Geography Learning all those trails can be overwhelming, but we have really enjoyed CC Happy Mom on youTube. She puts the memory work to song. The song includes the states where the trails start and stop. If you like this one, check out her other videos as well. We like the one about canals for
We are 75% done with our cycle 3 semester for Classical Conversations. One of my daughters is shooting for memory master. It’s our first time on this journey. We are going from learning the material good enough to true mastery. And it’s tough! I’ve also noticed my third grader (not the memory master) has
We are 75% done with our memory work. This is a good week to review and apply previous concepts – especially with science and English grammar.
Does it seem odd to you to teach probability during our science experiment time? It seems more like a math topic, right? Science and math are truly integrated (chemistry, physics, etc all involve math). However, it helps to know how science and probability are connected. Understanding odds helps us in the discussion of origins. During
Lists of principle parts of a verb seems boring and completely unnecessary. What does this information mean? How do we help our children connect with this material? It helps to understand where we are going. In the Essentials Program, 4th-6th graders will learn these principle parts of the verbs, learning to conjugate verbs. The
Teaching Squares Aside from just memorization through skip chanting and singing, it is helpful to use visual and real life application for teaching squares. When a student can see it, it becomes obvious why we call these numbers perfect squares – they form a square when we use tiles or color in a graph. Saxon
Francis Scott Key wrote the National Anthem, “The Star Spangled Banner” during the War of 1812. So, our focus for this week is a flag study, the pledge, the national anthem and other symbols of patriotism. We grabbed a few books from the library. My older children are familiar with the national anthem, but
Resources for Discussing Lewis & Clark and Louisana Purchase Draw Write Now, Vol 5 has instructions on drawing the US map, sectioned into early colonies, Louisiana purchase and western territories. Drawing the map helped my girls see how the United States doubled in size, only 27 years after it began. We also identified