Friday, March 26, 2010

School Update From Weeks 11-22

Tap, tap... anyone there? {grin}  Hi ({{{waving}}}

We just finished Week 22, can you believe it??

I would love to post each missing week from the highlights but I don't think that is going to happen.

We've been busy.  There are days that have been very hard but they have also been very good too.
Enough jabbering... here are a bunch of pictures to show what we've been up to.

The biggest blessing in Bible and History is our addition of the Word of Promise CD's.

We read some passages but now we also listen to these excellent readings.  Just hearing Jim Caviezel (who played Jesus in The Passion) read all through Luke has been so insightful.

The entire set was an early birthday present from Nana and Auntie Cindy.  It is very much appreciated.  The kids don't ever want to turn it off and are quite disappointed when we move on to our history portion.

God and the History of Art

Some science...

We were supposed to make a solar system out of paper but that actually seemed like more work than picking up the little styrofoam kit from Michael's. 

 Kurt and Brigitta lost momentum on the painting so Leisl jumped in since she loves to paint.  She's not even doing the same science but helped out anyway.

She kinda took the planets up a notch...

My detailed-oriented first born made sure that "New Zealand has clouds, that it was raining in Scotland but," she gave Cardiff, "fine weather for a change."

Oh my.

Here is the completed model:

In history, we are now, thankfully, full swing into the Middle Ages.  Leisl has become quite the expert on this period of time with all the research she does.  She has been a great help as we study through.

All the kids had such a hard time with our study on Islam.  It just made them so sad and they didn't want to notebook it.  I said they could do a compare and contrast and were very relieved.

We also covered the Byzantine Empire:

The Crusades and Vikings:

 We made crests on shields:

Brigitta did an amazing job on her Book of Kells notebooking sheet:

And miscellaneous notebooking pages not in order :)

 And I particularly loved Leisl's monk notebooking:

We've started our castle but it is slow going.

We're on our last read aloud for the year (Dangerous Journey: The Story of Pilgrim's Progress)

The Captain was reading,"... the slough of despond" and Nana thought he said,

"The slouch of the pond?!"

On that note, I'll close our little update and bid you all a good night :)

Until next time...


Jimmie said...

Really, really amazing notebooking pages. And the little earth. Impressive.

Kathi said...

WOW...ya'll are doing so well with school, and all the Activities...I will not be showing this post to my children (lest they Really see my crafting failure :).

Seriously though, DITTO what Jimmie said, the Notebooking pages are Outstanding!

We're doing the Stained Glass Window activity this week with Brian's Mom...looks like they turned out nice (and easy, hence the reason they're getting done:).

Have a great weekend Ms!

DaintyDecker said...

I have been so anxiously awaiting for you to post for the Homeschool Highlights since I found it! Your kids notebook pages look so good! I love your daughters earth. She did a fantastic job!! Thank you so much for sharing.

Lainie said...

Hi Dainty Decker! Welcome! I thought she did a great job too. Especially considering she used Crayola Poster Paint!

Hi Kathi, It's been a tough year, hasn't it? I can't believe all you do with still having "littles" in your house. We only have three and my "baby" will be 9 in April. I can't believe it.

We stalled out on the anatomy models (very hard on Brigitta because of her issues) so I thought I would try to revive science when we started the Astronomy section.

I didn't do any of the "crafting"-- the kids did it. I just took pictures of the model when they were finished.

I can't wait to see the Stain Glass activity. I'm sure it will be awesome :)

Thanks Jimmie! Leisl and I were just talking about how grown-up Sprite looks recently. Your baby girl is quite the young lady.
Tell her "Hi" from us.

MarshaMarshaMarsha said...

Okay, that earth totally kicked butt! Such great detail! I am impressed.

I haven't been checking here in forever because I thought you weren't going to be blogging. boo hoo for me missing out on all the wonderfulness that is Lainie but YAY that you are writing here again!!!

MB said...

So Sorry I didn't put up the homeschool highlights last week due to Easter. I will for sure this week! I love the pics. You are amazing. You should link to this one this week...its a great post. On a funny note, Wordpress pulled my blog off the cyber shelf today because it thought I was a "get rich quick scheme". What??? I homeschool. Oh, its just a cover though. Really, I just sit at home and dream of ways to get rich. My kids really work in sweat shops and I steal money from little old ladies. ;)

Lisa said...

Wow! I know you finished this last year but I had to peek back to see what you did in RTR since that's what we're doing this year. The notebooking pages are amazing! They make ours seem a bit boring an incomplete! Seriously, you all did such a nice job with detail in the writing and drawings. I'm inspired. :)

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