As the last fortnight drew to a close I realised with surprise that we have only three weeks of Term 3 left. It's been a solid term of learning and we're rather proud of how hard all the children have worked.
Yippee, we've graduated weekly lessons. Well we have a huge pile of homework but no regular lessons until next year. Plan is: we were given three weeks of homework, we do it and return to show progress. Mmm already missed first week of homework, time to 'crack the books.'
Jem made his First Confession!!! He did it, declaring it not as hard as he thought, in fact it was "cool" and he is eager to go regularly:) Once again astounded and impressed with the maturity 'jump' a child displays spiritually and naturally once they have made a Sacrament. Sacramental Graces, we should never underestimate them.
Maths Online - The older children and Jack Jack are working steadily and making solid progress. Jelly Bean has plateaued and is needing encouraging. Jem needs assistance with reading questions and I admit I struggle in this area to find the time, so maths for these two is a little patchy at present.
Princess listened to several Kahn Academy lectures: Hubble Image of Galaxies, Intergalactic Scales, Scale of the Galaxy, Scale of the Distance to Closest Stars and Scale Of Solar Systems. She has been taking notes as she listens.
Michelangelo read four chapters of Science Matters and watched two Kahn Academy Physics Lectures about quasars and took notes. He also watched documentaries on Engineering; building a tunnel under the Swiss Alps and and the canals in Holland.
Continuing to read to the younger boys (and Jelly Bean for whom this is an optional extra) Book 3 of The March of Time - Horniblow, still so impressed. This fortnight we read about Barons and Castles, Monasteries and Monks. Murder in Canterbury Cathedral, Thomas a Becket and Henry II. The Crusades and Richard the Lion Heart and Marco Polo and his Travels. The children all narrated orally.
Also read a few fun picture books about this time period(see list below)
Princess continues to apply herself to her Spanish studies several times a week with keenness.
Completed cursive letters with the older children, and they are now ready to begin more challenging work however due to the age differences I'll be expecting a higher amount of written work from some than others. Jem has nearly completed all of his printed letters, though I admit he is still not a fan of writing;)
Princess continuing with 20 words weekly from 'Spelling for Secondary Students' still spelling well.
Spelling Wisdom with our teens has not happened yet this I feel is vital for them. Resolving to amend this in the following fortnight!
JB and JJ have transitioned well to Spelling Wisdom for their dictation lessons, happy with their progress.
JB and JJ - continuing with comprehension passages and pronouns.
Teens - synonyms and vocabulary.
JB and JJ have continued their weekly essays, at this stage my expectation is for a short essay but am slowly increasing the amount expected. They will always take the 'short' option in writing if allowed.
Michelangelo and Princess - a couple of lessons on Precis Writing.