Thursday, September 27, 2007

Week 6: Apple Crisp Surprise

Nothing too exciting to report, but here are a few highlights and pictures from our little homeschool here at Ambleside Classical. This week we met with our homeschool co-op and had so much fun! Miss M did cartoon drawing in art, the periodic table of elements in science, and a variety of fitness activities in gym. We managed to get to Open Gymnastics and Ice Skating this week, and along with Miss M's bustling dog walking business, she got lots of phy-ed in.

New for Math!!!
I Hate Mathematics
by Marilyn Burns. Miss M has been perusing and discussing what she is reading in this book since we bought it on Tuesday. She is very excited to try some of the ideas in it, and said, "I didn't think math could be fun, Mom!" Wow. I am thrilled about this book.

Practical Life Skills
Miss M decided to put all the apples Grandma gave us to good use and bake some apple crisp. This was her very first experience baking a dish independently from start to finish. It was delicious, even though she used 3/4 cup (surprise!) of cinnamon instead of 3/4 tsp! *grin* Isn't that the best way to learn? I look forward to having her sharing more of her new-found baking skills with us! Baking can be an adventure. MMmmmm!

Composition/Cultural Studies/Visual Arts

Films: 'Shackleton's Antarctic Adventure'(IMAX), 'March of the Penguins'
Books: The Shackleton Expedition by Jil Fine
Spine Reading: World Book Encyclopedia's "Antarctica" article
Composition: Note taking, Graphic Organizers
Visual Arts: digital scrapbook design

Notes from "Antarctica" article (World Book)

Using article notes and computer software to make a scrapbook page on Antarctica's Land and Climate

Finished page!

Picture Study:
"Birth of Venus" by Boticelli
"Birth of Venus" poster from Start Exploring Masterpieces - colored with oil pastels

*note - I am unable to post the completed poster because Miss M doesn't like how it turned out :/

Memory Work:

Measure Me, Sky
by Leonora Speyer

Measure me, sky!

Tell me I reach by a song
Nearer the stars:
I have been little so long.

Weigh me, high wind!
What will your wild scales record?
Profit of pain,
Joy by the weight of a word.

Horizon, reach out!
Catch at my hands, stretch me taut,
Rim of the world:
Widen my eyes by a thought.

Sky, be my depth;
Wind, be my width and my height;
World, my heart's span:
Loneliness, wings for my flight!

Psalm 91:1-10
Math factoids

Literature Reading
Lad: A Dog by Terhune (independent reading) - finishing up this week
Eight Cousins
by Alcott (Read-aloud) - should finish early next week

Composer Study:

Schubert's 'Trout Quintet'


Tina said...

What a wonderful week!

I love the little change in measurements Miss M made to the apple crisp. It sounds like something I still do to this day! It makes eating at my house an adventure. :o) LOL

Did Ms. M finish her oil pastels picture yet? I would LOVE to see how it turned out! Or is the one above the blank one the her finished master piece?

Please tell her that the scrapbooking page is beautiful! It so makes me want a color printer....

Many Blessings you all!


Anonymous said...

Wow! What fun you all had this week! The scrapbook page is really, really nice. Thanks so much for sharing your week.

LisaWA said...

Tami! I want to homeschool at your house! *Ü* Please tell Ms.M she did a wonderful job on her scrapbook page.... and like Tina... we would love to see her art work too!*Ü*

My girls love to bake and cook too! We will share Rys pizza when we post our week....

Loves these weekly reports!


my5wolfcubs said...

Did Miss M read about Douglas Mawson when studying Antarctica? I drew a picture of him that she can see here:
Miss M's Antarctic pages are wonderful!

What a cinnamon-y week!

Rhonda said...

Wonderful as always, Tami! Miss M is quite an accomplished young lady.


Tammy said...

What a fun week! And Miss M did a *fabulous* job on her digital scrapbook page!!! She's very talented...just like her mom. :)


Robin said...

Wow! You all had a busy, yet fun week. Thanks for sharing.


Life With My 3 Boybarians said...

I want to be in your "school".

Curious - does M do a formal spelling/grammar? Or do you dictation/narration ala CM?

Beautiful work over there! :)