Saturday, April 28, 2018

April Learning Notes: Weeks 29, 30 & Catch Up Week

Usually I type up these posts as they happen, but having gotten sick the first week of Easter and losing my voice by the second, it just didn't work out that way. We also had a snowstorm just after Easter that complicated a few things.
 On April 11th, I took Felicity and Elizabeth to the ballet to see Beauty and the Beast. It was a very nice performance.
 Unfortunately, we also had an accident when Teresa tripped and fell in the street and bloodied her lips and face and chipped her front permanent tooth. Thankfully the tooth was not cracked, but she did a number on her poor, beautiful face. :(
In April we read Harold Gardiner's Edmund Campion: Hero of God's Underground. The oldest three and I read the 24th and 25th chapters of Matthew and Teresa did lessons 26 and 27.

In History we read about Edward IV, Mary I, Elizabeth I and Philip II. This included the tension between Protestants and Catholics in England and the persecution of Catholics in England and the priest holes. And it also covered Sir Francis Drake and the defeat of the Spanish Armada. I also tried to include the Battle of Lepanto. We read David Hilliam's Philip II: King of Spain and Leader of the Counter-Reformation, Don Nardo's Sir Francis Drake, John Malam's You Wouldn't Want to Sail in the Spanish Armada, Simon Adams' Elizabeth I: The Outcast Who Became England's Queen, Garnett Henry's Crossbows and Crucifixes, and Robert Marx's The Battle of Lepanto. A couple were far wordier than I planned for and, without my voice, less than completely practical, so we did skim a few. But overall I think it was a good covering of the period of history.

In Science we did lessons 8 and 9 on crustaceans and mollusks. We also read through DK Eyewitness: Seashore, DK:Eyewitness:Shell, and Dr. Seuss' Clam I Am!.

During our catch up week we went to the Milwaukee Public Museum. We finally got to see the new Mayan exhibit, which had some great hands on activities for the kids.
 Despite the cold that ran through the house, we got all caught up with all our book week during catch up week and, while it took me four days, I finally managed to declutter and clean the garage completing my decluttering project for 2018 to declutter the entire house.
My grand decluttering totals are:
We hadn't done a proper decluttering in years, so it was way overdue and has been a wonderful improvement to everything. It is so nice not only not having stuff we didn't need/use, and having things in their place, but also knowing just what we do have.

I also managed to get all the text and workbooks for next year and plan all of next year. (The only thing useful about a 3 week cold.)

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