This weekly post is intended as a review of our homeschooling activities, but I’m including a few other things this week. First of all, check out this post if you are interested in the giveaway of Never Say Diet and The Never Say Diet Fitness Trainer books. The giveaway is Thursday, January 29 so leave your comment now. Second, I did this post on Thursday and it got mentioned in the Answers in Genesis blog. There have been a few interesting comments.
On to the weekly review:
We watched a DVR show on Martin Luther King, Jr. on Monday and then watched the Inauguration on Tuesday. Later in the week, we listened to several chapters of Story of the World, including the one about Louis XIV of France and the Frederick, the first king of Prussia.
Ga’hoole Girl and Wild Man are both using ALEKS math with good results. Wild Man has been learning his math facts slowly but surely.
Wild Man’s spelling is slowly progressing. We had to spend a day reviewing instead of moving forward on Wednesday. He is also working through Explode the Code. He is reading aloud to me The Whipping Boy, which he really enjoys.
Ga’hoole Girl actually seems to be enjoying Painless Poetry – Yippee! This week, she was supposed to write a poem set in a historical time period, so she wrote a narrative poem about the king of Prussia, satisfying her poetry and history writing assignments all at once.
For science, Ga’hoole Girl read about the effect of water on the earth and then watched a DVR show about water. She did a nice short paper about water.
Wild Man wants to make a trebuchet for the science fair, so I’m going to buy him a kit (Mr. Math Tutor doesn’t have the time to try to help him make one from scratch) that he can use to do experiments. To that end, we are reading again from his Physics book so he will have some basic understanding of force, work, and momentum. Wild Man enjoyed our reading yesterday because we used his rubber band gun to illustrate elastic potential energy and kinetic energy.
Wild Man worked like crazy this week on his AWANA work. We actually had to tell him to stop doing AWANA for a while and do other schoolwork! Sounds almost blasphemous, huh? Ga’hoole Girl procrastinated on her verse and had to work hard on Friday to finish. I think she learned her lesson.
Our reader right now is The Dark Frigate. The language used is apparently quite appropriate for the time and place, but it is hard to read and listen to. The action is picking up, though, so I think it will be worth it.
Migraines have been rough this week, so I didn’t get much else done. I planned several great, healthy meals for this week, but haven’t gotten around to actually making them.
So, how was your week? Check out the Weekly Wrap-up at Weird, Unsocialized Homeschoolers for more Weekly Wrap-up posts.