Friday, September 17, 2010

Friday- Week in Review for Duncan

Duncan is my 2nd grader.

Well, I have not been up to par this week, so we didn’t do as much as I had planned. However, we did trudge along and covered what needed to be so that we wouldn’t end up behind schedule especially in MCT with Duncan, Saxon with Mei, and the history and science that they do together. Oh, and they continued with their memory cards and Duncan did Song School Latin.

In language arts we began MCT’s The Music of the Hemispheres and Mei and Duncan began memorizing the witches’ chant from Macbeth- “Double, double toil and trouble.” I would like to them to have it memorized by 10/8 , but I really want them to have it memorized for Halloween! Duncan also covered prepositional phrases in Grammar Island and some handwriting. What we didn’t cover was our SL stuff- his reader, activity sheet, and MCT Word Study D. I have high hopes that he will catch up in his reader this weekend, but I think that we will be skipping the activity sheet and next week pick up word study where we left off.

Fortunately, the section of Saxon covered fractions. As Kumon has already beat Duncan over the head with fractions, I didn’t need to use my limited voice to explain his lessons. He did some problems in lessons 52-59, but we really focused where I am not seeing speed and accuracy- decimal problems. I feel naughty for skipping problems in Saxon! LOL

Moving on to science and history, Duncan and Mei covered Alexander the Great using a variety of materials. They explored Uranus and Neptune in science. They also watched the Magic School Bus video that covers weather/ the water cycle, not because it was relevant to anything we are doing but just ‘cause they wanted to watch Magic School Bus- so there.

Last week's Saturn that Duncan wanted me to post.

Mei's Neptune 
Past this is just my accountability journal. If you are interested in reading everything that I am logging as school this week, continue. If not, don’t bother. The rest is boring.
Memory Work
Tell me about a prepositional phrase.
A prepositional phrase begins with a preposition and ends with its object. In a sentence a prepositional phrase acts as either an adjective or an adverb.

List some common prepositions that do not indicate location.
about, after, against, before, down, except, off, until

What is a mnemonic phrase to remember the order of the planets?
My Very Excellent Mother Just Served Us Nachos.

Tell me about Alexander the Great.
Alexander the Great, 356B.C. to 323B.C., became king of Greece at 20 and went on to conquer Asia Minor, Egypt, Persia, and Northern India.

Kumon Math (not daily)
Saxon 76- Lessons 52-59

Language Arts
Betsey and Tacy GO Over the Big Hill chapter 4 (reader)
Handwriting Help for Kids: Create Cursive
MCT Grammar Island pp.115-123; he completed the story maker on p.121 & 166 (in addition to identifying the underlined part of speech we analyzed some of these for words and parts of a sentence.)
Music of the Hemispheres pp.4-13
The Random House Poetry book on Thursday

Gombrich’s A Little History Chapter 12
colored in an Alexander the Great Mini-book
You Wouldn’t Want to Be in Alexander the Great’s Army
Usborne Internet-Linked Encyclopedia of World History pp.160-161

Great Science Adventures- Lessons 16 and 17
(Uranus and Neptune)

Song School Latin Lesson 8