Dinosaurs and Triptych Panels

Here’s what we’ve been up to this week.

Language arts

Scholastic Readers: “The Chief’s Daughter and the Hunting Dog” and “Africa: Animals at Night”

HOP spelling: words that end in b or r and s or x

Handwriting: Tt, Uu, Vv, Ww, Xx

Spelling words: spell, shell, bell, tell, fell, yell. Brady’s new favorite way to practice these is to spell them with magnets and then write the word below, his handwriting is improving by leaps and bounds.

Reading comprehension: categorizing food into groups and then planning a meal with each group represented


Time math: Drawing the minute hand in 5 minute increments

Money math: adding groups of coins, circling coins needed to pay for something of a given price

Arithmetic: Addition and subtraction with numbers under 10


We did a “boiling ice” experiment from our Science experiment book and talked about the 2nd Law of Thermodynamics and water as a solid, liquid, and gas


We painted a triptych panel and talked a bit about Jan Van Eyck (idea from our Great Artists book)

Brady said this was the story of “Hickory Dickory Dock” and the pictures from left to right are the mouse, the clock, and “a chair” (your guess is as good as mine on the last one)


We discussed and played with percussion instruments (we’re using the Usborne “First Book of Music”)

The cocktail shaker has marbles in it and makes a really good maraca


We reviewed the first few lessons and then learned a few family words: Pater (father), Mater (mother), Frater (brother), and Soror (sister).  And I took a little video of Brady singing “Quid est tuum praenommen?” because I can’t believe how well this “Song School Latin” program is working for him.

World History

We’re talking about dinosaurs and I rounded up all of the dinosaur ideas we’ve found.


Nunavut, which ends our Canada unit. We’ll start in on Mexico and Central America as soon as the books arrive.

Beyond that we’ve just been enjoying the gorgeous early Fall weather in our neck of the woods


And Brady started swimming lessons

How are things in your homeschool?


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