Friday, February 5, 2010

Friday- Homeschool Week in Review for Duncan

Language Arts
Duncan continued his study of Christina Rossetti. He began memorizing his third Rossetti poem. We also read Rossetti poems other than those he is memorizing. He participated in Teatime Tuesday Poetry where we discussed personification, hyperbole, and metaphor in White Fields by James Stephens.

I read aloud pp. 44-46 from Milo Winter’s Aesop for Children. For read-aloud Thursday we read Snowflake Bentley and looked at The Story of a Castle.

Duncan read chapters 5-11 of Sword in the Tree.

Duncan played some in his beginning cursive book, did Wordly Wise Book 2 Lesson 13 and Plaid Phonics C pp.93-97.

Duncan completed Key to Fractions Book 4 pp.27-32, Saxon 65 lessons 64-69, and MEP 3A pp. 9-12. Duncan went to Kumon on Monday and the math tutor on Tuesday. For Kumon he is doing about a hundred fraction problems a day, so we are going to skip the last few pages of Key to Fractions Book 4 and move on to Keys to Decimals Book 1 next week.

Duncan's writing is so light that I had to trace over the answers for them to show up in the photo.

This week Duncan learned about water. He read pp.2-9 in The Wonder in Water. He also memorized the water cycle as listed in Living Memory.

I read aloud chapters 5-7 from The Story Book of Science.

He also watched some science videos from the library: The Best of Beakman’s World (This was a huge hit.) and Bill Nye the Science Guy: Lakes and Ponds. He also watched Sea Monsters: A Prehistoric Adventure that was hanging out on our DVD shelf.

History and Geography
Duncan again played with The Seven Continents of the World Jigsaw Book. We continued looking at the countries of Europe.

We studied the feudalism and read pp.220, 222-231 in the Usborne Internet Linked Encyclopedia of World History. We watched the video Castle by Macaulay and looked at some of the pictures in the book of the same name. We looked at some castle pictures in Anatomy of the Castle and the also the already mentioned Thursday read-aloud The Story of a Castle.

My senior and I were the primary designers and construction crew for this lovely lego castle. Sadly we don’t have enough legos to finish the side walls and the two towers that were planned for the back two corners. Duncan is all for finishing them in red and orange. OTOH- Christian and I don’t want a rainbow castle and since this ended up being our project I may need to buy more legos.

We also made a shield. Since our last name is Persian, I googled Duncan family heraldry. I printed off stuff that Duncan painted and glued to a sheet of red poster board. Voila, a Duncan family shield.

Duncan practiced violin about 20 minutes a day except Thursday when we ran out of time. He also had a lesson Monday afternoon.

We continued looking at the sculptures of Donatello and listening to Gregorian chants.


  1. I love the shield! It sounds like a great week!

  2. Love the castle, it looks great even without being completely finished. And what a great idea to make a shield - I may have to try it out too.

  3. Neat castle and shield. The poetry sounds lovely.

  4. Terrific job on the castle and wonderful week.

  5. Great castle, my ds would love it as well, he can't wait till we get to middle ages.

  6. Love the shield! Sounds like a lovely week.