Lisa's Homemaking Corner

Lisa's Homemaking Corner

Friday, November 2, 2012

Exploration to 1850 Week 1

We finally got our curriculum last week and so, this past Monday, Vincent started his first week of sixth grade.  Andrew has already been in first grade for awhile...he is about half-way through.  But, since we had been on a break, Monday was just like a first day for everyone.  :-)

We start every day (yep, even the one who is not "officially" doing school yet!)...
I pledge allegiance to the flag
Of the United States of America
And to the Republic for which it stands
One nation, under GOD, indivisible,
With liberty and justice for all.

As the name of the year implies, we started out learning about the exploration period, picking up where we left off last year.  Monday we learned about the Vikings and decorated a cake (that Vincent had made the night before!) to look like a world map.
Tuesday and Wednesday, we learned about Christopher Columbus and Vincent made tin foil boats for himself and his brothers that represented Columbus' three ships, the Niña, Pinta, and Santa Maria.
Then, they filled the bathtub and tried to blow them from one end to the other, as if from shore-to-shore across the Atlantic Ocean.
Of course, with three boys, it doesn't take long for them to start getting turned into an all-out race!  I'm not really sure who won, but those boats were not fit to sail by the time they were done.  ;-)

For Bible, Andrew is currently memorizing select verses in the book of Proverbs, and Vincent and I will be studying and learning (together!) the book of James.  Yep, you read that right...memorizing the ENTIRE BOOK of James!  Now as far as books of the Bible go, James is not that long.  However for us, that is still A LOT of memorizing!  I know Vincent can do it, and hopefully, I will be able to keep up!  ;-)  We are also learning some hymns this year, and we will be spending two weeks on each one.  For these first two weeks, we will be learning My Father's World.  It is the name of the company we buy our curriculum from, and, we will be studying many things in our Father's world for science this year.

I am very happy with how this week of school has gone.  I commented to my husband that this is probably the best first week we've had.  Despite our long break, attitudes started out and STAYED good throughout the week.  Now hubby and Vincent have gone to deer camp for the weekend opener, so it's the perfect end to a great week!  Well, for him and hubby anyway.  I never get used to hubby (and now a son already!) going away for the weekend, but at least I have the little guys to keep me company until they go to bed.  :-)

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