Friday, November 12, 2010

Weekly Wrap-Up: The One with the Famous Art

I'd like to start off this wrap-up by stating, while we got all of our school done and went on a nice field trip, it was not a good week.  My kids are driving my nuts.  I might start requesting brochures for boarding schools.  In Europe.  They have lost their ever-lovin' minds this week.

Good.  I feel better putting that in writing.  It's probably a good thing I'm going out with the gals tonight.  Without the ankle-biters.  

Now on to the actual schooling.

We're still studying "Go-Getters" in The Landmark History of the American People .  It's amazing at all the great innovators that our country has seen.

We also played a great American Inventors card game that I got from the Winter Promise American Achievements Activity Pack. (I use it to add some hands-on to our Sonlight studies.)  It had a couple of errors in it though.  Of course, they're they same errors being taught in PS so I guess it won't make anyone behind most of America. LOL  I did email them the corrections though.

We're finishing up Caddie Woodlawn and Old Yeller  and are excited to see what's next.

In Exploring Creation with Zoology 1 we're studying egg laying and bird "parenting".   Mackenzie has been very interested in how the chick develops and really liked the "air sac" activity that we did with an egg from our fridge.  She was thrilled to see almost all of the parts of an unfertilized egg.

LA is going well.  She moved up a level in her Spelling Power.  And she continues to learn about conjugating verbs in First Language Lessons.  Her only really hurdle in LA is summary narration.  We are using Writing with Ease  for our third year and she still hasn't really mastered a nice, concise summary.  Every once in a while she'll knock it out of the park and I'll say that is what you need to give me every time.  Then it goes right back to too many details, no mention of the main ideas or plot.  I still have to really hold her hand through this.  Sigh...

On the flip side, she really is a good writer.  She can write a nice sentence unless it involves something she read. LOL

We went on a field trip to the Chrysler Museum of Art and got to see some awesome stuff!

Mackenzie tried her hand at sketching some of the art.

We got to see a Mary Cassatt which was really exciting because we just finished studying her.

There was a bust and a photograph of Abe, who we also just finished studying.

Some gorgeous marble statues.

And some more big names like Monet, Renoir, Degas, and Matisse.

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


AFwife99 said...

What a cool thing to do with an egg! I just took my kids to the National Museum of American History in DC, and they have a special exhibit of Abraham Lincoln. It included the top hat he wore to the Ford Theater!

Elle Belles Bows said...

The egg was very neat!! Looks like a great week!

Lori said...

Thank you for your intro- if I had not been eating cookie and choked it when I read it, I would have howled with laughter. Are you sure you haven't been over to my house this week?! I love it!

The art field trip looks awesome. What an opportunity.

Thanks for sharing your week.

From Lori who is sad to not have giggly girls who love Caddie Woodlawn at home any more.

Tiff said...

You're kids are driving you nuts, too?!?! LOL I think there's something in the water!=) Loved the egg idea! Looks like you had a fun week!

Jen@Scrapingirl said...

"Have lost the ever lovin' minds", that made me giggle. :) We've all had weeks like that. But atleast they learned something.

Kympossible said...

Loved your totally honest intro!! That's like my house. Every. Week. LOL

the art museum trip looks fantastic. What a neat place! (on my first read-through, I thought that the marble statue of the girl, the middle one - looked a bit like Mackenzie!)

Jesse, said...

Ok..there must be something in the kids are acting as if their brains fell out and your's have lost their ever lovin' minds. Girls night out is alwasy a good cure...too bad there wasn't one for "losing their ever-lovin' minds-itis"! LOL

Discovering Montessori said...

All your activities are really nice. I especially like your egg lessons. Thank you for sharing.


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