Friday, April 15, 2011

Week 31 School Work...

We are getting into our end of school year wind-down with lots of review and revisions.  We began working on a geometry section in Russian Math 6 this week.  In Bible studies, we began watching some videos we own related to religion:

Faith & Belief:  Five Major World Religions, Knowledge Unlimited, Inc.

I found a teacher's guide for it free, online!

My son is getting caught up on reading for the time periods we've studied for the past several weeks.  Here are the rest of the books he's read regarding the opening of the American West / War of 1812 time period:

Spirit of the Cedar People, Chief LeLooska (DK); Echoes of the Elders, Chief Lelooska (DK); The Choctaw, Emilie Lepthien; Folks Call me Appleseed John, Andrew Glass; Johnny Appleseed, Jane Yolen; Lewis and Clark: Explorers of the American West, Steven Kroll; Audobon, Painter of Birds in the Wild Frontier, Jennifer Armstrong; The Star-Spangled Banner, Peter Spier (with end notes and music).

Echoes of the Elders: The Stories and Paintings of Chief Lelooska with CDSpirit of the Cedar People by Christine Normandin, Lelooska (1998, Hardcover)

These both come with CD's

book jacket

The Star-Spangled Banner by Peter Spier: Book Cover

Books completed regarding South America:

Amazon Diary, The Jungle Adventures of Alex Winters, Hudson Talbott; The Pied Piper of Peru, Ann Tompert.

Amazon DiaryThe Pied Piper of Peru

At this time, I also wanted to take a look at Mary Shelley's Frankenstein, but my son has been experiencing major anxiety problems all year, so I wanted to take a somewhat lighter approach to it.  To that end, he read these two books:

Mary Shelley's Frankenstein, adapted by Chris Mould and In the Footsteps of Frankenstein, Steve Parker.

This week, we've been reading about Mexico during the 1800's as well as the Mexican people and culture.  Books he's read include:

Tortillas and Lullabies, Lynn Reiser (read in Spanish and played the simple song at the end); My Mexico, poems by Tony Johnston; Pedro and the Padre, Verna Aardema.

Pedro and the Padre

I read from Famous People of Mexico, Anna Carew-Miller; Artisans Around the World: Mexico and Central America, Sharon Franklin, et al; Mexico City, James Davis and Sharryl Hawke; The Tree is Older Than You Are, Naomi Shihab Nye ( this is poetry - didn't like it AT ALL - it was more modern in nature and like modern art, I'm just not very appreciative...). 

Famous People Of Mexico
Buy The Tree Is Older Than You Are: A Bilingual Gathering Of Poems & Stories From Mexico With Paintings By Mexican Artists
We've barely scratched the surface of our next topic, which will be the time period nearer the end of slavery in America.  My son has read A Picture Book of Sojourner Truth, David Adler and Sweet Clara and the Freedom Quilt, Deborah Hopkinson.
A Picture Book of Sojourner Truth (Picture Book Biography)
We continued our study of poetry this week with more on William Blake's poetry.  We're using an online resource (which I mentioned in my detail of that study) to look at analysis of some of his poems.  We'll finish up with him next week and move on....

We're heading out for Baton Rouge tomorrow - I certainly hope we don't have trouble because of today's weather!  I'm hearing that Alabama has declared a state of emergency - yikes!  I hope that no more folks are hurt in all this....


MissMOE said...

Hope your trip to Baton Rouge goes well. I love how you post all your books.

Karen said...

I need to learn how you post the book images...My life would be so much easier if I could do that!

Regena said...


I don't know how to contact you, so hope you will see this. I'm not sure that what I do regarding copying book pictures is the correct or best way to do it, but I simply do a search for that book and pull up the info on it at a place that sells it like Amazon, Barnes and Noble, etc. I put my clicker on it and right click, then hit "copy". Then I return to my blog screen and paste it in where I want it. I have trouble getting the pics to line up (as I'm sure you can see), and sometimes the links get broken (I guess) and the pics disappear, but in general it works out okay, I guess....


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