Learning Notes Week of September 26

Apple picking.

Apple picking.

Monday September 26

Sophie had an early dentist appointment. Ben and Anthony and Bella did math with Dom to check their work. Ben did copywork. Anthony waited until I came home to read to me and copy a sentence. Sophie then did her math, copywork, and French. Bella did copywork and we reviewed a bit of Latin.

Bella read to me from her St Helena book and we had a brief discussion about it. Sophie read to me from her geography book.

Afternoon stories: Missee Lee, Pagoo, Life of Our Lord for Children, St John Paul II, Ice Man, Blood and Guts (chapter about skin), Anne of Green Gables.

Bedtime story: Greek Myths.

Princess Bella of the Rebel Alliance.

Princess Bella of the Rebel Alliance.

A bouquet from Bella.

A bouquet from Bella.

Tuesday September 27

Math with Sophie. Then with Bella and Ben and Anthony. Everyone is still working in Miquon books.

Sophie did copywork, finished Psalm 23 and French. Bella did copywork, she’s going back and recopying old copywork. Ben traced letters while I reminded him of the sound each one makes. Anthony read me Frog and Toad and copied a sentence.

A new book came in the mail: Asterix. That pretty much devolved into four kids arguing over who was going to look at it first. Then Bella read one of the stories to Ben and Anthony, but she kept forgetting she was reading out loud and they had to remind her to read to them.

Afternoon stories: Missee Lee, Mystery of the Ice Man, St John Paul II, Life of Our Lord for Children, Seeker of Knowledge ( a book about translating Egyptian hieroglyphs), Anne of Green Gables. We had some really good discussions and brief narrations. Ben volunteered a narration about the Ice Man. Sophie gave a really excellent narration about how the Old Testament is really about Jesus.

Anthony was looking through City through Time and asked me about flints. He was pretty excited when flint tools came up in the Ice Man book. Nice to see those connections happening.

Sophie read to me from A Child’s Geography and we found LA and San Francisco on the map and I told her about my trips to San Francisco. Sophie liked that San Francisco came up both in Missee Lee and her geography book.

Bedtime stories: Greek Myths. Ben “read” to Lucy, reciting board books he had memorized to her. It was super sweet.

Decimating the counting bears

Decimating the counting bears

Wednesday September 28

Everyone feeling under the weather with a cold, but we still managed to get some school work done. Once I confiscated the Asterix book that everyone was so intent on. Mental note: save buying new graphic novels and comic books until school breaks.

Bella did a bit of math. Sophie did a bunch of math. Ben and Anthony each did a page.

I gave Ben the board that has the letters A-N printed on it and called out sounds and he traced the letter that made each sound.

Anthony read me Frog and Toad and copied part of a sentence.

Sophie did her French, but couldn’t find her geography book, much to her dismay. So she read me A House for a Hermit Crab instead.

I made muffins for Lucy and Bella got inspired to make cookies and then halfway through got to feeling so bad I had to finish them.

Afternoon stories: Missee Lee, Pagoo (I’m still rather surprised at how much they all love Pagoo), Life of Our Lord, The Ice Man, Blood and Guts, Anne of Green Gables. We had a decent discussion of Life of Our Lord, not much else.

Bedtime Story: Greek Myths (Heracles).

More squabbling over Asterix. And I found Anthony still awake at 11:15 reading Asterix. Yikes.

Asterix obsession.

Asterix obsession.

Thursday September 29

Helped Bella with some pretty tricky math. I had to figure out what she was supposed to be doing before I could teach her. I’m still not sure I understand it completely.

Sophie did math and copywork. Ben and Anthony each did a math page.

Then we headed out to run errands: library and grocery store.

Got a beautiful illustrated edition of Marco Polo’s journeys for Bella at her request to have books written by explorers and not just about explorers. And a bunch of picture books about jazz musicians.

Afternoon stories: Missee Lee, Pagoo, Secrets of the Ice Man, Mystery of the Rosetta Stone, Life of Our Lord for Children, Anne of Green Gables.

Bella’s re-reading Eagle of the Ninth. Sophie is re-reading all of the Mitchells books. Everyone is reading Asterix.

Bedtime story: Greek Myths (Heracles).

Swallows and Amazons rowing upriver, illustration for Swallowdale

Swallows and Amazons rowing upriver, illustration for Swallowdale

A fine book.

A fine book.

Friday September 30

Bella did some Latin review, half a page of math, and a bit of copywork.

Sophie did a part of a page of math.

Ben did a page of math. Anthony did a page of math and read me a Bob book.

We went to the homeschooling opening Mass, said by newly ordained Bishop Reed.

After Mass was socialization time.

We got home with enough time to read Missee Lee. Then the kids played on the iPad while I made dinner.

Bedtime story: Greek Myths.

Sophie the paleontologist.

Sophie the paleontologist.

Apple picking at Berlin Orchard

Apple picking at Berlin Orchard

Apple picking at Berlin Orchard

Apple picking at Berlin Orchard

Apple picking at Berlin Orchard

Apple picking at Berlin Orchard

Apple picking at Berlin Orchard

Apple picking at Berlin Orchard

Apple picking at Berlin Orchard

Apple picking at Berlin Orchard

Apple picking at Berlin Orchard

Apple picking at Berlin Orchard

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