This week, my son is practicing some memory work, including the books of the Old and New Testaments, the Lord's Prayer, the 23 Psalm, the names of the Apostles, the Ten Commandments, and the Beatitudes.
In history, I read aloud from: Industrial Revolution, John Clare; Cotton gin, Milton Meltzer (chapters 1-5); Great Scientists, Derek Hall, Ed. (re: James Watt); New Way Things Work, Macaulay (re: steam engines); DK 1000 Inventions and Discoveries, Roger Birdgman (re: timeline of 1700's inventions); and The Industrial Revolution in American History, Anita McCormick (chapters 2-5). I tried to keep all readings to the early period of the industrial revolution, as we will return to the later portion of that period at another date.
He continued his vocabulary work in the chapter concerning Greek roots (Vocabulary for the College Bound). We worked on interjections and conjunctions this week in grammar, and he will begin work with adjectives next week. He had study questions to complete for his lit/writing class, per usual.
He got back his longer paper from last week and I think he made a B or B+ on it. She did give him some very good feedback and told him he could rework it and resubmit it to her if he'd like to improve his grade. He seems interested in doing that, so I'm encouraging it. I do hope I can get this boy writing better by high school!
For his outside lit/writing class this week, he had to prepare a timeline of events during a seven year time span of the great depression. He got to use a bunch of the skills we've learned in our computer classes covering "Word" over the past few months. I think he did a pretty good job with it, but it wasn't really an exercise in writing so much as an exercise in computer skills. Here's a picture of his finished timeline:
I'm not sure I can capture any degree of detail very well:
Work in Greek, Latin, and Spanish continue as usual. I believe his class is coming to the end of their current workbooks and is going to move into a Barron's Spanish NOW! book that I already own.
In Chemistry this week, he continued work in his Atom workbook, we finished chapter 4 in The Elements and modeled atomic molecules (which reinforced the work we just finished in Friendly Chemistry), and he did a chapter in Tiner on Metals. We then started chapter 5 in The Elements, which also covers metals and some of the other element families we haven't looked at too closely yet this year.
Here are his atomic molecule models:
We attended STOMP! this week at Centre College's Norton Center, but I must say that I thought Blue Man Group was better!