Monday, November 10, 2014

Homeschool Week in Review (Week 11)

This week we studied the name Melek, which means King. This was another name that overlapped with a title given to Jesus. (We learned earlier that God is Jehovah Shalom--the Lord is Peace--and Jesus's was also the Prince of Peace.) God is King of everything, just as Jesus is called King of Kings.
For God is the King of all the earth;
    sing to him a psalm of praise.
Psalm 47:7

We did math...I just can't remember a single thing about it.  At least that means it went smoothly. Unfortunately, the rough days in math are the ones that really stand out in my memory.  So...yay! I can't remember a single thing about this past week's math!

Will is working on verbs and objects. He works independently and only has occasional questions for me. I'm a grammar nerd, so of course I'm really pleased to see his proficiency increasing! Katie is working on nouns. One of the lessons was on collective nouns, which we always think is so much fun.  Our favorites are the ever-popular 'murder of crows' and a 'clowder of cats.'

We're still reading The Blood of Olympus.  It's a long book to read aloud! We're going to have to start our next genre and study them concurrently or we won't finish before May. (May 2017, I think! It's a really long book!)

We read about Mussolini and fascism in Italy, but I didn't learn as much as I wanted to, so we're going to park here and dig a little deeper. You've heard the expression, "If Mama ain't happy, ain't nobody happy"? Well, the homeschool corollary is, "If Mama's curious about something, everybody's curious about something." ha!

Science (co-op)
We've had a ton of rain this week, which is REALLY unusual for this area. Will had just finished a science chapter on the water cycle, and he made the comment that if this rain continued, it just might raise the water table. He was shocked to hear himself spontaneously apply what he was learning! It was a pretty cool moment.

IEW (co-op)
Both kids knocked out paragraphs on how antiseptics make surgery safer. We also got to recompile all their assignments, because the teacher's grade book went missing at the auto shop. I thought it was going to be a huge pain, but it actually turned out to be kind of fun. I think I heard one of them say that they were moving on to multi-paragraph essays, so I'm guessing our time of quick -n- easy IEW is coming to an end.

Other news
Both kids are spending the weekend at Cold Play, our church's fall retreat for students. They're both so excited that it's a miracle we got ANYTHING done this week.

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