Friday, August 30, 2013

Third Weekly Wrap-up in Logic Stage Investigations of Early Modern SOTW

The Logic Stage of Classical Education is over half way done, and there are still mountains to keep climbing.  Saxon math 8/7 is vexing G1, but he endures.  Cursive continues to interrupt G3's progress as well as doing math in ink instead of pencil (I just shake me head in disbelief).  G2 gets most stuff in our weekly assignments done in time to do fun reading from the Christy Miller series. 

SOTW3CHChapter 3, begins on page 35
James, King of Two Countries
James and His Enemies
Synge AoE:  The Struggle in Ireland
Marshall –Our (An) Island Story:  ch. 74 The Story of Guy Fawkes (1605)
(Hillyer) Children’s History of the World:  Ch66
Guerber Story of the Thirteen Colonies:  Ch. XXIII, Smith’s Adventures, Scotland.  England 1603
King James's Town
Synge AoE:  Virginia, Story of the Revenge, Sir Walter Raleigh, The Fairy Queen, Captain John Smith
Marshall – This Country of Ours: 
·      13. The Adventures of Captain John Smith 1606
·      14. More Adventures of Captain John Smith 1609
·      16. How Pocahontas Took a Journey Over the Seas 1616
*The Serpent Never Sleeps by Scott O'Dell (Pocahontas & Jamestown),
*Constance, A Story of Early Plymouth by Patricia Clapp,
Witch of Blackbird Pond by Elizabeth George Speare (listening to cd of book)
*Miles Standish.  by John S. C. Abbott (* didn't get to these)
Richard of Jamestown by Otis (major WIN from Heritage History!)
Guerber Story of the Thirteen Colonies: 
·         Ch. XXIV, The Jamestown Men, 1607.
·         Ch. XXV, Smith Wounded,
·         Ch. XXVI, The Visit of Pocahontas to England
Usborne pages:  Pgs. 306-307; Kings, Cavaliers and Roundheads

KHE pages:  Pgs. 246-247; The Stuarts 1603-1649. Pg. 293; Scotland:  The Jacobites 1701-1746
KHE pages:  Pgs. 248-249; Early American Settlers 1607-1650
TIMELINE:  1614, Pocahontas marries John

Chemistry Study:  READ and SKETCHaRESPONSE to:
HSW: chem rxn, mixtures
Kindle:  Wonder Book of Chemistry,
Chap 5 (Compound Substances) and Chap 6 (Experiments with the Breath)
Hands of a Child Notebook with questions up to and including
Sections on Chemical Reactions, and #15. Compare and contrast a nonreversible chemical reaction to a reversible chemical reaction. List examples of each.  (Added in previous section questions and are almost done with this material)
DK Chemistry pages 10 and 11
A friend's birthday celebration interrupted logic, some maths and Illinois state study, but we are well above average as we continue to Pursue Wisdom.

Will post a photo of the history outline page soon.

Friday, August 23, 2013


After watching and discussing the "Dangerous Journey" video from AIG, we worked on completing an outline to SOTW3CHchapter 2, begins on page 25 of Dr. Bauer's book which is our spine from Grammar stage history.  The title of the chapter and sections helps us organize the extra readings which build us up for high school and college expectations in Social Studies.
Protestant Rebellions (Oh good, a review of who is fighting who)
The Dutch Revolt
Kindle Readings:  Synge Awakening of Europe:  Story of the Netherlands, Brave Little Holland, A Wealth of Herrings, Beggars of the Sea, The Massacre of Bartholomew, The Siege of Leyden, William the Silent, The House of Orange, William's Invitation
Guerber Story of the Thirteen Colonies:  Ch. XVIII, The French in Canada, Spain, Netherlands.  1579.  Ch. XIX, French and Spanish Quarrels.  Ch. XX, The Sky City.  Ch. XXI, Around the World
Along with this reading we created a venn diagram compare/contrast William and Philip.
In conjunction with art, we read Mike Venezia's Rembrandt.

The Queen Without a Country  (And another bonus is a review of why John Knox is important to good Scottish stock.)
Kindle Reading and Narration: 
Synge Awakening of Europe: England, Elizabeth's Sailors, Drake's Voyage round the World, The Great Armada, The Golden Days of Good Queen Bess, First Voyage of the East India Company, The Dutch at Sea.
Guerber Story of the Thirteen Colonies:  Ch. XXII, Nothing But Smoke, Scotland.  1587
Encyclopedia References:
Usborne pages:  Pgs. 310-311; The Rise of the Dutch
KHE pages:  Pgs. 228-229; Dutch Independence  1477-1648
KHE pages:  Pgs. 210-211; Tudor England 1485-1603

The SOTW3 student guide recommended reading Always Room for One More by Sorche Nic Leodhas.  I read The Wheel on the School by DeJong when these three were in 2nd and 3rd grades, so I was able to narrate back to them about each part of the book.  The discussions were fun and enticed us to go to Europe again soon, and maybe even look for storks, and find heather on the moors with bagpipes in the wind. 

Chemistry study found us with the same sources this week and the task to READ and SKETCHaRESPONSE from:  HSW: inside and atom, elements and compounds
Kindle:  Wonder Book of Chemistry, Chapter 3 (The Slice of Toast) and Chapter 4 (Simple Substances) [PLUS WE USE EVERNOTE TO NARRATE ALOUD ABOUT THIS SOURCE]
Hands of a Child Notebook with questions:  Atoms, Molecules, Bonding, Changing Molecules, Elements.  DK Chemistry pages 8 and 9;;".  EXPERIMENT OF YOUR CHOOSING found G3 freezing a water balloon, G2 discussing the product packaging in the grocery store and

Math, Grammar and Spelling went right along schedule. G1 reviewed French lesson 2 and Latin lessons 3 and 4 seamlessly.  He also managed the logic in lesson 2 of Fallacy Detective.  Flag study, habitat study, Illinois state study and art were done with much less stress than any other time - ever.

