We took a lovely week to be at the sea and had a little holiday. I spent a little time thinking about our rhythm, which has withstood quite a number of disruptions this year. We need a strong ending to the school year, so I think I pretty much came upon refining our rhythm to be: me working out early/breakfast; going over our Anglican Spiritual Studies; time for our kindergartener; recess; Main Lesson for our fifth grader; Main lesson for our eighth grader and then a late lunch and more recess. Several days a week we may have to come back to finish up main lesson kinds of projects and such. So, it feels comfortable and do-able for the rest of the school year to me at this point and I am hoping to have a great ending to the school year.
Kindergarten: We have had a grand time with our Spring Circle. Our story has been Suzanne Down’s “Spring Kite Music” from her book, “Spring Tales”. Our general rhythm has been baking on Mondays, crafting on Wednesdays, and painting on Fridays with Tuesdays and Thursdays being our days out at Forest Kindergarten. We have also been making and playing little homemade games – things such as a variation of a homemade Candyland – and other games. We have been singing and doing a lot of little finger plays for Spring as well. Such a sweet time.
Fifth Grade – Our fifth grader is finishing up a block that combined Canadian Geography with the Metric System. Our main project for Canada has been a giant salt dough map where we have been painting provinces, rivers, and marking towns. We have been using the metric system to go over the height of landmarks, distances between towns, what we would eat in our meals in Canada in grams and liters. We have been reviewing and practicing a lot with the four math processes, and fractions. We finished reading the book “Seabird” by Holling C. Holling and have now moved into reading about Hawaii in preparation for our North American Geography block. We are also working diligently on spelling as well.
Eighth Grade – We finished tracing the events of the Cold War through four decades, mainly through the biographies of Eisenhower, JFK, Nixon, and Reagan. This included the arms race and the Space Race, the benefits of space exploration and where space exploration is today (and a lovely tie in was seeing the rocket launch on the Florida coast whilst on vacation), the Korean War, the Bay of Pigs invasion and the Cuban Missile Crisis, the Vietnam War and the differences between a president such as Nixon and detente and Reagan’s policies. Then we moved into the War on Terror and all the different groups and players involved from the Persian Gulf War right up to today. Our last foray this week is into the Age of Digitality – the history of the Internet and the World Wide Web and challenges of this century. Our Main Lesson book pages have included amazing writing and art work for this block. We are looking forward to starting Oceanography tomorrow. We are starting the first few days by tying in to some of the peoples who traveled the oceans in different watercrafts, and then a little about plate tectonics and a beautiful look at the all the wonders of the ocean floor. I am very excited about this block!
In World Geography, we finished up Africa and also Russia. We have reviewed all the geography of Russia, the different ethnic groups within Russia, Russia’s history, and the Trans-Siberian Railroad. The only place we have left to study is Europe, so it feels good we are coming to the end of our year-long geography course.
I am ready to keep forging ahead with our homeschooling year, and also looking forward to get back on planning for first, sixth, and ninth grade. I have actually felt more stumped by first grade lately in planning, but recently came up with some creative ideas that I think will lead to a fun first grade for our littlest.
I would love to hear what you are working on!