CAUTION: GIANT PANDA ATTACKS!
We really tried to push a lot of school work through in May, trying to finish things up for the year. Even though I schedule our school year through the end of June, we have been aiming to finish by mid-June, so we are trying to do enough extra to finish early.
We went to the last Catholic Homeschooling Girls meeting for the year and did chapter 29 in the 4th grade Faith and Life book. The older three read about the Vikings in The World's Story, The Story of the World, and Famous Men of the Middle Ages and then spent the week reading Beorn the Proud. They also watched a 2 hour NOVA documentary on archeological discoveries about the Vikings: Vikings Unearthed.
The second week of May we read about the fight for the English throne, particularly Edward the Confessor and William the Conquerer, in The World's Story, The Story of the World, and Famous Men of the Middle Ages. Then, while Elizabeth continued with Beorn the Proud, Cecilia and Felicity began reading The Striped Ships. They also read the relevant chapters in 12 Bright Trumpets and about St. Edmund the Confessor in Saints: Lives and Illuminations.
We finished the final lesson in the Faith and Life book and did lesson 10 in our Botany book about conifers. And we began setting up the beds for our garden! Elizabeth also read Friendship with Jesus: Pope Benedict XVI Speaks to Children on their First Holy Communion as we begin focusing on final preparations for her First Holy Communion.
We didn't get to play multiplication bingo, but that is because we were busy renting a rota-tiller and preparing our home garden. It should work well to complete our botany studies and give us a place to grow veggies, fruit and flowers!
We did the 11th lesson in our Botany book on Seedless Vascular Plants and went out to buy seeds and seedlings.
We got a lot of rain the week of the 22nd, which was great for our garden and lead to a lot of living room dancing as well as school work.
With all the rain, the girls got very motivated to finish their school work for the year. They all finished their spelling and english. Cecilia did 4 math lessons in one day to finish her math book for the year. Elizabeth finished her vocabulary for the year and both her and Felicity worked to finish their handwriting for the year. Cecilia finished her geography for the year and Teresa worked especially hard to finish her reading lesson book. She was ecstatic to get her prize:
In addition to all that bookwork, Cecilia and Felicity read William the Conqueror and the next chapter in 12 Bright Trumpets. We also finished reading chapters 12 and 13 in our Botany book finishing Science for the year and . By the end of the week, the only school work left was reading for History. I was eager to be done but ordering the girls' finishing the school year presents motivated them to sprint to be done. Totally worth it!
On Memorial Day I finally got Cecilia's new volleyball/badminton net set up.