I’m a little behind and seriously off my game when it comes to weekly wrap up posts! Part of the issue is that by Thursday evening my brain is fried and trying to type a cohesive sentence can be a bit much!! We’ve had a LOT of fun with different projects these past few weeks since our Classical Conversations campus started the Spring semester. Can I tell you that just typing Spring makes me long for those warmer days?!
Week 14 History was *Tell me about Tycoons*
During the late 1800s, tycoons like Vanderbilt, Rockefeller, Carnegie and Swift fueled the nation’s Industrial Age by developing America’s resources.
It was fun trying to explain what a tycoon is to the girls. They kept calling them *typhoons* and funnily enough there a few similarities in the definitions! Other than memorize the history sentence we didn’t do anything else with the tycoons, but kept working on our Martin Luther King Jr lapbook. We finished it on Thursday and they did a great job! Because I totally forgot to pick up the books I had requested from the library on Martin Luther King, Jr (oops!!) we found some great videos and information online that helped flesh out our study. Admittedly while I love book learning most, it was really helpful to have so much info at our fingertips, thanks to Google!
I decided that both girls could do spelling, since Bella is already trying to do exactly what Sophie is doing. I’m having them work off the same lists, but Sophie is doing 10 words and Bella is doing 5. I let them decorate their spelling notebooks with glitter stickers and now they love pulling out their spelling books!
Sophie is still hesitant about reading. She knows how to read – but the girl will cry a river before (and during) any reading we do. Last week I finally sat her down and told her that she didn’t have to LIKE reading, but she HAS to read. That seems to have helped, so we will see. I’ve also borrowed some of the American Girl doll books from the library (Meet Samantha, Meet Kirsten, Meet Julie and Meet Kit) which we are reading aloud. At the moment she is motivated to read and has done well this week. I believe that the more comfortable she gets, the better she will feel about reading.
We are doing a cool review for the TOS Crew called Critical Thinking which has added some fun into our math lessons. It is an online study that teaches math analogies and puzzles, which is great for both girls. Sophie flies through them, and Bella is getting really good as well. I enjoy finding programs that encourage the girls to think and use logic to solve a puzzle.
We rounded out the week with a fun stop at the Crayola Experience and did enough art to last us for a month!
How was your week?