Friday, September 30, 2011

Week in Review- Duncan (wk9 - 1 day of 36) Woohoo, 1/4 of the Year!

Duncan is my 8yo. Woohoo, we are ¼ of the way through our official year! Tonight I plan to begin putting together a portfolio. I have never done such a thing and oddly I am kind of excited about it. Anyway, here is week 9 minus one day of third grade:

On Time4Learning Duncan completed at least one activity each day in Language Arts, Language Arts Extensions, Math, Science, and Social Studies. Here is a breakdown of how much time (hours: minutes: seconds) he ended up spending on T4L this week:

LA 3 and LA extensions 3, combined- 2:09:04 (Agreement, Editing)
Math 4- 0:45:40 (Division)
Science 3- 0:47:17 (Energy)
Social Studies 3- 0:51:02 (Charts & Graphs)

So, 4:33:03 is the total time that Duncan spent doing the computer portion of T4L this week.

Classical Conversations
For Foundations Duncan listened to the week 1-4 memory work for English, science, Latin, geography, and timeline from a CD that was made here locally. From the Classical Conversations online tutorial he listened to the songs for history sentences from weeks 1-4.

Duncan continued studying Essentials of the English Language Grammar. This week he began nouns and continued reviewing the previous material.

In Essentials IEW composition this week, Duncan completed lesson 3 in U.S. History-Based Writing Lessons, Volume 1. In this lesson he completed an IEW Key Word Outline from a paragraph about Jamestown. He then rewrote the paragraph and included a strong verb, an adverb, an quality adjective, a vocabulary word, alliteration. This is actually a rough draft. Next week he will be editing it as he learns about sentence openers and who/which clauses.

In Foerster’s Algebra this week Duncan finished Chapter 4 section5 and started section 6. He worked at Khan Academy one day for 12 minutes and received a proficiency in negative number word problems. He also spent between 20 and 30 minutes doing Kumon math four days. This week he began looking at functions in Mathematics: A Human Endeavor by Harold Jacobs.

Language Arts
In language arts he reviewed words from Spelling Plus and finished pages 32-36 in Spectrum Phonics and Word Study Grade 5. He completed week three of Daily Language Arts Review, Grade 4. He read pp.247-285 (seven stories) in The Beginner’s Bible. Duncan finished the second chapter of Edcon Publishing’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream. (We totally forgot this last week!) He also continued Jacob’s Ladder Reading Comprehension Level 1 and completed two more poems.

In history Duncan read chapter 9 in Land of Liberty and continued George Washington by Cheryl Harness.

In addition to T4L, in Classical Conversations we reviewed the scientific method and did an experiment about muscle types. Duncan also cut out leg muscles for a human body that we will be assembling at the end of the semester.

Music, Drama and Art
He practiced violin almost every day this week and his lesson this week went well.

Duncan’s art and drama classes were fabulous again. In art they discussed Vincent Van Gogh and it was such a nice day and that they took their sketchbooks outside.

At Classical Conversations we continued our six weeks of drawing with Drawing with Children. We completed some upside down images, reviewed circles, dots, lines, angles, and curves, and drew Leo the Lion.

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