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Saturday, April 28, 2012

A Smattering of Saturday Thoughts...

We semi-unschooled again this last week, not by choice, but by circumstance. Somehow the whole week just vanished... poof! We did enjoy a Friday birthday celebration at the park... good people, good food, good times...

They did watch a few more nature related shows at my mom's; Cyrus had his piano lesson and made a few more films, with special effects (again, at my mom's); we used applied math in cooking and at the grocery store; and Cassia found her new favorite activity... ROLLER DERBY! She had her first training on Monday, and loved every moment of the 90 minutes on the rink.

And we read: several more chapters in The Wonderful Wizard of Oz; plus Chanticleer and the Fox; Molly Limbo; Bug read most of The Basilisk's Lair; and we listened to more of Peter Pan. We want to watch both movies again... the cartoon Disney version, and the 2003 live action version.

Peter Pan has actually spawned a great interest in pirates! So we're going to move away from American history as our focus for the moment, and spend the last six weeks of our "school" year enjoying piracy!

On the agenda for the upcoming week...

Reading - lots of good books, mainly pirate-related, but not all
Math - Another few chapters in Life of Fred Apples, plus we're starting a unit on geometry!
Language Arts - more copywork, spelling, and phonics. Cyrus will write in his journal. And I may lead him through writing an essay on pirates!
History - another episode or two of America: The Story of US (I am determined to finish this series!); a documentary or two on pirates perhaps. We might read another few chapters in Early Human World as well, since we're enjoying that book.
Science - Starting up BFSU again. This week we'll study Air (thread A3)
Other - some geography of some sort, art, music appreciation/a composer study (now to choose which composer!); probably the second Pirates of the Caribbean movie, and so forth.

Have a good weekend and week!


  1. Sounds like a great week!

    If you want a fun older computer game to tie in with Pirates of the Caribbean/geography, you might want to look up "Sid Meier's Pirates!". It was a big hit here and covers the same areas the the movie does. They have it in a few different formats.

    Also, just noticed my blog in your "Blogs I read" column -thanks!!!!! It's the first time I've ever seen it on someone else's blog!

  2. OH Pirates!! How fun! You should utilize your Dangerous/Daring Books and read about the pirate sections in there.

  3. We love Peter Pan. This year we read through the entire series of Peter and the Starcatchers. If you haven't checked it out yet, you need to. Very creative series of books explaining how Peter Pan came to be.


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