Friday, September 24, 2010

Weekly Wrap-Up: We struck Gold!

We had a really good week and got a lot accomplished despite the fact that we took a day and a half off.

Our first day off was because we went back to Jamestown because our home school tickets were still good and there were a few things we wanted more time to look at. (That’s good for the tour guide wasn’t allowing Mommy enough time to take the pictures that she wanted.) Since we live within an hour, my friend and I went back. It was HOT! We left at lunch but we got what we wanted out of the trip.

In other history news, we finished two more pockets in our The American Civil War History Pockets.

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We talked about what led to the Civil War and about the leaders involved. Mackenzie was really disappointed in two men, in particular, who were against slavery but made decisions that promoted the continuation of slavery, Stephen Douglas and Robert E. Lee. The former for political gain and the latter for loyalty to his state. She just couldn’t understand why they would choose those things over bettering peoples lives. It was a good, although bitter, lesson in temptation and how choosing the right path isn’t always easy. (Or chosen.)

She started reading The Perilous Road as her reader and it is doing a great job of showing the “brother vs. brother” aspect of the war.

Our read aloud was All Sail Set: A Romance of the Flying Cloud, which she read on her own. Kayleigh was a tad more maintenance this week and it was just easier for her to read it herself rather than for me to try to read with a interruption every other sentence. She said it was full of adventure and that I should read it on my own. LOL

We wrapped up our study on the Gold Rush earlier in the week and we did a little panning for gold ourselves.

We found fools gold, hematite, cooper and a real gold nugget. Pretty cool!

She started dividing by nines in math and hasn’t had a problem.

Her only really challenge this week is our current poem in First Language Lessons: Level 4 , Ozymandias. It’s the first poem that she hasn’t been able to memorize in one sitting. This one doesn’t rhyme. :o)

She read Mary Cassatt (Getting to Know the World's Greatest Artists)as part of our artist study this week. We didn’t get to our art lesson yet, the only thing we got behind on, but we’ll do it this weekend.

She had her second soccer game and the Bumblebees won again! Woot!!

Be sure to head on over to Weird, Unsocialized Homeschoolers and see what everyone else has been up to.


Lora @ my blessed life said...

What a fun week! How nice that you live so close to Jamestown~that would be one awesome field trip:)

Jen@Scrapingirl said...

That's an awesome field trip!!!

Blossom said...

Jamestown would be a blast to go to...we live a bit more than an hour away though ;)
Nice on the panning for gold!
Your week looks like it was great! Have an awesome weekend!

Nikki said...

Wow! What a fun week!

Monica said...

What a fun week! I like the photos too.


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