Last Quarter of the 2018-19 School Year

We completed the third quarter of the 2018-19 school year last Friday. We learned so much this quarter.

In history, we learned about the Boston Tea Party, the founding fathers, 1776, and the American Revolution. In Geography, we learned about Japan, Iran, Samoa, Tonga, and South Africa. In Science we learned about chemical reactions, compounds, oxidation and reduction, and acids and bases. In the arts, we learned about folk music, Rococo art, and crafts. As always, we started each day by watching CNN 10.

Cameron read (listened to) The War That Made America: A Short History of the French and Indian War by Fred Anderson, Founding Brothers: The Revolutionary Generation by Joseph J. Ellis, 1776 by David McCullough, and The American Revolution: A History by Gordon S. Wood. His grades were great:
History A
Geography A
Science A
Art A
PE A
English A
Math A

Fritz read Johnny Tremain by Esther Forbes, The Great Little Madison by Jean Fritz, Toliver’s Secret by Esther Wood Brady, and My Brother Sam is Dead by James and Christopher Collier. His grades were perfect:
History A
Geography A
Science A
Art A
Piano A
PE A
Religion A
English A
Math A
Logic A
Latin A

Adrian read Why Don’t You Get a Horse, Sam Adams? by Jean Fritz, Abigail Adams: Girl of Colonial Days by Jean Brown Wagoner, Toliver’s Secret by Esther Wood Brady, and Can’t You Make Them Behave King George? by Jean Fritz. His grades were excellent:
History A
Geography A
Science A
Art A
Recorder A
PE A
Spanish A
Religion A
English A
Math A

Third Quarter Done!

We completed the third quarter of the 2018-19 school year last Friday. We learned so much this quarter.

In history, we learned about the thirteen colonies, slave trade, South Pacific, and British India. In Geography, we learned about Central America, Brazil, Australasia, and India. In Science we learned about metamorphic rocks, gems and minerals, fossils, and chemical reactions. In the arts, we learned about settler sayings, Colonial art, principles of art, and classical music. As always, we started each day by watching CNN 10.

Cameron read (listened to) Blood on the River: Jamestown 1607 by Elisa Carbone, The Republic of Pirates by Colin Woodard, The Slave Dancer by Paula Fox, Why Dinosaurs Matter by Kenneth Lacovara, and Mozart: A Life by Paul Johnson. His grades were great:
History A
Geography A
Science A
Art A
PE A
English A
Math A

Fritz read Dark Enough to See the Stars in a Jamestown Sky by Connie Lapallo, A History of US: Making 13 Colonies by Joy Hakim, The Slave Dancer by Paula Fox, Dinosaurs in the Attic by Douglas J. Preston, Capturing Jasmina by Kimberly Rae. His grades were very good:
History A
Geography A
Science A
Art A
Piano A
PE A
Religion A
English B
Math A
Logic A
Latin A

Adrian read If You Lived in Colonial Times by Ann McGovern and June Otani, If You Lived When There Was Slavery In America by Anne Kamma, Dinosaur Detectives by Judith Bauer Stamper, and Chemistry: Getting A Big Reaction by Simon Basher. His grades were excellent:
History A
Geography A
Science A
Art A
Recorder A
PE A
Spanish A
Religion A
English A
Math A

Quarter 2 Done!

We completed the second quarter of the 2018-19 school year on the 18th of January. We learned all sorts of great stuff this quarter.

In history, we learned about the Thirty Years’ War, the Dutch, France, the enlightenment, Russia and Prussia, conquistadors, and settlers. In Geography, we learned about Spain, Netherlands, Indonesia, Korea, central Asia, the Baltic states, Peru, and Bolivia. In Science we learned about sound, light, history of science, igneous rocks, and sedimentary rocks. In the arts, we learned about Baroque music, Baroque art, art journaling, watercolors, creativity, and Native American art. As always, we started every day by watching CNN 10.

Cameron read (listened to) Cyrano de Bergerac by Edmond Rostand, Chasing Vermeer by Blue Balliett, Madeline Takes Command by Ethel C. Brill, Nothing To Envy: Ordinary Lives in North Korea by Barbara Demick, The Family Romanov: Murder, Rebellion, and the Fall of Imperial Russia by Candace Fleming, and The King’s Fifth by Scott O’Dell. His grades were excellent:
History A
Geography A
Science A
Art A
PE A
English A
Math A

Fritz read Sound by William C. Robertson, Chasing Vermeer by Blue Balliett, Caring For A Colony: The Story of Jeanne Mance by Joanna Emery, Who Was Ben Franklin? by Dennis Brindell Fradin, Who Was Isaac Newton? by Janet B. Pascal, The Family Romanov: Murder, Rebellion, and the Fall of Imperial Russia by Candace Fleming, and The King’s Fifth by Scott O’Dell. His grades were great:
History A
Geography A
Science A
Art A
Piano A
PE A
Religion A
English A
Math A
Logic A
Latin A

Adrian read All About Light and Sound: Physical Science, The Great Tulip Trade by Beth Wagner Brust, Samuel de Champlain: From New France to Cape Cod by Adrianna Morganelli, Gulliver’s Travels by Nick Eliopulos, Catherine the Great: Empress of Russia by Zu Vincent, The Inca Empire by Sandra Newman, and My America: Our Strange New Land by Patricia Hermes. His grades were perfect:
History A
Geography A
Science A
Art A
Recorder A
PE A
Spanish A
Religion A
English A
Math A

First Quarter Done!

