Wednesday, November 7, 2007

School This Week

Here's what the boys are doing, this week.

Dominic's week is brought to you by the letter F and the number 5! The theme for the week is farms with the vocabulary word being field. His song is Farmer in the Dell and his shape the rectangle. His poem is Five little Speckled Frogs. His character trait is Friendly. In science, he will learn about ferrets. In art, he will make a flag.

Our weekly schedule goes according to the board! On Tuesday, we replace everything on the left and reiterate everything on the rest of the board. On Wednesday, we replace everything in the second row and reiterate everything on the rest of the board.... etc. I don't take everything off the board on Friday, but rather just leave it up until we get to that thing the next week. This means that he "studies" everything for a week. To find out more about this program, visit Letter of the Week.

Xavier is reading like a maniac. Every time I look up, he's reading a different book. We are still doing phonics, because I want him to have a really thorough grounding when he gets to more difficult vocabulary. We are taking a break from Math-U-See this week to study money. Today, we spent 15 minutes on coin counting and he's got it down. So... I guess we'll have to go back to Math-U-See tomorrow! LOL He is frantic for me to finish reading The Odyssey.

Gabriel is sick. He has vertigo. So, basically, he is reading. He read The Farmer Boy today. He is also reading whatever else he wants to. Yesterday, he was fine, so he did his regular school work right up until I split my head open on the desk hinge. After that, he spent the rest of the afternoon checking my head and taking care of his brothers. He was a really great help. In math, he is studying the greatest common denominator for fractions. He is enjoying math again for the first time in 4 years and says he's getting his "math brain" back! Thank you, Math-U-See! Thank you, LaDonna, for recommending it.

I am playing catch-up on Gabriel's reading. He's about 300 pages ahead of me in The Iliad, so I'm trying to catch up. We like to discuss the book as he's reading it. For a funny realization about his chauvinistic tendencies (which, I, by the way, approve of), you can read this post from my soapbox. It is in no way political. I am also trying to finish painting X&D's room. I've gotten the base up for the tank. Here's a picture.

1 comment:

  1. Hey Kristina! I've been enjoying your blogs. I had a little chuckle about "today's post is brought to you by the letter F and the number 5." That took me WAAAAYY back!!

    It was great to meet you yesterday!!!


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