Week Twenty-Six

Health and Wellness

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IMG_5893Enjoying a last bit of skating before the warming house closes for the season.


Sledding ‘snowboard’ style!  We missed buddies and the warm water of Family Swim Night this week (canceled for President’s Day).

Math and Logic

Zero Is the Leaves on the Tree by Betsy Franco and drawing zero of something.  Using mini-calendars to find the date and write what will be happening this week.  Continue working in Singapore math workbooks, practicing time-telling, playing Money in the Bank and multiplying games from Miss Brain’s Cool Math Games.  Reviewed Left or Right by Susan Meredith and Plus 1, Minus 1 by Ann H. Matzke.

Language Arts


Creating pattern poems with shapes and reviewing parts of speech at the same time with Mixing In Math.  The boys took turns choosing adjectives and nouns and then reading the sentences.

R is for Rhyme:  A Poetry Alphabet by Judy Young and learning about different types of poems.  Listening for rhyming endings in  Jingle “The Sweet Tooth Candy Shop”.  Writing a Cinquain about an African animal.

Continue with spelling and sight words, creative writing journals, and Explode the Code.  The boys have been enjoying Max Finder short mystery books.

The Reader by Amy Hest and Winter Is the Warmest Season by Lauren Stringer were timely books for this week’s snowfall.  Writing and illustrating in journals about what the boys would pack in their suitcases (The Reader) and what makes them feel warmest (Winter is the Warmest Season).


IMG_5917Experiments with Weather by Salvatore Tocci for expanding and cooling activity.  The jug on the left has cold water and the other has boiling water.  Everyone made a hypothesis about what would happen after shaking each jug.  There was no change after shaking the cold water, but the other one expanded.  Recording experiment and some key terms in Science Notebook.  We missed Groundhog’s Day, so we caught up by reading about the history in that book.  Also recording the weather in Science Notebook and illustrating with Colors of Weather by Laura Purdie Salas.

Woodland biomes and deciduous forests:  animal and plants pictures at Enchanted Learning.  Notebook pages from Homeschool Share.  A Woodland Counting Book by Claudia McGehee, In the Forest by Laura Ottina, Toads by Kari Schuetz, and The Salamander Room by Anne Mazer, and Animal Report Forms also from Homeschool Share.  We also enjoyed Eggs 1 2 3 by Janet Halfman and Animal Eggs by Dawn Cusick.  Looking for ways to differentiate reptiles and amphibians with help from this site and Show Me Reptiles by Megan Cooley Peterson.

Checking out types of snakes common in western Wisconsin at Wisconsin’s DNR site Environmental Education for Kids.  We would be lucky to see some on our land:  common milk, garter, prairie ring neck, eastern hognose to name a few.

Social Studies

Focusing on Zebulon Pike and Westward explorations with Zebulon Pike:  Explorer and Soldier by Robin Doak and Westward Ho! by Charlotte Foltz Jones.  Making illustrations in notebook and listing animals that Pike encountered.   Learning about The Oregon Trail and reading If You Traveled West in a Covered Wagon by Ellen Levine.  Discussing what it may be like to be a Native American during that time and reading The Sioux by Kevin Cunningham.  Enjoyed Taku Wadaka He? (What Do You See?) written by Joanna Zacharias, a member of the Sioux Community.

Reading “My Quilt” from R is for Rhyme by Judy Young and reviewing our new Bluff and Valley neighbors’ names by putting them on a paper quilt.  Then we talked about who is to the north, south, etc.


Using our Beginning Geography book, sand paper (for the Sahara), and N’cwala section of Celebrations by Anabel Kindersley  for Africa study.  Labeling the map and talking about common animals and terrain.  Enjoyed a photographed story set in Ethiopia, Omer’s Favorite Place by Ifeoma Onyefulu (who is from Nigeria) and discused the boys’ favorite places to play.



Faith Ringgold biography and quilt art idea from 1st Grade Art with Mrs. Brown.  Everyone made one or two quilt patches using buttons, fabric pieces from old clothes, paint, and craypas, and then punched holes around the perimeter.  Then everyone took turns sewing sides together with needle and yarn.  The Quilting Bee by Gail Gibbons and Quilt Counting by Lesa Cline-Ransome.  Listing ‘qu-‘ words.


Parker is playing C chords along with many of his practice songs.  Miles continues working on F scale, Hanon exercise number seven (right hand only), Hungarian Folk Song (Bartok), and Minuet in G Major.  Ruby is adding to her repertoire, and has taught herself the first handful notes of Vince Guaraldi’s song ‘Linus and Lucy’.  We have added a nursery rhymes playlist to our daily listening, compiled from all our Music Together classes.  We also continue to enjoy our Suzuki discs (first three books), pieces from Chopin, Handel, Haydn, Schumann, and Bartok (mostly ‘school’ time listening), and tons of contemporary music on Spotify.


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