by Mary Beth Owens. Thanks for that recommendation! My Autumn Tales hasn’t arrived yet.

    This month we’ve been reading Christopher’s Harvest Time by Elsa Beskow since it has a central character named September & another thats a Mrs. apple tree in a bountiful garden. I know that oral storytelling is ideal but I’ll be working my way up to that hopefully as I’m quite overwhelmed right now. We just recently decided to homeschool after my husband’s prospective job fell through & so our plan A of moving to where my son was accepted at a more affordable Waldorf school is on hold. While he attended a wonderful Waldorf Kinder last year & we’ve had a Waldorf inspired home life its fascinating to see how different homeschooling is. While his former teachers are so much better than me at quite a few things (much room for improvement here, ha!) I can see how truly beneficial homeschooling is for family life & bonding. Its sweet to see the 8 month old baby share with his brother although having a crawling baby with special needs is a bit tricky for us right now. My 6 y.o. needs ALOT of outdoor time but we live in an urban area & don’t have a suitable yard so we walk to local park, garden & nature spots. Anyways Its been lovely to tell a good story over and over and go deeper with it and see how it can interweave with our days in various ways. Especially since my son has really taken to it. A great gentle inspiration for his play. We’re incorporating the fruits & veggies in the story into our meals too. Thanks for suggesting that one try 2-4 weeks of a story. I see now the benefits. With Michaelmas coming up though we may need to switch to Michaelmas stories which will be quite different, hmm.

    My son is 6 (June birthday) so I’m looking for Grimms stories for each month too. Any thoughts on what one should do when the child doesn’t like the story and doesn’t want to hear it again? My boy is rather strong in his opinions. I thought Mother Holle might work for this month as it has the shaking of the apple trees and the virtues of hard work in doing chores which we need (ha!) but he doesn’t like it at all. I hope I have the name right as I tell the Spanish version which has snow in the name so I haven’t read the English. I probably should. Any idea if its ok to change to autumn details? I fear messing with Grimms. He’s actually begged for Snow White which he likes alot but while it has an apple in it I haven’t felt right about reading that one for some reason. The poisoned apple seems to counter the positive apple images we’ve been cultivating, no? Or perhaps its the other side of an Edenic fruit?

    Goodness, I can’t believe how often I want to comment on your posts and start to but then never get back to it. I often have questions on older posts whether a few days ago, weeks, months, or even years! I scour your back posts as they have been invaluable to me. You should print a book! Should I comment on that old post so that its tied there or would you rather one comment on the most current post even if unrelated? Do you only respond to current posts? I’m afraid I don’t know blog comment etiquette. Have a lovely autumn!

    Thank you again.
    God bless.

    • Michele,
      I love if you comment anywhere – all of the comments come to me for approval so I see any comment no matter what post it comes in on.
      I will meditate on your Grimms question. I have some ideas, but it is morning and I am off to get school going and would prefer more time to comment.
      Books are still on my radar – finding time is the issue!
      Blessings, and thank you for reading all of these years,
      Carrie

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