Thursday, January 31, 2019

Classically Catholic Memory~ Delta Year Week 14

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Good Morning! I have been working on finishing up the posts of when we did Classically Catholic Memory. We finished a few years ago and I apologize for not getting these posted sooner. 
So here is what we did for week 14!


Religion~

John 10:14-15
We looked up the Bible verse and read it aloud. The kids than worked on their cursive handwriting worksheet. 

I did find these crafts and coloring pages to go along with the Bible verse. They would be great for younger children.

Craft/Diorama to go along with the Bible verse
Sheep Faces    



Latin~ Tantum Ergo

This is the second week for this hymn. We are still working hard on learning the Tantum Ergo.

History~

This week, we are learning about the Roaring Twenties, the Stock Market Crash 1929, the Great Depression (1930's), and Roosevelt's New Deal. The kids continued working on their lap book and the Time Travelers U.S. History Study The Industrial Revolution through the Great Depression.


Science~ Muscles

This week the kids learned about three kids of muscles..Skeletal, Smooth, and Cardiac.
Here are a few lesson we used to go along with our study. Our main book we read during this week was DK The Human Body Book. It has everything you need. It's a quick read, but filled with lots of information.

Muscle Lesson
Muscle Worksheet

The kids also worked through the Human Anatomy Coloring Book from Dover during this time. The book has fantastic, detailed pictures for older kids.



Math~

1 inch=2.54 cm
1 mile= 1.6 kilometers

We measured a few things around the house with our rulers to learn more about inches and centimeters. We didn't do much with miles/kilometers since the kids math books have some great lesson on it.

Geography~

We are still in Africa!

Equatorial Guinea
Outline Map
Flag Coloring Page

Gabon
Outline Map
Flag Coloring Page

Republic of the Congo
Outline Map
Flag Coloring Page

Democratic Republic of the Congo
Outline Map
Flag Coloring Page

I had the kids label the Congo River on the map.

Rwanda
Outline Map
Flag Coloring Page

Burundi
Outline Map
Flag Coloring Page

A fun book to use with the kids to learn more about Africa is Africa for Kids: Exploring a Vibrant Continent. It's filled with crafts and activities kids will love doing!



Great Words~
My Captain! My Captain!

The kids are in the home stretch for  My Captain! My Captain! by Walt Whitman. They have this week and next week to finish up this poem. They have all the other parts of the poem memorized, so they are good to go. I think they are ready to be done with this one and move on to the next poem.




Till Next Time,
Monique





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Tuesday, January 29, 2019

Classically Catholic Memory~ Delta Year Week 13

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Religion~
John 15:5

The kids opened up their Bibles, found the verse, and then read it. After reading the Bible verse, they worked on their cursive handwriting worksheet I had created for them.


Latin~Tantum Ergo



We started a new hymn this week, the Tantum Ergo. This hymn pays tribute to our Lord in the Eucharist and in the Blessed Trinity. It's comprised of the last two verses of the Pange lingua that was written by Saint Thomas Aquinas. To learn this hymn in Latin, we are using the Chant CD. Whenever we start a new hymn, we listen to it in Latin and then the translation into English so that we know what we are singing.

History~ World War I

We checked out a few new books from the library to help with our learning.


                                               

For our study on World War I, we finished up Homeschool in the Woods Time Travelers U.S. History Study, The Industrial Revolution through the Great Depression. It has wonderful notes, hands-on projects, and fantastic lapbook the kids get to put together.

Science~ Skeletal System

This week, we learned about the 206 bones we have and all about the parts of the skeletal system.

Here are a few resources we used to learn more about the skeletal system.




Math~ Meters

1 centimeter= 10 millimeters
100 cm= 1 meter
1,000 meters= 1 kilometers

We didn't spend too much on this. Both of the kids math books have a unit that covers the Metric System. They get plenty of practice when they are working through their math books. When they were little, I'd have then recite along with the CD.



Geography~


We're still learning about the countries in Africa. We labeled our map and then the kids worked on their notebook pages over the two weeks.


Sudan
Outline Map
Flag Coloring Page

South Sudan
Outline Map
Flag Coloring Page

Eritrea
Outline Map
Flag Coloring Page

Ethiopia/Addis Abada
Outline Map
Flag Coloring Page
Outline Map

Djibouti
Outline Map
Flag Coloring Page

Somalia
Outline Map
Flag Coloring Page


Great Words~

We are still working our way through My Captain! My Captain! by Walt Whitman. If you new to our CCM journey, you can click on the first few weeks to see what we have done to go along with this poem. We also memorize the poem, but we spend some time learning about the poet too.



