Weekly Report 10.22.10

It was a good week, despite two really light school days.  On Wednesday the weather was so beautiful… warm and sunny.  We have so few left before the cold weather sets in, so I set the Peeps free in the afternoon to play outside!  Thursday we spent the day at my sister’s visiting.  I did bring a few things for them to do, but mostly they just enjoyed visiting with their aunt and grandparents.  🙂

That said, we did finish up their two current blocks.  Peep #1 did the last four Egyptian god/dess pages.  Here are a couple of those (sorry for the blurry photos this week; I had to use my camera phone!):



He did a little tie in to math with learning about how the Egyptians used the length of fingers, palm, and forearm as a tool for measuring:


Another math sheet.  He learned about different polygons in Saxon this week, and I had him do a page to help reinforce it.  Some of them were challenging for him to draw, so I pan to have him repeat this exercise next week.


Peep #2 finished up her Botany block– for now.  We’ll do another week or two in the spring.  Here are some examples of her work this week:


Copywork: "Trees", and more Conifers

We are learning about different herbs and their medicinal qualities (this will extend past the Botany block), so she did a page on Lavender.  The second page shows the spore prints we did for mushrooms last week.  She also did a sun print of a fern leaf which was so pretty, but by the next day it had faded away.  We must have done something wrong!

Bye Bye Botany (for now!)

Another example from the Land of Pome math activities:

Pick up Pennies

A painting lesson on symetry:


And we also read about the origin of numbers and counting in The History of Counting.  We made our own Sumerian counting beads out of baked clay:

Sumerian Counting

Sumerian Counting Beads

I’ve been wanting to teach the Peeps to sew for a long time, so this week for handwork we made bean bags.  I was surprised at how quickly they took to it– especially Peep #1.  His stitches were so neat and straight!  He keeps surprising me with this stuff!

Sewing 101

Bean Bags!

Peep #2 and I finished the first side/half of our knitted unicorn.  I’ll update that photo on the Needles page later today.  For art we worked on some water color painting, blowing the colors around with straws to see what we got:

Painting with Straws!

Spridery, Ghostly Prints, Just in Time for Halloween

We also played around with our beeswax block crayons, working on a lesson from Coloring with Block Crayons.  In this one, the goal was to draw the sky at different times of the day using different colors for the sky (i.e. yellow for dawn, purple for evening):

The Changing Sky- Peep #2

Peep #1's Changing Sky

That’s it for this week.  Til next time!

Weekly Review 10.15.10

Busy week!  On Monday we went on a field trip to Devil’s Hopyard in East Haddam, CT.  The scenery was spectacular as the leaves are starting to peak now.  We talked about the local geography of the area, the lore surrounding the name “Devil’s Hopyard,” and the importance of Chapman Falls to the local mill industry.

Chapman Falls at Devil's Hopyard

Chapman Falls

There were also lots of interesting rock formations that we saw and later read about, including glacial puckering, rock shelters, folds and mineral deposits (biotite and quartz crystals).

Brimfield Schist


At home the Peeps wrote and illustrated the legend of Devil’s Hopyard, which says that the Christian Devil, while passing through, got so mad when his tail got wet in the falls that he stomped the ground leaving the huge pothole formations the falls are known for.  They’re actually caused by rocks getting caught and spinning in the current.  I tried to get pictures of them but unfortunately they didn’t come out!

Meanwhile, Peep #1 continued with his Egyptian God/Goddesses pages:



He also made a canopic jar, which didn’t turn out as well as his Anubis.  He still liked it though. 🙂

Canopic Jar

Peep #2 continued to work on her Botany block.  She’s enjoying it so much that she wants to do one more week.  I had planned to do two weeks in the fall, two in the spring, but since she’s having so much fun with it we’ll continue.  Here are some examples of the things she did this week:

The Seven Plant Families

Sprouting Beans to Chart Growth

Chalkboard Drawing: Metamorphosis


Making a Spore Print from Mushrooms


Creating a Terrarium

Watercolor Echinacea

She also did some more Math activities from Land of Pome, as well as some illustrations to reinforce the “Time and Measurement” lesson from Oak Meadow Math 5:

Wheel of the Year

In Grammar, they both learned about the Present Perfect, Past Perfect, and Future Perfect tenses.  We will be exploring this more next week:

Peep #1's Halloween-Themed Tenses Page

Finally, we finished our leaf garland and strung it above the kitchen chalk board! (Don’t look too closely; you’ll see our mistake in one of the leaves. ;))

Leaf Garland

We also made these really pretty window leaf transparencies using dried leaves and wax paper.  We framed the first one but then decided we liked them better free floating, like leaves being blown about wildly against the windows…

Ironing the leaves between sheets of wax paper

Peep #1's Turn at the Iron

Cooled and Ready to Be Cut Out

All Done!

