Sunday, May 1, 2011

Mt. Hope Academy 2011 ~ Week 15 & 16

The past two weeks have been a bit of chaos. Just keep swimming… and all that. Easter. Russ went back to work. We had our end of year program for Classical Conversations. Play dates, appointments, projects, STUFF. And in the in between moments we read, watched, thought, played, and learned.

I’m way behind posting my fine arts studies resources for the last few months. That’s on my to-do list for this next week. I also want to post an end of the year review for Classical Conversations. Other than that (and eating well), we’ll be buckling down for lessons.

I think this is what we did (not much) the past two weeks:

CC Memory Review

Bible Memory:
Sing the Word From A to Z  (Verses V-Z)
Independent Bible reading:
Levi: Day by Day Kid's Bible
Luke: The Children's Illustrated Bible (DK)
Leif:  The Early Reader's Bible


Teaching Textbooks daily (the ONE thing that got done every day…wahoo!! for TT!)

Bill Nye: Pollution Solutions (DVD)
Bill Nye: Inventions (DVD)
Bill Nye: Probability (DVD)
Bill Nye: Simple Machines (DVD)
Popular Mechanics for Kids: Gators & Dragons and Other Wild Beasts (DVD)

Fine Arts:
Piano practice (occasionally) and lessons (Luke)

Language Arts:
Building Language (stem lesson 10 ~ book finished!)
Sentence Island (chapter 5)
Practice Island (sentences 32-36)
All About Spelling Level 2 (step 3)

Levi: Labeling European map for CC display

The American Presidents 33rd-44th: 1945-2010 Postwar and Contemporary United States (DVD)

Pilgrim’s Progress (movie with Liam Neeson)
The Hunchback of Notre Dame (Eyewitness Classics) by Victor Hugo (+ animated DVD)
Les Miserables by Victor Hugo (Stepping Stones Chapter Book)
Les Miserables Focus on the Family Radio Theater Audio CD
Les Miserables 10th Anniversary Concert (DVD) (minus a couple songs…)

The Lady of Shalott by Alfred, Lord Tennyson

Levi’s Assigned Reading:
Alexander Hamilton: The Outsider by Jean Fritz

Levi’s Free Reading:
Benjamin Pratt & The Keepers of the School: Fear Itself by Andrew Clements
The Voyage of the Dawn Treader by C. S. Lewis
Myths of the Norsemen by Roger Lancelyn Green
The Last of the Really Great Whangdoodles by Julie Andrews Edwards
and lots more…

Family Time:
Easter Celebration
Movie Nights: Mandie and the Secret Tunnel, Molly: An American Girl on the Home Front
Family Night at the swimming pool

Two playdates with CC friends
Loads of outside play time
Easter celebration
CC end of year party


Laura at By the Bushel said...

Thanks for posting the details. Encouraging & helpful! Have a great week!

Renee said...

I am so glad you are posting these homeschool posts. We moved to a farm in March and I enrolled my kids in a private school for the duration of the yr. I believe I will come back to homeschool this fall or fall of 2012 when we get our feet back on the ground. The state of Alabama has a new CC director and went from offering CC classes in one location to MANY. I am thrilled. They are hoping to start a CC 15 minutes away next fall. That would be the biggest blessing. Thanks for the inspiration. How's the new diet??

Hannah said...

The Last of the Really Great Whangdoodles is such a hidden gem. Most people have no idea that "Maria from the Sound of Music" wrote a really great fantasy novel! My camp counselor read it aloud to us at night when I was a kiddo, and now both my husband and I have read it to our kids. So fun.

Kate said...


Can't tell you how much I enjoy your blog! I am actually a new CC Director here in Iowa. We're so excited for this upcoming school year!

I have 5 kiddos (ages 6 mos--11 years) Up till now we have used Saxon Math and it has worked well for us. Can you convince me why I should consider switching my oldest to Teaching Textbooks. (smile.) I am on the fence.