Weekly Homeschool Report + Friday Link ♥

This past week seemed to have flown by! 

Celeste and I had a three full days of homeschool, one full day of learning at the pet store, and today is a P.D. Day. 

Having two children in public school means that Celeste and I usually take the P.D. days off. Today, my oldest and I went to see the new Hunger Games movie, Mocking Jay part 1. We both really enjoyed it! I need to re-read the trilogy again. From what I remember, the movie was quite close to the book...

Here are the highlights of our homeschool week:

"An Unknown Galaxy" by Celeste & Alex.
We continued learning about the universe in science, in particular galaxies. Celeste learned a bit more about taking good notes from what she reads. We also added more dates to our science timeline, copied more definitions, and she worked on her types of stars memory work.  

Homeschooling often involves one of our cats. Clara loves being in the middle of the action!

One of the activities in science was an art project. The final work is the first photo of this post. Even though Celeste was not too interested at first, she ended up loving the process and the finished project. 

She painted the black background first with acrylic paint, then we both worked on the planets. It is an imaginary galaxy, we chose colours that we felt like trying with the chalk pastels. The last step was to add "stars" by doing some splatter painting onto the black, before gluing the planets on. It was a little messy and we loved every minute of it. I am linking the tutorial at the bottom of this post. 

In history, we learned about the 100 Years War, the Black Death and other diseases in the Middle Ages. We read a fun and informative book about diseases in Tudor Times. It was called "You Wouldn't Want to be Sick in the 16th Century!". There are many other titles like these in the series. 

Celeste and I also took turns shaking a jar half filled with whipping cream until it turned to butter, just like they would have made in the Middle Ages. They might have used a butter churner, but she was happy making it this way. We also made an envelope, the way they would have made back then. 

Homemade Butter! 

Math was completed this week, as well as spelling, and as usual a lot of reading! Celeste also wrote a little bit more for her NaNoWriMo novel. 

Yes, our tree is already up...Celeste insisted we start decorating. She also made the paper chain and snowflakes. Celeste wrapped our holiday books this year again. We wrap 24 books, then starting December 1st, we open one a day and read it. 

I used to bring out all our holiday books along with the decorations, but Celeste really likes this method...it is like an advent calendar of books! 

Poetry tea time was a quick one this week, but still lovely. We each had our own tea pots, and just a small snack of crackers. We added a collection of ballet stories to our reading. The first one was Firebird. 

We visited the public library on Wednesday. We have friends that attend the story time, Celeste often reads to them after it. 

We spent some time in nature, even if the wind was chilly. It might seem difficult to leave our cozy warm house, but we always enjoy our time outside in nature.

This week's field trip at the pet store was all about bearded dragons. Since I organized it, and this animal was popular, I set up two sessions. Celeste and I were at both. Each session was very interesting and a little different from each other, mostly because Otis, the almost-full size bearded dragon was a lot more social in the afternoon! 

We finished our homeschool week with a little art study. I try to include art history once a week, and designed a little study for us. This week, we learned about the Baroque Period, and looked at paintings by Caravaggio. We didn't like his religious works as much as this beautiful one: 

Basket of Fruit by Caravaggio (photo from wikipedia)
Here are some interesting links we came across this week:

Planets and Galaxy Project (the art tutorial we did this week) from Deep Space Sparkle

♥ This free printable of the solar system from Hibos is the cutest I have seen! I printed it and we will colour it soon. It will be perfect to review the order of the planets.

Great list of nature documentaries that are awesome for kids, from Kid World Citizen.  
Geography Apps: Real World Tools Engage Kids. Another great list, many we want to check out. 

♥ I loved reading this list: 50 Reasons Homeschooled Kids Love Being Homeschooled from Weird, Unsocialized Homeschoolers.  Lots my kids would relate to, I need to share it with them!

♥ After reading Firebird, we searched for a video of the ballet and found this one: 

Have a great weekend! 

This post is linked to the Weekly Wrap-Up hosted by Weird, Unsocialized Homeschoolers. 

Weekly Wrap-Up


  1. I like your planetary art. My kids did a similar project in co op recently. :)

  2. I am visiting from weekly wrap-up. The galaxy art looks great. I am currently writing a series on women in science and the latest is on Sandra Faber who studies galaxies and the structure of the universe. I have made the link in my name go to it.

    I am also a Canadian Blogger out west in BC.


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