Religion - We did our scripture memorization. The kids can say most of them along with me, but they have the hardest time starting or saying it by themselves. I finished my General Conference packet. I hope it will stay together for at least one session and maybe the whole weekend.
Math - Racer passed off division in Xtramath! We switched him to a program in Xtramath where he has 2 seconds to pass off all the facts instead of 3. We'll see how long it takes him to blaze through that. Chicklette is still hanging on around 57. She's practicing multiplying by 4's. Turtle is still loving Funnix Math. He's working on counting, one to one correspondence, and identifying shapes and pictures that are the same and different. He's quite motivated by his screentime also.
Funnix Reading - Although Funnix Math can be pretty self-directed, Funnix Reading really requires more teacher participation. Turtle doesn't do so well on this but since I am using it more for review and a break from our other reading program, I allow him to skip through without saying much. This really bothered Racer the other day so he took over the role of teacher, making sure Turtle was actually sounding out the words.
Daily 6-trait Writing - Racer is doing pretty well on his 6-trait Writing. We worked on making sure all of our ideas within a paragraph related to each other. We ended the week by writing a paragraph describing life in our house.
Writing with Ease - It was pretty much the same as last week. If you're looking for an incremental program with lots of practice, this is it.
Grammar - Racer's grammar was all about direct and indirect quotations this week. He also got a new poem to start memorizing. Chicklette practiced narrating a story and reviewed nouns, verbs and pronouns. She kind of got them. She needs to think before she answers though.
Physics - For physics this week we talked about spin. In this unit we try to build tops and identify other machines that use spinning. Our tops did not succeed very well.
History - We read about Lyndon Johnson and Richard Nixon this week as well as the 1980 Mount St. Helens eruption. With Richard Nixon, we talked about how no one remembers the good things that he accomplished. All anyone remembers is the Watergate Scandal. That led us to discuss the importance of our reputations and why we must always try to make good decisions, besides the obvious that we are trying to become like our Heavenly Father. The Mount St. Helens eruption was a fascinating read and we looked at some ash that we bought from the Mount St. Helens Visitor Center. We also studied Utah, so we had Jello, fries, fry sauce, and salad. Road Trip USA also suggests that Utah's special food is honey but I haven't really found that to be the case here. We also finished up Oregon and made a hazelnut cake. I won't make it again. It takes too many nuts and too much effort for a lackluster result. I mean, I tasted alright, but it was just too much.