Monday, December 8, 2008

Okay, it's been awhile!

Here's what we've been working on daily:

--reading through Catherine Vos Story Bible
--finished Prince Caspian and are nearly through The Voyage of the Dawn Treader
--reading through Favorite Poems Old and New (ck title?)
--piano--Mr. D
--math: Saxon 87, 1/2 lesson a day (SD)
--math: Saxon 54, (Mr. D)--we are flying through the beginning lessons and he is doing selected problems from each lesson; we are also doing the mental math exercises.
--reading--SD is in Brisingr; Mr. D is in the Harry Potter series
--writing--haven't been writing as much as I want--only once or twice a week, a few paragraphs


--SD prepared a monologue, auditioned for The Matchmaker and got the part of Malachi Stack; has been going to two rehearsals a week and has to memorize all lines over Christmas break
--both boys have worked up a musical audition and practiced almost daily for the past three weeks, plus learning all the male voice Schoolhouse Rock songs.
--laser tag outing
--SD has been learning guitar chords from uncle, friend and other friend; has gone online for songs to teach himself
--Mr. D plays RuneScape online, also lots of games with younger bro and sis

Monday, October 27, 2008

--read Catherine Vos Story Bible
--Mom read two sections from JC Ryle book and discussed (on obedience and love)
--read Prince Caspian
--practiced mult. and div. facts
--more double digit mult. problems
--SD practiced guitar
--Mr. D practiced piano
--Mr. D and Mom played Flip It with Chicklet
--Mr. D gave Chicklet a reading lesson
--SD and Mr. D did dinosaur books with Chicklet and B3
--SD and Mr. D went to friend's house to skateboard and play guitar
--Mr. D had piano lesson
--SD wrote two email thank you notes
--Mr. D wrote paragraph

Friday, October 24, 2008

--watched carpet go in to newly constructed bedroom
--watched trim and towel bar, toilet paper holder be put up
--cleaned house
--played Trivial Pursuit with Grandma and Grandpa
--SD prepared for his Christian BarMitzvah
--had the service and a party afterward for SD
--SD practiced guitar; played with friend
--hung out with friend from Germany
--Mr. D practiced piano, played for relatives

Thursday, October 23, 2008

Enrichment classes:

Mr. D & Chicklet learned about chemical reactions in Discovery World Science; made their own white glue and Slime.

Mr. D and SD practiced figure-drawing in sketching class; learned tactics and battled in foam swords class; discussed optical illusions in Critical Thinking

(The Critical Thinking teacher sought Mom out to say the boys were a pleasure to have in class--they are very mature and B13 takes such a helpful leadership role with those who are less inclined to stop talking and listen...!)

Chicklet and Bantam 3 enjoyed their Playtime class, and Bible Stories and Crafts class.

Chicklet made ? in her Crafts class, and B3 played ball with a friend in open gym, played Concentration with Mom in the Game Room.

At home Mr. D practiced piano, SD practiced guitar, Mom read Little House to Chicklet.

Wednesday, October 22, 2008

--read Prince Caspian, Catherine Vos Story Bible
--reviewed mult facts
--SD read Eldest; Mr. D read Harry Potter
--Mom gave Chicklet a reading lesson
--Mom read Little House to Chicklet
--watched trim and doors go up in basement project

--SD attended a play, The Diary of Anne Frank

Tuesday, October 21, 2008

--gym classes at Carthage X 1 hr.
--theater classes X 2 hrs.
--boys practiced guitar and piano
--reviewed mult facts
--read Prince Caspian
--read Harry Potter
--watched the ongoing construction in the basement: tile was laid today

Monday, October 20, 2008

--practiced math facts
--boys read Harry Potter
--Mom gave Chicklet two reading lessons; Mr. D reviewed and continued two more lessons with her
--SD did one DVD guitar lesson and practiced one hour
--Mr. D practiced piano, had piano lesson and practiced more
--read Prince Caspian
--read D is for Democracy and discussed concepts
--observed ongoing construction projects in basement--drywall finishing and priming; painting
--wrote paragraphs on Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of NIMH

Mrs. Frisby and the rats of NIMH really got me thinking. After I read the book I thought that the rats should've stayed at the laboratory a little longer so that docter Schultz could see what they were capeable of doing. Because in a way I kinda felt bad for docter Schultz. Also later on in the book all the rats move to a new home. I think the author should've explained a bit more about how they liked it and where it was. At the end of the book there was two rats that died and I wanted to know which of the rats died because I thought they were heroes. I think this book is worth reading again. (SD, unedited)