Till Next Time,
Monique




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Monday, January 28, 2019

Happy Homemaker Monday~ January 28, 2019

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Good afternoon everyone! I hope you all had a fantastic weekend.  Our weekend was filled with errands, church, religious education class, and the kid's youth group meeting. 
Busy, Busy, Busy!

It's hard to believe we are here at Monday again. I can't believe that January is almost over. 





Welcome to another edition of Happy Homemaker Monday. 
I'm joining Sandra from Diary of a Stay at Home Mom
Stop in and say hello.

So let's see what we have going on this week.


What's for breakfast....
Coffee and a peanut butter larabar

Weather....
Today was the warmest day we're going to have this week. Tomorrow we get rain, sleet, and snow. This is being followed by frigid temps. We getting into the negative numbers here. Doesn't that sound fun? I'd rather be at he beach. I think I'm going to put in a Kenny Chesney CD and dream of blue water and sunshine.

What I'm Reading....
The Walking Land by Callie Bates. I just started this book and I can't tell if I'm going to like it or not. It's a little different style than I normally read. 

On TV....
Nothing I really don't watch any shows. I ahevn't found one I can't stand to miss. I have been playing my son's Spryo game he got for Christmas. I remember playing the original game on a PlayStation years ago. I was put on bed rest when I was pregnant for him. I played that game and watched The Lord of the Rings. 

Plans we have this week....
Monday~ School
Tuesday~ School
Wednesday~ School, Library, and Grocery shopping
Thursday~ School
Friday~ School & hanging out with the moms while the kids play laser tag
Saturday~ work on our bathroom (we're remodeling the hall bathroom) & church (Michael serves)
Sunday~ Religious education classes

What's on the menu....
Monday~ Shrimp Scampi with spaghetti noodles
Tuesday
Wednesday~ Undecided...I need to go to the store for food
Thursday~ ???
Friday~ Pizza
Saturday~ ???
Sunday~ Roasted Chicken, Mashed Potatoes, and Peas

Last week, we tried Sandra's Portuguese Chicken and Rice recipe. It was a HUGE hit. Everyone loved it. The chicken and rice has so much flavor. It was incredible. Definitely give it a try. 

What I'm working on...
Catching up on the kid's scrapbooks
Our 2018 photo album...I love looking through photo albums. It reminds me of all the times i spent looking through old photo albums with my grandma.


What I'm praying for....
My dad. His sister passed away this weekend. He now has lost two of his sisters. I'm praying for the soul of Aunt, her husband as he adjusts to a life without his wife (they've been married over 50 years),  and my aunt's children. 
I'm also praying for all the babies that have been aborted. New York's new law is travesty. I fear where we are heading as a society. 

"We must not be surprised when we hear of murders, of killings, of war, of hatred.
If a mother can kill her own child, what is left but for us to kill each other."
~Mother Teresa





Till Next Time,
Monique


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Sunday, January 27, 2019

Sunday Inspiration~ January 27, 2019

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Thursday, January 24, 2019

Classically Catholic Memory~ Delta Year Week 11

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Religion~
John 6:53-51

I had the kids find the verse in the Bible and read it. They then worked on their cursive handwriting worksheet I created. 


Latin~
Gloria


Please see my general post on how we do Latin. It explains it all. We are still using the Chant CD.


Geography~



We labeled our map and got to work on pages for our geography notebook!

Niger

Chad

Nigeria

Cameroon

Central African Republic

Sao Tome and Principe

Gulf of Guinea~ Fun Facts and Information



Math~


Multiples of 12

I had the kids work on a few pages of 12 multiplication facts.



Science~ Biomes

This week we are learning about the eight major biomes. Our librbay was filled with a wonderful selection of books about all the different regions. It was amazing. We picked out a few (O.K. we picked out a lot) to read. A few we checked out just for the pictures. They were stunning!
Here are some links to a few resources we used during this week's lesson. I will admit, we spent a lot more time on this than two weeks. The kids learned a lot and had fun creating their projects.


Here is what the kids worked on for their study of Biomes. They created dioramas for a most of the different environments. 




History~ China 



Like always, we headed to the library to check out some books about China. The first book I grabbed was the DK China book. They always are filled with a ton of information.




This week, the kids learned about the Opium Wars, the Taiping Rebellion, the Boxer Rebellion, the overthrow of the Ching Dynasty in 1911, and the Communist government. 




Great Words~
My Captain! My Captain! by Walt Whitman

We are still working through this poem. The kids are doing a fantastic job so far! Now that they are older, I think writing the poem out as copy work helps them retain it better.



Till Next Time,
Monique


Tuesday, January 22, 2019

Classically Catholic Memory~ Delta Year Week 12

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Religion~
Matthew 26:26-28

For this bible verse, I created a cursive handwriting worksheet for the kids to copy. It's quick and simple.