Below you see Grampa telling the 3Gs why this tractor was sitting on 3 pop bottles with the engine running and wheels engaged... That was quite a story about this 1938 John Deer tractor!

So the biggest part of our week came when we were able to experience a Threshing Show with Grampa.  He grew up using teams of horses to prepare, plant and harvest the farm fields where he, then I grew up.  He knows all about the machines used to farm from growing up and inheriting his father's farm.  Why is there a basket atop that steam engine exhaust stack? Grampa said that the sparks from the fire that ran the steam engine would start the wheat field on fire back in the day. Also, which came first, the railroad steam engine or farm tractor steam engine?  Sounds like G2 has a science fair project for next spring! 

Friday, August 16, 2013

First Day of 6th and 7th Grades

Week One Wrap Up (7th&6th grades)

We began this week with a clarinet lesson for G3 which accommodated the carschool component of outlining the history chapter in Story of the World:  Early Modern.  We reviewed the role of Creation from the recording of the Introduction.  Prayed and commenced with a review both SOTW Ancients and Medieval. 
SOTW3CHChapter 1, begins on page 15
OUTLINE Chapter One from Text and carschool recording.  (Pictures of outlines in a later post)
World of Empires
The Holy Roman Empire
(Bachman) Great Inventors and Their Inventions:  John Gutenberg and the Invention of Printing
Guerber Story of the Thirteen Colonies:  Ch. XVI, The Fountain of Youth, 1500-1600
·      PAST FACT:  1555 - The Peace of Augsburg allows each German state to follow its own religion Charles V relinquishes the title Holy Roman Empire Philip Il inherits the throne of Spain from his father, Charles V.  1556 - Ferdinand I, Charles's brother, inherits Charles's lands and title
·      FAST FACT:  1637, The Holy Roman Emperor Ferdinand II dies
Stories from Pilgrim's Progress.   by Mary Macgregor USED WITH TEACHER’S GUIDE
What was the inquisition?
The Riches of Spain
Synge Awakening of Europe:  How the Trouble Began, The Storm Bursts
Stories of Don Quixote James Baldwin (G1) & Margaret Hodges adaptation (G2and3)
C.F. Horne Greatest Nations – Spain, “Spain under the Hapsburgs.”
Marshall –Our (An) Island Story:  ch. 71 How England was Saved From the Spaniards (1588-9)
Guerber Story of the Thirteen Colonies:  Ch. XVII, “The Father of Waters”, Spain. SA gold.  1555-1598
·      PAST FACTS:  1598, Philip II of Spain dies
Usborne pages: The Power of the Habsburgs Pgs. 308-309; Pgs. 320-321; Early Settlers in the Americas. KHE pages: Pg. 222; The Hapsburgs 1273-1556    ; Pg. 220; The Conquistadores 1519-1550. Pg. 221; The Spanish Empire 1533-160

Everyone read about the topics from the Kindle and wrote one sentence narrating the topic.  There were videos online that we projected up to the big tv and completed the quiz from SOTW publishing. The SOTW3 Table of Contents is my guide for arranging further readings from Heritage History sources including Mrs. Synge's version of Story of the World that comes in volumes we've used.  This week we used her Awakening of Europe volume.   
 We were able to listen to a little of Pilgrim's Progress and watch it from the web to answer a bit form the teacher's guide I collected somewhere.  This takes the place of a Bible study until AWANA and CBS begin in September.  But, I'm encouraging G1 to memorize Psalm 78 verses 2-8. 
Math and grammar were carried on as usual. Spelling was held for G2and3, while G1 reviewed French lesson 1 and Latin lessons 1and2.  Art, Flags and Habitat came off relatively well.  State study began for everyone from materials produced by Knowledge Box Press and a text book I collected from somewhere too.  Logic lesson one from Fallacy Detective went well with G1, and I was grateful.
Chemistry study for science went well as they READ and SKETCHed a RESPONSE in their notebooks. 
They read How Science Works: Matter, chemicals, Solids, liquids, gases.  They also read in their
Kindles:  Wonder Book of Chemistry, Chapter 1 (Introduction) & Chapter 2 (Mixing & Combining) and reflected on what Uncle Paul taught his nephews. It reminded each of my kids about different memories and made it real.  They completed parts of the Handsof a Child Notebook with questions from the section called Intro to Chemistry:  Define: Chemistry, element, compound, molecule and Matter: What are the three different forms of matter found on Earth? All of these pieces are stored in our ELEMENTAL SCIENCE CHEMISTRY binder which was begun 4 years ago with Paige's excellent grammar stage materials.  (BTW, I'd already bought so many things prior to the Logic stage materials being released this week, that I couldn't justify adding more and removing some of the reading/ philosophy materials I already had from the science plan.)  So, we finished off my making a few notes from the DK Chemistry pages 6and7.  Last night we were able to watch some Khan Academy videos on Chemistry and youtube/education videos about kitchen chemistry with The Daddy. The websites with simple information were
G2 conducted an experiment about matter and wrote her report along the lines that Paige from ELEMENTAL SCIENCE has taught us.  G3 conducted his experiment along the kitchen chemistry format with making granola. He enjoyed recording his results while munching on his freshly made granola recipe from Alton Brown and so did The Mommy. G1 made dinner on Monday evening and we ALL enjoyed his work.

It was a tough week as we tried to get up earlier rather than starting the day after morning tea time. But, by Thursday after a youth group ice cream event for the twins, things went much better. I'm still glad we homeschool today as I post this weekly update. That's saying quite a bit.