Learning Notes Week of October 16

Ben is a soldier of some kind. I think a storm trooper, but I’m not positive.

Monday October 16

Dentist took all morning, so no copywork or math. (I was not organized enough to bring school books with us, if I had been maybe we could have accomplished something. Bella did bring her kindle and a James Herriot book, but I’m not sure how much she really read.

Because one of the children asked me about what is the smallest living thing, we read an excellent article about the difference between viruses and bacteria.

Afternoon stories: Bantry Bay, Golden Fleece, Augustus Caesar’s World, North with the Spring, St Elizabeth’s Three Crowns.

I read a recent news article to Bella and Sophie about colliding neutron stars— kilonovas.

Tuesday October 17

Lucy decided to practice writing. She wrote out her own name and then a little note to her friend. Then she illustrated it.

Anthony did his math, copywork, and read aloud from Child’s history.

Ben did his math, copywork, and Explode the Code. Before school time he picked up an easy reader and read it to Sophie, she helped him when he got stuck. He also drew a picture and wrote a card (he dictated, I wrote, he copied) for a sick friend.

Sophie did her math, copywork, dictation, French, and read aloud from Child’s Geography.

Bella did math, copywork, and lots of science videos. She also made a card and wrote a note and some poems for our sick friend.

Bantry Bay, King of Ireland’s Son, Story of the World, Augustus Caesar’s World, Book of Angels, Minn of the Mississippi.

My dad and sister arrived for a short visit and everyone was very happy to see them.

Ben with his favorite Auntie

Sophie helps Ben read a book.

From Bella’s card for Father Murphy

From Bella’s card for Father Murphy

Wednesday October 18

Talked about St Luke. Read the day’s Gospel and Epistle. Bella exclaimed over the epistle, a letter from Paul to Timothy, “Why it’s just like a real letter!” And indeed it is, from discussion about which people are going, have gone, where, a request for his cloak and parchments and papyri and pens, a request for Luke to come with Timothy. It makes St Paul feel very real, very human, very close.

Anthony did his math, copywork.

Ben did his math, copywork, and Explode the Code.

Sophie did her math, copywork, dictation, French, and read aloud from 50 Stories.

Bella did math, copywork, dictation, and lots of science videos.

Grocery store.

Afternoon stories on the patio: Francie on the Run, King of Ireland’s Son, Augustus Caesar’s World, Book of Angels, North with the Spring.

Bedtime story: Theresa read them Peter and the Wolf.

Boys being studious.

Thursday October 19

Ben did math, copywork, Explode the Code.

Anthony did math, copywork, read from Stories of Great Americans about Daniel Webster. Then we looked up more on Webster online, including looking at portraits.

Sophie did math, copywork, French, and read from Child’s Geography. Auntie Tree helped her with math.

Bella did Khan Academy math, copywork, read some poetry aloud. Also read the first chapter of Haliburton’s Book of Marvels. She narrated to me about exoplanets.

Kids all spent a lot of time coloring in their coloring books.

We all went to the library and checked out a bunch of books. Everyone came home and read much of the afternoon. Though there was also playing outside.

Afternoon stories on the patio: Francie on the Run, King of Ireland’s Son, Augustus Caesar’s World, St Elizabeth, a library book about ponds.

Bedtime story: various library books

Lucy loves writing her name.

Library day, reading books.

Friday October 20

Ben did math, copywork, Explode the Code.

Anthony did math, copywork, read from Stories of Great Americans, more about Daniel Webster.

Sophie did math, copywork, French, and read from Child’s Geography. We looked at the map of Norway and looked at pictures of fjords.

Bella did Khan Academy math, copywork. She narrated to me about supernovas.
Afternoon stories: Francie on the Run, King of Ireland’s Son, Augustus Caesar’s World, Book of Angels.

Bedtime story: Elephant and Piggy

Photos from Saturday’s trip to the farmer’s market:

Lucy gets a ride on Auntie Tree’s walker.

mushrooms!

New hats from the farmer’s market, courtesy of Grandad.

New hat from the farmer’s market, courtesy of Grandad.

New hat from the farmer’s market, courtesy of Grandad.

At the marina in Hull.

At the marina in Hull.

At the marina in Hull.

On Sunday we went to the baptism of my great niece. I liked this photo of Lucy skipping along the wall outside the church.

Lucy skips along the wall after her cousin’s baptism.

2 Responses to Learning Notes Week of October 16

  1. Amy Marie October 31, 2017 at 10:31 am #

    I enjoy reading these…it’s always nice to have something “measurable” to look back on during these home educating, mothering days, isn’t it? 🙂

    • Melanie Bettinelli
      Melanie Bettinelli November 8, 2017 at 11:44 pm #

      Thank you, Amy. It is nice to be able to look back on what we’ve accomplished each day, week, month, etc. And I love being able to share a glimpse of what this life is like with others. I try to write the kind of homeschooling that I wanted to read when I was first setting out. I always wanted to get a sense of the daily nitty gritty in addition to the big ideas and curriculum choices. I’m always curious about how people’s days flow, how they fit it all in.

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