Latin~ Gloria


We are still listening to the Chant CD I recommended in the Latin post. It has been one of the best ways for the kids and I to learn the Latin prayers and hymns.


History~

This was a little trickier to find. We learned about Japan and the Tokugawa Shoguns that ruled until 1853. We learned about the Meiji Restoration, the Emperor, and the westernization of Japan.

We checked out a few books about Japan from the library and read them.




Tokugawa Shogun Lesson Plan
The End of Shogun Rule
Japan Lesson Plan & Activities 



Science~ 5 Senses

Sight, Touch, Hearing, Smell, Taste

This is a fun lesson for all ages. Everyone can get involved when learning about our senses.

We read a few books from the library.

The Magic School Bus Explores the Senses
The Five Senses

I did find a few lessons online to help us out.

Lesson # 1 (this is geared for older students)
Lesson # 2 
Lesson # 3

To learn about sight, we headed outdoors to explore the world around us. I had the kids describe the things they saw.

For touch and taste, we played a fun game. The kids were blind-folded and then given objects to feel and taste. They had to describe what they felt or tasted. I then had them try and guess what they had felt or tasted. Lemons were probably the easiest thing to figure out.

Hearing can be a little tricky. We hear things all day, but do we really hear everything. We headed outside again to see what we could hear. We heard squirrels scampering about, birds, chirping, in the trees, chickens clucking, dogs barking, and so much more. It's amazing what we can hear when take the time to stop and listen.

Both my kids participated in a fun class at our local arboretum. In the class, they learned about animal senses. They had to identify various items while using the stronger senses that some animals have. Sense of smell was a fun activity. They went from various trees smelling cotton balls scented with oils. A few were easy to guess, but there were 2 scents that neither one could figure out.


Math~

1 foot =12 inches
3 feet = 1 yard
5,280 feet = 1 mile

Measuring things around the room has been a great way for the kids to learn about feet to inches. I did pick up a yard stick at Walmart to help them learn all about feet and yards. We also visited a fabric store since that's how we buy fabric.



A fun lesson I did a few years ago with the kids was The Foot Book by Dr. Seuss. I got the lesson from Scholastic. It's geared for children Pre-K to 2nd grade. It was fun and the kids learned a lot about measurements.

Geography~ Egypt




We labeled our map and than worked on our pages for our notebooks.
Country Outline Coloring page
Flag Coloring page

After labeling the map, I had the kids label a blank map for their notebook with the following places and items... Cairo, Nile River, Suez Canal, Sinai Peninsula, and the Red Sea.

One site we have used a lot over the years is Enchanted Learning. It has all times of worksheets that can help students learn. They offer a wonderful selection in their geography section.


Great Words~

Walt Whitman by George C. Cox

My Captain! My Captain!

We are still working on this poem. We have a few more week on this poem. The kids have worked on memorizing this poem about the death of Abraham Lincoln.



Till Next Time,
Monique




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Monday, January 21, 2019

Happy Homemaker Monday~

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Good Morning! I hope you all had a wonderful weekend. We had a rainy weekend with temperatures dropping. We were originally supposed to get ice and 1-3 inches of snow, but thankfully that storm system headed further north. Good for us, but not so great for our northern friends. 

The kids were excited for the Super Blood Wolf Moon that was visible last night. They stayed up until midnight to catch  a glimpse of it. It was freezing outside!



Welcome to another edition of Happy Homemaker Monday! 
Head on over and visit for awhile.

Right now I am....

sitting at the our new kitchen island. It's a nice spot to drink my coffee. I love watching the birds that have built their winter nest on our porch.


What's for breakfast....

eggs collected from the hen house and some bacon. Nothing taste likes a farm fresh egg. The chickens are nestled safe and warm in their hen house. It's too cold here to let them out.


What I am thinking about....

all the lesson I need to work on with the kids this week.


The weather....

it's cold. I mean freezing. It's currently 5 degrees here. We are dealing with the coldest temperatures so far this winter. It's going to 7 degrees tonight and it's going to feel even cold with the windchill.


What I'm wearing....

my UGG boots to keep my feet warm, leggings, and a warm sweater. Comfy, comfy, comfy!


What's on my to do list for the week....

Monday.... a day off from school since Dad is home
Tuesday...school, clean the bathrooms, and laundry
Wednesday...school, clean the kitchen & dinning room, and laundry
Thursday...school, clean bedrooms, laundry, and nail appointment
Friday...school
Saturday...nothing planned yet
Sunday....Mass and teaching my little first graders after Mass. I love helping this little ones learn more about Jesus. This week, we are learning about Saint Joan of Arc, the virtue of Fortitude, and The Beatitudes. Youth group meeting for the kids


What's on the menu for the week....

