• On Monday, Maddie read The Wind in the Willows Chapter 2 and had to draw a picture of a gypsy caravan, which led to some impromptu research.
  • I am now reading The Hobbit out loud. Dominic was struggling with it on his own (or rather, pretending to) and Maddie preferred it to The Children of Green Knowe.
  • We also started a second daily read-aloud: King Arthur and His Knights by Howard Pyle (we had attempted The Once and Future King first, but could *not* get into it!); we'll be alternating between this and The Hobbit daily.
  • Continued studying Classical Arithmetic and Latin/Grammar, they're *still* not able to pass the exams!
  • Math facts drill on Monday, Wednesday and Friday; Dominic completed Life of Fred Pre-Algebra w/Biology, Chapter 2.

  • Maddie missed her cello lesson on Monday because she was sick, but practiced for about 20 minutes each day.
  • In music, we backtracked a bit and reviewed the parts of the orchestra and listened to a CD of Sergei Prokofiev's Peter and the Wolf while following along with the book. Later in the week, we watched and discussed this *excellent* animated short film (which won an Oscar in 2008).
  • On Monday, we read "The Story of the Cattle Raid of Cooley" from English Literature for Boys & Girls. Tuesday, we read "Beowulf" from Legends of the Middle Ages and on Wednesday, we read "Tom Tit Tot" from English Fairy Tales. Thursday, we began reading about Geoffrey Chaucer in Stories from Old English Poetry and on Friday we read "The Tempest" in Tales from Shakespeare. This will more or less be our new weekly schedule for literature - one selection from each book daily, which gives us a nice variety.
  • Finished reading Once Upon a Crime (The Sisters Grimm, Book 4) (Maddie).
  • Nature Study: We observed many Sparrows, Chickadees, Juncos, and even two Cardinals at our backyard feeders, and read about them in Nature Study in Elementary Schools (clicking on the bird below will take you to the appropriate section).
  • We completed the discussion questions on stars from For the Beauty of the Earth and copied several star poems.
  • The kids completed a number of experiments from Nature in a Nutshell on their own. They learned about how pinecones protect their seeds, the effects of acid rain, and cloud formation.

Personal Highlights (This was quite the week for new discoveries, scroll down on the page for *much* more!):

A few of the new Google/Espresso Book Machine Books!


  1. Amanda said...
    Wow, looks like a very busy and productive week!
    Faith said...
    All I can say is Wow! We've had a pretty unproductive week this week. I stand in awe! LOL.

    How the Heather Looks is really an adult book. And it is a really lovely book. I was heartbroken to find out what happened to the family afterward. I'm just giving you that little hint so you won't be as shocked as I was. Sorry, please forgive me!
    Smrt Mama said...
    Thanks for that Doodle 4 Google link. I hadn't heard of that, but think my kids might enjoy it!
    Parrothead said...
    I've got to add another "Wow." Compared to us your busy makes us look like we slept the week away. LOL
    Heather said...
    What a wonderful week! We read Augustine Came to Kent in the fall and loved it, my dd has been fascinated with the Tower of London since we read about it a few weeks ago!
    Moonbeam said...
    I got so caught up in your pictures and books that I'll have to go back and see what happened at school. I'm sure it was wonderful.
    Mandy in TN said...
    Beautiful as always.
    Karen said...
    wow - what an amazing week. Now, it will take me the rest of the night to finish following your treasure trove of links. Thanks.
    Keri said...
    It always takes me so long to read your weekly posts because of all the great resources and links! lol - thanks for sharing.
    MissMOE said...
    I think I may need to stop reading your blog! ;) Too many good book recommendations!
    Katie said...
    I saw that you are reading Pyle's King Arthur. We read this aloud last year and LOVED it. We all did. My girls were 1st, 4th, and 6th grades. It is non-stop action. It took a week or so, but I was very surprised they understood the language so well. We also read The Princess and the Goblin. They loved it too! Just wanted to say Enjoy!

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