We had another short week here, as both Agent E and I felt a little under the weather on Monday. Still, we managed to fit a lot of school fun into Tuesday through Friday.
Our days were overshadowed by sad news, however. Earlier this week our adorable little kitty cat and homeschool mascot, Agent C, died after a brief illness. She was 12 (we think . . . she could have been older) and had lived with us for 10 years. This is the first time in 21 years there is no cat in my house. It will be an adjustment.
A bit of happy news, as well . . . on Friday Dear Hubby was promoted, and we all got to be there.
|The Agents "helping"|
Here’s a summary of our homeschool week:
Math: The Senior Agents finished up another Life of Fred book, and are looking forward to more. Agent E is almost done with her Brain Quest 3 workbook and should be moving on to 4 soon. Agent J is working on double-digit addition and subtraction.
Language Arts: This week we didn’t start any new topics. Instead, we reviewed the parts of speech we’ve covered so far: nouns, verbs, adjectives, and adverbs. Decided that some of the written work I had planned was a bit much for Agent J (2nd) so moving forward only Agent E (4th) will be completing it, and I’ll find something new for Agent J.
Geography/Science: We continued our look at the solar system, including the sun, planets, and dwarf planets. We could definitely spend more time on this, but we’re kind of anxious to get more into our geography spine book. We’ll begin focusing on Earth’s formation and composition next.
History/Science: We didn’t really do too much specific to our human evolution or early history studies this week. We actually returned from our trip a day later than we planned, so we didn’t get to the library on Sunday to load up on our intended books. Next up for history is ancient Egypt, which I’m guessing will last longer than one week. We did manage to squeeze in two science experiments, though: diffusion and making a naked egg.
|It was bouncy and popped like a balloon|
Health: As part of our detailed human body study, we looked at animal cells in more detail and now the Agents want to make a cell cake. If we succeed, I’ll be sure to share in next week’s wrap-up.
Art/Music: We did not touch on art or music this week. Next week is our first attempt to hit every subject at least once. We’ll see how that goes. We’re still reacquainting ourselves with a year-round school schedule and figuring out how to best pace ourselves.