Saturday, October 9, 2010

Weekly Wrap-Up

Nine weeks in to our year and we’re still plugging along. This week wasn’t as smooth as I’d have liked due to some behavior issues, another day at Busch Gardens, and a time-consuming family obligation but it was all right.  At the end of the week we accomplished all the musts and only had art left over.  We might do some of that this weekend.  Or not.

This week we learned some interesting tidbits about President Lincoln as we continued to read Lincoln: A Photobiography.   While not an important bit of information, we found it it interesting that Lincoln was the first president with a beard. 

Even more interesting was the reason that he grew it.   While campaigning, he received a letter from an 11 year old girl who suggested that he grow a beard because he would “look a great deal better for your face is so thin.  All the ladies like whiskers and they would tease their husbands to vote for you.”  So he did.

We loved that!

We are still reading Across Five Aprils and it is keeping us on the edge of our seat.  If my voice could handle anymore reading aloud, we’d be done by now. LOL

Mackenzie’s  reader is Turn Homeward, Hannalee.  She’s quite a few chapters ahead so that should clue you in to what she thinks of it. 

It’s about a little-known event that occurred during the Civil War.  I’d certainly never heard of it and I was a stellar history student in high school and college.  Apparently a couple thousand textile workers were shipped north by the Union army to work in the mills there.  Children included.  This book is a fictional account of that historical event.   And it is good and emotional.  Just liked you’d expect from a Sonlight pick.

Mackenzie is working on her Life As a Soldier pocket in her Civil War History Pocket and she made a Confederate flag out of construction paper.  I love the stars. LOL


We’re on Lesson 4 of Exploring Creation with Zoology 1: Flying Creatures of the 5th Day .  On Flying Factuals.  It’s been interesting to learn about what makes the bird fly and about what they can endure during migration.  God sure knew what He was doing when he created them.

We’re a bit behind in our experiments because we need a cow bone and Daddy can’t find a steak good enough for him to purchase so we’re still waiting. LOL

Language arts and math are continuing to go well.  Nothing that exciting to report there.

While we didn’t get to our art lessons this week, we did keep up with our artist study on Mary Cassatt.  Here’s her notebook page for this week.


She had a soccer game today and she did some great defensive work.  I missed the first half of the game because I had to be at Soccer Tots with the tot.  Their team won so they were happy.  The team’s big scorer was back and she was hot.  The coach took her out for most of the second half because we were beating the other team so bad.  I thought that was nice.

We spent Friday enjoying Busch Garden’s Hallow-Scream.  Here are some pictures.  But not from yesterday but the week before.   I got behind on my uploading and editing. LOL  The only difference is that this week my girls were wearing different halloween shirts.


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And that was our week!  Be sure to head on over to Weird, Unsocialized Homeschoolers and see what everyone else has been up too.


AFwife99 said...

That is interesting about Abraham Lincoln! Sounds like you have been doing a good job with the schooling.

Blossom said...

It looks like it was a good week! I love history & although the Civil War was not a glorious period for the US, it's one of my favorite to study.
I tagged you in a game of get to know:

Joesette said...

I love "Across Five Aprils"! I read it in 5th grade for a book report and reread it (and did more book reports) for several consecutive school years.

Looks like a great week! and...ahem, we still didn't get to art this week either.

Joesette @ Learning Curve

Kympossible said...

great pictures! I love that story about Lincoln's beard.


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