Weekly Review 10.1.2010

Some of this week’s goings-on:

For math, Peep #2 has been working on multiplication stars.  She loves creating these, and since it’s reinforcing her times tables I let her run with it.

Okay, the last one isn’t strictly multiplication, but I thought it was clever and included it anyway!  Also, she’s been having a little trouble remembering rounding up/down with place value, especially with the bigger numbers.  So, inspired once again by something I saw at Our Little Nature’s Nest, I made her a place value game.  Using three large sheet of paper, she drew three trees with three holes in them each.  The holes represent each place value from one to one hundred million.  I made some “fairy stones” for her numbered 0-9 (hard to see in the photo) and put them in a twinkly silver-white pouch along with a die.  Finally, I constructed a basic game spinner:

Fairy Woods Place Value Game

Fairy Stones

First she rolls the dice and fills in the spaces with the numbers.   Then she uses the spinner to round that number “to the nearest”.  I left out ones since she doesn’t really need practice with that.  🙂

In Writing/Grammar, we learned about the origins of Drama, read about William Shakespeare, and re-read some favorite “younger” versions of Mac Beth, The Tempest, Romeo and Juliet, Twelfth Night, and A Midsummer Night’s Dream.  I had them illustrate a page for the Tempest, but forgot to take photos of those!  Peep #1’s pages:

They both copied an Autumn poem into their books and illustrated it; and Peep #2 made a review page for the 8 parts of speech:

Autumn Poem/8 Parts of Speech Review

In History, I gave Peep #1 an oral “quiz” on what he’s learned about Ancient Egypt so far and was very impressed!  He did an Eye of Horus fraction activity from Great Scott! and illustrated a page about it, made pages on the Sphinx (including another  “stained glass” picture) and the Great Pyramid at Giza.  Next week he wants to move on to Egyptian gods and goddesses.

Peep #2 is wrapping up her Prehistoric Era lessons, so she didn’t do much this week related to that.  She did make another fossil page and then worked on excavating her “Dino Dig” project:

Excavation! Budding Archeologist at Work...

Next week she starts part one of the Botany Block.  We’re both excited about this– I have some fun things planned!

The Week in Pictures -September 13, 2010

Mostly in pictures because I don’t have time today for much else!

Peep #1 started the week with a woodworking project:  making a multiplication board with his Dad.  This is the first woodworking he’s ever done!  Not the prettiest thing in the world, but I was so proud of him.  He will actually have to make a new one because the bark around this one is peeling really bad and gets everywhere, but we will keep this one for outside play!

Multiplication Board

A small selection of their work this week.  We are experimenting with binders this year, as well as lined paper for lesson books.   So far, the binder gets a thumbs up.  It’s especially good for Peep #1 because he’s writing reports (he did one on Ramses II this week) and he can print and file them neatly in the binder.  The lined notebooks, however, thumbs down.  I don’t like how the lines show through her illustrations… so, for the next lesson block we will be using plain white notebooks.

From Peep #1’s Ancient Egypt lesson book:

Stained Glass Pharoah

Sketch of his plan for a plaster of paris wall relief

Map of Ancient Egypt

Some of the work Peep #2 did this week:


Grammar Lesson Book- Figurative Language

Grammar Lesson Book- Literal Language

Grammar Lesson Book- Personification

Grammar Lesson Book- poetry selection

And from her Prehistoric Lesson Book:


A Trilobite

A cut-and-paste map of pangea

Prehistoric Time Line

How plants moved from water to land.

And a fun project Peep #2 and I did for Math this week, using a little fabric paint, a plain white t-shirt, and an apple!

Fibonacci Fruit Tee

On Friday, we did some more water color painting, form drawing, and tried finger knitting for the first time.  Peep #1 decided to use his as a headband; Peep #2 made a necklace:

Finger knitted headband and necklace.

And yes, Peep #2 is EXTREMELY annoyed with her dear brother in this photo. LOL

That’s the week in a nutshell.  I’ll try to post a more detailed review next time!