This Week in Homeschooling #2 (2011)

Our illnesses finally broke this past week, so posting was delayed while we actually went out and saw people and did things. It is so wonderful to finally get out of the house!

So, for the week of January 8th through the 14th, this is what we did:


  • The Boy learned about dividing by 4 and reviewed multiplying 2-digit numbers… which he forgot he ever learned. I had to show him papers from a few months ago to prove he did. I guess we’ll take a little detour to review that and firm up his addition, subtraction, and multiplication facts.
  • The Girl is working on simple addition and subtraction, practicing counting larger groups of things, and just beginning telling time. They also played together with a Reader rabbit math game and did a few puzzles.

Language Arts

  • The Boy reviewed the grammar we were working on before we all got sick, including: action vs. linking verbs, subject and predicate, the direct object, and subject vs. object pronouns. He also diagrammed two sentences.
  • He also practiced writing by sending email and chat messages to friends and family. He read some Calvin and Hobbes to himself and listened to me read The Mysterious Benedict Society.
  • The Girl is starting All About Spelling to learn the sounds the letters make and played a lot of Starfall. They both played a lot of Madlibs.
  • The Girl enjoyed whatever books her dad read to her, a High Five magazine, and an audio recording of Just So Stories.

Social Studies

  • We finished Story of the World (part 3) Chapter 16, and learned about the new scientific farming. Yay Jethro Tull! Seed drills and crop rotation.
  • We also talked about the “Tragedy of the Commons” and how that relates to the agricultural revolution.
  • We watched two episodes of “Engineering an Empire” which covered some history of ancient Greece and the Aztecs.
  • Plus we talked about how in different cultures, colors have different meanings.


  • We’re finally beginning our new Science book, with a lesson about Brownian motion and diffusion.
  • We watched an episode of Rough Science about panning for gold, making a scale, and making a metal detector (and, of course, “Engineering an Empire” had a lot of science and engineering content).
  • We built a fire in the fireplace and talked about the chemistry of fires.


  • Still taking it slow, but we did play outside in the snow and went to gymnastics. We talked about the importance of stretching, safe stretching, and tried out the exercise balls we got for Christmas.


  • Thanks to our illnesses, we talked (again!) a lot about hygiene of washing hands, how viruses spread and things like that.
  • Also, the importance of brushing our teeth when we eat candy all day long to make our sore throats feel better.
  • We talked some more about how babies are made, chronic illnesses, and fire safety.


  • Just free-form singing around the house and listening to whatever was on the radio or iTunes, mostly. Sore throats and coughing don’t work well with music.


  • We read two books about different sorts of art (Paintings and Landscapes)
  • Did a lot of coloring and stickers and making paper snowflakes
  • Talked a bit about why artists pick this color instead of that color (which ties in with how different cultures use color).
  • The Girl followed the instructions in her magazine to make a crown (with some help).


The Girl did some worksheets about tools people in different jobs use, matching things that go together, and most importantly the different seasons and which clothes you wear in those seasons. The Boy learned about fixing things, especially the plumbing, and practiced with his drill and hacksaw.

Whew! Next week we’ll have better lesson plans and really get back to school.

2 thoughts on “This Week in Homeschooling #2 (2011)”

  1. Well, we have to organize things according to the subjects Maryland recognizes. Religion usually comes up as a part of history or on holidays right now. Philosophy happens in history — the first part of the chapter we just finished was about Locke. 🙂

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