We completed the first quarter of the 2018-19 school year on Friday. We learned so much this quarter.

In history, we learned about the age of exploration, the Ottoman Empire, the Mogul Empire, the Reformation, and Renaissance England. In Geography, we learned about Argentina, Chile, Egypt, Libya, Pakistan, Afghanistan, Angola, Zambia, Tanzania, and Kenya. In Science we learned about insects, reptiles, amphibians, fish, birds, and mammals. In the arts, we learned about fairy tales, poetry, Mogul Art, Reformation Art, and Shakespeare. We started every day by watching CNN 10.

Cameron read (listened to) Beauty by Robin McKinley, 1453 by Roger Crowley, Taj Mahal: Passion and Genius at the Heart of the Moghul Empire by Diane Preston, Bird Sense: What It’s Like To Be A Bird by Tim Birkhead, and A Midsummer Night’s Dream and MacBeth by William Shakespeare. His grades were amazing:
History A
Geography A
Science A
Art A
PE A
English A
Math A

Fritz read Around the World in a Hundred Years by Jean Fritz, The Shadows of Ghadames by Joelle Stolz, Afghanistan by Donkey: A Year in a War Zone by Anna Badkhen, The Bible Smuggler by Louise A. Vernon, and Shakespeare’s Stories For Young Readers by E. Nesbit. His grades were great:
History A
Geography A
Science A
Art A
Piano A
PE A
Religion A
English A
Math B
Logic A
Latin A

Adrian read Explorers of North America by Christine Taylor-Butler, The Life Cycle of Reptiles by Darlene R. Stille, The Life Cycle of Amphibians by Darlene R. Stille, Where is the Taj Mahal? By Dorothy Hoobler, Birds, Nests, and Eggs by Mel Boring, and Bard of Avon: The Story of William Shakespeare by Diane Stanley. His grades were excellent:
History A
Geography A
Science A
Art A
Recorder A
PE A
Spanish A
Religion A
English A
Math A

2017-18 School Year is Done!

We finished the 2017-18 school year on May 25th. This has been an amazing year. We learned so much all year and the fourth quarter was no exception.

In history, we learned about medieval China and Japan, Pacific peoples, American peoples, the Renaissance, and explorers. In Geography, we learned about China, Micronesia, Canada, Italy, and the Caribbean Sea. In Science, we learned about electricity, circuits, technology, magnetism, and motors. In the arts, we learned about Asian arts, Pacific Island arts, Indian legends, and Renaissance art. We started every day by watching CNN 10 and then working on grammar and spelling using The Nose Tree.

Cameron learned about more elements of poetry. He read The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind, Kula Keiki Ali’i, Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee: An Indian History of the American West, The Feud that Sparked the Renaissance, and Columbus: Lies of a New World. He continued learning about personal finance both at home and in a weekly class at church. His grades were great:
History A
Geography A
Science A
Art A
PE A
English B
Math A

Fritz learned more logical fallacies and made a reference lapbook of all 28 fallacies he learned this year that he’ll be able to use in his further studies next year. He learned more Latin vocabulary and has done a whole lot of translating. He continued working on learning to play the piano and improving his drawing skills. He wrote several essays about short stories and completed the year by writing a much longer research report. He read Chinese Fairy Tales, Ancient China, Call It Courage, Indian Captive: The Story of Mary Jemison, The Second Mrs. Gioconda, and Where Do you Think You’re Going Christopher Columbus? In math, he continued preparing for pre-algebra and did a whole unit on statistics. Along with his little brother, he completed studying the Book of Mormon. He also finished reading the actual Book of Mormon on his own. He started learning how to code and has made quite a few little games in Scratch. His grades were excellent:
History A
Geography A
Science A
Art A
Music A
PE A
Religion A
English A
Math A
Logic A
Latin A

Adrian narrated several of passages from books. He read Night of the Ninjas, Ninjas and Samurai, High Tide in Hawaii, If You Lived With the Indians of the Northwest Coast, Along Came Galileo, and You Wouldn’t Want To Sail With Christopher. He continued learning to play the piano and to speak Spanish. He started learning about decimals and changing to fractions to decimals and back again. His grades were excellent:
History A
Geography A
Science A
Art A
Music A
PE A
Spanish A
Religion A
English A
Math A

Three quarters down, one quarter to go

We finished the third quarter of the 2017-18 school year at the end of March. We learned so much this quarter.

