Monday, February 22, 2016

2015-2016 Term 2 Review...

Last Friday, we wrapped up Term 2 of this 2015-2016 school year.  You can see our Term 1 here, including changes I made to original Back to School 2015-2016 curriculum.  Below are books and resources used...

Church History

Trial and Triumph by Richard Hannula - continue to read aloud

Missionary Study

George Muller: The Guardian of Bristol's Orphans by Janet and Geoff Benge - completed audio

Advent Study

Jotham's Journey, A Storybook for Advent by Arnold Ytreeide - read aloud

Modern American and World History

The Wright Brothers: Pioneers of American Aviation by Quentin Reynolds - read aloud
Sergeant York by John Perry - read aloud and watched movie
The Singing Tree by Kate Seredy - read aloud
Rascal by Sterling North - read aloud

Story of the World, Vol. 4, The Modern Age by Susan Wise Bauer - Riley and Ruben will continue to listen to audio

The Story of Mankind by Hendrick Van Loon - Riley will continue reading independently


Studied countries as they come up in our reading

U.S. map work – learn 50 states - Riley will move on to state capitals for Term 3

Exploring Our State – Wisconsin - Riley and Ruben took turns reading aloud from an old textbook 

Natural History

Wild Animals I Have Known by Ernest Thompson Seton - read aloud

History of Science

Benjamin Franklin's Adventures with Electricity by Beverly Birch and Robin Bell Corfield - read aloud
Pasteur's Fight Against Microbes by Beverly Birch and Christian Birmingham - read aloud

The Picture History of Great Inventors by Gillian Clements - continue to read aloud 
The New Way Things Work by David Macaulay - continue to read aloud excerpts 

Apologia Land Animals of the Sixth Day - Riley will continue to read independently


Passion for the Impossible: The Life of Lilias Trotter by Miriam Huffman Rockness - Riley completed independently

Alexander Graham Bell Invents the Telephone by Katherine B. Shippen - Ruben completed independently 

Aemilius Paulus with study notes from Anne White - read aloud

Artist/Picture Study

A Weekend with Winslow Homer by Ann Kay Beneduce - read aloud and studied misc. artwork


Oliver Twist by Charles Dickens - Riley, Ruben, and I are reading independently, then coming together for discussion.  We only got about half way this term, so we will continue into third term

The Hobbit by J. R. R. Tolkien - listened to audio and watched movies
Miracles on Maple Hill by Virginia Sorensen - read aloud

The Princess and the Goblin by George MacDonald - Riley completed independently 
Alice in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll - Riley completed independently 

Riley and Ruben are both continuing with math and Using Language Well.  Riley is working through All About Spelling Level 4.  She completed Poetry for Young People: Carl Sandburg by Frances Schoonmaker Bolin and Steven Arcella.  Ruben finished tutoring at the Children's Dyslexia Center.  He also finished The Logic of English Cursive Handwriting and studied misc. poetry of Eugene Field.  Each will be assigned a new poet for Term 3.  Ruben will begin a new cursive book.

In addition, we saw the play Number the Stars based on the book by Lois Lowry and listened to a WWII veteran speak.   We watched the movie Catching Faith and the kids participated in the church Christmas play.  They also completed the first semester of choir in December and just last week started back in the spring semester of choir and art classes.  All in all, I'm please with their accomplishments and look forward to Term 3, not only to wrap up the closing of our official pencil/paper school year, but the coming of spring! 

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