New this week:
We have also subscribed to God's World News magazine (a Christmas Present for the boys), and have been reading about current events. I love how it tells what is going on in the world, but with a Christian bent.
Here is what we accomplished this week:
J-Straco- started Dolciana Pre-Algebra. It starts out slow, but he skipped ahead and found a lesson he liked on Fibonacci Numbers and did that one day. He also did some work on simplifiying numerical expressions, and solving for the unknown.
Farm Boy- worked on converting minutes to hours, days, weeks and years. He really enjoyed finding out how many hours old he was. He also started long division.
Grammar: Diagramming and recognizing subject and object pronouns, and identifying whether the pronoun was a subject pronoun, direct object, object of the preposition, or predicate pronoun.
Spelling: Work in spelling books. Here is Farm Boy's weekly spelling test:
He is such a natural speller- all I do is give him a spelling test at the end of the week to make sure he knows his words. Believe it or not, he has really nice handwriting, however, unless I specifically say, "use LOWERCASE letters", he'll write all in caps. <SIGH>
Latin: Learned new vocabulary words and worked on the second declension-neuter endings, and the irregular form of 'to be'.
Philosophy: Our new book, pictured above. I love the format of this book! For example, we looked at Plato's definition of justice and talked about how we would react in the following situation: You borrow a weapon from a friend, but while you have the weapon your friend becomes mentally unstable. What is the just thing to do? Give it back anyway, refuse to give it back, get professional help for your friends, etc. We also talked about what a true friend is, using Aristotle's definition of friendship. We had some really interesting discussions.
History: Read about Elijah, The Phoenicians, and the Divided Kingdom of Israel. One of the suggested activities for the week was to make a salt map of the Upper and Lower Kingdoms of Israel.
The boys talked me into making a brownie map instead, that way, we could eat it when they were done.
The bottom 'map' shows the Mediterannean Sea in blue frosting, in the upper left corner. The brown frosting is the Southern Kingdom of Israel (capitol-Jerusalem) and the green frosting is the Northern Kingdom. (capitol- Samaria)
We learned that Solomon's son, Rehoboam was not a good successor, and threatened his people- see 1 Kings 12:14 for what he said to them. Ten of the twleve tribes of Israel rebelled and chose Jeroboam (Rehoboam's half brother) as their leader. The tribes of Judah and Benjamin remained under the rule of Rehoboam, and 'Judah' is the name from which 'Jew' comes. Interesting, huh?
Computer: The boys tried out Alice programming. They enjoyed customizing their own programs. Farm Boy spent a lot of time making a virtual world with a figure skater that skated around and did tricks.
Other: J-Straco worked on his Greek more this week. Both boys did keyboarding, and drawing as well.
Music: Piano, Guitar and Violin. J-Straco is getting ready for an open-mic night at a coffee shop nearby. He will play a song he composed on his guitar.
Both boys are working on proper hand positioning and open string bowing.
Physical Education: Our Homeschool gym class started back this week, after a Holiday break. Both boys were very excited to get back at it. They played basketball this week.
Also, this week saw a lot more snow play!
Four monkeys in a tree- my three plus an extra monkey cousin.
Beautiful winter weather- no winds and highs in the upper 30s.
Until next week.....