3/4 Done

Friday marked the end of our third quarter of this school year. Only 9 more weeks and we’ll be free for the summer. I am busy lesson planning for the 2016-17 school year so I can have that free summer along with the kids.

We learned about the Great Depression, FDR, World War II, and Civil Rights. We’re working our way around the globe learning about various regions through the 90s. It’s interesting learning things that I lived through. We learned about the Easter Rising (Dublin) in depth. That was interesting since we were in Dublin exactly 3 years ago and visited Kilmainham Gaol where several of the leaders were executed. We learned about light and spin. We learned lots more Latin vocabulary words. Fritz has proven to be the one who excels at learning them the fastest. We learned about Cezanne, Warhol, and Renoir and enjoyed several of their works of art. We listened to works by and learned about Gershwin, Brahms, and Sousa.

Cameron finished reading The Call of the Wild by Jack London and also read The Scarlet Pimpernel by Baroness Orczy, Anne of Geeen Gables by Lucy Maud Montgomery, and The Big Four by Agatha Christie. He is almost finished reading The Yearling by Marjorie Kinnan Rowlings. He has continued an in-depth study of grammar concepts. He wrote several short research essays. He has finished through lesson 27 of Math-U-See Algebra I. He is still learning formal logic, writing in cursive, and has completed 13 lessons of vocabulary.

Fritz read King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table (which, to my surprise, he loved) and several poems (he wrote some poems, too). He has completed most of Math-U-See Delta and is now just doing a page or two a week to complete the book. He is good at dictation made great improvements in his ability to narrate over the last 9 weeks. He diagrams complicated sentences with ease. He completed his vocabulary lessons and sometimes writes in cursive voluntarily now (and it’s legible!).

Since Adrian started medication (Adderall) a few weeks ago, his ability to focus in school has made such a difference in his education. He completed most of Math-U-See Beta and is now doing about half a page a day through the end of the school year to complete it the rest of the way. He is in the third Explode the Code book. It’s really too easy for him at this point, but he likes doing it. He completed The Ordinary Parents Guide to Teaching Reading and has moved on to early readers. He has learned more cursive letters and is excellent at narrating short passages.

And as for grades…

Cameron
History – A
Science – A
Art – Pass
Music – Pass
PE – Pass
Religion – Pass
Math – C (77%)
English – B (87%)
Logic – B (81%)
Latin – A (95%)

Fritz
History – A
Science – A
Art – Pass
Music – Pass
PE – Pass
Religion – Pass
Math – A (94%)
English – A (97%)
Latin – A (99%)

Adrian
History – A
Science – A
English – A
Art – Pass
Music – Pass
PE – Pass
Latin – Pass
Religion – Pass
Math – A (96%)

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