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Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Word Filled Wednesday March 30, 2011

 Psalm 43:5
Why, my soul, are you downcast?  Why so disturbed within me? 
Put your hope in God, for I will yet praise him, 
my Savior and my God. 

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Saturday, March 26, 2011

Weekly Wrap-Up for March 25th, 2011

 Link up and check out other wrap-ups over at Weird Unsocialized Homeschoolers!

 It is actually not all that easy to wrap up this week, much of it seems to have gone by in a blur.  We started the new week with Rowan going to the Dr. because her throat was still looking and feeling awful.  Dropped Jenna off  because she was so tired of spending hours in the waiting room.  Thank God for friends close by. Rowan got another round of antibiotics and let I her rest most of the day.

Tuesday she was on the mend, got a good school day in, skipped piano so she could catch up and took her to the church for Kidz Klub rehearsal at 8pm. 

Rowan worked hard the rest of the week. In Omnibus she is reading the Oresteia. In World History she is in pre-Colonial and just got an A on her Chapter 16 test.
We also called my BFF and merrily sang happy birthday to her, only to realize that we were a day early. At least I didn't forget.

Biology is Chapter 8, The History of Life and she is studying creation from different worldviews. We will be watching a video on it as a family this weekend, Unlocking the Mystery of Life.  I do not understand how one is supposed to finish a BJU science course in a 180 day school year.  It isn't possible!

She finished Material Logic with a B for the course and is now doing IEW's The Elegant Essay for 2nd semester.

Last Friday, we had 67 degrees on our jaunt about Old Sturbridge Village and this week?  We got this.  For an entire day.  You have got to love spring on Cape Cod.
 Jenna, I barely even recall working this week, though I know she did.  We did our Narnia devotions and kept reading along In Search of a Homeland, we will finish The Last Battle and the Aeneid retelling by next Friday. 

She was excited about getting to her Oceanography chapter in Science.  I don't know why, but I am happy when she is excited. She loves science and is ecstatic to be moving on to chemistry in the fall.

I spent a great deal of my week getting my lists and materials for next year ready.  I put Jenna's Elson Reader's Book 5 and Intermediate Language Lessons on my ereader and printed out copies and put them in binders as well.  Both are public domain and free which is awesome.  (My lists for 5th and 10th are here.)
Jenna is almost done with her BJU Grammar 4 workbook and is progressing with amazing speed in Math Whizz.    Pretty soon I will have to begin writing out the first quarter assignments and I still need to write out the last part of Rowan's school year for her planner.

Yesterday, she and a friend made a fashion magazine together, they wore the outfits, took the photos and put together the layout and printed it.  I was pretty impressed.  I'd post a photo of it, but I don't have her permission.  This was her favorite photo though in the "dress up" category.
Moving right along, as my mother would say, before I knew it, Friday was upon us!  I was off to Bible study and left the girls to do school and chores til I got back.  
Went on the way home, put air in my tire and got my bloodwork done on an order about 8 months old now, better late than never.  It was to check my thyroid levels which tend to fluctuate.  There are few things in the world more precious than a good phlebotomist.  She was awesome.  Thank you anonymous phlebotomist.  
Came back, cleaned the house, vacuumed, ate, turned around to go pick up a friend and off he and Rowan went to a youth group overnight event with a pack of other teens and 13 chaperones.  

It is now Saturday morning, Garfield is on the TV, Rowan and her friend have arrived home from the overnight.  (Apparently partially deaf because they are speaking in very loud voices.)  They woke Jenna which is fine because she is off shortly with my sister for an overnight.  Mike has his guitar students coming soon and I was up way way too early for a Saturday at 6:40.  It was the end of my first week on Weight Watchers to little result, but these things take time. 
How was your week?

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Thursday, March 24, 2011

5th and 10th Grade Curricula Choices

I am the first to admit it, my ambitious Charlotte Mason/Ambleside plans for 4th grade were a disaster.  What would have come easily to our eldest is agony for our younger one.  We learned a lot about what is working, what isn't and how she learns this year and so I've made these choices and am hoping for the best.

 5th Grade
 Going "old school" with Language arts, these classics have been updated a bit but remain classic texts, tried and true.  First written in 1876, these are now available free on Google books, for purchase by Lost Classics and in a wonderful workbook format, linked below.
 Intermediate Language Lessons in workbook format with the Teacher's Manual.


William Elson wrote this 9 volume series in 1909 and they remain relevant today, he followed up in the 1930's with the Dick and Jane books that I grew up reading.
Elson Reader's Book 5 with the Teacher's manual.
The texts are also available free on Google Books  but not the teacher guide.


Christian Kids Explore Chemistry

 Because Rowan is doing honors high school chemistry and we bought all the supplies.  I also picked up some rock bottom price supplies at the last CBD warehouse sale.  A $60 kit for $9.99!!

Story of the World 2 with Activity Book  tried and true, sticking with this one for 5th, 6th and 7th and going with a world history overview for 8th and another classical rotation for high school.

Orbiting Logic
Christian Light Education Math 5  along with her Math Whizz online tutor
Getting Started in Latin and/or Minimus
Abeka Enjoying Good Health

10th Grade

9th grade is pretty much running smoothly so we are continuing with tried and true for 10th.  We will be skipping the 2 Henty Books in Omnibus and possibly Robin Hood.  In addition to schoolwork, Rowan is continuing piano, worship team and her internship at Old Sturbridge Village.
Omnibus II
God and the History of Art (continuing)
Algebra II is a toss up between this book and this one.
The Spectrum Chemistry
Latin II
Abeka Health in Christian Perspective


Classical Rhetoric with Aristotole or the IEW one

Book List for Omnibus II
Augustine's Confessions
Saint Athanasius on the Incarnation
Divine Comedy Volume I, Dante
The Canterbury Tales, Chaucer
The History of the Kings of Britain,Geoffry of Monmouth
The Bondage of the Will, Martin Luther
Eusebius: The Church History
The Song of Roland, Anonymous
The Ecclesiastical History of the English People, Bede
The Rule of St. Benedict in English
Henry V, William Shakespeare
King Richard the Third, William Shakespeare
Beowulf, An Illustrated Edition , Seamus Heaney
Western Civilization, Jackson Spielvogel
Sir Gawain and the Green Knight, JRR Tolkien
The Hobbit , J.R.R. Tolkien


The Fellowship of the Ring, J.R.R. Tolkien
The Two Towers, J.R.R. Tolkien
The Return of the King, J.R.R. Tolkien
A Midsummer's Night's Dream, William Shakespeare
The Merry Adventures of Robin Hood, Howard Pyle
The Nine Tailors, Dorothy Sayers
Macbeth, William Shakespeare


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