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Saturday, January 19, 2013

Fourth Grade Week 26

This week went much better compared to last week.  It was easier to make it through the week, and the routine went smoothly.  Here’s how the week went…
Bible – Caleb’s question this week was ‘Were people different before the flood than they are today?’  We read Genesis 11:1-9 to find the answer.
English – This week Caleb worked on pronouns, subject and object pronouns, and possessive pronouns.
Reading – I decided that I was going to have Caleb read more fiction books.  He LOVES to sit and read non-fiction, but I think variety is a good thing to have.  So, he has to choose one fiction book to tackle each week (or however long it takes him…he reads for 15 minutes each day).  This week he chose The Chronicles of Narnia – The Magician’s Nephew by C. S. Lewis.
Math – Caleb worked on ounce, pound, ton, gram, kilogram, metric ton, changing feet to yards, and solving story problems with division.
Journal Writing – I also decided that I wanted Caleb to write more.  Writing is not something that he enjoys, but in small bits, he’s fine with it.  So, I have him choose a topic each day to write about.  He has to write at least three sentences.  That number will probably gradually get larger, but for now…it works.
Exploration – This week Caleb decided that he wanted to learn more about alligators and the Wright brothers.  So, we picked up some books from the library, and he completed some lapbook and notebooking components.  Caleb also built his version of the airplane using legos.

Classical Conversations Foundations – This was our 13th week of CC, and it’s still going well.  Here’s what we studied this week…
  • English – Helping verbs do, does, did
  • Science – the three types of rocks…sedimentary, metamorphic, and igneous
  • History – The Songhai
  • Math – Linear Equivalents
  • Latin – Noun Cases
  • Geography – Ancient Africa – Ancient Ghana, Ancient Mali, Ancient Songhai, Fez, Tangier
  • Timeline – Columbus Sails to the Caribbean, Age of Absolute Monarchs, Protestant Reformation, Spanish Conquistadors in the Americas, Calvin’s Institutes of the Christian Religion, Council of Trent, Baroque Period of the Arts
  • Science Experiments – This week we took a core sample using cupcakes.  This represented a core sample of the earth.  It was obviously a very well-received experiment b/c the kiddos got to eat their cupcakes afterwards.
  • Fine Arts – Great Artists – This week we studied Ghiberti.  The students made a relief panel painting.
Here’s hoping next week goes just as well…and each week after.  Smile


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