Excited to see the winter days are lessening and the sun making stronger appearances. We’ve had a strong focus on the boys Confirmation preparations.
All – Memory Work- Chapter 1 Green Catechism.
Mariah & Genevieve – Apologetics, one session 🙂
Mariah – Half Chapter of Didache 🙂
Genevieve – Read St Joan of Arc, Vision book, all 11 chapters!!
Sebastian, Ignatius & Saxon – Only a week now until the younger boys make their Confirmation. Saxon has been listening in to the boys readings.
We’ve been reviewing St Joseph’s Confirmation Catechism, with a focus on the Chrism Oil and the Rite of Confirmation itself.
We’ve begun a Spiritual Retreat using -Confirmation Reader Retreat by Janet McKenzie
and have been reading plenty of Saints stories as the boys decide who to take. They have finally made their decisions.
Ignatius – St Francis Assisi and Sebastian – St Benedict
Francis Poor Man of Assisi – Juliette Levivier
Francis Poor Man of Assisi – Tomie dePaola
Saint Francis – Brian Wildsmith
Patrick – Tomie dePaola
Across a Dark and Wild Sea – Don Brown
Holy Twins: Benedict and Scholastica – Kathleen Norris
Saint Valentine – Robert Sabuda
Saint Ciaran – Gary Schmidt
Saint Christopher: First Book for Little Catholics
Saint and his Bees – Dessi Jackson
Saint Francis and the Nativity – Myrna Strasser
Saint George and the Dragon – Jim Forest
Christopher – Tomie dePaola
Saints specially for boys – Joan Windham
All About Reading
Sebastian – Completed 5 lessons, Level 2. He has become such a confident and keen reader, reads other books besides his AAR lessons.
Siena – Level 1, has slowed down a bit in progress, intermittently keen.
All About Spelling
Sebastian – Completed 4 lessons, doing very well, Level 2
Ignatius – Completed 3 lessons, began Level 3. When he is focused he does quite well, other days he struggles
Saxon & Genevieve – Have both working on Level 5 together. Starting out promising.
Mariah, Genevieve & Saxon – Worked on a descriptive writing piece, a chilli bottle. Mariah did very well, wrote a great piece ‘outside the box. Genevieve wasn’t verbose but wrote, Saxon really struggled.
After this exercise I decided that it’s not the right fit for those three to write together. I separated Mariah into her own ‘group’.
Genevieve & Saxon – Worked on sentence openings and phrases
Ignatius & Sebastian – Worked on comprehension and played descriptive games. Sebastian particularly loved the word game, ‘what am I?’
Sebastian – Really loving handwriting, using Catechism answers and always keen to do more. His writing is quite lovely, has great pencil grip and writes in correct direction
Ignatius – Completed 3 sessions, has improved in regards to spacing his words, slowly making better progress regards letter direction but has to be ‘watched’ to pick up errors.
Ignatius – Sentences from All About Spelling, doing well, completed 2 sessions.
Sebastian – 10 maths lessons. Zooming along
Ignatius – 5 maths lessons. Finding it a bit hard, went back and re-worked on Grade 4, doing better.
Saxon – 2 maths lessons. Finding it difficult, needs to work with Dad.
Genevieve – 3 lessons. Ranted and raved at the screen 😉
Boys – Reading our way through the Young Scientist Set. Read about: our planet earth, what the earth is made of and what is in the atmosphere.
Genevieve – Young Scientist Set – Animals without Backbones, read 3 sections.
Read Science Novel – Nurses Led the Way, 1 chapters.
Boys & Siena – Wonderland of Nature: Read about: Traveller butterflys and tadpoles. Boys were all keen to observe the growth of tadpoles to frogs, set out to find some but alas, none to be found.
Genevieve – Read King of the Ranges – Thompson, 10 chapters, finished!!!
Genevieve – Read Gilgamesh, 3 chapters.
Boys – Still focusing on Mesopotamia, read – Gilgamesh the King by Ludmilla Zeman
Story of Creation & Noah’s Ark by Jane Ray
Genevieve – Christopher Columbus, world explorer, finished.
Mariah – Read Famous Explorers by the Sea, 6 chapters
Geography – Mapdrill
Mariah – Focused on Africa
Mariah & Genevieve – 1 Logic lesson with Mum 🙂 They have an excellent grasp
Ignatius & Sebastian – 2 books, Tales 2 Go
Ignatius – Battle Boy – 1 book!
Saxon – Star Wars, 2 books thus far
Genevieve – Binge read Deltora Quest, 8 books!!!!
Mariah – Freckles – Gene Stratton Porter, 1 chapter
Mariah & Genevieve –Around the Boree Log: The Durkins
Boys – Around the Boree Log : Ten Little Steps & Stairs, Six Brown Boxer Hats, Tangmalangaloo (Made a great impression, timely), The Altar Boy.
Mariah – Child’s Work – Nancy Wallace, 2 chapters
Folksong – Advance Australia Fair
Sebastian – Sang once.
Genevieve & Siena – Spent a happy afternoon painting several paintings each. Both are very good
Mariah – Listened to various classical pieces
Saxon & Genevieve – Sporadic practising
Mariah – Daily practices most diligent
Mariah – Worked on patchwork quilt
All the children have undertaken a dinner and lunch prep each, very impressed with how it is all working.