Between school and the four little ones at home, life has just been trucking along here lately. One of the highlights of the last month was celebrating Candlemas with our family on February 2nd. Diving a bit deeper into liturgical living is one of my goals for the year, and Candlemas seemed like a good place to begin. It’s the feast of Jesus being presented in the temple 40 days after he was born, and because Simeon said Jesus would be “a light for revelation to the Gentiles” it’s a feast day that involves lots of candles!
We celebrated by doing everything by candlelight…. James made some crepes for lunch by candlelight (not totally necessary, as it was pretty bright out that day), and we ate dinner and read the kids their bedtimes stories by candlelight, too. It was so cozy, and the kids relished every moment of it!
This little lad is now walking all over the place – quickly! He’s quite mischievous and loves getting into all sorts of drawers, and pulling books off the shelves. Seriously, sometimes it feels like a full-time job warding him away from the bookshelves! He’s also climbing up and down the stairs, waving, and generally being quite a delightful, busy little guy.
His hair is sooooooo soft and fuzzy! I really should cut it, but I rather love the fuzziness, especially after he’s had a bath and smells delicious.
Climbing everywhere, falling everywhere.
This week is Exam Week in our homeschool, the week where we look back on the term that’s just passed and recall the various things we’ve learned. Here’s James’s Year 2, Term 2 exam if you’re interested! Each day he chooses 8-9 questions to answer, which usually takes an hour or so – so it’s also been more of a relaxed week – which is great, because I’ve been able to get some homeschool planning for next year completed! Yay! I’ve got a bit of a case of the Februaries, and dreaming about next year has been lots of fun.
Year 2, Term 2 Exam
Religion – Bible Stories:
1. Tell the story of Ishmael, or how Abraham’s servant found a wife for Isaac.
2. Draw a picture about Jacob and Esau.
3. Tell about Jesus choosing his twelve apostles, or about John the Baptist.
4. Tell about Jesus raising the dead young man in the village of Nain.
Religion – My Path to Heaven:
1. Describe the picture ‘The Two Standards’.
2. Tell about The Agony in the Garden.
1. Please do the copywork sheet in your neatest writing.
1. Please do one row of your latch hooking.
2. Please do another row of your latch hooking.
1. Please tell me about one of the walks we have gone on this winter, and something interesting you noticed on the way.
2. Please draw a scene from the Burgess book about Old Granny Fox.
1. Which was your favourite painting by Jan Vermeer, and why? Please describe it for me as carefully as you can without looking at the painting.
1. Which of Mozart’s songs we listened to this term did you like the best?
2. Watch Olga Jegunova play Mozart’s ‘Piano Sonata Number 11’ on YouTube.
1. Tell about Richard Coeur de Lion (Richard the Lion-Hearted). You might include something about how his minstrel went about finding him.
2. Why was Bad King John considered a bad king?
3. We’ve read about many battles this term! Please draw a picture of King Edward I fighting against King Robert the Bruce of Scotland; or of King Edward III fighting the Battle of Crecy, or the Siege of Calais.
4. Tell what you remember about the kingdoms of West Africa.
5. Describe the qualities of a Gothic church.
History Tales or Biographies:
1. What was your favourite part of The Little Duke?
2. What are some things you noticed about Duke Richard that show he was a Catholic?
1. How was Seabird made, and what has Ezra been up to in Seabird so far?
2. Tell me a bit about how cotton, sugar or cocoa is made (as described in The World at Home).
1. Please do a math worksheet.
2. Please give me an example of a cardinal number and an ordinal number.
3. James went on a nature walk at Scenic Canyon Park in the springtime and saw two robins, three downy woodpeckers and one northern flicker. Please make a bar graph of the birds James saw.
1. Please sing a song for me in Dutch.
2. Tell me a little bit about a dog in Dutch.
1. What was your favourite poem we read this term, and why?
2. Please recite a poem you learned this term.
1. Pilgrim’s Progress: Please describe what happens to Christian when he naps in the bower, and what he does afterwards.
2. Pilgrim’s Progress: Tell about Vanity Fair and what happened to Christian there.
3. Draw a favorite scene from Wind in the Willows.
4. Tell what you remember about either of these two Shakespeare plays: All’s Well That Ends Well, or Cymbeline.