Sunday, August 21, 2011

Wrapping up the Weekend.

I always feel like we are wrapping up things in the homeschool world - like we always have these piece of lessons left unfinished to wrap up.

This week we made homemade soda. It is an agave syrup, juice, sports concoction. In my opinion, it tastes like a mixture of Sprite and Mountain Dew. It was kind of neat to make it on our own and drink some. :) We also made homemade whipped cream for a peach pound cake I made last night for dessert. He thought it was neat to have it instead of the store bought version of whipped cream. I think we might make some herbed cheese again this week, as that went well last week and everyone liked it. It is now all gone. We are making more sun-dried tomatoes right now. They are delish. We also discovered last week that we really do not care for the taste of tomatillos raw, but sun-dried they have quite a nice flavor to them. We will have to add some to our garden line up next year to be able to dry and use for tasty treats!

making whipped cream!!

adding vanilla flavoring and sugar to the batch...

mixing and mixing and mixing...

whipped and almost done...

last step is adding it to the peach pound cake to eat for dessert!!  yummy!

The child went on a scout hike on Saturday for like 5-8 miles and the hubby and I went to visit a friend and baby in the hospital. We stopped off at Atlanta Bread Company across the road for brunch and found an older lady painting mushroom caps with her grandchildren's names. So, I painted one too!!  We brought it home and several others to conduct a mushroom dissection tonight or later this week. More to come on this later.  I am thinking it might be fun! There was a fairy ring of mushrooms there. I am thinking of taking the child by there tomorrow on our way to his occupational therapy appointment to show him. I hope they are still there. I think he might like that, as I am not sure he has ever seen an entire ring of mushrooms like that in one area at a time.

specimens laid out ready and waiting for proper dissection!!

this was the one I painted and then brought home for him to see...

more 6 or so all total....

We finished the Frankenstein novel. We tried to watch the movie, but determined it is so much unlike the literature of the text, that it does the novel an injustice and turned it off. I think the child is becoming disappointed when he reads the novel and then I allow him to watch the movie and the picture presentation is nothing like the text. He will continually commit on how the movie is out of order, how something did not happen as it is presented, or how some scene never occurred in the book.

He completed all the online vocabulary and spelling accompaniments this week to A Beka spelling and vocabulary in lessons 2-4. I will load the words and definitions this week for lessons 5-9 or we will perhaps come back to these later and skip ahead to the poetry studies for a change in pace.

For literature, I think we will take a step back from novels for a few weeks. Reading three long novels in less than three months has been far from difficult, but I am not sure he has ever read as much when in the public school system. Next on the literature list is Sleepy Hollow/Rip Van Winkle...unless he chooses something different...which is fine as well. We still have a comparative essay to go along with the Frankenstein novel to complete and several chapter and vocabulary study tests. We read and discussed over 8 chapters today alone.

In math, he completed chapter 3 this week in PreAlgebra. I am still amazed at how much he knows and how much he does NOT know. But this fine, as isolation of skill instruction is something we can focus upon now. I love being the one who teaches him and watching it click and connect.

We did some Latin nouns this week and it is interesting to integrate them in with everyday language. I was asked by a publisher to review a Latin lesson series on DVD that is used often with homeschoolers. I thought it was perfect timing. I am waiting on it to arrive, but I write about it. I am excited about this opportunity. It seems as the child choosing to learn this was something that was meant to be. We won the entire Latin I series curriculum from Memoria Press earlier this year that we will use next year for Latin I with the child for one of his foreign language high school credits...and now he have this other one being shipped to the house.  How awesome is that?  So, once it arrives and I can review it and he can test it out, I will be posting a blog review of what we find. More to come on that topic...


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