Homespun Homeschool Week #19

Week 19 of Homeschool: We learned about the early Greeks and made a sword and shield out of duct tape, learned 3 main types of rock, drew the bones in our hands, studied our linear equivalents and learned how to measure by inches, gave presentations on our trips to L.A. and the Monterey Bay Aquarium, created art in the style of Ghiberti, reviewed our Latin Noun Cases, learned step 1 of how to juggle, read The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe, learned new Latin words and phrases, practiced skip-counting by 10’s, and learned a ton of card tricks and practiced on Mom, Dad and Granny!


Homespun Homeschool Week #18

Week 18 of Homeschool: We learned Liquid Equivalents, did a taste test, read about Mexican Jumping Beans, studied Latin noun cases, went for a hike, practiced reading and writing, learned Western Africa’s geography, performed an experiment to see how the earth’s tilt causes seasons, studied Ancient Crete & the Bull Jumpers, learned about the earth’s core, mantle & crust, performed an experiment to see how soil layers form, learned how the Kush mined gold, made shadow puppets and designed our own fishes at the Monterey Bay Aquarium, learned compound prepositions, created art like Giotto, and slept overnight at the Monterey Bay Aquarium!


Homespun Homeschool Week #17

Week 17 of Homeschool: We had fun with bubble science, learned Spanish verbs, built a Praxinoscope and watched the magic of animation, worked on our letters, learned how to study the Bible inductively starting in 1 Peter, read about Ancient Babylon and the story of Marduk and Tiamat, learned how to play Beethoven’s 5th using pictures as pitches, used latitude and longitute to find locations on maps, and wrote silly Haikus!

Homespun Homeschool Week #16

Week 16 of Homeschool: We did equations using lines of Latitude and Longitude, learned about the return of Assyria, worked on our drawing skills, wrote out holiday words, worked on fractions, made paper gingerbread men, wrote about what he (Field) will be doing in 20 years, went to see mom caroling, wrote Haikus, went to Dovewood Court to see the Christmas lights, and went to see the Nutcracker Ballet!

Homespun Homeschool Week #15

Week 15 of Homeschool: We continued experimenting with cardioids and multiplication, learned about the Phoenicians and their early settlements, went to a cookie decorating party with our homeschool friends, worked on spelling, continued working on our “th” and “sh” sounds, built modern art sculptures, went fishing for sight words, made a Sierpinski Fractal Triangle Christmas tree (with a Koch Snowflake star) out of gingerbread, and found a cardioid in a cup of cocoa!



Homespun Homeschool Week #14

Week 14 of Homeschool: We learned about fractals, including the Mandelbrot, Sierpinski Triangle and Koch Snowflake, worked on our “th” and “sh” sounds, learned about Angiosperm, Gymnosperm, Seedless Vascular Plants and Non-vascular plants, worked on Spanish, learned about the historical context of Moses and the Israelites’ exodus from Egypt, wrote about the process of making textiles for a coat, wrote sentences using Latin words, and created cardioids using multiplication!

Homespun Homeschool Week #13

Week 13 of Homeschool: We learned about the Muslim Empire, found examples of plants that don’t use capillary-action and drew illustrations (moss), reflected on everything we love about November, read about Ahaz’s idolatry, built math domino falls, reviewed our Latin 5th Declension Noun Endings and famous Latin sayings, added leaves to our Thankfulness Tree, completed our list of Prepositions, finished our Reading Readiness book (Francis!), learned about photosynthesis, respiration and transpiration, memorized our Tablespoon and teaspoon conversions, had fun making a collage to classify animalia and plantae, and watched our first (of two) chrysalis hatch into a beautiful butterfly!

Homespun Homeschool Week #12

Week 12 of Homeschool: We went on a plant nature walk and collected samples, learned about the Middle Kingdom of Egypt, had fun doing math with our abacus, wrote poetry, skip counted the cubes, learned how to read a map grid, painted rocks, enjoyed the wonder and beauty of Lake Tahoe, worked on Spanish, practiced our Penmanship, studied 5th declension noun endings, learned about Emperor Constantine and the Byzantine Empire, played fun songs on our tin whistles, worked on Javascript, learned some more parts of a flower, and read about biology and found examples in nature, including salmon, a beaver dam, pond-ice, birds and and a bear!

Homespun Homeschool Week #11

Week 11 of Homeschool: We did a Geology Scavenger Hunt, learned about Japan’s Heian Period, worked on Handwriting, studied ancient Africa, did math with our Abacus, built 2 games using circuits, wrote a poem about Classical Conversations, read our first book on our own (Francis!!!), found Japan’s major landmarks on maps, read about Anansi, wrote poems for our Grandparents, read more in Treasure Island, skip-counted the squares, learned the 6 main shapes of leaves, made traditional African Hand art, studied Latin and our 4th Declension Noun Endings, read the Magic Bicycle, and caught 2 caterpillars and watched them go into their chrysalises!

Homespun Homeschool Week #10

Week 10 of Homeschool: We studied ancient China, wrote out Robert Frost poetry, skip counted the 15’s, went GeoCaching (with no luck yet, after 3 tries), read the first 5 chapters of Robert Louis Stevenson’s Treasure Island, brainstormed and wrote a key word outline based on our research of Ellis Island and wrote 3 paragraphs, learned more prepositions, wrote an original poem called “A Year In California (Field wrote – I love the first few lines!), designed our names with the Scratch coding program, learned about Lao-Tzu, Confucius and Taoism, looked at the parts of a plant, carved Jack-O-Lanterns and decorated pumpkin cookies with our cousins, studied Spanish, worked on Latin 4th Declension Noun Endings, and went with Granny & Grampy to see Treasure Island at the B Street Theatre!