Friday, August 28, 2015

1st Grade, Rome to Reformation Week 3: 2nd Triumvirate, mosaics


We started to memorize the New Testament Books. However, since the kids are very familiar with it, I decided to give them a challenge: to memorize in Chinese.

Lil Sis did well in her Prov 3:5 memorization.


We learnt about Cicero (among others) were being killed by the 2nd Triumvirate (Octavius, Antony and Lepidus).

We also learnt about the battle of Philippi, how Antony and Octavius divided their land (picture below), and Antony's liaison with Cleopatra

Source from here
We learnt about the Roman gardens and mosaics and made some ourselves.

We got the paint samples from Home Depot, cut them into different shapes (we didn't do squares) and use them for the mosaic projects

These are in the book basket this week. The Bronze Bow is ready for next.

The older kids continued on Rod and Staff English.

Big Bro finished chapter 1 and did a test on it.

Lil Sis went onto short vowels this week and did some reading

I found this book in the library (there is the long vowel one too). Very funny book!

Lil Sis learnt to write her Chinese name this week and the older two did a test for chapter three of 康軒一下

We learnt the Latin numbers up to six (sex) this week.

Lil Sis did practice on Number Bonds this week.

We also got some fun books to read for Math.

The older two did good practices on their Singapore Math 4B and 3A.
We passed the 10th day and we got to use another pipe cleaner for the 11th day.

Lil Sis is doing very well independently on her Daily Math work.

We learnt more about the brain this week.

We learnt how the cerebellum helped maintain balance and how it's not possible to lift one leg and balance when you are against the wall.

We also learnt that the hypothalamus regulate our temperature and how sometimes we get "deceived" by temperature. When your hand is in hot water and placed in room temperature water it feels cold and vice versa.

And we learnt about nerves, neurons and reflexes.


We learnt about vantage points.

We also learnt to draw from vantage points in perspectives.


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Friday, August 21, 2015

Books Review: A series of Unfortunate Events

Big Brother finished almost the entire Series of Unfortunate Events.
He is presently reading one of the books to me.

I am so pleasantly surprised to find this series absolutely entertaining, full of humor, and very enlightening!

There is no foul language nor bad manners (except from the villains, of course) portrayed in the children, which I find so refreshing in modern day literature.

Lemony Snickett (pen name for Daniel Handler) has used a very humorous backhanded way to write this series and though it is filled with despair, tragedies, and possibly things you will not like to hear about (as he would have penned), it is also filled with creativity and so much laughter!

I think children, especially boys of age 9/10 and up will really enjoy this series. We listened to them on audiobooks too and found them delightful.

1st Grade, Rome to Reformation Week 2: Julius Caesar, Rome City and homes


We learnt about the Old and New Testament overview and how bible were written then.

Lil Sis started her first copywork. I decided to start her slow, since she is not as good at writing yet.


We learnt about Julius Caesar. For Big Bro, I asked him to read this book

then write his summary. For Big Sis, she wrote the summary from our reading from the Streams of Civilization.

We read Augustus Caesar's World, on Cicero, Mark Antony, Why is July, and the starting of the civil war.
I cut out the characters from the coloring pages in the book and made them into "puppets". It is helpful to use these props as I read, especially helpful for the chapter beginning pg 45

I got the book Famous Men of Rome from here (public domain) and read to the kids the chapter on Cicero.

We played the odd and even game

We also learnt about the Roman homes (Mark Antony's chapter was an interesting read on the homes), the city, aqueducts and Pompeii.
These videos were very helpful
From 15:40 on David Macaulay talked about Aqueducts.

This is a good and concise video on Pompeii.

This video is quite interesting on Circus Maximus (when we read on Why is July)

These were in the Book Baskets this week.

The older kids continued on Rod and Staff English. I have found that school has become more manageable when I go through with them the lessons, but they will do the work on their own, either in the noon quiet time, or the early mornings.

Lil Sis continued to revise her alphabet.

Lil Sis' Mandarin work is getting well! It is delightful to see another child learn to "read" and "write", in another language.

This is a quick review on the English from the Roots Up Latin words we learnt so far.

The older two do their Math work usually at quiet time or mornings (before the house wakes up). However, I might go through with them the mistakes or more practice in the afternoon.

Lil Sis does worksheets on counting these two weeks. Next week we will go on to number bonds.

We learnt about the brain this week.

