Friday, November 19, 2010

Friday- Week in Review

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

Is it Friday again?!
We have finished week 16 and next week we will be taking time off from school to celebrate Thanksgiving. Hopefully, Duncan will not be sick, but this week both Mei and Duncan had a pretty good case of the sniffles.

Our poetry, science and history memory work.
Poem 2
The Tiger by William Blake

What does the cardiovascular system consist of?
The cardiovascular system consists of blood, the heart, and the blood vessels.

Tell me about Muhammad.
At age 40 Muhammad received his first revelation from God. Three years after this Muhammad started preaching these revelations and by the time he died most of the Arabian Peninsula had converted to Islam.

Duncan's memory work for math and LA.
Tell me the order of operations.
Please excuse (my dear) (Aunt Sally)                        
parentheses, exponents,
multiplication/division from left to right,                                                           
addition/subtraction from left to right

List the 5 uses of a noun within a sentence.
subject, direct object, indirect object, object of preposition, possessive
Stuffy nose Duncan in front of the computer
Mei’s memory work for math and LA.
What is circumference?
The length of the smooth curve that makes a circle. Circumference is to a circle as perimeter is to a polygon.

Tell me about interjections.
An interjection is an emotion word.

Mei and her weekly Chik-fil-A face painting. It was supposed to be a bouquet, but it looks like an ice cream cone!

Language Arts
Together we continued with MCT’s The Music of the Hemispheres and Sentence Island. Duncan continued reading from Open Court titled From Sea to Shining Sea. He finished section one which wrapped up with a Thanksgiving story. At my house Mei began reading from Open Court’s Sound of the Sea. I like the stories, but I think that I would prefer to use something that has some guidance. I lean toward McGuffey, because I can get it online free. However, I would like to have a nice textbook like Glencoe or EMC Paradigm.

We reviewed nouns- definition, proper, plural, collective. They both began working on a parts of speech lapbook. We spent way more time than I had anticipated decorating the front of the lapbook.

Duncan left. Mei right.
Mei's minibook

inside Duncan's lapbook
Inside Mei's minibook

Mei has completed through lesson 50 in Saxon 65 and finished her Kumon multiplication workbook. She continued working in Math Mammoth Blue Series- Fractions 1. Duncan did Kumon and continued Math Mammoth Blue Series- The Four Operations. They both completed Hands on Equations Lessons 1 and 2. It is sooo nifty! I am so glad I finally worked up to spending the money on it.

Moving on to history, Duncan and Mei covered Chapter 20 of Gombrich’s A Little History. We also completed an Enchanted Learning worksheet on the Saudi Arabia and made a minibook on Charles Martel.
Duncan green. Mei pink.

This week we discussed the circulatory system in Great Science Adventures and looked over this section in DK’s The Human Body Book.

Other Stuff
On Monday we did the cub scout and Kumon thing. On Tuesday we went to Chik-fil-A's family night. On Wednesday Duncan went to violin, Grayson went to his math tutor, and we went to the library. On Thursday we took Grayson to his IEW composition class, Cici’s Pizza and 4-H. Then, Thursday night Duncan, Grayson and I went to see Harry Potter with Mei and Sarah (my friend and Mei’s mom)!


  1. You had a great week. Your grammar lapbook is INSPIRING! We're doing parts of speech as part of our memory work too, and I see a minibook coming on :)

  2. Don't you just love lapbooks? They're so good cementing material into their brains!

    Our kids love CiCi's here!

  3. VERY VERY COOL lapbooks I need to add some of those we haven't done any this year so far !!!

  4. I can't believe what all Duncan is learning in just 2nd grade (PEMDAS?! - WOW!)!! ;)

    About the cabbage soup, ... Would you believe that the same child that made that horrible face over the soda ate all the soup and commented on the yummy broth?! He's been a "good eater" since he started on baby food! Peaceful, ... not so much! ;)

    Have a great week off, and enjoy your Thanksgiving! Hope you all get better/stay well! ;)

  5. A full week and I really like the lapbook.

  6. A terrific week. I like the lapbooks. Are you using the videos for Hands on Equations or just the books?

  7. We are using the videos. As we have only watched 2, I haven't determined if the video instruction was worth the cost.

  8. I love your parts of speech lapbooks, what a great idea!


  9. Your parts of speech lapbook is wonderful. We need to do create something similar!

  10. I'm totally loving your lapbook as well! Sorry 'bout the sniffles...we had them too.