Saturday, October 3, 2009

Weekly Homeschool Highlights: Week 3 RtR

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For Bible this week we learned who authored the books of the New Testament from Matthew to 2 Timothy.

We also practiced looking up verses from each of those books, read the verses aloud and discussed what those verses meant.

It was a simple but good time of study.

One verse, 2 Corinthians 5:7, which says, "For we walk by faith, not by sight;" really blessed us when Brigitta shared what this verse meant to her.

She equated walking by faith with a blind person that must trust and rely on a guide dog.

She said that since we only see in part here on earth, that to trust and depend on the God through the work of the Holy Spirit is letting Him lead us and guide us and protect us-- just like a guide dog would.

We were so blessed by that!


History this week covered more Roman Cities and Homes, the Dead Sea Scrolls, Judas Maccabeus and Hanukkah.

We continued to read through Augustus Caesar's World and color in our "historical figures" sheets from that book.

We also did a tiny bit of map work on the division of the Roman Empire between Antony and Octavian:

Kurt (3rd)


Brigitta (5th)


Leisl (7th)


In Latin we learned, quinque = five and sex = six.


Math has been challenging for all three (in a good way) but I have had to get creative with teaching and reinforcing.

For Kurt we pulled out our trusty money box to help him with money-based addition and subtraction.


For Brigitta it was practice, practice, practice of multiples and factors:



Leisl finally reached the point of her first test and did well enough that she is not required to do all the problems any more. She is very happy about that!

Spelling
Our little peanut started Spelling Power this year.

"You vexed me this time."



"But I will be victorious the next!"


In other projects...

We didn't do the waxed tablet project from week 1 mainly because I hadn't made a trip to Michael's to pick up the clay. And once I thought about it I realized I didn't want to make it out of cardboard for multiple reasons. One being that all the projects we do are usually done in triplicate and sometimes it's just a lot of prep.

So I finally took a quiet evening and went by myself to Michael's and pondered my options.

I finally came home with these little trays ($1.49/each)--



And since I color code our children, I also bought packages of multi-colored non-drying clay--


It took two bricks each to fill the tray--




Someone was very proud of how smooth she was able to make her clay...


I was originally going to make a book-type cover for the tablets using strong paper for the hinge but honestly I was too lazy get out all my bookmaking materials and measure/cut supplies.

I also realized I was going to have the styluses all over the house so (enlisting the help of Papa) I opted to buy a second tray and hinge it on so the stylus had a place to rest inside the tablet--




Papa, you know being Papa, suggested using magnets to keep it closed.


So that's our week in a nutshell. Nothing too exciting-- simply practicing being faithful to plug away doing the next right thing.


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9 comments:

Abby said...

Loved the idea with the tablets! Ideas for next year...

Do you like Spelling Power? I'm not so sure I like what we are using with our youngest.

What a great week, thanks again for hosting!

Lainie said...

Abby we do like Spelling Power. MFW starts Spelling Power at 3rd grade. In 2nd our son did the suggested spelling by Rod and Staff.

HTH

Erna said...

How great to peek into RTR. :0) It looks like we have quite a bit of fun coming our way in the future. :0)

Nicole said...

Great to see what other are doing! We are doing ECC but I love to see what we have to look forward to as we move through the different years!

Tammi Kay said...

I love Kurt's faces. That kid cracks my up.
I also love Brigitta's insights. When do our kids suddenly get smarter than we are?

Kysha said...

I love Kurt's faces too! He looks like such a little character. Thanks for sharing such great ideas. So much to remember for next year! ;-)

Katherine Bailey said...

Looking forward to starting in a few weeks...lucky me, I get to cheat off you and get ideas ahead of time :)

We just got All In One English for Kylie when we ordered our manual, what's not working? I haven't really had a chance to look through it yet, I was hoping it would be great...

Katherine Bailey said...

Looking forward to starting in a few weeks...lucky me, I get to cheat off you and get ideas ahead of time :)

We just got All In One English for Kylie when we ordered our manual, what's not working? I haven't really had a chance to look through it yet, I was hoping it would be great...

MarshaMarshaMarsha said...

Now those are some fancy tablets!

I know for a fact that I probably wouldn't have gotten it done at my house. I have a whole cabinet of undone projects (both science and history and "fun").

simply practicing being faithful to plug away doing the next right thing.

Very profound. I like it so much I will have to write it down.

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