Learning Notes July 20

Family portrait

Family portrait

Monday July 20

Family dentist appointment. We did not do school work before we left. It was too early. Too late by the time we got home.

Afternoon reading: Peter Duck, Bible story, Story of the World chapter about the Industrial Revolution. Which led to a long discussion about how conditions in factories did improve, child labor laws, labor unions, etc. And Sophie and Bella decided to pray for people who work in factories in unsafe conditions and for too little money. It made a huge impact. First chapter of My Family and Other Animals.

Bella's new favorite perch.

Bella’s new favorite perch.

Tuesday July 21

Bella and Sophie did math and copywork and cursive. Bella decided to do her copywork in small handwriting, using only half of the ruled line. It was actually neater that way. She also wrote her math with very small numbers. It made her happy. She got it done.

I did math with Ben, pennies and dimes and geoboards, and he and Anthony worked on tracing Ff.

Read alouds: Peter Duck, Story of the World Lewis and Clark, Bible story about Samuel.

Bedtime stories, America in the Time of Lewis and Clark. Bella is really liking it.

Cleaning the globe, studying geography, procrastinating on math.

Cleaning the globe, studying geography, procrastinating on math.

Wednesday July 22

Beach day. Sophie and Bella did math and copywork before we left. Home too late to do any read alouds.

Bedtime story: Anthony wanted a book about pumpkins Ben wanted

Lucy at the beach

Lucy at the beach

Lucy holding my hand at the beach

Lucy holding my hand at the beach

Ben and Sophie frolic in the surf

Ben and Sophie frolic in the surf

Anthony at the beach

Anthony at the beach

Bella at the beach.

Bella at the beach.

Thursday July 23

A very late start to the day. Sophie did some math, fractions. And copywork and cursive, I think. The copywork is getting pretty sloppy. Hmm what to do about that.

Bella got very stuck on math. Multiplication. I tried to help but I’m not sure I did. I am so stumped with math for her.

Afternoon stories: Peter Duck, two chapters. My Family and Other Animals. And a bit of Calvin and Hobbes for Ben.

Bedtime stories Shel Silverstein and a book of riddle poems about nature. Also, we are all getting tired of Bread and Jam for Frances. Well, the adults are. Not Lucy.

Bella was reading Story of the World today. Also some Little House in Brookfield, I think.

We made a run to take donations to the parish yard sale. I pulled some old pans out of the shed and discovered that we’ve got mice.

In the car we’re listening to Farmer Boy, which Ben got for his birthday. The Little House audiobooks read by Cherry Jones are all so good. Everyone loves them.

Mice in the shed.

Mice in the shed.

Friday July 24

Sophie did math and some cursive. Bella did a handful of math problems in the Miquon book but seemed to be struggling much less with them.

We went to homeschooler’s adoration and then to the park for picnic lunch and fun at the splash pad and playground for the kids while the moms got to socialize. We listened to Farmer Boy in the car. Got home too late for read alouds.

Bedtime stories: Pumpkin book for Anthony. Ben had Madeleine Makes a Book.

Sophie is still reading Calvin and Hobbes. Bella was reading This Country of Ours. And Mitchells Five for Victory.

We got a bunch of the One Small Square books from the library and have been reading them to the kids and the girls have been reading them independently and Anthony and Ben have been paging through them. Also some books about space and astronauts. So on the science front we’re doing pretty well.

Ben uses his new tools to help Daddy put together the grill.

Ben uses his new tools to help Daddy put together the grill.

Ben uses his new tools to help Daddy put together the grill.

Ben uses his new tools to help Daddy put together the grill.

2 Responses to Learning Notes July 20

  1. Stephanie July 26, 2015 at 3:52 am #

    The beach photos look idyllic. Quintessential summer!

  2. Valerie, NZ July 27, 2015 at 2:51 pm #

    “Peter Duck” is a splendid action story, quite intense at times.
    I’ve loved “My Family and Other Animals” since I was a child, know it off by heart now and still find it very funny. Fabulous use of descriptive language which makes the landscapes, people and events so memorable.

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