I had planned on doing weekly reviews this year, but our days seem so alike. I feel like I will just be repeating myself.
I guess with the Robinson Curriculum, the days pretty much look the same.
- Science, a more textbook approach which I added this year.
So that I don’t neglect my blog any further, I shall record some of what the kids have done the past few weeks.
MaryEllen has been doing well in [amazon_link id="1600329705" target="_blank" container="" container_class="" ]Saxon Algebra 1/2[/amazon_link]. I did buy the DVD’s from Mr. Reed for future reference or if she gets in a bind. For some reason, the word ‘algebra’ is intimidating her.
I try to let her know that algebra isn’t hard if you understand what you have been taught up until that point. As long as you continue to understand and master your lessons, it shouldn’t be hard. So far, she hasn’t struggled in any areas. She has been completely self taught since we began Saxon about 3 years ago.
Donnie is almost done with [amazon_link id="1565771532" target="_blank" container="" container_class="" ]Saxon 76[/amazon_link]; I think he has less than ten lessons. He has also been self taught these last 3 years and is doing wonderful. He still dawdles some, but that is getting better as time goes on.
Right now I have them doing writing together. They pretty much do the same thing. First they do a short lesson in Fix It. They find the errors and rewrite the passage. This is working out great.
After Fix It, they do a few pages in their [amazon_link id="B001HOMQAU" target="_blank" container="" container_class="" ]Building Skills[/amazon_link]. I bought this to further their critical thinking skills.
Then they spend a few minutes going over their roots for the week which comes from [amazon_link id="0964321033" target="_blank" container="" container_class="" ]English From the Roots Up[/amazon_link]. I have them read the derivatives and sometimes we will read the page from the book which is very informative. We just finished Book 1 and the kids are now studying for their 100 roots test, which is at the end of next week.
Once writing is done, they will disappear into their room to read for an hour and a half. (Sometimes they do this first after breakfast) They read two chapters from their Bible, and the rest of the time they read from a history type book and from a literature book. Right now MaryEllen is reading ‘[amazon_link id="093855820X" target="_blank" container="" container_class="" ]The Story of Liberty[/amazon_link]‘ and ‘[amazon_link id="0486424537" target="_blank" container="" container_class="" ]Oliver Twist[/amazon_link]‘; Donnie is reading ‘[amazon_link id="1619491478" target="_blank" container="" container_class="" ]A Narrative of the Life of David Crockett[/amazon_link]‘ and ‘[amazon_link id="1449579205" target="_blank" container="" container_class="" ]Robinson Crusoe[/amazon_link]‘.
Lastly, they do science. This year, it being MaryEllen’s 7th grade year, I added [amazon_link id="1932012869" target="_blank" container="" container_class="" ]Apologia’s General Science[/amazon_link] to her list. It has been working out great. She wasn’t too excited about the extra reading and work, but after 8 weeks, she has adapted wonderfully. Here are her first three test scores. She is getting better as she goes.
I type up the study guide and summary module for her to do before she takes the test. Similar to Saxon, she goes over the ones she misses, sometimes reading the explanation from the answer book.
Donnie is doing E-Science which is working out great also. A few weeks ago, he made a hover craft, which I need to blog about, and next week, we will have fun growing crystals.
Sadly, typing hasn’t been done the last week and a half. We have been starting studies late, and haven’t made it a priority. This week, we haven’t done a drawing lesson either. MaryEllen draws everyday, but she is also learning from the course.
That pretty sums up our days. It looks the same everyday, so I don’t blog about it daily.
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