My son missed his algebra class last week due to spring break, so his teacher made up the class this week. As a result, he had twice as much homework to do this week, so we skipped the geometry work we've been doing at home in order to accommodate completion of that.
He finished up his last chemistry lab for the semester on Friday. The last couple of weeks they worked with various gas laws and then finished up with solutions, suspensions, and colloids this week. The last thing they did was to create napalm and burn it!
He is going to start a physical science lab with the same lady in mid-May and continue it over the summer. I've never had my children really do school in the summer in past (save some math work to keep them on their stride), but I think he will not balk too much about it (hasn't thus far, at least). This is the only time she can do it and she's so strong in the physical sciences that I really want him to have the benefit of her expertise. They are using the BJU Physical Science lab manual for this class.
I've decided that he's going to continue her chemistry lab offerings next fall. He will also take a chemistry/physics lab class at a co-op with her which will be more light-hearted. That will allow me more leeway at home to just do some physics related reading and allow him to work through some physics experiment kits (Science in a Nutshell, etc.) on his own. I want him to start to be more independent in his lab work.
We continued with the usual round of other classes at home this week: he continues with a prayer journal; we are still working with adverbs in grammar, but getting ready to review those and move on to pronouns through the end of the year. He completed a geography map book regarding Asia that we'd started earlier. He's finishing up some italics style copy work that I bought online from Julie Shields at Lulu.com (she offers her copy work books in several writing styles).
We continue reviewing his vocabulary work. He takes a day or two (if the list is long) to go back over the words, then he corrects any problems he had with his earlier answers to the related exercises. Then we move on to the next list. We should be finished by the end of the year.
He's working on finishing up his last outside Lit class writing assignment for the year. They didn't have class this week, but each of the last couple of sessions they've covered one very short short-story (about 8 pages or less) and then taken home one longer one to complete at home. For this last assignment, he had questions to answer about the Tell Tale Heart and then he has both questions and a longer MLA writing assignment to complete regarding the other story.
I've rather given up on the Barron's Spanish grammar for this year (he's through about the first 100 pages or so of it). I don't understand Spanish enough, myself, to correct the work (there are obvious errors in the answer section). I think his outside Spanish teacher is going to use the book with them some next year, so I will leave it for review at that time. Instead, I am having him go through his workbook for that outside class this year and finish up the exercises so that the book will be finished by the end of the year (because the teacher hasn't been using it often enough to get it finished). I am also pulling out various audio tapes and card games, flash cards, etc. and using those with him. I've found a few online sources that are free for use next year, as well.
He continues with his Latin exercises. He will not complete Latin Primer III this year as he didn't complete II last year. I'm on a slower course because of the three languages he's been tackling the last couple of years. Next year, we've decided we must drop Greek so that he can concentrate more on heavier reading and more Latin work. He will complete Primer III and do Grammar I for Latin next year. Right now, we're going back over his exercise book for Greek and correcting those, 5 lessons at a time. We'll finish up next week and start reviewing with the audio portions of the lessons. We've already been reviewing with the flash cards. If we have time next year, I will probably continue review of that with him so that he doesn't completely lose it.
He used an audio-visual device I've owned for years to take notes on the first 15 U.S. Presidents this week, and will begin using that info for memory work next week, through to the end of the year.
(This is a KB Interactive Learning Toy....)
I generally take for granted that everyone uses Story of the World, as we do, and forget to mention each week that the topics we're covering are based on chapters in that history book, Volume III, which my son reads and outlines on his own. We also do the associated map work with that and cover some of the topics included in the activity guide, although we don't use the coloring or do crafts projects and such at this age. I am perhaps remiss in assuming that anyone who reads this will automatically know that, sorry!
Books I read from this week:
Herstory, Women who Changed the World, Ruth Ashby and Deborah Ohrn, re: La Pola (New Grenada), hearkening back to our recent South American liberation studies.
And I think I forgot to mention last week that regarding Mexican independence, I also read from Independence and Revolution in Mexico, 1810-1940, Rebecca Stefoff (re: Sor Juana and Father Hidalgo's revolt).
Herstory, re: Sarah and Angelina Grimke', sisters who were staunch abolitionists, regarding our study of the end-times of U.S. slavery.
Other readings related to the end-times of U.S. slavery, which also interestingly coincided with the rise of the women's rights movement:
Rabble Rousers, 20 Women who Made a Difference, Cheryl Harness, re: Frances Wright, Emma Hart Willard, and Mary Ann Shadd Cary.
America's Black Founders, Nancy Sanders (re: events from the 1800's, near the end of the book)
Great African Americans in History, Carlotta Hacker (re: Harriet Tubman and Frederick Douglass)
Let it Shine, Stories of Black Women Freedom Fighters, Andrea Davis Pinkney (re: Biddy Mason)
And we also turned back a little in time to look more at Africa during the 18th and 19th centuries this week, using our usual round of encyclopedias from home, as well as:
History of the World, Africa, Mary Di Ianni (translator)
We also used this book last year and earlier this year.... It is available from Alibris, used books....
Exploration and Discovery, Simon Adams (Livingstone and Stanley)
Again, we also used this book last year, when we talked about the Age of Exploration, and earlier this year, too. I see that Alibris offers several of these books for sale....
Exploring Africa, Hazell Martell and Gerald Wood
Another one that got use last year as well as this! Also at Alibris....
The Atlas of Past Times, Haywood (re: Emergence of Africa and recap of the world by 1815)
I've mentioned this book before. I love the historical atlases that John Haywood published (all OOP now, but you can still find them online). I was never able to find one for the early modern time period, however, then ran across this atlas last year which bridges that gap perfectly! It also includes even more historical info, I think, than his other historical atlases.
The Zulu Kingdom, Sandra Klopper
Each week, we of course are finishing up books started or assigned earlier. If I've already mentioned what we're reading, I don't usually list it again, even though we're still reading from it.
In general right now, we are talking about various areas of the world and the goings on there during the time period of the early to mid-1800's. I won't be covering the Civil War until the beginning of next school year, so we're skirting around that right now and touching on some topics that extend into the last half of the 19th century, as well. Our focus has most recently been on North and South America, and we've added in Africa this past week. (We had earlier looked at Europe and Asia during this same time period.) We'll be reading more on Africa last week because my library closed for some renovations this week and the books I requested are currently being held hostage!
Books my son completed this week regarding South America:
Festivals of the World: Peru, Leslie Jermyn
Peru, Barbara Knox
A Family in Peru, Jetty St. John
(I don't find a photo, but it is also available from Alibris and he has others for other cultures, too....)
Regarding the end-times of sanctioned U.S. slavery:
Amistad Rising, Veronica Chambers
He continues his piano work and is going to attend a piano camp this summer for the first time. He's completed a couple of fact finders for his teacher recently: one of the history of the piano and another on Grieg.
Next week, we plan on seeing an impressionist art exhibit and will attend the last homeschool day for this school year at Frazier International History Museum. They have a Da Vinci exhibit coming for the summer and plan a couple of homeschool days for that - hoorah!
I'm ready for summer to commence....