In history, we learned about the War of the Roses, Eastern Europe, African Kingdoms, Asian Kingdoms, and the Mongols. In Geography, we learned about Russia, Hungary, Mali, southeast Asia, and the Caucasus region. In Science, we learned about health, metals, carbon chemistry, non-metals, and radioactivity and salts. In the arts, we learned about minstrels and plays, printmaking, textiles, using vivid language, and poetry. We started every day by watching CNN 10 and then working on grammar and spelling using The Nose Tree.

Cameron learned about more elements of poetry. He read Richard III, The Trumpeter of Krakow, Into Africa: The Epic Adventures of Stanley and Livingstone, The Fellowship of the Ring, and Genghis: Birth of an Empire. He continued learning about personal finance both at home and in a weekly class at church. His grades were great:
History A
Geography A
Science A
Art A
PE A
English B
Math B

Fritz learned more logical fallacies and has been applying what he’s learned by identifying the logical fallacies in the president’s tweets. He learned more Latin vocabulary and has done a lot of translating. He continued working on learning to play the piano and improving his drawing skills. He wrote several essays about short stories. He read Richard III (Shakespeare for Everyone), The Trumpeter of Krakow, The Royal Kingdoms of Ghana, Mali, and Songhay: Life in Medieval Africa, The Trumpet of the Swan, and Genghis Khan: 13th Century Mongolian Tyrant. In math, he continued preparing for pre-algebra. Along with his little brother, he went through Mosiah in the Book of Mormon. He is almost done through 3 Nephi reading it on his own. His grades were very good:
History A
Geography A
Science A
Art A
Music A
PE A
Religion A
English A
Math A
Logic B
Latin B

Adrian narrated several of passages from books. He read Richard III (Shakespeare for Everyone), Hidden Tales From Eastern Europe, The Periodic Table of the Elements – Alkali Metals, Alkaline Earth Metals and Transition Metals, The Royal Kingdoms of Ghana, Mali, and Songhay: Life in Medieval Africa, Traveling Man: The Story of Ibn Battuta 1325-1354, India for Children, and Genghis Khan: 13th Century Mongolian Tyrant. He continued learning to play the piano and to speak Spanish. He started learning about basic geometry. His grades were excellent:
History A
Geography A
Science A
Art A
Music A
PE A
Spanish A
Religion A
English A
Math A

Second Quarter Done

On Friday we finished the second quarter of the 2017-18 school year. We learned so much in the second 9 weeks. We love Layers of Learning. It’s the perfect combination of hands-on and lecture.

In history, we learned about Charlemagne, the Normans, the Feudal System, the Crusades, and Burgundy, Venice, and Spain. In Geography, we learned about France, Nigeria, Germany, the Balkans, and Switzerland. In Science, we learned about planets, stars, earth and moon, satellites, and humans in space. In the arts, we covered Carolingian art, the Canterbury Tales, Gothic art, religious art, and oil paints. We started every day by watching CNN 10 and then working on grammar and spelling using The Nose Tree.

Cameron finished learning the basics of fiction writing and wrote a short story. He started working on writing poetry. He read The Origins of Everything in 100 Pages (more or less), Wulf the Saxon, Will in Scarlet, God’s Battalions: The Case for the Crusades, and God’s Jury: The Inquisition and the Making of the Modern World. He continued learning about personal finance and opened an investment accounts. His grades were excellent:
History A
Geography A
Science A
Art A
PE A
English A
Math A

Fritz learned more logical fallacies and applied some of what he’s learned to current events. He continued learning lots of Latin vocabulary and endings. He learned how to play more songs on the piano and to draw better. He had continued improving his outlines and paragraphs. He read Son of Charlemagne, If All the Swords in England, Catherine, Called Birdy, My Story: The Great Plague, and, The Red Keep. In math, he continued preparing for pre-algebra. Along with his little brother, Jacob, Enos, Jarom, Omni, Words of Mormon, Mosiah, and part of Alma in the Book of Mormon. His grades were also excellent:
History A
Geography A
Science A
Art A
Music A
PE A
Religion A
English A
Math A
Logic A
Latin A

Adrian practiced narrating lots of passages from books. He read Stories of Roland Told to the Children, Joan of Arc, One Big Family, Starry Sky, Chanticleer and the Fox, Castle Diary: The Journal of Tobias Burgess, Robin Hood, and Chris Hadfield and Living on the International Space Station. He continued learning to play the piano and to speak Spanish. He had moved on to doing division in math. His grades, like his brothers’, were excellent:
History A
Geography A
Science A
Art A
Music A
PE A
Spanish A
Religion A
English A
Math A