Friday, December 11, 2009

Friday- Homeschool Week in Review for Duncan

Language Arts
Duncan is wrapping up his study of Emily Dickinson. He participated in Teatime Tuesday Poetry and talked about verse, stanza, meter, rhyme pattern, repetition, and imagery as related to Christmas Carol by Sara Teasdale.

He did some Kumon reading packs and Monday and Thursday went to the Kumon center.

We read The Cable Car and the Dragon together for read-aloud Thursday. I read-aloud the retelling of Shakespeare’s The Tempest from Beautiful Stories from Shakespeare by Nesbit, How the Rhinoceros Got His Skin from Kipling’s Just So Stories (this isn't the illustrated version that I have, but I can't find mine!), and pages 27-31 from The Aesop for Children. Duncan began reading Charlotte’s Web independently and completed through chapter 6.

We also discussed regular/ irregular past tense verbs and began studying helping verbs. He did pages 56-59 in Easy Grammar 3. He also did pages 62-66 in MCP Phonics Level C. We haven’t used MCP phonics in over a month. I realized it was too easy and ditched it, but we found it under my bed this week and he wanted to do it. He also added his history sentence to his copybook.

Monday and Thursday afternoon he went to Kumon. He did some Kumon math pages at home, some pages in Key to Fractions Book 2, and lessons 40-47 in Saxon Math 65.

This week we talked about fossils using DK Eyewitness Rocks & Minerals. “A fossil is a rock containing the preserved remains of once-living animals or plants.” –DK Eyewitness Rocks & Minerals.

He also watched some science videos from the library: Magic School Bus In the Rainforest, Eyewitness Rock & Mineral, I Dig Fossils, and Zoboomafoo Sense- sational Animal Friends.

History and Geography
Duncan again played with The Seven Continents of the World Jigsaw Book.

We continued studying Mohammed this week.

In the year 610, Mohammed began teaching Islam in Arabia.

We read about Mohammed in the Kingfisher History Encyclopedia. We also looked at Mosque by David Macaulay.

Foreign Language
Duncan used Rosetta Stone Farsi twice this week.

Twice he watched parts of Professor Parrot Speaks Spanish.

Duncan practiced violin about 20 minutes a day except on Monday when we ran out of time. He didn’t have a lesson this week.

We continued looking at Giotto. This week we looked at Giotto is Sister Wendy’s Story of Painting.

Tomorrow we are going to see a local theater production of The King and I. One of Duncan’s closest buddies is having her acting debut as one of the royal children, so Duncan is excited to attend.


  1. I'm so impressed with what all Duncan is learning! Sounds like you are doing a great job and staying on top of things! Good job, Mom! ;)

  2. Mandy ~ I got your comment! LOL!!

    It just goes to show you that great minds DO think alike!! ;)

  3. Sounds like our boys would get along wonderfully. Magic School Bus, Fossils, and Just So Stories! What's not to love. Great week.