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 twenty one and twenty two here and further in the 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.
Living With The Seasons: In our home, this is the season of Lent. We have been at church more, and I have been doing some extra inner work. Things have been peaceful and calm in Lent, (even with extra choir practices for the musical!). When we really put the extra effort into ourselves and our own inner work, it really does radiate out into our families.
Kindergarten: This is the last week of our “King Winter” circle and our “The Rabbit and the Carrot” story. Next up will be a Spring circle and the “The Little Red Hen” (the Irish tale in which there is a mouse, a cat, a little red hen and a fox). We have been painting, whittling, and taking long walks in the morning with the nicer weather. There has been an upswing in play and being outside overall.
Fourth Grade: This week we finished up our look at the human being and animals through the lens of the metabolic-limb, rhythmic and head and nerve-sense systems. For this, we looked at the American bison and the cow for the metabolic-limb system, the dog and the lion for the rhythmic system, and the eagle for the head and nerve- sense system. Our exploration of the eagle has now led into birds. We are looking at groupings of our feathered friends, we have read the book “For The Birds: The Life of Roger Tory Peterson”. We spent some time looking at the general characteristics of birds, the different environments in which birds live and how they adapt, our own state bird, and the prairie and water birds. We have done a good amount of drawing, painting and poetry to go with this week.
We are still reading “Thorkill of Iceland” as our read-aloud and are also painting different scenes from this book. Spelling has come from our main lesson and also sight words. In math we are still working on subtraction, addition, multiplication and division. Lastly, we have started a new handwork project. Our daughter also earned one of her levels in choir and was very happy to see her hard work pay off. Practices for our church’s spring musical and a play with friends are continuing.
Seventh Grade: We are hard at work on our physiology block. I discussed this in a separate post. This week we finished up the digestive, circulatory and respiratory systems, spoke in length regarding nicotine addiction, and are now moving into Human Fertility and the Reproductive System.
Our daughter has been working on math quite a bit and has finished the Key To Geometry books 1-5, Key To Algebra 1 and 2, and Metric Measurement 1.
Choir, church musical practice, 4-H and horseback riding are still going along…
Would love to hear what you are working on this week.