Second Quarter Wrap-up

It’s hard to believe another 9 weeks of school have passed since we completed our first quarter of the school year. That means we’re halfway done.

This quarter was a bit complicated since we started it with the big kids returning from Florida after Fall Nationals and then we spent the next two months with me mostly on bedrest and then recovering from surgery. School got done on the couch or my bed a lot, but we made it through and we’re back to doing school at the table and Cameron’s call caught up from when he got a bit behind when he was sick before Christmas break.

So here’s where we are at at the end of our second quarter…

We made our way through the end of the 1800s and are currently learning about World War I. We learned a bit about the home country of a man we take taekwondo with so that was a cool bonus. We learned a bit about the Russian Revolution (Ani – Anastasia – is named for one of the Romanov daughters). We learned about Thomas Edison, gravity, and have started learning about light. We learned some more Latin vocabulary words. We learned about Norman Rockwell and Rembrandt and enjoyed several of their works of art. We listened to works by and learned about Chopin, Tchaikovsky, and Stravinsky.

Cameron completed Little Women and read The Valley of Fear by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, The Jungle Book by Rudyard Kipling, The Time Machine and War of the Worlds by H.G. Wells, and he is currently reading The Call of the Wild by Jack London. He has been going over some deep grammar concepts including gerunds and infinitives. He wrote several literary analysis and biographical sketch essays. He is nearly done with the 18th lesson of Math-U-See Algebra I. He has continued with formal logic, writing in cursive, and has completed 8 lessons of vocabulary.

Fritz finished reading The Moffats and has read Anne of Green Gables and Black Stallion. He just started King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table. He is in the 16th lesson of Math-U-See Delta. He is getting very good at dictation. He’s making progress on narration. The sentences he can diagram now are quite complex with direct objects, indirect objects, multiple prepositional phrases, and more. He’s learned even more vocabulary words and his cursive writing is improving.

Adrian is getting better at reading and now needs very little help when reading his verses (Old Testament) during family scripture reading time. He’s in the 16th lesson of Math-U-See Beta. He has almost finished the second Explode the Code book. He is thrilled to have finished his first level B Spelling You See book which means tomorrow he starts using the colored pencils to mark passages like his big brothers. He is getting good at figuring out which two letters put together make which sounds (ck, ch, sh, th). He’s learned more about parts of speech and added adverbs to his list. He learned more cursive letters. He is extremely good at answering questions about a passage he has listened to and then condensing it into a very short narration.

And as for grades…

Cameron
History – A
Science – A
Art – Pass
Music – Pass
PE – Pass
Religion – Pass
Math – B (82%)
English – B (86%)
Logic – B (86%)
Latin – C (75%)

Fritz
History – A
Science – A
Art – Pass
Music – Pass
PE – Pass
Religion – Pass
Math – A (92%)
English – A (97%)
Latin – A (91%)

Adrian
History – A
Science – A
English – A
Art – Pass
Music – Pass
PE – Pass
Latin – Pass
Religion – Pass
Math – A (97%)

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