Week 4 Report

I finally got this posted!  We have had a really strange start with our schedule this year.  I have been having to go to the chiropractor, among other things, and it has been hard to keep a schedule like I want to.  We have still been getting things done, but I am not liking the fact that I haven’t had much planned out.  I need to work on that.

Here’s what we did this week:

For Math, we finished up AoPS Prealgebra Chapter 1 by doing the Review Exercises and the Challenge Exercises.  My daughter actually seemed to “get” some of the Challenge problems better than the others.  Go figure!  She also did some Algebra Readiness problems.

She continued doing her Perplexors workbook for Logic, which she loves.  I ordered Math Perplexors, Logic Liftoff, and another Perplexors workbook for her this week as well.  We also finished up our first One Hour Mystery.

We are still learning about Mesopotamia and Sumer in History.  We began reading The Golden Bull by Marjorie Cowley.  It is about a brother and sister who travel to the city of Ur in ancient Mesopotamia.  So far, my daughter is really enjoying it.  She is mostly reading it aloud herself while I follow along to make sure she is reading the words correctly.  She has had trouble with skipping or making up words, and not comprehending what she reads.  This is a fairly simple storyline, and she is reading it well and understanding it.  She is even asking to read it!  That is amazing to me, since she has never liked to read before.  We also read Gilgamesh the King by Ludmila Zeman.  It is a very simple retelling of the story, in fact too simple I think.  I am still glad we read it, the pictures were great.  It didn’t take long to read at all.  She did a worksheet on Mesopotamian Math, but other than that we just read this week.

For Science, we continued lessons in BFSU.  We also started reading The Story of Science to coincide with our history lessons.

She started doing Daily Word Ladders to help with her vocabulary.  We continued with Grammar using the sample of Advanced Language Lessons.  She is catching on to grammar pretty well, so once we finish the ALL sample, I may or may not continue with it.  Although, I have heard such great things about Rod & Staff English that I wanted to try that.  She has also been doing Grammar Skill Builders.  To help with her reading fluency, she has been taking some free phonics lessons online as well.  But she can only do those at my mom’s house because our speakers don’t work!  We are also doing Comprehension Cliffhangers Mysteries (orally so far) to help with her comprehension.  She loves when things are set up as a mystery!

We also started learning about orchestra instruments in The Story of the Orchestra.  We plan to learn about the instruments first, then study the composers closer to the time they lived alongside our history lessons.  She also continued working on her cursive, did some copywork and a typing lesson, and had her second week of Chorus & Karate at co-op.

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