09 October 2015

Agent Homeschooling 2015-2016: Week 15

This week I’m trying a new format and simply bullet-listing what we worked on in each subject. This would also be known as, it’s week 15 of these updates and full sentences/paragraphs are too much for this incredibly lazy blogger. I’ve also given up on listing PE as a separate category because I can only say we don’t do anything formal but still get lots of exercise and sometimes walk around the block so many different ways.

Math
  • practiced multiplication tables (both Agents, adjusted for grade level)
  • introduced two-digit addition using carrying and using partial sums (Agent J)
  • introduced adding and subtracting fractions with unlike denominators (Agent E)
  • reviewed coin values and making change (Agent J)
  • read another selection from the Sir Cumference series
  • started reading Life of Fred Jelly Beans (Agent E)

Language Arts
  • learned about sentence structure (independent clauses vs. sentence fragments)
  • reviewed types of punctuation
  • differentiated between types of sentences (declarative, interrogative, exclamatory, command)
  • introduced prefixes and suffixes and how they change root words
  • read All The Books (per our usual)

Spanish
  • reviewed numbers one through ten (pronouncing and spelling)
  • practiced saying the Spanish alphabet
  • discussed the difference between the formal and informal use of “you"
  • learned a few common words/phrases (hello, how are you, my name is)
  • introduced days of the week and months of the year

Geography
  • learned about the formation of volcanoes
  • discussed what happens when a volcano erupts and what is considered an “active” volcano
  • read stories about different volcanic eruptions around the world at different times in history
  • re-read Vacation Under the Volcano (a Magic Tree House favorite)
  • looked at photos from our trip to Pompeii (which neither of them remember; they were 2 and 4)



History
  • wrapped up the “really ancient history” (3000-700 BCE) section of our spine book
  • talked about the metal ages
  • discussed the finding of King Tut’s tomb
  • read a story about the life of an Egyptian scribe
  • found a reference to the Ark of the Covenant, which led to a desire to re-watch all the Indiana Jones movies (except Temple of Doom, because it’s creepy)
  • continued last week’s look at Hinduism (some world religions we spend one week on, some two)

Science
  • discussed the differences between pouched, egg-laying, and placental mammals
  • learned about “extreme” mammals (fastest, largest, smallest, loudest, tallest, etc.)
  • watched Lions: Spy in the Den (hosted by our favorite narrator, David Attenborough, and available on Netflix)
  • continued reading through the book Evolution Revolution (focusing this week on genes)

Health
  • began reading through the series of body books by Robie H. Harris (seriously; these are great)
  • talked about the differences between bacteria and viruses
  • completed the first of several planned germ experiments
  • decided to temporarily put our human body systems study on hold and focus on germs and more general “staying healthy” info

Art
  • looked at Renaissance art (1400s-1500s), including Italian, Northern European, and German styles (very briefly; mostly they just tried to find the weirdest aspect of each sample in the book)
  • introduced rules of perspective
  • read about the “fools” (court jesters) of Medieval and Renaissance times
  • reviewed art history topics covered to this point

Music
  • studied the contributions of Ziryab (on music as well as food, fashion, and hygiene)
  • practiced keyboard and recorder (primarily Agent E, although Agent J is beginning to take an interest)
  • reviewed music history topics covered to this point
  • began mini unit study on types of instruments (with coloring pages, because, coloring pages)

2 comments:

  1. They are too cute in their sunglasses!

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  2. Your girls are adorable and learning tons from you! Well done, mamma!

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