Weekly Review 10.29.10

This week we did a mini-block on the Salem Witch Trails.  The Peeps have been curious about it but we haven’t really delved into it much.  I figured we would explore it in high school, but since they were interested I decided to give them an age-appropriate introduction to the topic.  That was challenging!  I did find a couple of good books aimed toward younger kids:  Witchcraft in Salem Village and Witch Hunt: It Happened in Salem Village.  (In addition they read The Witch of Blackbird Pond–we are still working on that).  We focused more on the concepts of conformity, prejudice,  problems with the trials from a legal standpoint (logic), and colonial life.  They each wrote a report on what they’d learned and for a project we kept it light– they each started their own herbal tomes that they will continue to work on through out the year, and we cooked some traditional colonial fare.  Here are a few excerpts of the week:

Peep #1's Map

Colonial Life and a Vintage Map of Salem

Peep #2's Main Lesson Book and Herbal "Grimoire"

Peep #2's Report

And here is a sample from their herbals:

Calendula

Elder

We also made the traditional colonial dish, “Pompion” (stewed pumpkin).  It was really good!

Scraping Out the Pumpkin Seeds

Chopping Up the Pumpkin After Roasting

I should have taken a photo of the finished dish, but alas…

For Language Arts/Writing, in addition to a couple more Unjournaling exercises, we continued learning about verb tenses.  This week it was the Present Perfect:

I don’t normally post pictures of their Saxon/Oak Meadow math work… they really don’t make the most exciting photos!  But I thought I’d throw one in this week.  Also, Peep #1 had a Saxon investigation on Compass Drawing, so it seemed like a good time to give him this and have him do one of the pjojects:

A Saxon Math Lesson

Compass Drawing Exercise

Meanwhile, more Land of Pome for Peep #2:

Land of Pome Mazes

She also made a few multiplication flash cards to help reinforce her tables, using blank index cards and watercolor paint.  We focused on the ones she has the most problem with:

Multiplication Flash Cards in Watercolor 🙂

For handwork, we did a little more sewing (Peep #1 sewed up a hole in his pillowcase, Peep #2 sewed a face on the monkey she knit).  The unicorns are still in progress!

Peep #2's "Lily"

We also started making our own autumn banner as described here:

Autumn Banner, Step One!

We’ll continue with the next step (painting) next week.  It was a busy week in general… on Monday we went to a corn maze, and on Friday to a Spooky Pumpkin Walk.  Both were a lot of fun and really got us into the Halloween spirit!

Lost in the Maze...

Enjoying Some Post-Maze Ice Cream!

Spooky Pumpkin Walk


Alien Invasion!

 

Pumpkins...

...pumpkins...

...and more pumpkins!

Recycled Milk-Jug Skeletons-- I love this idea!

And that’s it for now.  Hope everyone has a safe Halloween!