I just noticed I wrote but never posted this!! Better late than never!!
History Sentence: Tell Me About NATO
Well, we couldn't talk about communism without talking about the cow explanations of politics. Of course, to make it more kid-friendly, we did a review of our memory work with cookies as the reward. Then, at the end, I re-assigned the M&Ms so that everyone had the same number despite their performance, keeping several for myself. Everyone cried and then we talked about the free market economy and I wished my kids were old enough to watch Freakonomics. We also used the CIA World Factbook to compare some standard of living items in a communist versus a democratic country.
Sorry, buddy, I can't explain that one to your satisfaction, either. On a side note, Wikipedia has a neat map that shows the number of countries that were communist during the Cold War with the number now. We also visited the NATO website. We also might have played a game of civilization on our phone. It's not educational at all, but each civilization starts with different knowledge and you can change to a new form of government and gain or lose abilities, plus I'm a huge dork and love it :)
Latin: John 1:5
More sign language!! Whoohoo! This week they memorized fairly easily because it was short :)
English: The Predicate
Right. Mad Libs. (Kind of Mad Libs, anyway). We took turns giving a subject, verb (from our review list!) and a predicate. The next day, we changed it up and I provided silly sentences on the white board and the kids identified the parts. Riley also had some worksheets to complete from his English Grammar book.
Science: What do the Heavens Declare
Psalm 19:1 worked out rather conveniently for us as Grandma is currently taking an astronomy class! Hooray for fun books and information from her!! Nothing wrong with a guest teacher :) We did this as our copy work and on Friday I'm planning to do some watercolor sky paintings in my quest to be better about craftiness.
Math: Feet in a Mile
We did the numbers with our fingers and then printed a foot picture and wrote 5,280 inside it. The boys make lovely toenail designs and may have a future as manicurists.
Hello Oregon Trail online!! Okay, fine, so it's not the same, but it's similar and free!! We did word association for this one, so a cucumber (Cumberland), santa hat (Santa Fe), a bunch of men (Mormon), a Gila Monster (Gila), a cane (Old Spanish), a surf board (California), and a stagecoach (Oregon).
Tomorrow is CC so I hope we're ready!! Friday is a spelling and math test day :)