Week Twenty-Two

Health and Wellness


Warming up for a little pick-up game with buddies at the rink


Despite the frigid start to the week, we skated most afternoons.

Language Arts


Changing things up from our regular library visit at Minneapolis Central.

K12Reader site for games and reading ideas.  Ruby loves songs and action rhymes, so we have a different one each day from Gayle’s Preschool Rainbow.  Another fave from this week is Five Little Monkeys Sitting in a Tree by Eileen Christelow.

Muddy as a Duck Puddle and Other American Similes by Laurie Lawlor.  Finding similes in Snowflake Bentley by Jacqueline Briggs Martin.

This and That:  The sound of TH by Peg Ballard and finding words with that blend.

Continue weekly spelling list (words ending in -es such as wishes) and journal entries for creative and instructive writing.  Review adjectives.

Math and Logic

IMG_5282Bingo and playing one higher and one lower to the number (to move things along)


Pattern pasta necklaces.  Pasta coloring instructions from Make and Take.  Finding patterns in our shirts, chords, and elsewhere in our home.

Shape by David Goodman for review of two and three dimensional shapes.  Symmetry from Look!  Drawing the Line in Art by Gillian Wolfe.  Two is for Twins by Wendy Cheyette Lewison and review of different ways to write and make two (tally, equations…).

Learning different ways to measure using Ton by Taro Miura, For Good Measure by Ken Robbins, and reviewing liquid measurements (1 gallon equals 4 quarts, etc).



Miles preparing Bastien’s Swinging Beat for upcoming nursing home performance.  Also working on Hungarian Folk Song (Bartok) and Minuet in G Major (aka Minuet 3) from Bach’s Notebook for Ana Magdalena.  He also practices scales and Hanon exercises.  Parker is preparing Mary Had a Little Lamb with both hands for the nursing home performance.  He has been enjoying the addition of the left hand to various songs, but especially Lightly Row (a German Folk Song).

Continue listening daily to Suzuki discs one through three.  We practice naming composers as we listen to the Suzuki discs and certain pieces by Haydin, Bartok, Scarlatti, and Chopin.


Playing Simon Says Symbols, Dynamics Bingo, and Happy Birthday Harmonization (we have a birthday coming up) from resourceful and fun Pianimation.



Completed MacPhail’s hundred days of practice sheet!  Moving onto the next hundred.

Social Studies

Martin Luther King Jr. by Lucia Raatma.  Activities from Education.com.


Alphabetizing some of the inventions from The Story of Inventions by Anna Claybourne and Adam Larkum.

EcoMazes by Roxie Munro helped us review ecosystems and some of the animals that live there.  Continue working in our Evan’s Beginning Geography book.  This week’s focus was desert and plains ecosystems.

A Birthday Cake Is No Ordinary Cake by Debra Frasier timely review (we have a birthday celebration this week!) of cardinal directions and ways to track the passage of a year’s time (seasons, days, revolutions around the sun).



Cold water experiment with boiling water (it was -8 today!)

Snowflake Bentley by Jacqueline Briggs Martin and math, language arts, and science activities from Homeschool Share.  Looking at and reading about snowflakes in A Drop of Water by Walter Wick.

Read short story The Boy Who Loved to Swim by Jean Craighead George from The Big Book for our Planet.  It was about a boy who built a dam so he could have deep water for swimming, but later took it down because it was not good for the environment or community.  Good tale for starting a reflection about how our actions influence our environment.

Review what animals do in the winter (hibernate, migrate, or adapt) with Animal Disguises by Emma Ryan and Animals Can Be So Hard to See by Diane Swanson.



Winslow Homer by Mike Venezia.  Look!  Drawing the Line in Art by Gillian Wolfe showcases ‘The Life Line’  by Homer, which illustrates the power of the sea.

IMG_5308Pattern fish traced from Shape by David Goodman.  We measured, graphed, and compared the fish lengths.


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