Saturday, February 25, 2012

Looking Back 2012, Week 8

Picnik collage

I am so sad to see this week end.  It has been such a wonderful week for all of us.  We have learned some amazing things and spent time, some quality time, with our new friends!  Productivity was at an all time high for us and we even finished in record time every day this week.  The kids felt like champions getting through each day so quickly while learning so much.  I have to tell you, they made mommy very happy too.

So here's what went on over at our house:
  • History:  We studied the Nok Civilization of West Africa.  We read several books about Anansi the spider and other tricksters from West Africa.  We also made African foods and jewelry.  The girls had so much fun with the jewelry, they decided they wanted to start their own jewelry making business!  And they're really serious about it too.  They've been drawing sketches all week.
  • Geography:  We have jumped over into Asia and the girls began learning some of the physical land features of Asia.  We watched a few videos from our youtube playlist for Asia.
  •  Math: We began our study of Geometry using a unit study approach. The girls learned about the types of geometry, angles, and lines.  We also created an origami whale showing how geometry is used in art.  (I will be posting resources in a few days.)
  • Science:  We continued with our bird study.  This week the girls studied bird feathers, experimented with bird baths, and practiced identifying birds they found.  They drew pictures of the birds and wrote down information about the birds they saw in their field journals.  
  • Writing:  This week we focused on letter writing.  We wrote thank you letters to Whitney Labs for allowing us to come for a class the previous week.  
  • Reading: During reading time, the girls read about John James Audubon and wrote a biography about him and his contributions to science.
  • Grammar: We completed a few more pages in our Daily Grams books and practiced more with adverbs and adjectives.
  • Activities:  This week the kids visited the Museum of Contemporary Art and also attended art class where they created works of abstract art.  We had our monthly 4H meeting where my baby girl did a fabulous job with her very first presentation ever.  She presented gardening to the group and the kids had the chance to see how seeds germinate and learn more about the parts of plants.  We ended the week with a trip to Kingsley Plantation on Saturday.  We had such a great time there.  There were live demonstrations.  The girls learned to make tabby, spin cotton, make Jacob's ladder, plant crops, and prepare food as the slaves of northeast Florida did years ago.  They even earned junior ranger badges for participating.  
 I have to say, that this has been one of those weeks that renews my spirit in homeschooling.  It reminded me of my personal "Why" I homeschool.  Nothing is more rewarding than seeing your children happy and filled with joy and pride about themselves.  I look forward to seeing what next week has to offer us.

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