Sunday, May 15, 2011

Weekly Wrap-Up ~ Royal

Two more weeks! Two more weeks! I can't believe we only have two more weeks! A full school year has gone by. Unbelieveable!

Although we definitely feel as though we are winding down, there are still some things to get accomplished in the next two weeks.

This past week was a good one.


Brynne ~ 1st Grade

Brynne spent her week learning about The Royal Family. She has really enjoyed this little mini-unit.

We started our week having tea time. We broke out the china and sat on our back patio for a "spot of tea". She even convinced Dawson to join us, something he thought he would "never do".



We took a picture walk through some books about Queen Elizabeth and Prince William. Then we made a picture family tree so that she could see the lineage and try to understand how one becomes King or Queen in England. The visual was very helpful to her!


For fun we also did a family tree of our family and pretended that her grandma was the Queen. She saw that I would become Queen upon the passing of my mother and then Kyndal, her older sister, would become Queen upon my passing. I asked her what she would be and she said, "A princess." (Next week we are studying princesses, and what it really means to be one in God's eyes.)

And I found this picture on the dry-erase board upstairs.


Then we shifted our focus to Prince William and his new princess. We discussed how Kate was a commoner ... a regular girl like her. We discussed what an important job she now has as Prince William's wife. We watched the coverage of the wedding and then printed off paper dolls of Prince William and Kate. Brynne colored them and we cut them out and then attached small pieces of velcro to them so she could interchange the outfits. She had fun playing with them!



She did her letter "y" activities, did 100 problem math fact pages for 1's, 2's, 3's and 4's, read several books, and went to her last Coop P.E. and music classes for the year (she was very sad that was ending!).


Dawson ~ 8th Grade

Dawson started a study of The Renaissance. As his focus book, we are reading, together, I, Juan de Pareja by Elizabeth Borton de Trevino. It is the story of the slave of the artist, Diego Velasquez, and the touching relationship that they had. It is a really great book.


We were planning to take a field trip to The Renaissance Festival, but I think we are just tired of school and that didn't even seem like a worthwhile trip. We've been before, so we knew what would happen. Instead, we just talked about it.

In conjunction with The Renaissance, and our overview study of all of the great artists of that time, Dawson is working on a research project on the life of Velasquez and his paintings and he will make a poster about him to present to me.

In science he has started studying Astronomy, and is basically just listening to the notes on the topic, provided by AWOA, and using his personal reading time to read books to dig deeper into the subject matter. We are all projected-out, so will not do a project in science.

He is finishing up his grammar lessons, spelling, typing, Spanish and Life of Fred: Pre-Algebra. He is strangely focused and doing a great job of finishing strong. I am not sure I can say the same of his teacher. She's ready for summer break!

But summer break means lots of work for this teacher. There is a possibility I will be teaching a business law online college course in the fall (I have three weeks of online orientation for the university in June), so I am wanting to try to get the first semester of planning our homeschool lessons done. But, I am used to planning on a week-by-week basis. It stresses me out some to plan that far in advance. But I think I really need to do it so that I am not panicked in the fall when I'm teaching my class and trying to prepare to teach my children at the same time. 

See how other homeschools are ending their year at Weird, Unsocialized Homeschoolers.

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