I found that it is helpful to google a picture of the model of the brain for them to have a better idea instead of the Human Body for Kids' black and white picture.

We learnt about showing depth in pictures

Wally is back! With his grandpa, sister, and a magnifying glass.

Foreground, Middleground, Background drawings

Our schedule slightly changed from last year.
6:00am Older two wake. They do their Math or English for the day (I would have gone through with them the lesson the day before)

7:00am Others wake. Breakfast

8:00am School

10:30am We are usually done! (that is because we haven't started on Spelling and the harder Science projects. Also, it helps when Math and English work are out of the way)
We may go to the playground or do other stuff.

11:30am prep for lunch

12:00pm Since Baby Sis does not nap anymore, our lunch schedule is more flexible.

1:00pm Quiet Time. Mommy naps. =) The older kids do some work on their own.

2:00pm Clean up

2:30pm Tea time and video time (Mommy corrects school work)

3:00pm PLAY TIME!

4:00pm Some days Mommy have to go through some corrections and more practice with Big Bro and Big Sis

4:30pm One of the older three will help out with dinner.

5:30pm Dinner Time with Daddy

6:00pm Family Bible Time

6:30pm clean up and get ready for bed

7:00pm Bedtime!

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Saturday, August 15, 2015

Saturday Fun: Family Cycling and Hall of Science

Larger Families have our issues. One we faced was we never get to go bike-riding as a family. Well....this changed today. Our friends gave me a bike, lent hubby one +rooftop bike racks and we bought baby carrier online. Therefore, we went family cycling at Flushing Meadows Park.

We love to do things early. We left home at 8:30am and the park was nice and not crowded at all.
It was a really fun experience.

On our way back, our children got a nice surprise!
NYC provided free school-style lunch for everyone under 18 years old all summer long. 

Then we popped by to the nearby Hall of Science. Thanks to ID NYC, we have a free year of membership. I have to remind myself to put this in the calendar more when the other children go back to school.

The exhibit, "Connected Worlds", is very cool and interactive!

Friday, August 14, 2015

1st Grade, Rome to Reformation Week 1: Founding of Rome, Roman Republic, Punic Wars

Yahoo! A new year!


We learnt about the how the books of the bible can be grouped and that the Bible was written by many different people through a long period of time.

We read from How the Bible Comes to Us.

An important question that Big Bro asked that we will keep searching for a good answer is that "How do you know the Bible was REALLY written by THOSE people over THAT many years?" (and not someone made it up)

This is interesting because for it coincide perfectly with 1st Grade.


We read this book and learnt about the Roman numerals

This book has good information about how the Romans do school.

We learnt about the founding of Rome, how Rome became a republic and the punic wars.

This map is very helpful to understand the places in this period, so I printed it and put it on the table.

The kids drew Roman Lands today, and also Hannibal's Route.

We started Augustus Caesar's World and I find it helpful to have the pages of "characters" (in the book) ready while I read and also write down some big words, like "Appolonia", "astrologer" etc.

We watched two very funny and informative videos about a life of a teen in Roman Times and the lives of the girls. too.

We were going to get some snacky lunch and have a picnic outside (since the Romans often did not cook in the apartments they live in), but it we "went" to Cafe Dormitia instead.
(however, I do not think they had edamame, sushi rolls and potatoes...)

Got these books in the basket this week.

The kids were very excited to start on their Rod and Staff books. They have grown to like the routine of the books.

We did the placement tests for spelling power.

For Big Bro, he was placed at the level where he stopped, so it's good! And Big Sis was placed in the same level as Big Bro when he started SP in 3rd Grade! How interesting...

We also started our Mandarin Lesson and Lil Sis was DELIGHTED to start learning about BoPoMoFo.

Lil Sis revised her alphabet this week.

Big Bro continued on Singapore Math 4B (which he was not not able to finish in the summer) and Big Sis started 3A.

I decided to not use Complete Book of Math for Lil Sis this year, but to start her on Singapore Math 1A, but I got many worksheets online as her practice. We also got the relevant living books from the booklist.

 This is Lil Sis's Daily Calendar which I got from here and here.

I got this idea from a mom of the MFW group. It's brilliant. Instead of beans on the popsicle stick, we use beads on pipe cleaners to count the days.

We learnt about the cell this week.

We drew Hannibal's War Elephants from Draw and Write Through History

Ahem. The kids got creative.

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