Monday, November 22, 2010

Weekly Wrap-Up ~ Yummy Food and Fun Fall Crafts!

The highlight of our week last week was definitely related to food! On Tuesday night Dawson {finally} cooked us the Greek meal he had been planning. Oh. My. Gosh. It was delicious! This kid can cook!

He made Greek salad, Feta stuffed chicken and Lemon custard cakes. And we had grapes and cheese for an appetizer.

Dawson ~ 8th Grade

We are finishing up our unit on Ancient Greece and the Human Body Systems for science. He spent a great deal of the week studying for a vocabulary test and for his upcoming tests on Ancient Greece and the body systems. We finished Classic Myths to Read Aloud by William F. Russell. It was an excellent study of the myths. Dawson took a vocabulary test over 61 words used throughout the book and made a 90%. That was a great grade! But I was more impressed when he came down Thursday afternoon with his book The Last Olympian from the Percy Jackson series and pointed out two of his vocabulary words that were in one sentence in the book. Isn't that the purpose of studying all those vocabulary words?

We watched The History Channel's Clash of the Gods: Hercules, a Time Warp Trio show on "crashing" the Olympics and a documentary on the coastlines of modern day Greece. Watching that show intensified my life goal to cruise the Grecian Islands. Beautiful and historic!

Dawson has almost completed Life of Fred: Fractions and will move onto Decimals and Percents soon. He successfully completed a new typing lesson. And although he is still on Unit 1 of his Spanish lessons, I'm just proud that he is still working diligently on it.

Brynne ~ 1st Grade

Brynne's Letter of the Week was "G". We read our "G" books, she found items for her Letter Bag {Growly her stuffed dog, Goldfish and a Grape), she had a "G" Muffin Tin Monday lunch of Grape jelly sandwich sticks, Goldfish crackers, Grapes and Granola.

We were behind on her ABC Journal, and she completed "D", "E" and "F" and somehow we forgot to do "G". We'll catch up next week.

We read a great book called Red Leaf, Yellow Leaf by Lois Ehlert. Not only was it colorful, but it told about how a tree is grown from a seed, transplanted to a nursery, and then planted permanently after it is grown. We are planning to purchase a Ball and Burlap Christmas tree this year and the book explained how it is done. That was a nice preview to a new Christmas ritual for our family.

On Tuesday we tuned into the Scholastic "First Thanksgiving" live webcast. This week we are going to do some of the Thanksgiving lesson plan ideas from the Scholastic website.

On Wednesday it was Library day. The kids made a handprint and cup turkey.

At Coop on Friday we had a "Fun Day" and did more crafts: a pine cone turkey, cd case picture frame to hold the Santa picture that will be taken at the Christmas party, and a toothpick pumpkin.

We didn't get The Outdoor Hour done, again, but hope to do it this week.

Although I don't post about the specifics of her daily assignments, Brynne is still doing daily phonics lessons, math pages and lots of lots of reading.

Because of a busy week we also didn't get to much of our reading of Meet Felicity or study of Colonial America last week. We will probably resume our study and reading the week after Thanksgiving.

Everyone have a great Thanksgiving and enjoy your families.

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