Saturday, February 5, 2011

Weekly Wrap Up - Week 20!

So it has been brought to my attention that I've been neglecting my blog, and here I thought I was the only one who read it.  :)

This has been a week of getting back on track.  We seemed to have veered from our path some in the past month or so but this has been the week spent righting the ship, so to speak.  We got back into a groove and actually accomplished everything I had set out to do, every day.  Thank God for small miracles.  :)

In history this week we learned about the Phoenicians;  how they were great sailors, famous for making glass, and were the first to invent glassblowing.  We also learned about how Ashurbanipal and the Assyrians conquered the Babylonians and stormed up and down the Tigris and Euphrates rivers taking over all the cities in their path.  We learned that while Ashurbanipal was cruel to the cities he conquered,  he created the first library and made his home city of Nineveh a beautiful, wonderful place for those who lived there.

In science we learned about the heart.  We created our own models of the heart and learned about all of the different parts and how blood is pumped through the most important muscle in the body.  Next week we will be dissecting a heart to see the different parts first hand!

Heart models
 In math both kids are working on area, volume, and fractions as well as continuing to practice the skills they've been taught so far this year.

We've been learning about lines of latitude and longitude in Geography, possessive nouns in Language Arts, and have written some pretty great paragraphs and stories for Writing.

My wheels have also started spinning for next school year.  The big decision I'm facing is do we move on to Story of the World - Volume 2 or do we alternate years with US History.  My concern is Megan not getting US History again until 7th grade if we follow the 4 year world history program.  I'm not quite sure which way the cards will fall with this one but luckily I have some time to figure it out!

 The cupcakes are baked, we've practiced our signing, and we are looking forward to a great weekend full of family and friends for birthday celebrations as Megan will be 10 tomorrow!!

I'll leave you with a picture of the birthday girl doing her favorite thing in the world, cooking!  :)

Have a wonderful weekend!

1 comment:

  1. You think like I do with History. We are thinking the same thing. We actually took January off of SOTW and watched the History channel DVDs America: The story of us. The kids really liked them and we got a nice overview of our country from the beginning to present. It sparked some interesting discussions as well!