Friday, August 17, 2007

School Days, School Days

Good old golden rule days...

I think that song goes through my head at the beginning of every school year.

This was our first official week of school. I am very, very pleased with how it went. We are not up to a full load yet (we still need to add in science and Latin, and I need to add in some art projects), but we still did quite a bit. I thought I'd do a show-and-tell of our first week. (Click on any image to see it larger.)

I chose a "just for fun" read-aloud - The Penderwicks. It is a wonderful book and we are all loving it.

For history, I made a notebook with sections for all of our AO books. When the kids read a chapter, they will narrate to me, then write a few sentences and draw a picture. I got the idea for the notebooks here. I already had a comb binder, but mine isn't nearly as nice as hers. It works, though.

Here's a page from Robert's notebook for Our Island Story. Yes, those are palm trees on the island of Great Britain. I have yet to convince him that even though it's an island, it's not tropical. We'll keep working on that. :)

Ruth wanted to share her page from the book Trial and Triumph. It's also a very good example of her drawing style - very Anime.

For our music portion of Fine Arts, we are using these CDs. I can give more details if you would like. Basically, they are a CD of Rimsky-Korsakov's Scheherezade, an a capella CD of hymns, and Wee Sing America for folk songs (which I confess we did not do this week). Obviously we are studying Rimsky-Korsakov for our composer. I couldn't find a biography, so we read about him on Wikipedia. Our hymn was "When I Survey the Wondrous Cross".

For our artist study, we are learning about Mary Cassatt. We read this biography and studied the picture "Woman in Black at the Opera". The kids looked at the picture for a while, then took turns describing it without looking. You can see that it's a 4x6 picture. I plan on making them artwork albums as described here.

We also got math and grammar done on assigned days. Yea!

For fun, Robert did a science expirement involving water, oil, and food coloring.

Things to improve on:

literature readings - they didn't get done this week
folk song - also didn't get done
art projects - figure out a way to make this work for us

For a break down of what we did each day, check out my other blog Our School Days. It is nothing fancy. It's just an easy way for me to track what gets done.


Sarah CB said...

It looks like a great week - I love the inclusion of art and music.

my5wolfcubs said...

Okay, now you've really got me longing for AO! Love the OIS pictures! My girls draw in a rather Anime style also.

I also like that you included what you want to improve on...great idea! See you next week!
Lee (from the WTM board)

Trivium Academy said...

It sounds like it was successful and fun week! The pictures are wonderful, the palm trees were great!

:) Jessica

Writing and Living said...

Sounds like a good week.

I actually think there *are* palm trees in the southern, seaside areas like Cornwall. Rosamunde Pilcher novels are always mentioning palm trees.

Tami, part-time blogger - full time scrapbooker said...

Love, love, love the notebook pages! Great job! You are so organized with the tabs and all. I am in awe.

We love the Charlotte Mason fine arts and I had my darling husband burn a cd of the classical, folk and hymns for our term. This way dd can access the music easily and listen to it during copywork or notebook time. Just a thought.

Glad you had a good week!

Tami (from TWTM board)

Rhonda said...

Sarah, Lee, and Jessica - Thank you!

writing and living - Really? Hmmm...

Tami - I saw that on your blog and want to do it, too. I've just got to go buy some CDs first. :)

LisaWA said...

Hi... Im so glad people posted their blogs.... I will be back to look more....

Thanks for sharing!


Melora said...

I love all the music/art stuff you are doing! We are trying to incorporate more of those this year (we really like the Venezia artist biographies!).