I have been having problems accessing Blogger (the site has been blocked) for several months now. This is serious hampering my ability to post :). I haven't forgotten about this blog and I do intend to keep up with it more regularly, I think that I'm just going to have to find a different host or way to go about it. Anyways just wanted to let those of you who keep up with us that posting will be sporadic at best until I figure out a solution.
I can't believe that we have finished our first quarter already! I knew that we were starting early so that we could take off while we are in the States, but it just seems so early to have finished the first 9 weeks. I guess time flies when your having fun! Here's what we accomplished this week...
Language Arts: We spent the week reviewing our last 5 spelling lessons. We also played spelling baseball (not a hit) and spelling bingo (definitely a hit). We learned several more Latin nouns this week with Prima Latina. We also completed another analysis and imitation week with Aesop and several KISS grammar lessons. Princess read Stone Fox, which she loved. We also started reading Farmer Boy which princess has enjoyed, but I have found terribly boring to read, hopefully it will get better.
Math: We learned about liters and milliliters this week. This was our first section in the capacity unit and princess handled it well, but then again metric units are so much easier!
Science: We started studying the metalloid group. Princess was very interested to find out where we can find the elements boron and silicon. She still thinks that its cool that we are learning about what things are made of.
History: We studied Charles the 3rd and the 4th. We also looked at the Great Fire in London. Here's a project that princess did all on her own this week.. Other: We're still settling in, so none of the extras got done this week.
Now is the time to order your printed copy of Intro to Science! We will be putting our order into the printer on August 28th, so from now until then you will be able to order the printed version of Intro to Science for only $24.50 (regular price will be $25.98). That price will include media mail shipping to the continental US. You can pre-order your books on our website here, using Paypal. The books should ship out to you in late September.
The next edition of the Homeschool Showcase is up! Kris describes the Homeschool Showcase as a place "where we spotlight all the encouraging, inspiring and just plain fun ways that homeschooling families live and learn together". I've have enjoyed reading these posts for quite awhile and have gleaned quite a few ideas. I highly recommend that you check it out, especially since the Elemental Science blog is in it this time!
Well, it took us two weeks, but we did manage to fit in a week of school despite moving. Here's a look at what we have completed...
Language Arts: We completed another list in SWO B. We began Kiss Grammar, so far we are really liking it. I'm also glad that we didn't start this last year as I don't think princess would have been ready for it then. We learned about Latin nouns with Prima Latina and we finished our writing project for CW Aesop.Math: We spent the week wrapping up weights & measurements. Weslowed down a bit for this unit because princess had a hared time with all the non-metric conversions but I feel that she's ready to move on, so capacity here we come!
Science: We spent the week learning about main group metals. we also did a lab on acids and bases so that we could use the pH paper we found! Princess really enjoyed playing with the pH paper (and so did I).
History: We learned about the 30 years war and played the game from the SOTW activity guide. We also read about what was going on in Japan during the same time. Finally we completed one of our State Study pages. Here's a look at that... Electives: We did get to our recorder lesson, but that about all the extras we completed this week. Next week will be better... I hope.
There's never a dull moment here! Recently an apartment came available in one of the buildings we have really been wanting to move into (think a lot more room and finally a western toilet, no more squatty potty!!!). The complex is small and the price is low, so when one becomes available you snatch it up. Which meant that we were moving sooner than we thought we would be. The great thing is that now we have a new school area! (The previous renter left this bookshelf/desk combo.) Princess's room is big enough to have the school room as a part of it. We joke with her that now she will never be late for school, all she has to do is roll out of bed :).