We are not officially doing blocks this year, but I am going to try to group each month’s work into blocks for documenting here on the blog (hopefully, it will work!). We made a few changes this year in hopes to make this year a but more manageable. Homeschooling three grades is tough and adding high school made it tougher.
Block 1: Grade 5
Throughout this block, Parks learned about the Stone Ages and Ancient Mesopotamia. He is using Oak Meadow’s sixth grade book as his core curriculum. He also read the book, Gilgamesh the Hero the month. Daily, Parks worked on math from the Life of Fred book-Farming, spelling from Soaring with Spelling, copy work/dictation from Gilgamesh, and grammar from Growing with Grammar. He loved working on the projects from the Oak Meadow book. From the stone age section, he made an ax with a rock, a stick and some sinew. From learning about Ancient Mesopotamia, he made two posters and a ziggurat.
Block 1: Grade 7
Sawyer did not find the same excitement in the Oak Meadow curriculum as Parks did during this block. Sawyer did a quick review of the Ancient Romans and how Rome was affected by the new religions of Christianity and Islam. She also did daily work from Life of Fred-Fractions, copywork/dictation from her reading of A Door in the Wall, spelling from Soaring with Spelling and grammar from Growing with Grammar. Sawyer worked on creative writing with a teacher this month and will continue with her through the year. So far, she has made a picture story and a story from a painting.
Block 1: Grade 9
Sims worked hard this month. He has a good bit more work this year. He worked daily on World History, Geography, Algebra and Biology. He also read The Epic of Gilgamesh and completed a story board complete with the six elements of an epic and how Gilgamesh fits into the elements. He also has worked on a few fun experiments such as how chemical weathering effects rocks on the earth and how to extract DNA from a strawberry. We are still trying to figure out the best fit for some of his subjects, but I think that we are close to getting all of the kinks out so that he can soar through the rest of the year.