ivey league academy: week in review!

Here's what we did last week!

Reading:  We continued in Explode the Code and our Six Ducks in a Pond reader.  One day's reading assignment was a play, and Caleb really enjoyed assigning which parts he wanted to read, and which parts he wanted me to read!

Spelling:  Caleb got 6 out of 8 correct on this week's spelling test!

Handwriting:  Caleb continued to draw and write in his journal.  He's been on a superhero kick lately, so the last couple of weeks' entries have been the continuing saga of Control Man (Caleb's creation), and his battles with bad guys such as Tall-Tall, Knitter Ninja, and Crazy Craze.  Their weapon of choice?  Fruit, which they throw at each other until the sun comes out and melts (only) the bad guys.  If only the world were really this simple!  :)

Vocabulary:  This week's words were "jabber," "damp," "task," and "dismiss."

Math:  We started out the week with a test, and Caleb got all the questions correct!  (Even a very confusing section where he was asked to divide animals in half.  Up until now the workbook had made it clear that when you divide something in half or fourths, all the parts should be equal.  Why they chose to put animals on the test is beyond me!)  We continued in his workbook for the rest of the week; they reintroduced subtraction and quarters (he had a little of this in kindergarten).

Bible:  We continued in our Growing With Jesus devotional.

Read-Aloud:  We continued reading Ralph S. Mouse by Beverly Cleary.

Science:  This week's topic was structures, particularly bridges.  In the Magic School Bus episode, the children must build a bridge out of toothpicks and gumdrops, and they find that a triangle pattern makes a very strong bridge.  We did something similar, using craft sticks as the floor of the bridge and Caleb's Lego superheroes as test subjects!  We also read a couple of library books about how bridges are built, particularly the Golden Gate Bridge.

U.S. Geography:  We studied West Virginia this week.  Caleb colored a West Virginia page and we read a library book containing different facts about the state.  Since they mine a lot of coal in WV we decided to make a dessert that we called "coal bars."  They're technically cookies and cream bars, and they're like Rice Krispie treats only you grind up Oreos and use that instead of the cereal.  Very sticky but once they cooled they were pretty tasty (just very, very sweet!).

Gumdrop Bridge Inspiration (Little Bins for Little Hands)
State Coloring Pages (USA Printables)
"Coal Bars" Recipe (Sweet Pea's Kitchen)

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