Another week come and gone. More assignments completed. The weather is quite lovely right now, which makes it hard to stay inside--until we step outside and get blasted by the chilly morning wind. Autumn is definitely upon us, yippee!
MathWe kept going. I'm not sure we had any memorable experiences, although Bluebird had a lot of fun learning how to write checks and being allowed to pick which of her neighbors she made fake checks out to. (In case you're wondering, it was her best friend down the street, her latin tutor, and Carly.) Penguin had an easy time with math this week as well. No complaints here. It would have been nice to move ahead like we did last week, but at least we didn't fall behind.
|Working on math "all by themselves."|
Language ArtsI think Bluebird will finish up Level 1 of All About Spelling next week. They're both kicking butt in spelling. Have I already mentioned that I lurve All About Spelling? LURVE!
I decided to video each of them reciting their memorization poems so we could post them to the blog. It was very exciting, and I was going to embed the videos here, but am suffering from some technical difficulties at the moment. If you'd like to watch them, they are available here. Penguin's recitation of "Work" is kind of fun to watch, and both Bluebird's videos are entertaining--she really got into her recitation of "A Tragic Story," and her look of sheer horror when she forgets a section of "The Land of Nod" cracks us all up every time we watch.
Penguin read some Dr. Seuss books out loud to me, and she also read Bad Kitty to me today. I cannot believe how far she has jumped ahead in her reading in the few weeks. I tested her reading level this week (because I was curious to see if I was just imagining that she had improved), and found that she's now reading 3.5 grade levels ahead of where she tested at the end of the last school year. What a big girl!
We read You Wouldn't Want to Be Sick in the 16th Century, which is a touch revolting; and we also read about Louis XIV, of Versailles-building fame. Bluebird ooh-ed and ah-ed over pictures we pulled up online of the Versailles palace and gardens, and now wonders aloud when we'll be able to visit the grounds. Someday, my little Francophile, someday.
In association with our study of the Plague, and going along with reading Sugared Plum, we started making some rose water:
In the back of Sugared Plum, there are recipes for various 17th-century sweetmeats--and nearly all of them require the use of rose water. The girls are eagerly anticipating our sweetmeat-making session, which can take place as early as next Saturday, after our rose petals have sat in their water for nine days, as our rose water recipe dictates.
Foreign LanguageMore latin review. Bluebird doesn't quite have the whole conjugation idea figured out, so I figured another week to work it wouldn't hurt. We'll move on next week, and hopefully it will come to her with repeated practice.
Not a bad week!
- Bluebird coughed a little uncontrollably for a moment and I chuckled and said, "Uh oh, better hope you haven't caught the plague!' She scoffed loudly and replied, "Do you see any lumps on me?!" Touché.
- Quesnel was especially in-your-face with her feelings about us doing school and ignoring her: