We are still here in January, awaiting snow or ice or some combination. For the Deep South, even a tiny amount of precipitation shuts things down ( mainly due to ice), so it will be interesting to see what happens. This weekend I planned to gather with some fellow homeschoolers to talk about our experiences in homeschooling grades 5-9, so I hope that still can happen!
We have been busy the past few weeks – hiking a lot, horses, and two new choir ribbons earned! Very exciting indeed. We have been reading a lot, and drawing and building by the fire and just enjoying this month.
Kindergarten – So the past two weeks have really seen us trying to step up “work of the day”. Lisa’s e-courses are always great at getting me back on track when I feel things are sliding a bit and I am so appreciative. This month is on play (plus rhythm as always) and it has been very in-depth and enjoyable learning. We have been vacuuming, baking bread, dusting, cleaning windows, filling birdfeeders, painting, modeling, finger knitting (and yes, our kindergartener really wants to knit on needles like his big sisters), and making winter crafts like little suncatchers to freeze overnight and then hang up in our (sadly, one and only) tree. We have been hiking a lot as well. Our circle is still a Winter circle, and our story has been “Shingebiss”, which is one of my absolute favorites.
Fifth Grade – Ancient Egypt has been great fun. We ended up with a wet on wet painting of the Land of Egypt and a summary, a painting of a Pharaoh, a drawing of a pyramid, a beautiful drawing of a man gathering papyrus and we have modeled pyramids . We have listened to all the tales of Isis, Osiris, Horus and Set; read the book “Pyramid”; played with hieroglyphics and the Rosetta Stone, and we are now finishing up “The Golden Goblet”. This week we moved into Ancient Africa, mainly the land of Nubia and also the Mbuti and the San. Next year we will pick up with Hatshepsut, Aksum, Great Zimbabwe and more. Right now my main goal was to point out that Africa was the cradle of civilization. and that there were many things happening on the African continent. I just love Africa and look forward to covering more and more in these grades 5-8.
Lastly, we started at the very end of this week to cover just a bit about the Phoenicians. Sixth Grade Rome makes more sense if you have just a tiny bit of background about the Phoenicians, I think. Next week we will start a little math block involving the Ancient Americas and chocolate that I wanted to do in fall and it just didn’t happen. So, looking forward to that.
We have been working hard on spelling and math, and drawing and painting. I hope during our math block we will do some more writing about the Ancient Americas as well. We are also doing some handwork and reading aloud as a family. That is nice for winter!
Eighth Grade – We are wrapping up physics. We did many experiments regarding the nature of air, the use of a clinometer, and made many flying objects and experimented with those. We looked at the biographies of our children’s great-grandfather, who was a test pilot; Amelia Earhart; Ruth Elder; Bessie Coleman and the Tuskegee Airmen. We got many books out of the library and have been having fun discussing everything from parachutes to hang gliders to jet planes. We have learned the aviator alphabet and worked on portrait drawing as well in this block.
In World Geography, we are wrapping up Latin America. We reviewed all the political and geographic features of Latin America, a little about NAFTA, and our eighth grader chose a country to make a travel brochure. We also are reading about the Panama Canal and a summary on that will go in our Main Lesson book.
Our next block is actually Geography of Asia, so that will count toward World Geography credit hours for high school credit. We are relieved to have a little reprieve of doing geography on top of a Main Lesson!
We are still working on math daily and on Spanish I for our outside teacher. 4-H is starting to get busy again, but we are unfortunately going to miss poultry judging this year due to a time conflict, but there are plenty of things to work on.
I would love to hear what you are up to!
Blessings and love,