Weekly Recap 9/22/13

We had another short week (hopefully the last one for a while) with only 3 1/2 days of school accomplished. I was invited out to be “social” with several other moms at Bug and the baby’s Montessori school, and spending an hour at a coffee shop in the morning with Bean and the baby threw off the school groove. That and I desperately needed to do my own school work.

Math – We finally started 2nd grade math with MM2A. We did most of the first chapter (5 of 8 lessons), which was a review of addition and subtraction. Bean seems to have a handle on math as long as she doesn’t become overly self-critical. It’s one of her inherited failings.

Ivy + Bean: What’s the Big Idea?

Current Read Aloud
The King Arthur picture book series by Hudson Talbott

ETC – We started ETC 4 1/2 as a refresher. She did 4 last spring, but had trouble understanding syllables. Six months later and she is definitely understanding them much better.  We made it through most of the first lesson.

FLL – This week marked our return to Language Arts (as evidenced by ETC above and WWE below). Bean did the first two lessons in FLL2, which reviewed nouns and started her first memorization poem, “The Goops”.  She did some copywork as well, and I must say that her cursive has dramatically improved even though she did not practice it at all over the summer.

WWE – We completed 3 of the 4 parts of lesson 1. If this lesson is an example of how the rest of the book is, Bean will be doing a lot more writing than last year. We didn’t do part 4 because I didn’t want her to get burned out with writing given the amount she had for other lessons that day (not a lot in the whole scheme of things, but enough for a 7 year old). The excerpts were two fables of Aesop’s.

History – We finished up Chapter 2: Early Days of Britain. The last section of the chapter dealt with the arrival of the Anglo-Saxons. We read a picture book version of Beowulf (which stopped  right after Grendel died). We didn’t move onto Chapter 3 because I wanted to read some books about King Arthur first. I was able to narrow it down to 8 from the original 20+ I checked out from the library.

Science – We completed Lesson 3: Seasons & Weather, and started Lesson 4: Storms, Wind, Earthquakes, & Floods. For lesson 3, Bean watched a video about the seasons, then did her narration page (to finish up what we started before our MN trip). We also read books and watched videos about weather. I bought her the SmartLab Toys You Track It Weather Lab, so she could do some experiments. It wasn’t exactly what I was expecting, but she adores it and spent most of the weekend checking on it every 15 minutes to point out the temperature or the rainfall amount. Somehow, I need to find the time to sit down with the experiment book and figure out which ones to do. Bean loves experiments, but I don’t have the time to do them with her.

We also started lesson 4. The same plan of attack for this one – read Usborne encyclopedia, read corresponding picture books, watch a video, and do the narration. We only did the storms and wind portion of this lesson.

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