Friday, August 6, 2010

Friday- Homeschool Week in Review for Mei

Mei is the dd of a good friend who is permitting me to borrow her a couple of days a week this year. Mei is in the 5th grade and here is what she did at my house this week. This was a fast week for Mei and Duncan. As county fair stuff and life stuff made our days short, we just completed the basics during the two brief periods that she was able to spend with us.

Memory Work
Tell me about Operation Symbols.
Operation Symbols are the action verbs of math. They are symbols such as +, -, x, / that indicate something that needs to be done- an action.

Tell me about proper nouns.
Proper nouns begin with capital letters and name specific persons, places, things, or ideas.

What are the 4 main layers of the sun?
Core, Photosphere, Chromosphere, Corona

List 3 important civilizations of ancient Mesopotamia.
Sumerian, Babylonian, Assyrian

Math drill- reviewing multiplication facts 9s
Saxon 54- finished the book, yay!
Making Math Meaningful Level 5 pp.51-52

Language Arts
Winston Grammar Lesson 2
Daily Handwriting Practice Contemporary Cursive p.4
The Random House Book of Poetry for Children (used selections from 2x this week)

Gombrich’s A Little History Chapters 4-5
Enchanted Learning map of Iraq and Iraq worksheet
Mr. Donn’s History online pages on Sumer, Babylon, and Assyria
World Religions for Children- section on Judaism

Great Science Adventures Space Lessons 3 and 4

Barron’s Spanish Every Day
First half of chapter 1 with index card vocabulary
This casual approach is nice, I plan to cover a chapter in 2 weeks and then review it in the third week.


  1. Sounds like a good week - where are you getting your memory work prompts? Did you make them yourself?

  2. I gather our memory work from what we are studying. In Living Memory the #1 item on Andrew Campbell's general principles to make memory work easier is to memorize in context. He goes on to wrap up his introduction by saying, "the goal is not to pile up trivia... but to nourish the child's mind on what is good, beautiful, and true." I would like to add useful to that list. I am trying to adhere to this. :-)