I realize I haven't updated this blog in a few weeks. I have really, really good reasons, I promise! One of those reasons in just the simple fact that we have been so incredibly BUSY! Another reason, although a sad one, is that my Grandpa Sweetie passed away. We took some time to go to Michigan for his funeral and to see family. And finally, I became an AUNT! My sister and her husband had their first baby.
|My dear Grandma and Grandpa Sweetie <3|
|And here they are on their wedding day. So beautiful!|
|My nephew: Elijah Kenneth Fan|
|What a cutie!|
Because of all of the above, I'm lost as to what week we are actually on. We really do so much during the week and I am just not good at remembering to capture pictures of everything. Here are some of our highlights from the past 2 weeks though.
Third Grade: Caden
|Caden and I are doing a Beta test for Lightning Literature grade 2.|
|A page from Explode the Code|
Creation to Christ: Alexis Grace
We are thoroughly enjoying our year journeying through ancient history. The main text that she is reading right now is quite challenging, but she is giving it her best (most days). This challenging text is balanced with some much lighter and interesting historical fiction which really helps paint a picture in her head of the time period. Of course it is all interwoven with Biblical history too, which is extremely awesome! I don't think many young people fully realize that the events in the Bible happened at the very same time as many of the events that we typically associate with ancient times--pharaohs, pyramids, etc. I know it took me a while to understand that!
Along with history, she is continuing to learn about animals in the Apologia Zoology 3 book. Reading, experimenting, and keeping a notebook are making this an excellent year in science.
On Fridays at our house, we have several other homeschool students come over and I teach IEW (Institute for Excellence in Writing) lessons. Alexis and her classmates are writing about the topic of Narnia this year. I love that it is based on literature (we are reading the series aloud at family reading time). I also love that she is becoming a better writer. She loves that she gets to hang out with her friends for an hour or so each week. :)
Preparing Hearts for His Glory: Alivia
Alivia has been learning about the night sky in science. She is keeping a record book of different constellations. Last weekend we were at Nana and Papa's house in the evening and we saw Saturn through the telescope and Alivia was able to point out the Big Dipper. She tried to find the Great Bear, but there were a lot of lights reflecting into the sky.
Alivia and Caden are taking an IEW class on Fridays at our house. They are working through Geography-based writing lessons which are based on the intriguing books written by Holling Clancy Holling. I am also hoping to have them work through the geography lessons written by Beautiful Feet Books. The large maps will be a major motivator there I think.