Friday, November 5, 2010

Friday Week in Review

Duncan is my 2nd grader.
Mei is my friend’s 5th grader.

Our science and history memory work.
List 3 types of muscle.
The 3 types of muscles are skeletal, smooth, and cardiac.

Tell me about the fall of Rome.
Taxes, slavery, unemployment, and diseases all contributed to the fall of Rome. The last emperor of the Western Roman Empire was deposed by the Goths in 476.

Duncan's memory work for math and LA.
List the names and characteristics of 6 quadrilaterals.
trapezium- no sides parallel
trapezoid- one pair of parallel sides
parallelogram- two pairs of parallel sides
rhombus- parallelogram with equal sides
rectangle- parallelogram whose corners form right angles
square- rectangle with equal length sides

Tell me about possessive pronouns.
Possessive pronouns show ownership and they never need an apostrophe.

List the possessive pronouns.
my, mine, our, ours
your, yours
his, her, hers, its, their, theirs

Mei’s memory work for math and LA.
skip count by 8's and by 9's
8, 16, 24, 32, 40, 48, 56, 64, 72, 80, 88, 96
9, 18, 27, 36, 45, 54, 63, 72, 81, 90, 99, 108

Tell me about conjunctions.
A conjunction joins two words or two groups of words together.

Language Arts
In poetry we continued with MCT’s The Music of the Hemispheres and Sentence Island. Duncan and I continued reading Arabel’s Raven finished story one. Duncan and I also read Who in the World Was the Acrobatic Empress? The Story of Theodora. At my house Mei read a several fables from Why Snails Have Shells and some more in Ballet Shoes. They both did some handwriting and some grammar (Mei- Winston Grammar, Duncan- Practice Island). They both began NaNoWriMo and are doing very well. On the other hand I admit defeat. I do not have the time in my day to write 2000 words- at least not this year.

Mei has completed through lesson 47 in Saxon 65 and continued working in her Kumon multiplication workbook. Duncan is really squatting in order of operations at Kumon. He has been sitting here for what seems like forever, so this week we really just looked at Kumon worksheets.

Moving on to history, Duncan and Mei covered Chapter 18 of Gombrich’s A Little History. We also read a couple of pages in Kingfisher and the section on Justinian and Theodora out of Power Basics World History 1. We made three minibooks titled: the modern country of Turkey, The Byzantine Empire, and Justinian & Theodora.

Duncan's front in green. Mei's inside in pink.

Outside of Mei's in pink. Inside of Duncan's in green.

We discussed the bones and muscles in Great Science Adventures. We did the chicken bone in vinegar, but it wasn't very spongy, so we returned it to the vinegar and will check it again next Tuesday. They looked over the muscle section in DK’s The Human Body Book and finished their cool skeletal and muscular systems lapbooks.

Outside of Mei's in purple. Interior right side of Duncan's on right.

Outside of Mei's minibook on left. Inside of Duncan's minibooks on right.

Inside of Mei's minibook on left. Outside of Duncan's minibook on right.

Other Stuff
Mei and Duncan went out trick-or-treating and raked in quite a lot of loot. My neighborhood is fabulous at Halloween.

Goddess and Ninja

They sort the candy by type and then toss all the unwanted candy into the center. You can grab candy you do want from each others discard. When all was said and done, Mei gathered the unwanted candy to take to swim team.
Unwanted Candy in the Middle

Eating lots of candy

Mei had her face painted at Chik-fil-A on Tuesday family night.

Duncan went to violin on Wednesday.

Grayson had a birthday and turned 17! Woohoo!


  1. What a fun week! How fun for Duncan to get to have a classmate! ;)

    I like the human body lapbook. I can't wait to get back around to that in science!

  2. Teehee, my kids also organize and trade their candy----at ages 17, 15 and 10! The unwanteds get taken to dh's office or they "disappear" LOL

  3. Terrific week. Beautiful costumes too. I like the way you organized you memory work.

  4. And 17? Happy birthday. It goes by too fast.

  5. Happy Birthday, Grayson!

    Looks like you all had a fun and sugary week. LOL.