Friday, September 17, 2010

Weekly Wrap Up - Week 5

Week 5 turned into another short week for us.

Michael & I spent Sunday night/Monday morning in the ER with him doubled over in pain.  After 8 hours, lots of tests that all came back normal, 4 CC's of Morphine, and 30 mins of sleep for Mom the pain had subsided and we were sent home with no diagnosis.  Followed up with the pediatrician on Monday who, within 5 mins of pulling the hospitals reports, was able to say "I know what he has."  Mesenteric Lymphadenitis, a virus also known as the appendicitis mimicker.  I was so relieved to know that it was nothing serious but very frustrated that the ER docs had no clue.  I'm sure the bill I get will not reflect their lack of knowledge.  Needless to say I was not able to teach on 30 mins of sleep Monday so our school week began on Tuesday.  I'm really enjoying this flexibility!

In math we continued to learn adding/subtracting 4 digit numbers with carrying/borrowing, beginning algebra, and fractions.  Both kids got 100% on their tests.

I am however starting to wonder why Michael's 3rd grade work seems to be more difficult than Megan's 4th grade work.  I am also getting frustrated that 30+ lessons in and we haven't seen any multiplication and am contemplating supplementing with Math Mammoth for multiplication & division.

In Language Arts we learned that we can use the acronym FANBOYS to remember the conjunctions.  For, and, nor, but, or, yet, so   We also started learning about prepositions and continued to diagram sentences.  Both kids got 100% on their spelling tests.  We have dropped Writing With Ease for writing (but are using it for reading comprehension) so I am on the prowl for how to teach creative writing.  We have also started reading time, at least 30 mins a day.  I made up book baskets for each of them and one  that everyone can choose from.  
Pink = Megan   Green = Michael

Everybody bins

We didn't do much for science this week.  The more we get into Exploration Education the more I think it's above the kids heads and I'm not a big fan of how superficially it teaches some deep topics.  I found Otter's Science that Guest Hollow was nice enough to share for free.  Our library has most of the books needed so the outlay wouldn't be too much.  I'm going to really look at it this weekend and may give it a try.  Check next weeks update for my decision.  :)

In Geography we focused on learning how to use an Atlas.

Megan had her 2nd week of art class and Michael had his 1st.  They both really enjoyed it, I'm so glad I stumbled on Ms. Molly and her art classes.  

In History we began our review of Egypt by starting our lap books.  The kids really had fun with this and I can't wait to see the finished product at the end of the year.  Big thanks to Run of the Mill Family for making her hard work on this wonderful lap book available for free!

We also made Egyptian death masks...

Day 1
Day 2 we added eyes, noses, and mouths
Day 3 we added another layer of paper

Finished products

We also flooded the Nile for the last time today.  The kids are excited to see how much the grass has grown.

Tonight we will be feasting on Mummy dogs (hot dogs wrapped in biscuits) for dinner and Monday will be our unit test.  Today Michael told me that we needed to take a vacation to Egypt so I feel like I've done my job.  :)

Mummy Dogs  :)

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  1. Seriously, it would be so wonderful to visit every place we're learned about in history! That "someday" list keeps getting longer and longer.

  2. What a super fun week! I'm loving the mummy dogs idea!

  3. Haa haa. I love the mummy dogs. The death masks are great also.

    Glad to hear Micheal is feeling better. Wow, that had to be really scary.

  4. So glad your ds is okay! You got a lot accomplished despite the painful beginning. Your grass growing Nile is awesome! I will have to try that next year when we study the Ancients again!
    Lee (5wolfcubs)

  5. Scary start to the week. However the rest of the week looked like loads of fun.

  6. Great ideas for your Egypt study! I'll have to remember these since we're nearly to ancient Egypt in our history book:)

  7. We did Ancient Egypt lapbooks a few years ago with my older boys and they turned out great. It's such an interesting thing to study.

    The masks are awesome! Great job!