Sunday, February 18, 2018

February Learning Notes: Weeks 22 & 23

Teresa and I did lesson 20 on penance and began memorizing the Act of Contrition while the oldest three and I read chapter 18 in the Gospel of Matthew. Then we read Mike Venezia's Da Vinci, Diane Stanley's Leonardo Da Vinci, and Robert Byrd's Leonardo: Beautiful Dreamer

On Tuesday we read the biography of Leonardo da Vinci in Knights of Art and then looked through Leonardo da Vinci: Inventions You Can Build Yourself, Who Was Leonardo da Vinci?, Leonardo da Vinci for Kids, and Leonardo da Vinci: The Genius Who Defined the Renaissance. Then we painted some da Vinci paintings. 

Wednesday we read our oceanography lesson on seals, sea lions and manatees. We also read Bobbie Kalman's Seals and Sea Lions. Then we watched an episode of Raiders of the Lost Art on the theft of the Mona Lisa. 

Thursday we focused on finishing our bookwork and Friday I was exhausted from being up since before 4am, but the kids were able to enjoy the new 5 inches of snow we got!
 The following Monday, we went to The Domes. We'd been there before and seen the tropical and dessert domes before, both of which we enjoy, but this was our first time seeing their winter model train display, which was a lot of fun, this year with an Alice in Wonderland theme.
 Tuesday we had a fun playdate but on Wednesday we caught up on a couple of school items. We watched an episode of Raiders of the Lost Art on another Leonardo da Vinci painting and an episode on shallow waters in the Planet Earth series. We also joined James for Ashe Wednesday Mass. After receiving ashes, Teresa saw her picture on my phone and lamented, "It's a disaster!" LOL
I spent a lot of the week cleaning and de-cluttering and doing some reading. I cleaned and decluttered the playroom and my office throwing out 13 bags of garbage/recycling and collecting 2 boxes of stuff to donate. By the weekend, Brigid had done three more reading lessons and, other than making our clay seals/sea lions, we were all caught back up. That I intentionally delayed to condense how many days of clay everywhere I have to clean. :)

It was a well needed and well used catch up week.

Monday, February 5, 2018

Learning Notes: Week 21

We had a very busy week. The following week I was still tired from it.

On Monday we read the 17th chapter of Matthew and then Teresa and I went over the sacrament of Confession some more in the 19th lesson of Faith and Life. Then we began our history unit on the Renaissance artists. We read The Art of the Renaissance for a general overview.
Cecilia's answer to question 21.
On Tuesday we read the chapter on Giotto in Knights of Art and then Paolo Guarnieri's A Boy Named Giotto, Lucia Corrain's Masters of Art: Giotto, and Madeline L'Engle's The Glorious Impossible.

On Wednesday we read Knights of Art's chapter on Fra Angelico, Gabriele Bartz' Fra Angelico, Tracey Fern's Pippo the Fool about Brunelleschi's dome, Gates of Paradise by Gary M. Radke about Ghiberti's amazing bronze doors, and Simone Ferrari's Van Eyck: Masters of Art. Then we painted our own copy of Fra Angelico's Annunciation.

On Thursday, after Cecilia's and Brigid's wellness checks, we read our zoology lesson on whales and dolphins and Bonnie Worth's and Aristides Ruiz's Whale of a Tale!: All About Porpoises, Dolphins and Whales. Then we looked through DK Eyewitness: Whales.
Felicity's Narwhal
On Friday we played Multiplication Bingo and then made clay whales and dolphins for our ocean boxes. That evening we went to Candlemas and got our beeswax candles blessed. I took all six kids by myself and no one caught fire!

Sunday, January 28, 2018

Cecilia's Dozen!

To celebrate Cecilia's birthday, we went out to Discovery World. We had been there before but only once and over 3 years ago.
Per her request, we had cookie cake.
The big dilemma: Which books to read first!?!
Only one more year before I officially have a teenager! 😳
Blessed 12th Birthday, Cecilia!!!