This Week in Homeschooling

I don’t know what your week was like, but mine FLEW right by me. I feel like today is Wednesday.

The highlights: ancient history, writing skills, and chemistry. In ancient history we are still learning about the Greeks. We added more detailed maps of Greece to our notebooks, finished reading about the major gods and goddesses, learned about everyday life in Greece, and continued reading The Story of the Iliad. Later in the week we moved east to learn about what was happening with the Medes, Persians, Assyrians, Indians, and Babylonians during the same time. We read about Cyrus the Great and made a map of his empire.

To cover our language arts for the week, I asked the kids to write essays on any topic from our history studies that interested them. Writing assignments like this provide an opportunity for me to see how well they are incorporating what they are learning across our curriculum. Based on the essays, we worked on spelling, grammar and punctuation, and writing organization.

My kids have always enjoyed science. We usually have two activities/experiments per week, depending on the amount of time each one requires. This week, because we are still learning about gases, we studied Charles’ Law and Boyle’s Law. There is a very simple experiment to test/demonstrate Charles’ Law, so we did that one.

We did a second test, but it was just for fun. One of the kids, I forget which one, was curious about which would boil faster: a pot with a lid or a pot without a lid. We figured out what our constants needed to be, formed hypotheses, and tested. We found that a pot with a lid will reach a rolling boil about a minute faster than a pot without a lid.

We made two trips to the library this week. I have three voracious readers, so we make frequent trips.

One child, however, does not love reading. He loves to be read to, but he doesn’t read for pleasure. We have to diligently search for a book he will enjoy. This week, I found a book of riddles and jokes. He was skeptical. It was, after all, a book. But, after reading a few riddles (and receiving hearty laughs from the rest of us), he agreed he would like it. I’ve “caught” him reading it several times. I also checked out some golf books for him. He’s really interested in learning to play golf. I know! I’m shocked, too.

The child in the above picture is struggling to find books he enjoys as much as The Hobbit, LOTR, and the Eragon series. Any suggestions?

We are so close to the end of our school books — it’s exciting!

5 Comments on “This Week in Homeschooling

  1. That was going to be my suggestion as well! I’ve only read the Percy Jackson books, but they helped me learn/remember more about the Greek gods and goddesses than I ever remembered from reading the “real” stuff in school. I thought they were a fun way to learn that mythology. I’m not up on literature for boys at the moment, though, so that’s all I’ve got. 🙂


  2. Sounds like a great week. What a blessing to have your finger on the pulse of your children’s interest and learning.
    Your son might like -N.D. Wilson fiction, “100 Cupboards”, “Dandilion Fire” and the “Chestnut King” – I went looking for them to double check the names (I’m bad with anything name) and finally found them on my daughter’s shelf. She’s reclaimed them and is apparently re-reading Dandelion Fire right now as the spot is empty. Nate Wilson has a few other, too. The Chestnut King is a wonderful read a loud. I actually read it out loud to myself a year or two ago.


  3. Thankyou, thankyou, thankyou for the recommendations!! I had forgotten that I wanted to read the Percy Jackson series and Nate Wilson’s books. I haven’t heard of Rick Riordan, but I will definitely look for his books.


  4. Yay for getting close to the end of your school books. I hope you’ve had a great year!


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