Monday....Tacos
Tuesday...Sloppy Joe Potato Bowls
Wednesday...Chinese Orange Chicken
Friday...Pizza
Saturday...Crock Pot Carnitas
Sunday...Dinner Out


What I'm Reading....

I'm currently reading How to Pray by C.S. Lewis. I just finished reading Fly Away by Kristin Hannah last night. I really enjoyed this story. I finished the new book from Nora Roberts, Of Blood and Bone last week. It's not one of my favorite trilogies from Nora Roberts, but it wasn't too bad. I don't think this set will be one I reread later on.

What I'm working on....

I'm painting a shelf fro my kitchen. The shelf was in the kitchen before the remodel, but now it doesn't match so I'm painting it a cream color to match the cabinets.


From the camera...


Not pretty, but interesting. 
Michael found bear scat on the property. I guess we've had a bear wandering around at night. 



What I'm praying for....

my two aunts. One was recently diagnosed with cancer and the other one is in the hospital. They are both in their 80's so things get a little tricky at that age. I'm also praying for an end to abortion since the March for Life was this past Friday. 



Quote for the Week....


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Till Next Time,
Monique




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Sunday, January 20, 2019

Sunday Inspiration~ January 20, 2019

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Friday, January 18, 2019

Homeschool Highlights~ January 2019

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I know I've been horrible with keeping things around here up to date. Summer hit and the chaos began. Summer was followed by the start of school, a kitchen remodel, and then the holidays filled with sickness! I'm just exhausted thinking about it all. Now things can hopefully settle down a bit. I have almost all of Christmas down, everything except the tree. I was going to take it down today, but my baby boy decided to sleep under it again.


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He just loves the Christmas tree. I couldn't break his sweet little heart. I'll try for tomorrow.

So what have we been up to? 

Getting back into the swing of things. We officially started back to school last week. This week is a short week, since dad is off work on Friday. Michael and him have some outdoor plans for chopping some wood for the wood stove. It's going to get down into the single digits this weekend. Too cold for me!

School is going well for the kiddos. We've made a few changes since the start of the year. Nothing major though. The kids are almost done with their 2nd quarter. It's hard to believe the year is half way over.

The kids have been working on a report about 2 careers they want to learn more about. I'm having them right a paper for the course we are doing from SchoolhouseTeachers.com, called Career Exploration. I'm hoping it will help them figure out what they might like to study in college and what type of career they would like to pursue. Michael is definitely leaning towards something to do with animal wildlife conservation. Therese is still undecided. She does like photography.

In science, the kids have been learning about plate tectonics and how they are formed. Neither Michael nor Therese care for Earth Science much. I've been looking for ways to make it a little more exciting. They find it a little boring. They both can't wait to study biology next year.

I'm already looking into stuff for next year. I love planning our school year. I think I enjoy doing that more than the actual homeschooling. High school is a little boring if you ask me. I'd love to hear what you do to keep your homeschooling exciting for the older ones.



We had snow on Sunday. We had about a foot of snow fall up here on the mountain. The kids have been taking the dog out and playing with her in the snow. It's just a little too cold for me. I love looking out the window at it though. We supposed to get a few more inches this Thursday/Friday. I think winter has finally hit us here. It'll get into the single digits this weekend. I think I even saw that with the windchill it'll feel like we're in the negative temps! I swear I was meant to live somewhere warm. The older I get the less I like the cold weather.


Have a great weekend!


Till Next Time,
Monique




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Thursday, January 17, 2019

Let's Go Play in the Snow....

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Last weekend we received a foot of snow and they are calling for a few inches this weekend along with some freezing temperatures. Sounds fun doesn't?



All this snow got me started thinking about all the fun times I had with the kids reading books about snow. We'd curl up on the couch near the fire with some delicious hot coco after spending a few hours outside playing in the snow.



Reading charming storybooks is one of the things I miss the most. I no longer have little ones to climb into my lap for story time, but I do have the wonderful memories of those times. I asked the kids what their favorite stories were and here a few of the ones they enjoyed.



The Three Bears by Jan Brett
*We love all her books.





The Big Snow by Berta and Elmer Hader





The Snowy Day by Ezra Jack Keats
We did a unit study with this book. 






Owl Moon by Jane Yolen







Snowflake Bentley by Jacqueline Briggs Martin





The Snowman by Raymond Briggs


 


Snowmen at Night by Caralyn Buehner

I used this book for an art project a few years ago. They kids loved it!





The Biggest Snowman Ever by Steven Kroll

This was one of Therese's favorite books when she was little. 




The Family Under the Bridge by Natalie Carlson

This was one of our favorite read-alouds.





The Mitten by Jan Brett


Do you kids have some favorite snow themed books?




Till Next Time,
Monique



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