Sunday, May 04, 2014

Dollygirl's Grade Seven: Plans for this week

 Jean-François Millet, The Seamstress
Daily opening time:  hymns, poems, current events


Current Events: The Ontario premier has announced an election for next month.

Old Testament: Book of Numbers. Write the best-guess date for these events in your Book of Centuries.

Handwriting, using Fix It...Write, Day 15 (the lessons are labelled by days)

Ivanhoe: Read chapter XXI (we read the whole thing), mostly about Cedric and Athelstane being imprisoned in Front-de-Boeuf's castle.  Cedric tells stories about King Harold, but Athelstane just wants his lunch.

English History: "How the Law Protects the Weak"; "Magna Charta and the Seamstress" (Dollygirl read that part to herself and then had a doll act it out)

Saxon Algebra 1/2 Second Edition, Lesson 45. Go over the new material in this lesson. Do the practice problems together. By yourself, work through the practice set problems 1-6. For Question 3, review the method for solving rate (ratio) problems. For Question 4, make sure you are clear on the place value of decimal numbers (go back to Lesson 6 if you need to review).

Literature-based grammar (review concepts covered this year).  "In the midst of this jolly company, Robin Hood and his men passed on into the town.  Here all was hubbub and merriment.  On every side were gay booths of colored canvas with floating flags and streamers, wherein cakes and barley sugar and many another good thing were for sale.  Tumblers were tumbling on the green, bag-pipes screeching, lads and lassies dancing, and within a ring in the town square a wrestling match was toward.  But Robin and his good fellows pressed on out the further gate of the town to the place reserved for the archery contest."  (My Book House)  In each sentence (where the constructions allow), cross out any prepositional phrases; underline the subject of the sentence, and double-underline the verb or verb phrase.  Look for direct and indirect objects. Look for examples of past, present or future progressive tense (forms of to be plus the present participle).

Apologia General Science: what proteins are, how they work. (pages 306, 307)

Music history: watched "Liszt's Rhapsody."

New read aloud: started The White Mountains, by John Christopher.

Tuesday (This was the original plan--but Tuesday's school is going to be cut down somewhat because we are going on a "field trip.")

New Testament: Gospel of Mark

Ourselves Book II, on History and Philosophy, pages 74-75. Why history? "He who reads history in this way, not to pass examinations, nor to obtain culture, or even for his own pleasure...but because he knows it to be his duty to his country to have some intelligent knowledge of the past, of other lands as well as of his own, must add solid worth to the nation that owns him. It is something to prepare for the uses of the State a just, liberal and enlightened patriotism in the breast of a single citizen."
"Believing that he is in the world to lay hold of all he can of those possessions which endure; that full, happy living, expansion, expression, resourcefulness, power of initiative, serviceableness––in a word, character, for him, depends upon how far he apprehends the relationships proper to him and how many of them he seizes, we should be gravely uneasy when his education leaves a young person with prejudices and caring for 'events' (in the sporting sense) rather than with interests and pursuits." ~~ Charlotte Mason, School Education

Dictation, from A History of Music for Young People (about Liszt)

Ivanhoe: finish Chapter XXI

Balance Benders Level 3

Natural History: Spring of the Year, "Palace in the Pig-Pen," about phoebes.  Look up phoebes online--what do they sound like? Look like?

Saxon Math, Lesson 45 Review the new material from yesterday. "On the board," work questions 7-10. Turn one of those questions into a word problem. For homework, do Problems 11-15.

Plutarch's Life of Cicero, Lesson 5. Cicero is put in the position of having to pass sentence on the conspirators. 
"We should like to add a word...emphasising the habit of reading as a chief acquirement of school life. It is only those who have read who do read."  ~~ Charlotte Mason, School Education


Old Testament: Book of Numbers.

Picture Talk: Vermeer.

Ourselves Book II, pages 75-76. Why philosophy? "The history of thought will bring us abundant evidence of the fallibility of reason; therefore, there is no certainty that what proves itself to us must be right."

General Science: pages 308-310. Finish reading about proteins.  Read the two review paragraphs and special points on page 308. Answer the two questions on page 308.  If there is time: do Experiment 12.3: Body Temperature. If you take your own temperature after getting quite hot or cold, will there be any difference in the readings? (Optional: watch "The Magic School Bus Gets Cold Feet.")

English History and Book of Centuries:  "Things New and Old;" "The Famous Fifteen"

Handwriting, Day 16

Saxon Math, Lesson 45. "On the board," work questions 16 and 17 (multiplying and dividing mixed numbers). Review the "unit multipliers" work by doing questions 25 and 29 "on the board." (No homework!)

End-of-term special readaloud: The White Mountains.


New Testament: Gospel of Mark

Key to Geometry: work through several pages.

Map Drills: Seterra Online

Shakespeare's King John

Transcription (copywork)

Money Matters for Teens: Keeping Track of All That Money

French History: read from de Joinville, Memoirs of the Crusades.  
"Thus, in readings on the period of the Armada, we should not devote the contemporary arithmetic lessons to calculations as to the amount of food necessary to sustain the Spanish fleet, because this is an arbitrary and not an inherent connection; but we should read such history, travels, and literature as would make the Spanish Armada live in the mind."  ~~ Charlotte Mason, School Education

End-of-term special readaloud: The White Mountains.


Basic Bible Studies: The Holy Spirit

Handwriting, Day 17

Ivanhoe: Chapter XXII

General Science: pages 311-312, Calories and Food.

Key to Geometry: work through several pages.

How to Read a Book: conclusion of the section on "unity," summing up a book with a few main thoughts.

Music history: What about Mendelssohn?

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